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Chris­tine Rabe of Pre­to­ria writes

I want to bring some green­ery into my bed­room but I’m un­sure which plants will work. Please help!

JJ van Rens­burg of Gar­den World in Jo­han­nes­burg replies The fol­low­ing plants are suit­able for a bed­room: • The sil­ver vase bromeliad (Aech­mea fas­ci­ata) acts as an air fil­ter for peo­ple who suf­fer from asthma or bron­chi­tis and can last up to 10 years in the same pot. • Fi­cus ben­jam­ina, a small bushy tree, is just right if you want to cre­ate a trop­i­cal at­mos­phere in a large bed­room. • De­li­cious mon­ster (Mon­stera de­li­ciosa) will thrive in a dark bed­room and the big, green leaves will add a wel­com­ing and dra­matic look. • Aglaonema ‘Sil­ver Queen’ is just the ticket if you reg­u­larly use air­con in your bed­room. While very few plants are able to with­stand it, Aglaonema can han­dle most con­di­tions. • Strep­to­car­pus, an indige­nous gem, is one of the few plants that will give you an abun­dance of flow­ers through­out the year and doesn’t need a lot of at­ten­tion. >>

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