But it should be noted that not all types of home plants are useful for children's health, because some of them can have an adverse effect on the body, cause allergic reactions, or simply traumatize the baby.
So, what kind of indoor plants can (and should) be placed in the nursery, and which ones should be discarded?
As you know, growing up children tend to taste everything that is within reach. Therefore, a number of domestic plants, in the leaves and fruits of which contain toxic substances, can be extremely dangerous for a child. These include:
- Nightshade - fruits of poisonous berries,
- large-root alokaziya - juice contains prussic acid and alkaloids,
- dieffenbachia, cynadeum - emit poisonous juice,
- oleander - all parts of the plant are extremely poisonous, and a strong smell can cause fainting.
Plants that can cause injury to a child include cacti and most types of aloe due to the presence of spines.
In addition, with great caution you need to treat plants with long thin leaves (for example, sansevieria, or "Teschin tongue").
- first, many of them have a rough edge that can be cut easily,
- secondly, the baby can easily knock a heavy pot over by pulling a long leaf.
Children have a very rich imagination, so some plants for the nursery, which are considered perfectly safe for health, can simply frighten the baby.
First of all, these are large palm crops and lianas (monstera, dracaena, philodendron) - after growing, they can cast fancy shadows that children can take at night as creepy monsters.
This includes plants that are potential allergens: all types of ferns, hydrangea, pelargonium, cyclamen, azalea.
For example, pelargonium (geranium) and kalanchoe may well find their place in the children's room of a child who is not prone to allergic reactions. In addition, allergies are often caused not by the leaves or flowers themselves, but by the spores of the fungus, which can start in the soil or on the plant itself.
Plant phytoncides are indoor plants that produce essential oils and other substances that can fight bacteria, chemical and toxic compounds. These include:
- Chlorophytum crested,
- citrus fruits (lemon, orange, mandarin),
Children are active and non-permanent creatures, so you should not choose capricious flowers for children, which require a lot of attention and do not tolerate any kind of damage.
Caring for indoor plants in the child’s room should be as simple as possible, so it’s best to choose unpretentious crops for beginning gardeners: violets, hibiscus, phalaenopsis, etc.
Lemon, orange and tangerine trees can be called the ideal choice for a child.
- Firstly, they are natural phytoncides, therefore all pathogens are killed indoors.
- secondly, such plants can easily be grown on their own from an ordinary stone, which will be very interesting for a baby. In this case, they will hardly bear fruit, but they will please the eye with thick, glossy green leaves, and with good care and beautiful white flowers.
The only condition that citrus trees require is bright lighting, so putting them better closer to the windows. Watering is necessary daily, but moderate, and in winter it is reduced to a minimum, and top dressing - only in summer.
Chlorophytum crested is a plant with long light green leaves, collected in small rosettes. It grows extremely fast, and in spring and summer produces thin shoots, on which small white flowers first appear, and then - small rosettes of leaves.
It is very easy to care for chlorophytum - it needs diffused lighting, moderate watering and infrequent feeding.
Another really baby flowers are called hibiscus, or simply a Chinese rose. Hibiscus is a compact tree with carved soft leaves and large, bright flowers of all shades of yellow and red (depending on the variety), which can be admired from April to October.
The plant not only revives the interior noticeably, but also has a beneficial effect on the composition of the air in the room and contributes to relieving tension and stress.
As for the simplicity of care, there is practically no equal to the hibiscus - it easily tolerates the lack of irrigation and temperature drops, but at the same time it “does not like” too frequent touches and, moreover, feelings.
Balsam - one of the most beautiful and durable household plants, which blooms with delicate flowers of pink or red tint. The plant tolerates heat and cool perfectly, is not afraid of drought or excessive watering, and can recover on its own even after serious misses in the care.
As for the beneficial properties of this plant, many gardeners argue that it has a soft, calm energy, and help the baby become more organized and collected, as well as "wake up" his creativity.
Myrtle is a small ornamental shrub that belongs to the family of evergreens.
The main feature of this plant is that its leaves are able to secrete volatile production, which disinfects and refreshes the air in the room, as well as actively struggling with microbes and allergens.
In addition, the child will certainly be interested in the molding process, because the bright green crown of myrtle can be given almost any shape.
It is fairly easy to grow myrtle on the windowsill - it is not afraid of temperature drops, drafts and sunlight. True, at the same time it requires quite frequent and abundant watering with settled water.
Saintpaulia, or Uzbebar violet is a real favorite of beginning flower growers, because this flower is perfect for learning how to grow, replant and root plants.
It has pleasant to the touch, velvety leaves and very touching, delicate flowers, collected in small rosettes.
Many fans of houseplants attribute Saintpaulias to not just healing, but truly magical properties - it can strengthen the immune system, bring harmony to the home atmosphere and smooth out conflicts.
As for the care, this flower does not require anything special - just a neat watering, soft lighting and rare turning.
Before you put any home plant in the nursery, do not forget to ask the opinion of the little owner or the hostess, because the baby must truly love the new tenant - then they will be happy to share with each other care and good mood.
Plants for the children's room
If you decide to decorate a nursery with houseplants, exclude all poisonous and sharp-smelling species and flowers that cause allergies. For example, it is not necessary to place the nightshade with beautiful and delicious, but poisonous berries in the children's room. Dieffenbachia is able to excrete poisonous juice - if a child tears off a leaf, he may suffer. More about toxic and poisonous plants, we have already told. Cacti, aloe, and euphorbia are dangerous for children with thorns or thorns.
Some plants do not like being hurt or turned. These moody colors are also better to find a quieter place - suddenly your child wants to explore a green pet. For example, a ficus with a rearrangement can lose all the leaves.
But if it already seems to you that it’s impossible to arrange flowers in the house where the children live, we hasten to reassure: there are completely safe indoor plants. We will talk about them.
In addition to the balsam is absolutely non-toxic for children and animals, it is also quite unpretentious: Balsam calmly outlast the dry soil and temperature changes. If the children are already grown up, the balsam is suitable for teaching them to care and responsibility.
Fittonia grows slowly, so usually it is a small plant. Fittonia has very beautiful leaves, it is safe for children and animals, but you can't call it unpretentious: Fittonia is demanding for the air temperature and needs uniform watering (it suffers both with a lack of water and an excess). Fittonii need a bright place, but not bright sunlight, and moist air without spraying. So there is no better place than a nursery for her: in this room it is usually warm, light, there are no drafts and a humidifier works - everything that this plant loves.
Dracaena - a spectacular large tree, like a palm tree. Loves good lighting and uniform watering. It is impossible to allow the soil to dry out, but it is also unacceptable to flood the plant. If the room is hot, dracaena should be sprayed. Placing a large dragon fruit in the nursery, remember that children may be interested in the soil in a large pot. Perhaps worth the wait until they grow up. A small plant can be placed there, where children's hands do not reach.
6. Christmas Cactus
Christmas cactus in Russia is also called "Decembrist", because it blooms in December. Despite the name "cactus", it has no spines, it is completely safe for children and animals. This plant is a succulent, in care it is unpretentious. During the flowering period does not tolerate a change of location.
7. The fat woman
This is a very popular succulent, which is also called the "money tree". He, too, is quite unpretentious, like all succulents, and will forgive mistakes in care. The fat woman needs watering as the soil dries and good lighting. Periodically it is necessary to wipe its leaves from dust.
We have already told you about arrowroot, it is a shade-tolerant plant with variegated leaves. It will decorate a children's room. Marante needs frequent watering and humid air.
Hibiscus - a magnificent plant with large bright flowers. About the safety of hibiscus convincingly says that its petals are brewed into tea, and young leaves are eaten. Hibiscus loves bright lighting, in the summer and spring, it should be hidden from direct sunlight. Watering plentiful, in autumn and winter moderate. In winter, hibiscus has a rest period, which it is better for him to spend in a cool place.
Sansevieria, or, as it is also called, "Teschin language"
This is an easy-to-care and unpretentious plant, with beautiful decorative leaves and white small flowers. There are many varieties of sansevieria that differ in the type of pattern on the leaves. It grows well, but loves care and frequent rubbing of leaves. This plant is able to purify the air, so it is simply necessary in the nursery.
The leaves of this tree emit essential oils, due to which the air in the room is filled with freshness, lightness and cleanliness. In addition, it has an antimicrobial effect. The fruits and inflorescences of the lemon tree also possess these properties. At the same time, essential oils do not have a pronounced smell, which allows the child to almost not feel the presence of wood in the room, and this, in turn, does not interfere with falling asleep.
This plant does not require serious care and does not emit a strong aroma during flowering. There are many species of this non-poisonous plant.
It will not disregard either children or adults, moreover, cypress has anti-bactericidal properties, which allows you to kill fungi and bacteria in the air. In addition, he as a vacuum cleaner attracts dust and cleans the air. At the same time, you should consider how this plant can be organized shower.
This plant produces essential oils that work as a filter, cleaning the air in the room from dust and bacteria, which has a positive effect on the baby’s lungs. Begonia is not against regular watering, but it does not apply to spraying. It prefers places that are well lit by sunlight, but not direct. On the leaves of begonia, there is some pubescence, which is absolutely harmless and is not able to cause injury to others.
Widespread indoor ornamental plant, which can be known under the name "zygokaktus." It is also called the Christmas star, because, as it blooms for this holiday. Some argue that it can not be rearranged from place to place, due to the fact that after that it can not bloom. The other half claims that it has no effect on flowering. Who to believe is unknown. It is better to plant at home and check experimentally, because this flower deserves special attention, as it blooms very beautifully.
This plant is also called the "Chinese rose". This plant can grow in height up to 2 meters, therefore, it is better to put it in the nursery for young people. The Chinese rose is not poisonous and does not have a strong aroma, but it blooms very beautifully pink, burgundy, yellow, etc. inflorescences, at the same time, flowers can be both simple and terry. This majestic plant can successfully take its place in the nursery, while creating a unique, majestic comfort.
Not a poisonous plant and absolutely not requiring enhanced care, which can be safely accommodated in the children's room. Tradescantia has excellent decorative characteristics and is able to decorate any interior.
This plant is a decor and can successfully settle down in a room with a frequently ill child. It purifies the air and fills it with phytoncides, from which many disease-causing microbes die. Peperomiya develops well in the shadows, without losing the properties of flowering. In addition, this plant can forgive any oversights.
People call it “the flower of happiness,” or something like that. It does not require much time for maintenance, but it can moisturize and clean the air. This flower very often lives in children's rooms, for the sake of maintaining an atmosphere of happiness and love. But not only these qualities attract the attention of many people. Most likely, this plant is widely popular because of its decoration and the ability to take an aesthetic appearance. Spathiphyllum looks very good with its large flowers and leaves.
Choosing a plant in the nursery is a very crucial stage in the life of not only adults, but also children. Adults should make sure that the flower or tree is absolutely safe and, at the same time, creates a certain comfort. Moreover, it should be explained to the child that it is a living plant that requires care and attention. The child must be psychologically adjusted in the sense that with this plant they will have to live together (or three), helping each other. The plant will clean the air, and the child (because of its capabilities) takes care of your pet. There simply should be no other alternatives for choosing a plant for the nursery, otherwise there is no point in placing it in the nursery in general.
8. Schlumbergera (ekabrist)
Very famous and popular houseplant, also known as zygocactus. Many people know him as “Christmas star” or “Christmas cactus”, because he dismisses his star-shaped flowers in time for this holiday.
The Decembrist, or Zygocactus
I can also refute the opinion that if the Decembrist is rearranged, he will not bloom.
My mother several times rearranged to different places, the flowering is not reflected, although many are not uncommon.
Decembrist in bloom again
13 best plants for nursery
Fittonia is not only unpretentious, non-toxic and affordable, but also very beautiful due to the diversity and color of its leaves. Depending on the variety, they can be green, red, yellow, purple and even pink! Just imagine how organically fit into the interior of a girl's room is such a delicate plant.
Teschin language (Sansevieria)
Sansevieria is a rather unpretentious plant with pretty decorative leaves and small white flowers. It grows well and rather quickly, but loves a special care. It is recommended to clean the leaves with a damp cloth every two days - when sansevieria breathes, it cleans the nursery from substances released from furniture or flooring. In this collection of photos you can see examples of how this plant looks spectacular in the interior of a nursery.
This species of ficus has large leaves, shaped like a beautiful musical instrument lyre. At home, the lyric ficus grows by 20-25 cm per year and quickly turns into a magic tree. A child will be able to care for his ficus independently: it is enough to water it once a week in winter and 2-3 times a week in summer, periodically wipe and spray leaves.
Kalanchoe is a rather popular plant that does not require special care, blooms with beautiful pink, white, yellow, red or lilac flowers and has a pleasant smell. Его не зря называют «комнатным доктором» — каланхоэ способно снижать количество вредных микроорганизмов в воздухе, а его сок обладает противовоспалительным, кровоостанавливающим, заживляющим раны действием.
This cute plant is ideal for almost everything - it does not need to be watered, fed, transplanted, sprayed and illumined with phytolamps often. In short, a dream for a lazy grower! However, it has a drawback - poisonous leaves. Eating them causes poisoning, and the juice on the skin - a small burn. For this reason, zamiokulkas can be put in the room only for an older child, who most certainly will not risk trying it to taste.
Fern Boston (Nephrolepis)
Indoor ferns are non-toxic and unpretentious, and they are also good because they grow quickly. Ferns are said to help schoolchildren cope with stress and recuperate.
Herbs for Salads
In addition to flowers and plants, a child can independently grow spicy herbs on his windowsill. It will be not only interesting, but also useful for the whole family. We advise you to start creating a mini-vegetable garden with the planting of watercress and basil, which grow all year round, produce crops quickly and do not require complicated care. But on the cultivation of onions and parsley is better to refuse. Onions smell too much, and parsley grows poorly and slowly.
Geranium is a bright and fragrant flower, whose scent can soothe, beautify, add freshness, and also hide some unpleasant odors. In addition, it destroys pathogenic microbes around itself, scares insects, and its leaves can be completely used for medicinal purposes. For example, with otitis or toothache. And at the same time, you should be careful with this flower, as it can cause allergies.
And some more tips on the maintenance and design of the garden
The following tips will help you and your baby create the perfect home garden in the nursery:
- Children are happy to take care of plants and flowers, if they treat them as their "pets". Suggest your baby to give a green friend a funny name and tell a well-known fact — kind words and listening to beautiful music in the room helps the plants grow better and faster.
- It is more pleasant and interesting for a child to engage in gardening when the plants “live” in pretty pots and flower pots. By the way, they can be transformed or made by hand. In the next selection of photos you can learn some original ideas.
These pots are cut from the bottom of plastic bottles and painted with acrylic paints.
The old globe may have a new life in the form of flower pots
The body of a toy truck - it is almost ready pots!
In a couple of minutes you can turn a dull monophonic pot into ... a head with green hair
If simple clay pots do not fit into the interior of the nursery, just paint them with acrylic paint in the desired color.
- Plants that tolerate dry air well and do not need frequent watering - for example, ferns - can not only be placed on the upper shelves, but also suspended. So you will save space and decorate the interior in an original way.
- A home garden and work area can be perfectly arranged by the window together - the main thing is that the plants do not interfere with the penetration of daylight.
- Large trees and bushes are best kept in mobile pots on wheels. So you can easily change their location and facilitate the cleaning of the room.
What should be the plants for the children's room
In the first place in importance, you can put the ability of plants to improve the characteristics of the air. A flower for children should refresh and purify the air, be a source of volatile production, have qualities for combating dust and allergens. It is better that the selected culture was devoid of aggressive properties and external indicators. Combined the ability to improve the air in the room (and not absorb oxygen) with a positive appearance (soft lines, visually and with pleasant leaves).
Important!Even very beautiful, but large flowerpots are not suitable for a nursery, as they are capable of scaring a child at night with insufficient lighting. The child will be curious to consider, twirl, touch the pot. Contacts are inevitable. Therefore, it is not necessary to buy plants that react negatively to changes in the growing environment, touches, turns.
Give preference to indoor plants capable of rapid growth, recovery from injuries, having an attractive appearance in any conditions, they are better suited for children who are sure to try to check the vases for strength. Do not opt for plants that are easy to knock over, unstable, classic ampel.
Important!Do not allow room flowers to appear in the nursery with poisonous fruits or any other parts of the plant that have thorns or could cause injury in another way (for example, like tsiperus). Plants with strong aroma are also not desirable. For this reason, lily, gardenia or orchid in the nursery is not desirable.
Rules for placement of indoor plants
Even useful plants in a child’s room should be placed with care, following some rules.
- First, they should not be located in the places of active games and sleep of children, should not interfere.
- Secondly, should not prevent the ingress of sunlight into the room.
- Third, do not overdo it with the amount.
- Fourth, consider the age of the baby.
Consider in more detail the last two points.
How to calculate the number of plants on the square of the room
Too many indoor plants will drastically reduce the amount of oxygen in the nursery at night. Yes, and this will complicate the air circulation, because the pots will release volatile substances that will not have time to disperse. Count on 1-2 vases for every 4.5-5 m. One large plant will replace 3-4 smaller ones.
Planting a nursery according to the age of your child
Conventionally, there are several age periods related to the landscaping of a child’s room.
- 0-6 months. In order not to burden the infant's immune system, it is worth refraining from placing any plants in his room.
- 6-12 months. During this period, you can put in the nursery first pot. Choose a place for him so that the child can see and consider him, because at this age everything is the subject of study. Pick a plant without strong aroma.
- 1-2 years. The child can already move independently, actively studies the world around him and tries a lot "to the tooth". Accordingly, whatever flowers you decide to put in the nursery, they should be out of reach of the crumbs. Suitable, for example, hanging pots or high shelves.
- 2-5 years. This is the age of "why". Houseplants can serve as a visual aid for the development of flora. Indeed, it is much easier to answer a question, give a living example, rather than explain it in words. In addition, for the development of responsibility and diligence, the baby can already be charged with caring for his own flower.
Perfectly cleans the air from the exhaust gases trapped in the room, disinfects it. And also serves as an absorbent of harmful substances that may be contained in paints and solvents. According to popular belief, it is believed that the chrysanthemum is able to protect the household from the evil eye.
For children suitable only young, low instances. It is not poisonous, without a pronounced aroma, it has very beautiful simple or double yellow, burgundy, pink flowers. Adherents of Feng Shui philosophy believe that this plant has good and even useful energy.
What plants in the nursery to put undesirable
There are also plants that should not be in the nursery. For example, ficus, like other plants that absorb oxygen, is not desirable in the nursery. The “undesirable” also includes vases with a strong aroma, as mentioned above, as well as poisonous (oleander, croton, aglaonema, spurge, nightshade), traumatic (cacti, yucca, dracaena).
Remember: correctly selected plants will have a positive effect on the psycho-emotional state of the child, his health (thanks to volatile production), reduce the noise level and accumulate toxins, gases and dust. And for you there is information about which flowers can and should not be placed in the nursery, as well as advice on their placement.