Decorative Plants: A Solution to Improve Air Quality

If you’re tired of your low air quality at home or work, take heart, you can do something about it, and it’s not going to cost you a fortune. Instead of waiting for your boss to buy a great air cleaner, take matters into your own hands and buy yourself a few plants for your desk.

Plants? You ask? Yes, plants. According to research that was done by none other than NASA themselves, plants can clean the air and purify it. These plants don’t have to be flowering plants to help clean the air in your home or office.

In less than 24 hours from bringing the plants indoors and placing them in and around your home or office, the plants are working and improving the air quality. Of course, some plants are better at this task than others.

Here is a few list of plants that are great for improving the air quality.

1. Garden Mums

garden mumsThese are excellent for removing such toxins as ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and xylene from your air. After they’ve finished their blooming cycle they can be planted out of doors so you can enjoy them year round.

2. Spider Plants

These plants are very easy to grow, and they remove both formaldehyde as well as xylene. They send out shoots with new plants on them when they’re happy so you’re sure to have a plant that will be around for a very long time. Some regions call these “airplane plants”.

3. Ficus

This lovely plant is also called a Weeping Fig. Again, it removes formaldehyde as well as benzene and trichloroethylene. In the warmer months, it can be placed out on a deck or in a garden as long as it isn’t allowed outside when it’s below freezing.

4. Peace Lily

This plant is heavy on the scent, so you’re going to want to limit yourself to just one or two unless you’re scenting the entire house. It removes toxins such as ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene

5. Boston Ferns

This little lacy delight can lend an air of delicacy to any room. Just keep in mind that it prefers to be moist so you’ll want to mist it and ensure that it has plenty of water. It removes both formaldehyde and xylene from the air.

6. Snake Plant (Also referred to as Mother In Law’s Tongue)

This plant is more of a cacti type. It requires a more desert climate and prefers to be watered sparingly. It will remove such toxins as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, and xylene.

7. Bamboo

This plant will thrive in bright light, and it grows rapidly. You’re sure to appreciate the ease of caring for a bamboo plant. You won’t need any soil as it grows in water. Simply keep a vase filled with fresh water and you’re in business. It removes toxins such as formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and benzene.

8. Aloe Vera

aloe veraThis delightful plant serves a multitude of duties in the home. It’s not only lovely to look at, but you can open up the leaves and smooth the soothing gel on a burn or scrape for ease of discomfort and rapid healing. It removes formaldehyde from the air and grows well. Keep it drained and never allow it to be over watered or remain in standing water.

The above plants will help to purify your air in your home or office. They are all readily available online or in your brick and mortar stores (garden or floral and some supermarkets). If you’re trying to improve your air quality, try one or more of the plants mentioned above to clean the air.

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