Why can’t flowers be placed near the bed? Where do your favorite violets not belong? Do cacti help fight computer radiation? The answers to these questions are in our material about the ten most inappropriate places for indoor plants. This article owes its birth to our reader’s comment on the social network that flowers should never be placed on the nightstand next to the bed. And indeed, they will be touched by the book, accidentally knocked over by an elbow, or overturned in the dark. A sad ending is a matter of time.
On the Internet – including our portal – you can find countless tips on choosing indoor plants and caring for them, charts of the most unpretentious green “pets,” and recommendations for placing them in the house. But there is surprisingly little information about which places in the apartment are not suitable for plants at all. But there are many of them – especially if you are an inexperienced florist or children and curious animals in your house. This article has collected ten places where it is better not to keep flowers.
1- On the bedside table
In the morning, without opening your eyes, you reach for the alarm clock; without looking, put a book, mug, or glasses on the nightstand; gesticulate violently in your sleep. One awkward movement of the hand – and a flower perched near the bed in a pot or vase will be on the floor.
2- In the bathroom
Of course, there are several tropical plants for which heat and moisture are practically their native habitat, but there are still few. In addition, as a rule, there are no windows in Russian bathrooms, which means that such conditions will be suitable only for those plants that, in addition to the specific climate, tolerate artificial lighting well.
3- On the wardrobe
Or on a high shelf. The main reason you should not place flowers under the ceiling is the difficulty of watering them. Not only is it simply inconvenient to reach the cherished pot with a watering can every time, but it is also unsafe for the plant itself, which can be accidentally knocked over, and for everything that is under it: when watering blindly, there is a risk of accidentally spilling water and not even notice it.
4- Near the computer
The idea that cacti can neutralize harmful radiation is nothing more than a common myth. Neither a cactus nor any other plant will make working at a computer less dangerous, and for them, such a neighborhood will not be beneficial. Why? Firstly, computer ventilation dries the air, and dry air is the main enemy of plants. Secondly, they do not like noise, the source of which is, among other things, working equipment, and thirdly, radiation affects flowers in the same way as per person.
5- On the kitchen
It seems that there is a place for flowers in the kitchen, but this is true only if two essential conditions are met. Firstly, they do not stand at hand and do not interfere with your work, and you, in turn, do not strive to touch the pot with your elbow accidentally. Secondly, the kitchen is spacious enough to give the flowers a well-lit and ventilated (but by no means drafty!) the place where they will not be touched by heat, steam, and drops of fat during cooking.
6- Where the children play
Everything is obvious here: if there are children in the house who can at least crawl, any object knocked over becomes a potential source of danger. And if your favorite cactus does not fall on the child’s head, then the thorns stuck in the palms of your hands or just a mountain of earth on the floor are also not the most pleasant consequences. And the plant itself, if you drop it from the windowsill or stand, accidentally hit it on the run, or hit it with a ball, will only suffer.
7- On battery
The radiator during the heating period is a source of hot and dry air, which means that the number one enemy of almost all plants. And even if you do not put them directly on the battery, you need to ensure that the heat emanating from it does not reach the windowsill. And if this still happens and there is nowhere to rearrange the flowers, then all sorts of gardeners’ tricks will help you: protective films or screens, air humidifiers, water trays, or just wet towels on the battery.
8- In the animal access area
If you have a pet and want your houseplant to live a long and happy life, ensure there is no way for your four-legged friend to get to it. Boredom, curiosity, bad parenting, or just a lack of vitamins are the reasons why your cat or dog nibbles on leaves, bites off a bud or digs up the earth in a pot.
9- In the open sun
The window sill is the most popular place for indoor plants, but few of them like exposure to direct sunlight. Except for succulents growing in deserts, most house flowers prefer diffused light. That is why it is better not to put them on the southern windowsill without any barriers to sunlight.
10- On the aisle
In the current industrial age, people are increasingly striving for nature, and therefore we are trying to arrange a small garden even in our apartment. Increasingly popular are cacti on the windowsill and plants of all sizes in tubs on the floor or in pots on the walls. And the more of them, the better! Eco-fashion like this is excellent, but make sure one of your plants isn’t in an aisle, in an arch, or near a door. The consequences can be, as always, sad for both the flower and the owner: firstly, there is a risk of tripping over the plant, especially in the dark, and secondly, in such places, a draft often walks on the floor, which is no less destructive for flowers, than dry air.