For a Cleaner Air: 7 Air Purifying Plants to Grow Indoors
Thursday, 06 May 2021

Nowadays, people are spending most of their time at home, breathing indoor air. And you might be among these people who are working at home. That is why breathing cleaner air should be your priority now that having a healthy body is crucial. But you have already resorted to air purifying appliances, and nothing has happened nor improved yet.

It might be time to seek nature’s help. If you are sure about reducing pollutants and toxins such as benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde in your home, you are at the right place. Read this article to find out some of the air-purifying indoor plants that will help you remove harmful chemicals in the air, thus improving your house’s air quality.
 
 
 

Spiderwort

 
Toxins removed: VOC from paint, upholstery, and foam.
 
Also called purpleheart and wandering Jew, spiderworts are tough favorites among indoor and outdoor gardeners. This tender evergreen perennial has alternating leaves of oval, elliptical, and strap-shaped. There are also some variegated species of spiderwort that have solid colors of green or purple.
 
When spiderworts spread, the tiny hairs on its foliage and stems will slowly grow into roots. As spiderworts are founded to be an excellent remover of VOCs from the air, you may plant them in areas where there are strong furniture odors or fresh paint fumes. To know more about spiderworts and how to grow them, Click Here.
 

English Ivy

 
Toxins removed: formaldehyde and benzene.
 
You might only think of English ivy as a climber on several walls and outdoor trees, but studies have claimed how this plant is the top houseplant when it comes to purifying the air. They are a classically elegant choice for an indoor plant that is excellent in reducing harmful chemicals floating around the house.
 
You may grow them in full shade to full sun. They also thrive well in small pots and like to be crowded. You can train English ivy into several shapes, and with the right amount of care, the plant will most likely survive for a couple of years. When growing indoors, it is best to place them in hanging baskets.
 

Aloe Vera

 
Toxins removed: formaldehyde and benzene.
 
Not only does aloe vera treat wounds and sunburns, but this succulent is also great in purifying the air indoors. Several studies proved that aloe vera is handy in cleaning the air from formaldehyde and benzene from cleaners and paints with chemical ingredients.
 
Aloe vera thrives well in warm, well-lit rooms; that is why you must place them in a sunny spot in your home. You may also grow one in a cactus potting mix or add sand or perlite to your regular potting mix to encourage good drainage. You may then use one of its broken pieces or even cut it by yourself for its anti-inflammatory properties.
 

Weeping Fig

 
Toxins removed: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
 
Also called ficus trees, weeping figs are an excellent air purifier, removing pollutants, including benzene and xylene. When growing them indoors, it is essential to know that they are highly sensitive and do not really prefer to be moved around. Its leaves will suddenly turn yellow and drop when you do that.
 
But its leaves will eventually grow back as it adjusts to its new environment. It is also best to place them under bright, indirect, or filtered light. Make sure to give your weeping fig high humidity and only water them after the top of the soil becomes dry.
 

Pothos

 
Toxins removed: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.
 
Several studies have mentioned pothos’ air-purifying capabilities, making this vining tropical an excellent choice to grow indoors. Pothos can tolerate low light well, but this might revert its leaves to a solid green. When growing them, you may place them in containers or hanging baskets, allowing them to trail over the edge of any furniture.
 

Flamingo Lily

 
Toxins removed: ammonia, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.
 
Flamingo lily’s flamboyant flowers are the perfect plant that adds a fresh pop of color to any room, blooming 300 flowers out of 365 days. Not only do they brighten up your house, but they are also an excellent air-purifying houseplant, cleaning several VCOs floating indoors.
 
When growing them, you must regularly mist them to keep the soil moist but not too soggy. Too much water can kill them. Make sure your flamingo lily receives enough indirect sunlight so it can grow well and longer.
 

Broad Lady Palm

 
Toxins removed: ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxide, toluene, and xylene.
 
Also called broadleaf lady palm, this magnificent houseplant is best in reducing VCOs found in several indoor cleaning products. They can tolerate low light and grow up to six feet tall, making it ideal to place them in dimmer corners.
 

Takeaway

 
It is never not important to breathe as much clean air as you can. That is why it is advisable to have indoor plants to reduce the number of harmful chemicals roaming around your house. Consider growing the air-purifying houseplants listed above and see the best results!
 
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