3 Best Plants For Your Bedroom

By Danielle Wirsansky on June 8, 2018

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College students are often looking for easy, cheap, low maintenance, and creative ways to decorate their personal spaces. They want to be individuals, but without having to invest too much of their time, money, or energy into it. A great way for college students to spruce up their personal spaces is by using plants, which (if chosen carefully) can fit all of their criteria.

Plants are generally cheap, they are always creative, and they can be easy to care for and get if you pick the right kind. And plants are great decorations for your bedrooms in particular (not just because a bedroom may be the only private, personal space a college student has), but because while they can improve the mood and vibe of your bedroom, they are also very personal and telling. Not everyone likes every plant, so choosing ones that you like and are willing to take care of is key. So what are the best plants for your bedroom? Read on to learn what kind!

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Bamboo

Bamboo, you might be thinking? The stuff that pandas eat? Why would I want that in my bedroom? First of all, bamboo has a very modern aesthetic, growing tall and straight (unless you get curved ones), with clean lines. It’s a simple looking plant, without fuss. Throw a few in a vase with rocks, and they will thrive. They take very little care, you just have to be sure to add water to their vase when it runs low.

You also need to be sure to keep the roots of the bamboo safely ensconced in rocks because, if you did not know this, bamboo is actually one of the fastest growing plants in the world. In the right conditions, some can grow more than a foot a day! So to avoid having a crazy college story about some bamboo growing crazy fast in your room, just keep the roots in rocks so they cannot grow at even a fraction of that speed.

There are many other pros to keeping bamboo in your room, according to Bamboo Botanicals. This includes:

  • “Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and releases over 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere compared to an equivalent mass of trees.”
  • “Bamboo contains a natural bio-agent known as Bamboo Kun. Bamboo Kun is naturally anti-bacterial. It is so effective that it eliminates and prevents over 70% of bacteria that attempt to grow on it, whether this be in its natural or fabric form.”
  • “Bamboo Is Deodorizing … and can absorb large quantities of odor-causing bacteria.”

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Aloe Vera

Isn’t aloe vera that stuff you put on your skin when it gets sunburnt? Well, yes, it is, but where did that goopy gel come from? It came from a plant first! And this is a very cool and useful plant to keep in your bedroom. This plant has a more avant-garde aesthetic. With its long shoots and thorny edges, its certainly gives off a bit of an edgier vibe. But do not let its prickles deceive you—this plant has so many amazing properties, it almost does not seem like a real plant.

If you actually utilize all of the properties of the aloe plant, it will help you in so many different aspects of your life. This includes:

  • Treating a variety of skin issues or wounds, such as sunburns, burns, bug bites, dry skin, psoriasis, or frostbite.
  • Accelerating the healing process on dermal wounds.
  • When consumed, it can treat osteoarthritis, diabetes, the effects of radiation therapy, and as an incredibly strong laxative (so use with care!). When inhaled, it can also be used to treat asthma.
  • It can be used as a makeup remover and even hair conditioner when ground up, so you might be able to replace your store-bought goods with products you can make yourself with the aloe vera plant sitting happily on your bedside table.

Aloe vera plants are incredibly versatile and they thrive in indoor conditions. Why not try an aloe vera plant and see how it improves not only your decoration, but your life?

Spider Plant

You might be thinking, a spider plant? Really? My grandma has a spider plant. Everyone and their mom has a spider plant. How much more basic a plant can you get? Well, hold your horses there, because this plant has become basic because of all of the benefits it can provide you with.

First of all, it is wicked cool looking. It’s got long tendrils with stripes, which will certainly give your room a vibe. It is a flexible look, so it can mesh with any already established aesthetic. But the benefits are what should really push it over the edge for you, and this includes:

  • It removes air toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and carbon monoxide
  • It purifies the air very quickly at that

And this plant thrives in indoor conditions. So don’t let the door hit you on the way out as you run to purchase one of these life-changing plants!

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Danielle Wirsansky graduated from FSU with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She is a second year graduate student in FSU's History department where she serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and President of White Mouse Theatre Productions. She studied abroad in London, England for the Spring 2015 semester at FSU's study center for the Playwriting Program and interned for the English National Theatre of Israel in Summer of 2015. Her first musical, City of Light, opened as part of FSU's New Horizons Festival in Spring of 2016. She has also won the MRCE and URCAA Research grants from FSU. In the past, she served as the Marketing Director for the FSU Student Theatre Association, the intern for the Holocaust Education Resource Council, and the research assistant of Prof. Nathan Stoltzfus. She has previously written for Context Florida (Contributing Writer), USA Today College (Contributing Writer), Sheroes of History (Contributing Blogger), No(le)Reservations (Contributing Blogger), Female, Reloaded (Arts/Entertainment Editor) , I Want a Buzz Magazine (intern), Mandarin Newsline (youth arts update columnist), Distink Designs (Guest blogger), whatscheaper.com (associate editor), escapewizard.com (associate editor), Spark TLH (Contributor), the Tallahassee Democrat (contributor), Elan Literary Magazine (Head of Marketing), and the Improviser Newspaper (Opinions Editor).

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