I have been drawn away from blogging for a few weeks now as i have had to put all my effort into the Finchley central home i am decorating. And because i have spent the last few days deciding what indoor plants will work in what room, i decided to blog about it :). Although i have found a number of plants that are so beautiful, my main priority has been finding plants that purify the air as well as beautify the room. Here is my list. 😉
1. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) – This bright, flowering plant is effective at removing trichloroethylene, which you may bring home with your dry cleaning. It’s also good for filtering out the benzene that comes with inks. Add one to your laundry room or bedroom — presuming you can give it lots of light.
2. Aloe vera – This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns. I am having it in a bathroom because it works just as well in moist rooms…. it’s a tough nut to crack.
3. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) – Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene. And MY! isn’t it just beautiful?
4. Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata) – Boston Fern requires a certain amount of attention. It must have frequent misting and watering or the leaves will quickly turn brown and begin to drop. Of the plants tested, it is the best for removing air pollutants, especially formaldehyde, and for adding humidity to the indoor environment. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun to shade.
5. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’) – This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues. Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries.
6. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium) – The colorful flowers of this plant can do a lot more than brighten a home office or living room; the blooms also help filter out benzene, which is commonly found in glue, paint, plastics and detergent. This plant loves bright light, and to encourage buds to open, you’ll need to find a spot near an open window with direct sunlight.
7. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) – Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket. Consider it for your garage since car exhaust is filled with formaldehyde. (Bonus: Golden pothos, also know as devil’s ivy, stays green even when kept in the dark.)
8. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii) – Bring this beautiful flowering shrub into your home to combat formaldehyde from sources such as plywood or foam insulation. Because azaleas do best in cool areas around 60 to 65 degrees, they’re a good option for improving indoor air in your basement if you can find a bright spot.
9. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)- These handsome plants are very tolerant of shady conditions and can make a stunning architectural statement in a darkish situation. It isn’t a good option if you have kids or pets — it’s toxic when eaten, but it’s a workhorse for removing all kinds of VOCs. Philodendrons are particularly good at battling formaldehyde from sources like particleboard as well as other toxins
10. Swiss Cheese Plant(Monstera deliciosa) – Fast growing houseplant with good all round air cleaning properties and particularly effective in humidifying air conditioned interiors.They are easy to grow and with proper care, leaves of up to 45cm (18″) across can be achieved! Bright indirect light to bright shade site needed..
There are so much more but my eyes only see pretty things and those ones just aren’t well suited. I purchased mine at House of plants, complete with planters and self watering systems. Try them out if you want…