10 Best Indoor Plants for Clean Air
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadesis)Regardless of air quality concerns, everyone should have one of these. The Aloe Vera is the plant that the ointment we commonly see in drug and discount stores is made from. Instead of buying expensive preparations that might also have other additives in them, get an Aloe Vera plant, place it in a sunny window, and have sunburn remedy for years to come. Just crush a few leaves in your hands and apply the juice.
Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)The Bamboo Palm is beautiful and colourful. It has been proven to remove formaldehyde and benzene and as a bonus, acts as a natural humidifier in your home, so you can even save on your electric bill. You should be aware that this plant requires a lot of water, especially in the winter. Since it will be helping humidify your home during the winter, this probably won’t be an issue to you. Make sure you place it in bright sunlight so it has the best chance to thrive.
Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)Commonly known as a ‘Mum’, these plants are commonly found at a variety of stores in the fall. They are sold in pots of various sizes and are used for fall decor along with pumpkins and all the other typical fall fare we like to display. These Mums are not quite the same as the kind you want to grow indoors. Instead of buying a garden Mum, look for a floral Mum and position it in bright light in your home or office.
Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)This plant is a great choice is you like big, bright flowers. You have probably seen Gerbera Daisies used in cut flower bouquets before, because they can last up to two weeks after being severed from the plant if they are properly treated. The great thing about Geber Daisies, is that they’re good at filtering out trichloroethylene, which is a common by-product of dry cleaning. They’re great to keep in a laundry room, or bedroom, but make sure they get at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.
Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures)This is a plant that is great at dealing with formaldehyde, so it’s a good option for your entrance way, or somewhere else where car exhaust could creep into the house. This plant needs bright light, but does best when this lighting is indirect. Although most houseplants can be damaged by overwatering, this is plant that is especially susceptible to issues when it becomes too wet. Water regularly, but don’t drench this plant. Be aware that small children and pets shouldn’t have direct access to a Golden Pothos because this plant is poisonous.
Lady Palm (Rhapsis excelsa)This plant removes the big three, and ammonia from your air. This is a fan shaped plant that will grow to about six feet of height if you treat it right. The soil in this plant’s pot should be kept moist from spring to fall, but a little dry in the winter. It will suffer from root rot if you let it sit in water, so ensure it’s in a container that drains well. In the spring and summer, it should have standard liquid fertilizer once a month.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)The NASA study reports that this plant will remove formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from your indoor atmosphere. This is a delicate looking plant that is dark green with beautiful white flowers. This plant needs to be kept consistently moist.
Red-edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)This mostly green plant sports attractive red edges which will add a subtle amount of color to your room. Xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde are all chemicals that this plant loves to devour, so if you have a lot of lacquers, varnishes, or gasoline that seep chemicals into your living space, consider one of these. There are other varieties of Dracaenas, but this is one of the most common. This is a plant that can grow as large as fifteen feet tall, so consider putting it in a room with a high ceiling where you can offer it moderate sunlight. Dracaenas need to be kept in moist soil from spring to fall, then watered sparingly in the winter. The plant itself requires high humidity, so it should be set in a tray of moist pebbles.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)Some people call this plant the ‘Mother in Law’s Tongue’, if you don’t like your Mother in Law, this might seem like a great name for something also called Snake Plant. Nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde are both absorbed by this plant. If you are choosing a plant to put in a bedroom, this one is a great option because it absorbs carbon dioxide, and releases oxygen. Having this plant near you while you sleep could help you breathe easier while you are sleeping.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)This is a very attractive plant with long grass like leaves that are a few different shades of green and white. This plant looks great either sitting on a tall stand, or hanging from the ceiling because it likes to cascade and trail out of the pots you put it in. It’s very easy to care for, and if a piece falls off, it’s easy to root in a cup of water and can become another Spider Plant.
Top 10 Plants to Help Clean Your Indoor Air
- Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadesis)
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
- Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
- Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures)
- Lady Palm (Rhapsis excelsa)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- Red-edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Best Plant Food & Fertilizer Stakes
Considering the average human being spends roughly 90-percent of their time indoors, the quality of the air is certainly important—particularly when you consider the toxic compounds from paint and wallpaper, cleaning products, furniture, pollen, mold, bacteria, and in poorly ventilated homes.
Luckily, welcoming indoor plants into your home can help to purify air and reduce harmful particulates in the air, as they absorb carbon dioxide to photosynthesize fresh oxygen.
Easy to care for and resilient, indoor plants are a quick way to inject some nature into your living room.
Each kind of plant has its own favorite environmental conditions, so look for a tag that comes with the plant or online to find out how much sunlight and water it will need.
If your plant doesn’t come in a pretty pot, or if it outgrew its previous one, you can easily repot it. Just find a pot that’s at least one inch larger than the previous container, add potting soil to the bottom, and place the plant so that the top of the soil remains at the same level as before. Finally, carefully pack potting soil around the edges of the plant and water it.
Plants can enrich our lives whether they are indoor plants or outdoor plants. Seasonal planting by TLC Landscapes LLC provides the professional touch that turns your outdoor yard into a personal oasis and retreat. Let us know if you need help with anything.
Published on April 4th, 2017
Updated on August 3rd, 2019
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