Best Air Purifying Plants
Updated: Dec 5, 2018
Have you ever questioned your indoor air quality? Living and working space can be filed with contaminated air and lacking decent ventilations, which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and eye, and nose irritations. Luckily, NASA scientist found the indoor plants to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air for your living and working space.
Although houseplants maybe intimidating to those with a fear of commitments or “black thumb”, it turns out that many plants are easy to care for. Below, we will show you the plants that will give you peace of mind and clean air.
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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa")
Excellent for removing alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde, the Peace Lily also has a high transpiration rate to both purify and humidify indoor air. Its ribbed, glossy green leaves grow on stiff stalks that produce the characteristic white ‘flower,’ making it one of the few tropical plants that blooms indoors.
This hardy plant also tolerates neglect. Its ideal situation includes indirect sunlight and high humidity, but it will grow in semi-sunlight or semi-shade when placed out of drafts. For best results, the Peace Lily should be thoroughly watered, then allowed to go moderately dry between waterings. The leaves should be misted frequently with warm water and washed occasionally to prevent attack from pests like scale insects and spider mites.
Toxic to humans and pets, the plant’s leaves contain calcium oxalate and should be kept away from children. The compact plant grows to a height of three feet with a two-foot spread, preferring temperatures between 60-75 F (16-24 C) during the day, with slightly cooler temperatures at night. (Source: https://learn.eartheasy.com)
Sansevieria. trifasciata is native to Africa. It is tolerant of low light and irregular watering. Sansevieria helps remove formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene, benzene, and toluene from the air. Sansevieria is one of the few plants which also removes carbon dioxide and produces oxygen during the night. (Source: plants improve in door air quality by Margaretta Colangelo)
Tillandsias are pretty foolproof. With their native regions being warm and tropical, sometimes desert-like, they barely need any water. As epiphytic plants, they have no roots and absorb moisture through the leaves.
When the weather is dry, it is recommended to mist your houseplant with lukewarm water from time to time. Original and aerial, it will maintain its beautiful appearance for months. (Source: AFP Relaxnews)