It is true that houseplants improve the air quality indoors. They absorb some of the toxic chemicals that leak out or escape from the not so healthy building materials. Some of the plant varieties are better at this than others are. To derive all the cleansing benefits from your houseplants, it is estimated that you will need at least one plant for every 100 square feet of living space.
Here is a list of some of the plants that are the most effective at cleaning the indoor air.
1. English ivy (Hedera helix) is familiar to many as a landscape plant. It also does well indoors. It looks especially nice in hanging arrangements.
2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) also does well in hanging pots. Another benefit of the spider plant is that pet canaries love them!
3. Golden pothos (Epipiremnum aureum) is also a vine. Because it climbs or trails, you can train it over an indoor trellis. It does well in low-light conditions.
4. Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) do well in low light as well. That’s why you will often see this plant in waiting rooms, lobbies, and other indoor gathering places.
5. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) is another plant that grows in little light. In fact, it doesn’t like a lot of water, either, making it quite low-maintenance. These cuttings also root easily in water.
6. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is especially good at removing formaldehyde from the air. These lush plants look pretty in bay windows or hanging baskets.
7. Bamboo or reed palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) likes humidity, so consider putting it in a bathroom window. You can also spritz it with water each day to keep it moist.
8. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) is actually a tree that will grow indoors. You may find it trained as a bonsai in a traditional pot. It’s another favorite of shopping malls.
9. Janet Craig dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’) is a specific type of Dracaena. If you can not find the Janet Craig variety, another dracaena will do as well. They vary quite a bit, so you can just pick the sort that fits best in your home.
10. Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens ‘oxycardium’) is pest-resistant and prefers low or diffused light (no direct sunlight). The Heartleaf philodendron prefers moist soil.
These plants are beneficial and they are beautiful as well, which is a bonus. We couldn’t list them all, but these are just some of the varieties that will improve the air quality of your home. Next time you hear of a friend who is moving, why not present him or her with an air-cleaning plant as a new house-warming present?
We hope that our article House Plants for Clean Air helps you to choose the right plants and achieve cleaner indoor air as well as live in a healthier environment!