Can Succulents Survive In A Bedroom: Everything You Need To Know

There’s no doubt that succulents are becoming more and more popular and can be a great addition to your home but that doesn’t mean they can survive in any room. Of course, they’re perfectly happy in a well-ventilated room with plenty of light but what about in a bedroom? Can succulents really survive in a bedroom, and if they can is it okay to keep them there? 

Can succulents survive in a bedroom? There’s no doubt that succulents can happily live (and thrive) in a bedroom that has plenty of natural light. If your bedroom doesn’t get at least two hours of natural light a day then you’re better off with low light succulents such as aloe vera, haworthia, and even snake plant.

Can succulents survive in a bedroom?

As far as your succulents are concerned a bedroom is no different to any other room except that it’s darker at nighttime. With this in mind, they can not only survive in your bedroom but, providing their basic needs (light, water, and ventilation) are met there’s no reason why your succulents can’t thrive in your bedroom.

Can succulents survive in a bedroom without much light?

While some varieties of succulents can survive with less light than others they do all, to some extent, need light. As a very general rule, succulents need somewhere between two and six hours of sunlight a day but that doesn’t necessarily have to be natural light.

If your bedroom doesn’t get much light at all or if you keep the curtains or blinds closed then you might want to think about either moving them to a sunnier spot during the day or investing in some grow lights. These can be great at boosting the amount of natural light your plant gets and are ideal if your succulent isn’t getting enough. If you’re thinking about getting some glow light I can highly recommend WAKYME LED lights which you can buy on Amazon. Over the years I’ve tried a range of different lights and have found these to be the best. They’re cheap (and cheap to run) and give a good spectrum of light.

Can succulents survive in a bedroom with air conditioning?

I asked my friend recently why they didn’t have any plants in their house and was shocked when they said it was because they had air conditioning and didn’t think the plants would like this. To be honest, I’d never heard of this before but, because I have air conditioning and dozens of succulents, wanted to see if there was any substance to this so decided to see if whether or not the air con was on made any difference to the plants. 

After many months of trying to see if my plants preferred the air con on or off, I came to the conclusion it didn’t matter at all. As long as the air wasn’t blowing directly on the plants they seemed to do just as well regardless of whether it was turned on or not. 

So to sum it up, air conditioning doesn’t make any difference to your succulent at all.

Is it a good idea to have succulents in your bedroom?

Okay, so we’ve talked about whether succulents can survive in your bedroom but what about whether you should keep them in there? That’s another question but one that is actually quite simple to answer.

I’ve heard a lot of people say you shouldn’t keep plants in your bedroom, at least at night time, because they breathe out carbon dioxide. While it’s definitely true that most plants do exhale carbon dioxide at night succulents, in fact, produce oxygen around the clock. It’s also worth pointing out that while a lot of plants do breathe out carbon dioxide at night it’s nowhere near the amount that people do which means that it’s fine to keep any plant (even a tree if it’s possible) in your bedroom at night.

As you can see it’s fine to keep any plant in your bedroom, but the question really is whether or not it’s a good idea, after all, there’s a big difference between something being okay and a good idea. Luckily though it’s way more than okay to keep succulents in your bedroom, it can actually have a beneficial effect!

To start with they can help to clean the air but more importantly, they can help you to get a better, more restful night’s sleep. Wow, they’re big claims I hear you say, but wait there’s plenty of evidence to back this up.

A study carried out by NASA in the 1980s found that some succulents can remove as much as 87% of all harmful impurities from the air. Want to know more about this? Check out this article on how succulents purify the air.

What about helping you sleep? This isn’t just a succulent lover trying to convince you of the benefits of these beautiful plants, again this has been backed up by scientific research. A 2004 study found that, because succulents produce oxygen throughout the night, it significantly increases the amount of deep sleep somebody gets. And we all know that getting enough deep sleep means you’re more likely to wake refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Want to know more about how succulents can help you get a good night’s sleep? Check out my recent article on improving your sleep.

Where in your bedroom should you put your succulents?

Now that we know succulents can easily survive in your bedroom the question is whereabouts in your room should you put them? This of course is, to some extent, dependent on what your bedroom is like and how much light it gets.

I have four succulents in my bedroom (two echeverias, one snake plant, and an aloe vera) which has south-facing windows. The room has a good flow of air but also has blackout blinds. While this is obviously not going to be the case for everybody I’ve found that having the echeverias on the window sills and the others by the door has worked out to be the best. This means that all of the plants get enough light throughout the day. 

With the above in mind, it’s safe to say that it’s better to put your succulents where they’ll get plenty of light. If you have an en suite bathroom then I’d also recommend not putting the plant in the bathroom, at least if the door is shut, as succulents aren’t a fan of humidity.


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