Add To Your Leafy Brood
Posted on 28 August by Erina Fair
Reap the benefits of indoor Greenery
Breathe Easy, Indoor Greenery is making a comeback… big time. It’s time to do your research and get to know the ins and outs of your green leafy brood.
When we spend a large majority of our time inside, either working or just living our everyday lives the air quality in the house becomes a topic of great importance.
Houseplants are not only aesthetically pleasing giving a touch of colour to otherwise drab offices or houses, but they also combat indoor air pollution, particularly with their ability to remove around 87% of the pollutants in the air, some of them being the most of harmful chemicals.
There are many different plants doing the trick of cleaning up the indoor air we breathe, but with what seems like a forrest of green variety it can be difficult to find the most wholesome choice in the greenery department. That’s why we have dug up a list of the top readily available air-purifying plants to welcome into the family.
1. Aloe Vera
You may know this plant as a sunburn soother, but it’s also a wonderful air purifier. Aloe absorbs chemicals from cleaning products and even gives you a warning sign by developing brown spots if the chemicals reach a high level. Aloe Vera is a plant with purpose that can provide some tropical flair to your desktop or home as an easy-going or should we say “growing” succulent.
2. Purple waffle plant
The purple waffle plant stands out from the pack when it comes to houseplants due to its unique leaves. Puckered and rippling, they develop in a way to increase the surface area over each leaf. Researchers at the University of Georgia tested 28 common indoor decorative plants for their ability to remove the top five indoor pollutants. And the purple waffle plant was rated one of the best. This showy, low-maintenance spreading plant is an excellent choice as ground cover in a terrarium or to drape over a cupboard.
3. Mother-in-law's tongue
High standards stick with the Mother in laws tongue. Complementing the Areca Palm’s daytime oxygen production, this plant is an evening oxygen producer – making it an excellent plant choice for the bedroom. To seal the deal, this prehistoric-looking plant is perfect for those lacking a green thumb. The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue can withstand any environmental conditions from light to dark, and wet to dry. She's here to stay for good. :)
4. Golden Pothos / Devils Ivy
Devil's Ivy (AKA) Golden Pothos is one of the most popular houseplants in the world because it is so easy to care for. It's a gorgeous vining plant with heart-shaped leaves that are variegated in green and yellow. It's a fast grower, hardy, and can tolerate just about anything. This fast-growing vine absorbs formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene making it easier to breathe clean air in doors. Placing this plant in or near the garage is a good choice since engine exhaust is a primary source of formaldehyde.
5. Areca Palm
The Areca palm, native to Madagascar, is one of the most popular indoor houseplants sold today. Indoors an Areca palm is a medium-sized exotic looking plant. Not only is the gorgeous greenery easy on the eyes, but an Areca palm also absorbs harmful pollutants from indoor air and provides fresh air. A key factor in successfully growing areca palm trees indoors is providing just the right amount of light. They need bright, indirect light from a south- or west-facing window. Areca palm is one of the few palms that can tolerate trimming without serious harm, making it possible to keep mature plants indoors for their full lifespan of up to 10 years.
6. Spider plant
This “spider” is tough to kill – but that’s a good thing because unlike its creepy-crawly namesake, you’ll really want this plant to thrive in your home. It has long wispy leaves and tiny white flowers. The spider plant destroys benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene – a solvent found in leather and rubber.
The Philodendrons is among the best household plant for removing formaldehyde from the air, especially at higher concentrations. You can select from a couple of varieties, including the Heart Leaf and the Lace Leaf. These look great sitting in the corner of a room and the bulky leaves are very effective for purifying larger spaced areas. No need to condense your area when looking to detoxify the house, this beauty is a crowd pleaser in all sized spaces.
8. Pineapple Plant
The pineapple plant produces more oxygen than most, which explains the recent reports that this magical plant can actually cure snoring! According to NASA, adding a pineapple plant to your bedroom will greatly improve the air quality, which in turn creates a better environment for restful, snore-free sleeping. While this sounds too good to be true, we are willing to give it a go.
9. Boston Fern
Ferns can typically be quite tricky to care for, but the Boston fern is the most tolerant of the bunch. They prefer moist soil, indirect sunlight, and humid conditions, so they're an ideal plant for the bathroom. Not only do they provide a lush green display, but they also filter out the irritating chemicals, xylene, and formaldehyde. Believe us when we say it… “we’ve picked a winner”.
10. English Ivy
English ivy can thrive in cold and low light situations. Many people like the plant because it stays green all year and makes an attractive ground cover for decorative gardens. This evergreen plant climbs up the side of trees and buildings, adding colour wherever it goes. However, don’t be fooled. Other than ornamentation, the English ivy also has medicinal properties. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used ivy to prevent intoxication, reduce swelling, and as an anaesthetic. Now herbalists use it to treat respiratory conditions, such as asthma, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, inflammation and arthritis. English ivy helps in reducing indoor air pollution and certain allergens from the house like moulds and other fungus growth. Therefore, its dual importance of improving the environment along with its beautiful ornamental looks makes this plant one of the most desirable indoor air purifying plants.
11. Peace Lily
This popular indoor plant survives with very little sunlight and only needs watering about once a week, depending on the weather. Peace Lily’s cleanse your home of pollutants like acetone – a carcinogen commonly found in nail polish and paint. Be sure to keep this one away from your furry friends too.
12. Fiddle Leaf Fig
Due to its broad leaves, it is extremely efficient at purifying the air and is highly rated for indoor and office use. Another benefit of the Fiddle Leaf is that it helps control humidity. Just be sure to put this plant in a bright and sunny room, as it needs a lot of it. Water your Fiddle Leaf Fig once a week and you'll have a thriving, beautiful, air-purifying plant.
13. Iron Plant
If you're looking for a plant that does well in a shady spot, this is the one for you. The Iron Plant certainly lives up to its name with the capacity to survive in extremely low light, poor soil, and with minimal water. If you are lacking the time or simply are a little rusty in the gardening department this might be just the plant for you. Crowned one of the most durable indoor plants, Iron Plants will even grow well under fluorescent lights, making them a good option for bathrooms or offices with little light.
Research has shown that the air quality in most indoor environments could in fact be worse than outside. With research from the Environmental Protection Agency ranking indoor air quality among the top five risks to public health, we feel as though it’s time to pull out your Green Thumb and jump on the indoor plant bandwagon. By introducing indoor plants to your home or office you can improve the air quality, rid it of toxins, improve your health, concentration and even reduce snoring! Sounds almost too good to be true (We hear you). But if you don’t try you’ll never know and if you don’t plant the seed you’ll never get to watch something grow. So, dig up your garden inspiration and start embracing the indoor greenery.