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Should i have pot plants in the bedroom?

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by marek on February 13, 2004 09:35 PM
There is an argument going on in my house.
We have 7 pot plants in our bedroom- most of them tropical ones. My wife says that they take away oxigen from air and produce C02, therefore it is not healthy to have plants in the bedroom. I think quite oposite. Please help, who is right.
by loz on February 13, 2004 10:07 PM
With sufficient sunlight houseplants produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Plants respire though, and respiration produces CO2, although this the highest at night. Producing oxygen requires sunlight from photsynthesis so at night or when there isn't enough light some plants will put out C02--I don't think it an alarmingly high level though. I am not an expert but I believe some plants do put out oxygen at night though succulents, and orchids I think. Keep checking back and Will Creed our houseplant expert will surely have a better answer for you.
by marek on February 13, 2004 10:13 PM
Thanx a lot for a quick response.
Plants are between 2 and 5 feet high. Bedroom is rather big- about 400 SQF, plenty of southern sunlight. Plants are all green- no flowers.
I would love to add more, but my wife is afraid of digrading air quality in the room- is it really the case????
by Jiffymouse on February 13, 2004 11:49 PM
[wayey] welcome to the garden helper marek [wayey]
loz is correct about the plants. actually, plants can and do clean the air. a nasa study that was discussed listed 10 or so of the best air filtering plants per the study. also, green plants lower the blood pressure and relieve stress. also, with a room that big, the only thing your plants are going to do is make it healthier! if you go to forum search (at the top of most pages) you can find the topic about the benefits on the houseplants.
by marek on February 14, 2004 12:48 AM
Thank you all for your help.
by weezie13 on February 14, 2004 01:16 AM
What kind of plants you two have, Marek????


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by njoynit on February 14, 2004 08:49 AM
Last year I had 73 houseplants just one room.I bet I had the best air in TX.I'm better this year only 48 but it was 23.but I just keep increaseing.that room was 12x16 south and lots of window.

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by Will Creed on February 14, 2004 11:28 PM
Most plants do tend to produce a slight reduction in oxygen after dark. However, that oxygen loss is more tha made up for during the daylight hours when oxygen is produced.

If you lived in a nearly airtight room filled with plants at night but removed during the day, then that might be a problem. But that is not a very likely scenario!

Tell your wife to enjoy the plants knowing that they are adding some oxygen to the air and removing at least some of the pollutants.
by Newt on February 15, 2004 02:11 AM
Here's that NASA study that Jiffymouse mentioned.


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by Flower on February 15, 2004 02:24 AM
Gee....that was an interesting study....thanks for sharing.

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by Wildpup on February 18, 2004 07:17 AM
I just had a little chuckle and wanted to share. You might want to be a little more clear in your headings, Marek. When you said you had 7 pot plants in your bedroom, I thought you were referring to actual "pot" plants, as in the illegal kind. I just had to see if it was for real.

hee hee

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by iowadahlia on February 19, 2004 02:14 AM
ha ha wildpup i had to read that twice too.

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