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Breathe clean - Air-purifying plants

Breathe clean - Air-purifying plants

Author: Stavros F.

Aren’t we all concerned about the quality of the air we breathe? Is the air inside our homes safe?

Get your own “air-filtering” plants and sleep easy! Many plants have the ability to filter the air clean. They can absorb pollutants and toxic substances from the air, leaving your indoor environment natural and healthy. All you need to do is get an air filtering plant. Get rid of the dirty city smog and take a deep breath of fresh air.

Here is a list of common “air-filtering” plants:

  1. Aloe vera. Aloe plants are popular, pretty looking and their gel has therapeutic properties against burns and other skin irritations. They also absorb harmful chemicals cleaning the air for you.
  2. Chrysanthemum. Common perennial flowering plant. Needs regular watering and fertilizing. Vulnerable to pests like aphids and mites, and susceptible to plant diseases. Requires care, but can thrive in an indoor environment. It filters out many chemicals such as ammonia, trichloroethylene and others.
  3. Spiderplant. This popular houseplant filters the air by removing formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from you’re the atmosphere. It is very easy to grow. Just place it in a bright environment and watch it grow and multiply as it cleans the surrounding air.
  4. Phalaenopsis. These best selling orchids are the ultimate gift choice. Need little care, and produce spectacular, unique flowers. They come in a huge variety of colors and patterns and their long lasting flowers symbolize wisdom, love, luxury and beauty. By the way, they can also rid your house from volatile, toxic petrochemicals.
  5. Dracaena. A genus that contains tens of different species. The red-edged and the cornstalk Dracaenas are the most popular ones. Select your best fit and use it in your benefit. Not pet friendly, though, dracaena’s leaves are toxic to cats and dogs.  
  6. Ferns. A tough and enduring purifier. Can withstand winter temperatures and frosty nights.
  7. English Ivy. According to NASA, this is one of the most efficient air purifiers. Luckily it is also an excellent houseplant. Easy to grow, produces oxygen in high rates and removes toxic chemicals that cause.
  8. Gerber Daisy. A beautiful flowering plant. Place one in every room where light is abundant. You will get fresh air in return.
  9. Snake Plant (Sansevieria). Some call it Mother-in-Law’s tongue. Its yellow striped sharp leaves grow vertically to the ground up to 30in high. It captures Nitrogen Oxide from the air.
  10. Rubber tree. This south-American plant is mainly cultivated for latex production. It can be used as an easy to grow indoor plant with air-purifying properties.
  11. Peace Lily and Flamingo Lily. Who doesn’t love them? The elegant, beautiful lilies can grow even in cooler corners of your house. They do not require a lot of light or a lot of water. Pick your favorite, white or pink, or get them both.
  12. Golden Pothos. Also known as Devil’s Ivy or Money Plant. Low maintenance, needs little light, little water, little care. Let it grow its climbing vines as it filters pollutants out of the air.
  13. Ficus benjamina. Common in office and household environments, they can grow into tall trees. They require a mild climate to thrive and cannot withstand freezing temperatures.  Place them away from windows, where cool breezes can cause them to drop their leaves. Water regularly.
  14. Bamboo Palm. Grows extremely fast. Filters and humidifies the air.
  15. Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelinii). Loves warm climates and can resist short periods of drought. Cleans the air by removing harmful chemicals.
  16. Creeping lilyturf. An evergreen grassy plant, used to cover the surface of ground, it is also suitable for the inside of your house and it can improve your indoor air quality.
  17. Chinese Evergreens. Beautiful ornamental houseplant. Grows close to the ground. Sensitive to cold and excessive sunlight.