For a tranquil feel to the home, filling your space with indoor plants is pleasing to the eye and may also benefit our health by filtering the air we breathe.
With many pollutants in our daily lives, taking a few simple precautions is a brilliant idea and what better way than to fill your house with Mother Nature? And even better, you can grow edible indoor plants such as micro herbs, lettuce and more.
Some plants prefer humidity, such as ferns, and most plants require light. If you don't have a lot of light in the home, consider using shade-loving plants. You may need to move your plants in different seasons as the light changes.
NASA CLEAN AIR STUDY
According to Dr Wolverton's NASA study, many houseplants can remove formaldehyde from the air. The findings are listed here. However, they must be evaluated with caution. While the air in our homes is cycled several times each hour and subjected to various influences, most of this research was conducted in closed, controlled rooms.
Another factor to think about is the plant's size. While certain plants can eliminate a significant quantity of formaldehyde, another plant that takes up less room in your home could be as effective. It's also worth noting that some of these plants are native to tropical climes and may struggle to thrive in cooler settings with less filtered sunlight.
A FREW AIR CLEANSING PLANTS FOR INDOORS
Tropical and subtropical plants are best for clearing the air, mostly due to the composition of the leaves, which enables them to photosynthesize indoors.
Bamboo Palm - loves bright light and can grow over 300cm. Known for removing formaldehyde in the air.
Dracaena has over 40 varieties and can help rid the air of benzene, formaldehyde and xylene. Dracaena plants are toxic to cats and dogs, though.
Aloe Vera is a formaldehyde cleaning plant and has healing properties for the skin.
Weeping fig likes bright light and removes benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
Use Peace Lily to help remove ammonia. It is a shade loving plant.
The Date Palm Dwarf is the palm family's babies are dwarf or Pygmy palms. They are relatively easy to grow in partial shade, reaching up to 3 metres. Removes formaldehyde and xylene.
Use a premium potting mix, and always use gloves when handling soil and potting mix. Purchase pots that are made for good draining; you can always add a few pebbles on the bottom before adding the soil. Plants require frequent watering, but some are less than others. You can adjust how often you water with the season. Like anything else in the house, indoor plants gather dust, which will hinder their excellent work. On rainy days, it is good to pop them outside for a clean and good watering.