Plants can be demanding, and while some do great in any environment, others do not and need certain things to flourish. Some areas may be great for plants while others may not, depending on your living space. If you have cacti, you may be wondering if they can be kept in the bedroom.
You can keep a cactus in a bedroom as long as it has access to the proper amount of sunlight. You’ll also want to make sure your bedroom is relatively dry so that the cactus isn’t living with too much moisture.
This article will discuss more about keeping a cactus in your bedroom, great cactus options, and Fung Shui regarding your cactus.
Keeping a Cactus in Your Bedroom
A cactus can be kept anywhere in your house as long as it has access to sunlight and the room is relatively dry. For example, you wouldn’t want to put your cactus in a room with a humidifier. If your bedroom has a window, it’s best to put it near the window or somewhere the sunlight will reach it.
If you have pets, you’ll want to keep your cactus out of their reach if they are curious animals. You definitely don’t want them trying to bite or play with your cactus.
For tips on how to keep your cactus alive indoors regarding watering etc., read: How Long Can an Indoor Cactus Go Without Water.
What if Your Bedroom Has Minimal Light?
If your bedroom has minimal light, there are a few types of cactus that do well in low light conditions. These include Scarlet Ball, Crown, Zebra and Christmas cactus.
Some bedrooms don’t have windows, and some have tiny windows that don’t let in a lot of light. If this is the case, then these low light cacti are viable options.
- Scarlet Ball Cactus: this small round cactus with red and yellow flowers is perfect for low light conditions.
- Crown Cactus: The crown cactus likes to grow in groups and has flowers that bloom between them. Although this cactus prefers a lot of sunlight, it can still live in low light conditions.
- Zebra Cactus: This small cactus is easy to care for and turns red when exposed to too much sun. The cactus prefers the shade and low light.
- Christmas Cactus: A Christmas cactus needs long periods out of the sun for its flowers to bloom. This cactus would be perfect if you had a small window that produced minimal light.
Health Benefits of Having a Cactus in Your Bedroom
Believe it or not, having a cactus in your bedroom comes with several health benefits. Not only are cacti aesthetically pleasing, but they can also help you in many different ways.
- Improves air quality: A cactus can take carbon monoxide from the air and turn it into oxygen. So having a cactus can improve the air quality in your home. You might even want to have several for best results.
- Decreases stress: Having plants in your home has been known to decrease stress levels. Plants can help create a calm relaxing environment. According to Cactus Way, it has been proven that plants in hospital rooms have helped patients recover faster due to the comfortable environment they create.
- Noise Reduction: Cactus are fantastic to have in your home because they can absorb noise, make your home quieter, and enable you to hear those noisy neighbors a little less. So, if there’s noise keeping you awake at night, keep some cacti in your bedroom to help reduce the sounds.
In ancient Chinese culture, Feng Shui is the belief that arranging things in your home, such as furniture, plants, etc., can affect the flow of good or bad energy in your home. There are different rules for each room and particular areas in the room to reach the highest level of good energy.
Cacti are considered bad energy because of their spikes and are only “allowed” in specific areas of your home, such as at the front or back door. For good feng shui, it is recommended not to place your cactus in your bedroom. This placement will give you an unbalanced room and invite negative energy to your bedroom.
It has been said that those who put a cactus in their bedroom feel itchy and experience poking, but nothing has happened to them physically. According to Feng Shui, this is said to be because the cactus has prickly spines that are known to “shoot and poke you with negative energy.” So, if you’re concerned about Fung Shui, keep that in mind.
The question “Can a cactus be kept in a bedroom?” would be answered with a no according to the laws of Feng Shui. However, in general, yes, you can keep your cactus in your bedroom if you like. Just make sure it’s getting enough sunlight.
Pets and Cacti
You’ll want to be careful when bringing cacti into your home for those who have four-legged family members. It is evident that cacti are not suitable for your pets to try to play with or chew on.
Even though the cactus has spikes, many animals are curious and might try to play with or bite it when first introduced as they try to see what it’s all about.
So, you must keep your cacti out of reach or train your pets not to mess with them. Doing so is for their safety and the health of your wallet because no one wants an unexpected vet visit.
Pets like cats and dogs don’t like the bitter citrus taste of oranges. Placing orange peels on top of the soil has been known to help deter them from wanting to mess with your plants and doing so won’t harm the plants.
You can also purchase cat grass for your cats. This plant is entirely safe and meant for cats to bite and chew on. The plant will give them something to occupy them and keep their attention off yours.
Placement of Cacti in Your Bedroom
If you decide to put a cactus or multiple cacti in your bedroom, it might be hard to determine what area of the room would be best. You’ll also want to make sure the cacti can get sunlight wherever you decide to place them.
A great idea would be if you had a good sized windowsill so that they can get sunlight while decorating your window. Placing them like this will also look super cute from the outside of your home.
You could also get plant pant hangers, a plant stand with multiple tiers, or a corner shelf to keep your cactus out of the way.
It’s acceptable for you to keep a cactus in the bedroom as long as it gets the sunlight it needs and the room is relatively dry.
If you believe in Feng Shui, then a cactus should not be in your bedroom because it’s said to bring negative energy. However, this decision is entirely up to you.
If you have pets make sure to keep them away from your cactus because it can cause them harm. You can place your cactus on a shelf, a stand on the floor, or in a plant hanger as long as it’s getting sunlight.