5 INDOOR PLANTS THAT PURIFY AIR
We spend so much time and energy worrying about how our choices affect our health, food habits, lifestyle, etc. But we rarely pay attention to the air quality. Agree or not? Have you ever thought about the level of benzene, trichloroethylene or formaldehyde is in your living room?
Everyday items such as paint, house cleaners, floor cleaners, or dry cleaning have so many harmful toxins that can accumulate in your house without you even realizing.
Today's blog is about the five indoor plants for beginners that can actually improve the air quality of your home and make it a lot healthier place to live in. Not only these plants remove toxins from the air, but they also promote overall well being and make you feel calmer and helps to boost your mood.
1 - RUBBER PLANT
Rubber plant aka ficus elastica is one of the low maintenance plants that you can place in one corner of your living area. When I was a child, we had a big pot of this plant which was almost 5 feet tall. It helps to improve and purify the indoor air as its large oval-shaped leaves are known to absorb harmful chemicals such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
It requires bright indirect light and moist soil for healthy growth. Overwatering this plant may lead to rot the root and its leaves will start to turn yellow and eventually fall-off. Its leaves are known to absorb more sunlight if they remain moist. So it's a good idea to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth or spray water on its leaves every few days to ensure the healthy growth of the plant.
Rubber plant can be propagated from leaf cuttings however, it is advised to buy a potted plant.
2 - SNAKE PLANT
The snake plant aka Sansevieria is an ideal plant for your home as it is hard to kill and super easy to maintain. It has beautiful tall leaves with color variations. It is native to tropical West Africa and is a member of the lily family. It is rightly called
"Mother in law's tongue" because of its sharp and pointed leaves. This gorgeous house plant can absorb harsh chemicals like carbon monoxide, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from the air in your home.
Most plants absorb CO2 and release oxygen during the day and absorb oxygen and release CO2 during the night. But, the snake plant does the opposite. It converts a lot of carbon dioxide to oxygen at night and hence it is ideal for your bedroom.
You can place it anywhere as it takes up a small space. It is pretty much adaptable to any light condition but to keep it healthy and happy try placing it near an east-facing window as there will be direct sunlight only in the morning and the rest of the day will be indirect light.
This plant doesn't require overwatering as its roots are sensitive to too much water. You need to be very cautious while watering them and make sure to plant them in a soil that drains well.
It can go without water for 2-3 weeks straight. So use personal judgment before you overwater. Overall it is a very good starter plant for your house. If you have pets, keep it away from them.
3 - ALOE VERA
Among so many beautiful house plants, Aloe vera has to be my favorite and must-have. Is there anything that this plant can't do? From providing beauty to medicinal benefits, it is an all-rounder to have.
It has a gel inside its leave which is excellent for healing sunburns, cuts, acne and so much more. Alongside this, it reduces formaldehyde and benzene levels in the home which is commonly found in paint and certain chemical cleaners.
Most people place it outdoors because it requires plenty of sunlight to grow but it can be kept indoors as well near a south-facing window that gets ample sunlight during the day.
It requires very little water as it also stores water in its leaves and a good soil drainage system and has a long life if properly taken care of.
If you want to invest in just one plant, get an aloe plant and it will be your best friend in every way.
4 - SPIDER PLANT
Spider plant aka Chloropythum is originally from South Africa and can live an extremely long life, around 20 years. It is very popular because of its easy maintenance and boho vibe. That is the reason it makes a great choice for office desks and indoor spaces. It looks excellent in a hanging basket as it gives an aesthetic look to its long hanging leaves.
They can easily grow in any location, temperature, and soil type but they have certain care preferences to be at their healthiest form. They are effective in removing formaldehyde and xylene from the air. They call for bright and indirect light to grow faster.
Also, they are said to be pets and kid-friendly because they are non-toxic and edible.
5 - DRACEANA PLANT
This is one of those exotic looking plants you must have in your home and make a beautiful addition in your living area or drawing-room. It can grow up to 15 feet tall and tackles chemicals like xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. It can grow well in moderate sunlight and moist soil. It is not pet friendly but can be kept on a shelf or table away from their reach.
It is a good option for people living in a dimly lit apartment as it can easily survive in low light conditions too.
Hope you enjoyed reading about these beautiful natural beings and would bring them home for a healthier environment.
See you next week :)
Keep Smiling, Be Healthy, and Be safe !!