Bring life to your home, office, four seasons room, neighbors home, friend's home with house plants!
Think of houseplants as functional decorations that can:
- Reduce carbon dioxide, not just for the outdoors
- Increase humidity - creating your own indoor rain forest
- Reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen oxide
- Reducing airborne dust levels - just like a personal maid
- Reduces air temp - energy saving is always welcome
Some of our favorite house plants are:
- Aloe Vera – easy to grow, sun-loving succulent. It helps to clear the air of formaldehyde and benzene. The gel from the leaves can be used to calm sunburns.
- Spider Plant – If you tend to neglect plants but love to have plants indoors, this plant prefers dry soils and thrives in cool to average air temps. It has air purifying qualities as well as rich colored foliage. Safe for pets.
- Snake Plant – Need some green in your bathroom? The snake plant, also known as the mother in law tongue, thrives in low light and the steamy humid conditions of a bathroom. Sharing your bedroom with this plant could give you a slight oxygen boost while you sleep. It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night (the opposite of most plants).
- Pothos – This fast growing vine is perfect for a corner, hanging from the ceiling. It likes bright, indirect light with even moisture.
- Chinese Evergreen – Thrives in low light and can often be called “the easiest houseplant”. It does not like dry air but it filters a variety of air pollutants and removes more toxins as time goes by.
- Philodendron – This climbing vine is a workhorse for removing all kinds of VOC’s. It is not safe for kids or pets as it is toxic if eaten. Those heart shaped leaves thrive in indirect light and are very low maintenance.
- Peace Lily – Shade and consistent watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. The peace lily is tough, forgiving and communicates when its thirsty with droopy leaves.
Breath of Fresh Air
In the last 80's, NASA studies houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filer out common volatile organic compounds (VOC's). You can read more about their finding's in this article and here is the list:
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Boston Fern
- Kimberley Queen Fern
- Spider Plant
- Chinese Evergreen
- Bamboo Palm
- Weeping Fig
- Devil's Ivy
- Flamingo Lily
- Broadleaf Lady Palm
- Barberton Daisy
- Cornstalk Dracaena
- English Ivy
- Varigated Snake Plant
- Red-edged Dracaena
- Peace Lily
- Florist's Chrysanthemum