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How to Grow and Care for 4 Plants that Everyone Needs in their Bedroom

 

One may not feel that having plants in your bedroom is a great way of improving sleep but the fact is, having vegetation in your sleeping space can and does improve the quality of your sleep. While any plant displayed in your bedroom will brighten the indoor environment, the key is to use the right plants to create a calm, and tranquil room. Below are some plants that can help decorate your sleeping space while helping you get a good night’s rest.

Bamboo Palm

The bamboo palm or reed palm is one that acts as an air freshener by absorbing odors and toxins. It is easy to propagate and grow. While most people will not grow their bamboo palm from seed, if you live in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 through 11 you may find it growing in your neighbor’s yard with fruit on it. If this is the case, and your neighbor does not mind, harvest the ripe fruit and soak it in water for a few days. Once the fruit begins to loosen up and separate from the seed, remove the fruit from the water and harvest the seed. After the fruit has been removed from the seed, you are ready to plant your seed.

Prior to planting your seed, you will need a little prep work. You will need to clean and sterilize a small, shallow container. Once that is done, fill it with a good, all-purpose potting soil. Mist the soil with water until you see moisture come out the bottom. Next, sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil and cover with 1/8 inch of soil.

Put the planted container in a zip up type plastic bag and seal. Place the plastic bag in a warm room away from direct sunlight.

The seeds of the bamboo palm can take up to nine months to germinate, so be patient. Once your little seedlings have developed roots, transplant them into individual pots and move to a southeastern facing window in your bedroom.

As far as extended care goes when it comes to the bamboo palm, monitor the soil moisture. While you do not want the soil to be dripping wet, you do want it evenly moist. During the growing months, fertilize the palm with a balanced, slow release fertilizer once a month.

To keep your plant looking its best, keep your bedroom around 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and no lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night.

Jasmine Vine

As some studies have shown, the smell of jasmine vine bloom can reduce anxiety. This in turn will reduce stress and improve sleep. Beyond this, simply having this vine growing your bedroom furniture makes this room more inviting.

When it comes to growing jasmine vine indoors, you have two choices. One is to buy the dwarf variety for your indoor space. If you have it growing outside, your second choice is to take a cutting. This process is easy and only requires a three to four inch cut taken in June through October.

Once you have your cutting, make a new angle cut and dip the cut end in rooting hormone. Push the treated end into a container of moistened peat moss. Put your cuttings on a sunny windowsill and monitor the soil moisture. In no time, your cutting will take root.

Taking care of your jasmine vine beyond the cutting stage is easy. Simple continue to display it in a sunny location, keep the soil evenly moist, and feed it a balanced fertilizer twice a year during the growing season.

To control growth and increase bushiness of the plant, pinch back the new growth in the spring.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a superstar when it comes to enhancing the indoor environment. The blooms increase the humidity in a room by 5 percent. It also is known to kill airborne microbes and removes toxins in the air. This is why the peace lily is one of those plants that you really need in your bedroom.

Propagating the peace lily is not difficult but it does require one to have a source to a peace lily. The propagation method is one of division. The process is begins with removing the peace lily from its container. Next, take a look at the plant and search out side shoots of the plant. Once you have found some, cut through the root mass to separate the side shoots from the mother plant. Transplant the side shoots into their individual 6 inch pots.

Whether you propagate your peace lily or you purchase one, you will need to move to a shady location. Exposure too much sunlight can burn the leaves and will not encourage the plant to bloom. Also, you will need to keep the soil evenly moist. Feed your plant with a balanced fertilizer every six to eight weeks. If you see brown tips on the leave, back off on the fertilization.

English Ivy

English ivy is another superstar when it comes to purifying the air. It needs a bright light but not direct sunlight. As a matter of fact, it does well under fluorescent lights that are found in bedrooms. The growth habit also makes this plant a bedroom favorite. Why, you may ask? The reason is that this plant can grow up a trellis or cascade down a dresser.

This plant is easily found in garden centers and floral shops. But, if you cannot find one and know of someone that has it in their landscaping, they will be very glad to allow you to take a cutting.

When it comes to taking a cutting from English ivy, all you need to do is to take a three to four inch cutting from the plant. Once that is done, remove the bottom leaves making sure that you have at least two leaves remaining on the top of the cutting.

At this point, you can simply push the cutting into moist soil or put the cutting in a glass of water. If you choose the latter, place your cutting in soil once you see roots appear.

To keep the plant looking its best, mist your plant often or place the potted plant on a humidity tray. When it comes to feeding, only give your English ivy a dose of high nitrogen fertilizer during the spring and summer months.

Beyond the light requirement, English ivy likes a room temperature between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

While there is are no guarantees that these plants will get you to sleep, they will improve the air quality in any room they are displayed in. Besides, having these beauties in your sight when you go to sleep and wake up will put a smile on your face.

 

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