To safeguard teen’s interest in gardening, we should provide them with the appropriate plants, tools and information so that their garden doesn’t die out on them.
As their bedroom is their private space, their indoor garden can be concentrated there. Indoor plants in the bedroom have been proven to be very beneficial so we are going to focus on a couple of them for our teens. First let us see what can be reaped from such plants.
Importance of bedroom plants
Certain houseplants help to purify the air by removing toxins from the air. Placing such plants in the bedroom, help in improving sleep. This is because the plants provide plenty of fresh, clean oxygen that help soothe and reduces both anxiety and stress level.
Therefore, a teen with a more peaceful sleep and anxious free will result in a happy teen rather than a grumpy one. Now let’s see how we can make use of such benefits.
How to build your garden?
It doesn’t require much to build an indoor garden in your teen’s bedroom. The basic things needed are bedroom plants, soil, pots and small gardening tools. Let’s take a look at the plants.
You can choose from several plants but here are a few air purifying plants below which will be ideal for your teen’s bedroom:
Aloe vera is considered as a medicinal plant and one of the best plants for bedroom. It releases oxygen even at night. It also purifies the air and has healing properties.
- It should be placed in bright indirect light.
- It should be watered only when the soil is dry, about once a week.
- Its life span varies from 5-25 years depending on its size.
- It is edible but unsafe to eat if not prepared properly because it can cause harmful side effects.
Tips: Aloe vera will do well in terra cotta pot with draining holes which dries faster than other pots. Do consider one for your teen.
The snake plant is an ornamental climbing plant rich in oxygen. It is also another one of those plants with nighttime oxygen production which makes it ideal for bedroom.
This helps with better sleep. It absorbs toxins such as excessive carbon monoxide through its leaves and produce pure oxygen. It filters other toxins from the air as well.
- It is however toxic causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if eaten by human or pets.
- It needs indirect sunlight.
- It rots easily so make sure the soil is well drained.
- Allow soil to dry between watering and avoid wetting the leaves.
- It can grow pretty tall but it is a slow grower. To reduce the height cut the tall leaves at the very base. The younger leaves will continue to grow.
- It blooms when it is mature.
- Its average lifespan is 5- 10 years. Taken good care off, it can last for many more years.
- Though it loves dry air, it can still thrive in humid environment such as the bathroom.
- If it is given very little water and high light level it will bloom, producing a flower stalk.
- You can make use of a small shallow pot such as an oval medium ceramic planter.
The little plantlets at the end of the long wiry stems are spidery thus giving this plant its name. The beauty of it is that it is non-toxic for pets.
It is actually edible but few people eat their leaves. It removes toxin from the air. The moisture given off by its small white flowers can increase humidity in the room.
- Its lifespan is over 20 years.
- It flourishes in bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight may scorch the leaves.
- It can however happily live in low light too.
- It prefers moderately humid environment but can survive in low humidity.
- Semi-shady to partial direct light allows it to be grown in bathroom.
- It should be provided with well-drained soil.
- You can water it once a week to allow water to dry.
- Excess water should be removed.
Spider plants are runners thus they produce babies. A tight container like a pot will prevent the production of babies. In retrospect, you can add babies to the pot to make it look bushier.
It has high tolerance and don’t need much attention which makes it an ideal plant for your teen.
- Can also be grown in a hanging basket but it gets real big.
- When roots are above the soil it is an indication that it is time to repot or it might break the pot.
Few tools will be needed for your teen’s bedroom garden. A small spade and fork will suffice. You can provide them with a lovely watering can such as the decorative copper colored watering can to facilitate watering.
These plants usually need well drained soils. This can be a mixture of sand and potting soil.
Bedroom plants garden arrangement
The garden design is an important factor to consider. It should be simple and convenient for the teen. It should be noted that a number of plants in the bedroom will be more beneficial than just one. Several plants will produce more level of oxygen to aid in sleep.
- Some plants can be place on window sills such as the Aloe Vera.
- You can hang some from the ceiling or walls such as the spider plant.
- Other plants such as the snake plant can be neatly placed on shelves.
- Nonetheless, you can have a mixture of these plants in a corner of the bedroom for visual effect or a focal point.
A guide to keeping happy household plants: leaf supply
To supplement your teen’s interest in plants and gardening this book will be a great gift. It is full of tips on how to grow and take care of your household plants. This amazing book will make gardening so much easier and fun for your teen with easy to follow instructions.
I therefore encourage giving such a book to your teen as they get engage in their bedroom garden.
As can be seen, an indoor garden is very beneficial health wise. These types of live plants in the house will increase the level of oxygen available. This is one of the easiest ways to provide your family with cleaner air and also a relaxing atmosphere.
It is always great to gift the young ones with activities that will bring them awareness. A garden which can also be viewed as a consumable gift will also bring forth a sense of responsibility. Building these qualities in our teens is a must.
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