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Purify Your Home with These Plants

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Like many people, you probably think that when you go inside on a hot, muggy summer day, you’re getting relief from the dirty and contaminated air outside. However, you’d be surprised that the air inside your home is likely worse. A study done by NASA in the late 1980s found that in many cases, the air quality of indoor spaces was often much worse than in outside spaces. Spaces in enclosed minimal airflow areas are especially prone to contaminants in the air inside homes and buildings than outside.

Fortunately, there are ways to make the air inside your home cleaner and fresher without much effort. One easy and effective way to naturally purify your air is with houseplants, so take a look at these plants below that not only look beautiful but do a great job of improving indoor air quality.

English Ivy

You might be accustomed to seeing this noble plant growing on the sides of older buildings, but it is just as easy to grow indoors. If you don’t exactly have a green thumb, you’ll be relieved to hear that ivy is a hardy and durable plant that is easy to care for and maintain.

Ivy is a climbing plant, and it will sprout upwards quickly once planted. It can also be trained to grow in different shapes, which opens the door for adding unique visual interest to your home.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

Despite its strange (and somewhat intimidating) name, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a beautiful and intriguing plant with spiked vertical leaves, which are slightly curled and resemble a long tongue. Also known as a “Snake Plant”,

This hardy plant can survive with minimal care and maintenance, which makes it a prime choice for beginners. It can live in a wide range of light conditions and temperatures, which means that it will thrive in just about any room in your house. One thing to note about this plant, however, is that does best with moderate watering. Watering the plant too much or too little will harm and possibly kill it.

Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (aka Snake Plant)

Boston Fern

Another lovely plant that brightens up your living space and purifies the air is a Boston fern. According to a study done in 2010 by the American Society of Horticultural Science, plants in the fern family were the most effective of all plants studied at removing formaldehyde from the air. Ferns like to stay moist and cool, and they don’t do well in direct sunlight. Therefore, you should adjust their watering needs to the moisture and humidity levels in your home. In the wintertime, or if the air in your house is naturally on the dry side, Boston ferns can be misted even on a daily basis. They also require fertilization during the spring season, in the winter, and occasionally throughout the year.

Chinese Evergreen

With a striking combination of pink and green leaves, the Chinese evergreen is a bit more exotic than the evergreen trees you’re using to seeing in the US. With a maximum height of 1-2 feet, this versatile plant is the perfect size for an indoor space. Like other members of the evergreen family, it is a resilient plant that requires low to medium light and minimal watering. This plant is a top choice for filtering the air in your home, but you should be aware that it is toxic to pets.

Gerbera Daisy

With their brightly colored petals, these stunning flowers create an instant mood boost when they’re in your home. Along with making your home more attractive, Gerbera daisies are also good at making the air cleaner. Specifically, they help eliminate a toxin called benzene from the air. Daisies do best in temperatures around 75ºF or higher.

Dragon Tree

Another plant that is simultaneously attractive and beneficial is the Dragon tree. The leaves on this intriguing plant range from green to purple, which means that it can stand alone as a point of visual interest in any room. The tree thrives in a variety of conditions, and it can survive both indoors and outside. Since it’s taller than many other houseplants and can grow will in low light, it makes a nice addition to an office space, too.

Peace Lily

With flowers as lovely as its name, the peace lily is a popular choice for a colorful and fragrant houseplant. The advantage of this lily is that unlike many other houseplants, it will continue blooming indoors once planted. The lily blooms year-round, which means that you’ll get a nice burst of color in the dead of winter. Arguably, this is when you need it most. This lily does well in low light conditions, and with a high transpiration rate, it helps to purify the air and add humidity to it. This feature alone means that if you place lilies throughout your home, you can regulate the humidity level without having to invest in a more expensive (and less attractive) dehumidifier. As a plant that tolerates low light, the lily is another one that works well in an office setting, too. Just note that the lily should be kept out of reach of children and pets, as its leaves are toxic to both.

The peace lily plant

Whether you’re getting a beautiful ivy, an exotic Chinese evergreen, or a colorful houseplant like the daisy, there are many great choices for indoor plants that will naturally purify your home’s air and make the living space more aesthetically pleasing. Keeping your indoor growing conditions and your level of plant care knowledge in mind, you can find great success by using colorful, fragrant, and effective houseplants to improve your home’s air quality.


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