Indoor air quality is especially important in an age of outdoor smog, pollen, asthma, allergies and chemical components in carpeting, engineered wood and other materials prominent in our homes. A few simple, easy-to-care-for house plants can contribute positively to air quality, as well as look pretty, generate shoots to share and provide something to nurture which never talks back or eats the homework.
Benefits of The Indoor Plant
According to one report, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists indoor air pollution as one of the top five dangers to human well-being. Studies have shown that indoor plants may reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue. Furthermore, homes and offices with house plants have as much as 50 percent fewer bacteria and mold spores and higher oxygen levels.
Taking Care of Your Household Greens
Most house plants crave indirect or bright light, not flooded with sunshine, which can dry them out, burn the leaves and damage their health. Aloe vera is an exception – it loves sun more than water; take care not to over-water. Also, aloe vera, like the snake plant, produces oxygen and removes carbon dioxide at night, making it good for bedrooms.
Plants that Can Purify the Air
- Dragon tree – native to Madagascar, can grow 6 feet tall, likes moist soil and semi-shade away from very bright natural daylight
- Peace lily – easy to maintain plant, good anywhere and especially in dry climates as it can raise humidity a trifle, likes to dry out between watering
- Spider plant – an all-time favorite in green or variegated, easy to grow shoots in water, excellent for removing formaldehyde and xylene
- Golden pathos – fast growing with full leaves, very attractive cascading out of a hanging basket, poisonous for pets or small children to eat
- Weeping fig – tropical tree or bush or braided with entwined trunks, lots of leaves which may drop when you move it, pretty and full
- Rubber plant – might grow to 8 feet and live a long time, will endure benign neglect, likes leaves misted in dry environment and routine watering
- Chrysanthemum – loves sun, beautiful flowers, choose floral mum for indoors, not the garden variety
- Areca palm – needs frequent watering and adds to humidity level, a little fussy when things aren’t right, like temperature, moisture and indirect, bright lighting
- English ivy – perennial favorite for pretty in hanging basket, leaves are poisonous to pets and people if ingested
While these plants contribute to the air quality in your home or office, fresh flowers from bloomstoday.com will always lift your spirits and bring fragrance, beauty, color and joy to your indoor spaces as well.
By Joanne M. Anderson