Garden Tips

9 house plants for improving indoor air quality
YES! We can ‘GROW’ fresh Air 🙂

1) Yellow Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens) – The Living Room Plant
Feather-like green fronds radiating from several trunks characterize the Yellow Palm. This house plant is beautiful when new, however overtime the Yellow Palms attractive appearance can diminish slightly. Fronds when bigger may droop and bend over. The Yellow Palm is a slow grower. It will grow wider before taller.


2) Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) – The Bedroom Plant
This plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in your bathroom – it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.


3) Money Plants (Epipremnum Aureum) – The Specialist Plant
Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket. Consider it for your garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde.


4) Red-edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)
The red edges of this easy dracaena bring a pop of color, and the shrub can grow to reach your ceiling. This plant is best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.


5) Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)
A weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) in your living room can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Caring for a ficus can be tricky, but once you get the watering and light conditions right, they will last a long time.


6) Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Nitidum ‘Silver Queen’)
This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues. Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries.


7) Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Even if you tend to neglect houseplants, you’ll have a hard time killing this resilient plant. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.


8) Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Sefritzii)
Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. It’s also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.


9) Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.

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