Why is it that every home has plants in it and why should we care which ones? You don’t have to have a special eye for detail in order to notice that plants make the home or office look nicer, but plants serve a more meaningful purpose than this. Did you know that there are indoor plants that improve air quality?
It is universally agreed upon that plants filtrate the air inside your home, making it healthier for you to live in such environment – and people like me who are on this world a little longer know best the importance of health!
You can read and learn more about connection between air quality and plants in this article I recently wrote.
Making your home a healthier environment by adding a few plants in it is as easy as pie, but the question that first needs to be answered is “Which plants should I have in my house?”. Keep reading, you will find the answers here.
Indoor Plants That Improve Air Quality
In this article, I will teach you about indoor plants and their impact on air quality. I will also mention some plants that I recommend for your home.
Let’s dive deeper into what benefits each one of them gives:
1. Aloe Vera
It is common knowledge that Aloe Vera helps with treating sunburn and is easy to take care of, but there is another benefit of having this plant in your home that few people know of!
On its leaves, Aloe Vera plant has a clear liquid that contains vitamins, amino-acids, and enzymes which have the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory purpose. It will also remove the formaldehyde pollutant for you, meaning that it lowers the chances of cancer.
2. Areca Palm or Butterfly Palm
Speaking of removing pollutants, a certain research proved that Areca Palm plant removes toluene and xylene more than any other plant. Toluene and xylene impact negatively human health and these pollutants are used in glues, nail-polish removals, rubber and so on, so they easily find their way in your home and stay there long-term.
To take good care of this plant, you will need a humid area, otherwise, the tip of the plant might go down because of the dry air, and you wouldn’t want for it to go down since it can grow more than 3 meters! No wonder they call this plant the “Butterfly palm”.
I guess that you know very well that you need to water it regularly and mist to deter insects, but I’m going to mention it again just in case.
3. Reed Palm or Bamboo Palm
To make your home a really healthy environment, consider decorating it with Reed Palma aka the Bamboo Palm. They can grow up to 3,5 meters and the bigger they are, the brighter they shine at sunlight! Being so big, it’s natural for them to clean a lot of air, but I want to especially point out that these fellas are also pet-friendly.
Make sure to keep it in a warm room and add a little sand to the soil mix. They might attract spider mites, but this can be easily controlled with regular spraying. It will remove benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene pollutants for you and although it is very big, this plant can give your home a nice tropical feeling.
4. Lady Palm
Even though Lady Palm is one of the easiest plants to grow, it still has its preferences, so make sure to read this carefully:
- Keep it in a room with a temperature of 16-21 C°
- Keep it at semi-sunlight
- Water it generously in spring and summer
- Water it even more during winter
This plant can have a diameter that is the width of the plants’ height, and it can grow for more than 3,5 meters! Just as mentioned for Bamboo Palm, make sure to keep this plant spider mite free by regularly spraying it.
5. Rubber Plant
This plant tolerates low temperatures (although it prefers 16-27 C°) and grows quite well indoors. It also tolerates dim lighting, but be careful exposing it to direct sunlight, especially during summertime. During summer feed it normally with diluted liquid fertilizer.
Rubber Plant doesn’t react well to overwatering, so allow the soil to dry out and in winter leave it to be a little moist.
6. Corn Plant aka Dracaena
Dracaena is also one of the easiest plants to grow and it can live for multiple decades with the right care. They can survive at low temperatures (10 C°), but to keep it from becoming yellow, place it at a location where it’s between 16-24 C°.
They are prone to attracting mites and insects when the air is to dry, so keep humidity above 40% and spray it often. The Corn Plant can adapt to lower lighting so it’s best to expose it to indirect sunlight. The leaves might go brown but don’t worry, that can be trimmed and avoided by enough watering.
7. Dwarf Date Palm
Like Areca Palm, Dwarf Date Palm will be making your home a healthier environment by getting rid of xylene, since this plant is known for its ability to remove airborne chemicals.
Provide this plant space and see it grow up to 3 meters, but make sure that space is nowhere near children since it has sharp spines placed near the base of the leaf stem. Feed it weekly except for winter when you can be a little less disciplined and can feed it every other week.
8. English Ivy
English Ivy of European Ivy is also very good at getting your home rid of airborne toxins including benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. One of the hidden benefits of having this one indoors is that it can reduce mold!
You might have seen this plant as ground-cover at places where grass doesn’t grow. Since it spreads very aggressively outside it is recommended to keep it as an indoor plant, as it will not invade other plants indoors. Caring for it is simple – keep it at a constant temperature, expose it to direct sunlight and water it regularly with well-drained soil.
9. Boston Fern
Although they need to always stay moist, Boston Fern also fits into the category of plants that are easy to grow. Just keep it away from direct sunlight and at cool temperatures.
To return you the favor of caring for it, it will get rid of formaldehyde and xylene in your air.
A famous Asian plant that is very convenient to grow considering its low maintenance and its small size – between 0,5 and 3 meters!
Feel free to take it outside when the weather conditions allow for that since Ficus loves bright indirect sunlight. When it gets cold, bring it back indoors to clean your air and decorate your space!
11. Peace Lilly
A very small but very powerful plant when it comes to air cleaning! It blooms flowers during summer with a wonderful fragrance! However, keep in mind that it does emit pollen. This is important to keep in mind for those who are allergic. It will grow best in shady places and will get your air rid of ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
A few more beautiful indoor plants that improve air quality:
12. Elephant Ear Philodendron
13. Golden Pothos
14. Florist’s Mum
15. Kimberley Queen Fern
16. Red Emerald Philodendron
17. Parlor Plant
18. Dragon Tree
19. Gerbera Daisy
20. Spider Plant
After writing what each of the mentioned plants will do for your indoor air-quality, let me point out some of the major benefits of having any of them again:
- They will remove pollutants like formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene from your air thus preventing them from damaging your health long-term.
- Taking care of them is very easy. You won’t need a lot of money or time, just take the time to form a habit of watering and feeding them regularly.
- Hit two birds with one stone by cleaning your air and making your home prettier to look at by having these plants, they will do both for you.
Wherever you spend a lot of time indoors – be it at your house, at your office or somewhere else, you should always be able to take a deep breath of fresh air.
Invest in making your home a healthier environment to live in by picking up some of these plants. Trust me, it’s no coincidence that I’m so in love with plants! They will thank you for your care for them by cleaning your air, and what more could you ask for?
Don’t postpone this, make a list and act today! As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, our health should be our number one concern, so let’s help nature keep us healthy!
Of course, there are many more plants that could be mentioned here. Which one would you add? Which do you already have and which do you plan on picking up soon?
Feel free to leave your thoughts below and let me know what you think!