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1/15/2015

Plants In The Bedroom

It's that time of the year when I get indoor plants on the mind even more than usual.  There have officially been something like 2 weeks of Winter here in South Texas, and it's pretty freakin' chilly. Being cooped up inside makes me crave greenery and sunnier days, so I tend to get deep into my indoor gardening.  Plants just have this luscious effect on my moods, you? They are so calming, easy on the eye and do wonders for cleaning up your indoor air quality.

That makes me wonder why I don't have any plants in my bedroom. I guess I didn't really have the right spot for them. Now with a newly hung epic macrame plant hanger and a wooden shelf freshly installed, it's time to load em' up with some jungle vibes.  Knowing myself, I won't be able to stop with a couple and before you know it I'll have a full on conservatory going. With these dreamy images to get the mood going, I'm thinking I'm going to love it. I can't imagine why I hadn't done this earlier. It will be a little more like sleeping in an enchanted forest (which is always high on my goal list).


There isn't a huge amount of light in the bedroom, with only a pair of sliding glass doors letting in light. They do however face East, so they get plenty of morning and early afternoon light streaming in. Some plants that don't mind lower light conditions like ZZ Plant, Mother In Law's Tongue, Peace Lily and Heartleaf Philodendron should do well. A go-to trick I use in low light conditions, is to take clippings of the overgrown vines of my trailing plants and put them in little jars and vases full of water. They are nearly impossible to kill and only require you give them some fresh water every month or so. My multitudes of Pothos Plants work very well for this since they grow very quickly as long as they have plenty of water. They are easy to move on a whim too, so you can shuffle them around to whichever spot needs a little extra plant luv at the moment.

If you don't know much about house plants or are just looking for general info about them, I found this nifty site that breaks it all down for you. It is brimming with information and troubleshooting, with experts on hand to answer your questions. They even have an email service that reminds you when to water your plants. Now you have no excuses. Get planting!

xoxo-Andrea

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful Post! I definitely could use more house plants in my home.

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  2. Yes, and yes..can't get enough houseplants. Wishing for a few dwarf citrus in the house next :)

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    1. Hoya is next on my wish list! Citrus would be so fragrant!

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    2. hoya are tricky get huge and get scale if indoors is hot and dry...very hard to get rid of.also the flowers drip sticky sap .

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    3. I one years ago and the blossoms smelled so delicious they were worth the trouble!

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  3. Where did you get that pink/red/gray striped rug? I LOVE it!!

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    1. Hi Emily! I wasn't able to find the source for this image but if you search Bolivian Frazada rug you should come up with some rugs very similar to this beauty!

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    2. Anonymous4/19/2016

      I have one that's very similar and I think it's Habitat.

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  4. Actually it is not very good to have many plants in your room, because they take a lot of the oxygen. It's too bad because it just look amazing, but make sure to open your windows as much as possible if have potted plants !

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    1. Sorry to say that's a myth. Plants absorb Carbon Dioxide and "exhale" clean oxygen :) They are essentially the Earth's lungs and cleanse the air in your home in the same fashion :) They are totally safe and beneficial to have in your home!

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    2. you know they do that in the day but at night it's the opposite and they exhale carbon dioxide like us, that is why it's not advisable to have them in the bedroom.

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    3. This seems to be an important topic and there are differing views. However, the most viable is that you are correct in saying that day = less CO2 and more O2 (this is photosynthesis where atmospheric CO2 gets "fixed" into carbon based sugars, you are also correct in saying that the reverse is true at night. Plants, just like animals, also undergo cellular respiration where these sugars are broken down into fuel for the plant's metabolic demands. As is the case in humans, oxygen is consumed and carbon dioxide is a byproduct.

      However, a growing plant, by nature, is undergoing more photosynthesis than cell reso and so the net CO2 will be lower in your room than if the plant weren't there. Further, I believe that it takes one whole tree to produce the same amount of co2 as a human over the course of a night. A few indoor plants would fall quite short of such tree! In other words, the nighttime co2 synthesis is negligible and should not be something to worry about. Enjoy your indoor garden and let the plants sop up your partner's or your own exhaled co2 as you enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your bedroom plants!

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  5. Wonderful post! Any idea where that wonderful flower print is from?

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