Plants for Fresh Air
A few common household plants can filter your air from air pollution and off gassing from furniture and electronics. You do need several of each plant to get the full benefits of these productive air cleaning green friends. As a bonus having plants in your living space connects you to nature.
Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
- Put a few of these in your living area in indirect light. They will get burnt if they are directly in the sun.
- These plants are a bit sensitive and need a lot of water but shouldn’t be sitting in water. If they dry out and get wilted don’t worry, a good dose of water will bounce the leaves back up!
- Palms like to have their leaves wiped clean or cheat with a quick shower.
Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Best to keep a few of these in your bedroom as they convert CO2 to O2 at night for clean breathing!
- Care for these plants by wiping the leaves or give them a quick shower. They prefer a high light area and little water, an easy plant to care for and can handle a little neglect. Great for the not so green thumbs!
Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
- These plants are a bit tricky to care for but they remove formaldehyde and VOCs so they are worth the care!
- The money plant likes bright and indirect light and best thrives with hydroponic lights. Water thoroughly and let it dry between watering, don’t let it sit in water or the roots will rot. If the leaves drop don’t fret, with a little care they will grow back…but don’t expect any money to appear on this tree!
Watch this Ted talk on proof that these plants can clean the dirtiest of air and get inspired to make your living environment cleaner: http://greenspaces.in/blog/ted09/