Top 10 houseplants for the nursery

houseplants for the nursery

Not every beautiful flower can be used for landscaping the nursery.

Toddlers are not only capable of accidentally knocking over the pot, but also to taste its contents. To neighborhood plants do not turn into problems, home flowers for children’s rooms should be chosen with particular care.

The riskiest for the nursery are considered poisonous, prickly, as well as strongly smelling species – they should be avoided in the first place. Poisonous substances are usually contained in the sap of plants, although some species can cause irritation by mere contact with their leaves or shoots. You should also find out in advance whether a plant can trigger allergies. It can be caused by pollen and flower sap.

But it is not necessary to completely deprive the child of greenery. Properly selected plantings can decorate the room without causing any harm. In addition, joint care for flowers can serve an educational purpose, gradually instilling in the kid love of nature and plant life. Among the most common plants for the nursery are known flowers such as:


Begonia is one of the perfectly proven plants for the nursery. In addition to beautiful foliage and flowers, it contributes to air purification by emitting beneficial phytoncides.

To grow begonia is well suited to bright southern windows. Watering such plants should be moderate, waiting for the top of the soil to dry out. Spraying the pubescent leaves of begonias is not necessary, in addition, the flower is protected from cold draughts and fertilized with the appropriate type of compositions.


Unlike many plants, the Schlumbergera blooms not in summer, but at the end of the year: this feature is reflected in its name. The flower is also known as Christmas or zygocactus, as well as – Schlumbergera. For its cultivation, you should choose a cool and slightly shaded, but still bright place. The most abundant watering the Schlumbergera will need only during the formation of buds, so care for such a plant will be minimal – it can be entrusted to a child without fear. In addition, according to popular beliefs, Schlumbergera can clean the room from negative energy.


Bright flowers of kalanchoe do not have a pronounced fragrance, so they can safely keep in the nursery. The main thing is to provide the plant in a moderately sunny place on the east or south side of the house. Otherwise, problems with flowering can begin.


A miniature Christmas tree-like cypress tree with soft needles will help keep a festive mood throughout the year. The plant exudes a subtle but pleasant fragrance and also releases phytoncides that clean the air and destroy pathogens.

But despite its attractiveness and usefulness, the cypress tree is quite difficult to care for and will only grow well in certain conditions. The level of light that is required depends on the species and the color of the needles. Also, the cypress tree needs a cool (max. 18 degrees) location, fresh air, and high humidity as well as regular but moderate fertilization with coniferous compounds.


No less unusual plant in the nursery can be a citrus tree: orange, kumquat, lemon, etc. If desired, you can try to grow citrus even from seed, but it requires a lot of time, so more often for this use cuttings taken from acquaintances, or buy ready-made seedlings. Citrus fruits are kept in large and voluminous pots. They are heat-loving and quite unpretentious plants, also contributing to air purification: close to their leaves exude a pleasant aroma. But the smell of such plantings is not so strong as to cause discomfort or become the cause of allergies. With proper care, lemons or kumquats can bear fruit even at home, which can also be very pleasant for children.


The wrinkled leaves of the peperomia and its ability to purify the air make this plant both attractive and practical. The many varieties allow you to choose a variety and species of flower to suit all tastes.

The peperomia is not too demanding to the level of light, but it prefers high humidity, and it needs periodic feedings to form the buds.


Another very unpretentious plant, on which the future florist will be able to train – Spathiphyllum, also known as “female happiness”. Its cultivation requires good lighting, regular watering, feedings, and increased humidity levels, but with minimal care, the Spathiphyllum will be able to cope quite well with some mistakes in care. Although, according to a number of florists, this plant can still provoke allergies during the flowering period.


Ampelic tradescantia is usually grown in hanging pots, so it can be fixed on the wall so that the child will not reach the flower. But contact with the leaves of the tradescantia won’t hurt him either. The plant does not contain poisonous substances and can even be used as a healing compress.

The flower does not like direct rays, so it is usually grown in diffused light. A well-drained substrate will be required for planting. When fertilizing mottled forms, it is important not to overdo it with nitrogen – because of it, the coloring of the leaves can turn into ordinary.


Miniature senpole violets take up little space but have attractive fluffy leaves and flowers of various shapes and colors. Because of their wide distribution, even highly decorative senpole varieties can be inexpensive, so violets are often used to create entire collections. The ease of vegetative propagation of these plants can also arouse a child’s interest. The main thing is to try not to overwater the flowers and if possible provide violets with high humidity without spraying their foliage.


One of the champions of air purification – chlorophytum, is absolutely harmless. Even if the kid accidentally eats its leaf, it will not cause poisoning. Thanks to the hanging leaves and branches, chlorophytums are often grown on shelves or kept in hanging cachepots, which also allows you to decorate the room, ensuring the child’s safety. Although the chlorophytum’s main decorative feature is its long, green or striped leaves, the bush also produces miniature white star-shaped flowers during the flowering period.

Before you put any flower in the children’s room, you should always become familiar with its features and characteristics, as well as assess how difficult it will be to care for it. Healthy flowers in pots will help to improve the microclimate of the nursery and at the same time decorate it, and participation in the care of plants can teach your child to appreciate nature, as well as make it more responsible and attentive.

About the Author: Amanda Johnson

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