There are a variety of ways which can help you achieve breathing clean and safe air. It is unfortunate that humans have damaged air quality so much. The very element of nature which is vital for life is beginning to prove to be a poison, no less. In this blog post, we introduce to you details of indoor plants which can help purify air. Plants are in no way comparable to the focused action and technologically advanced functioning of air purifiers. Still, having indoor plants which clean your indoor atmosphere are a cool thing to have.
Indoor plants brighten up the interiors and bring you close to nature. Ornamental plants in rooms can change the entire aura towards positivity and calm. There are such varieties of plants which are evergreen and even release oxygen during the night. Indoor plants rid your home’s air of pollutants and poisonous gases which would otherwise have harmed you in the long run.
Read the complete post and visit your nearest nursery or gardener. See which ones you can plant in your home or office. The Plants we have compiled below have been found in NASA’s research to be pretty sturdy and require less care.
- 1 Top Best Air Purifiers in India For Home and Offices
- 2 What If An Air Purifier Could Fit In Your Nose?
- 2.1 1. Dracaena Deremensis
- 2.2 2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
- 2.3 3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- 2.4 4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- 2.5 5. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
- 2.6 6. Pothos Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
- 2.7 7. Chrysanthemum or Garden Mums
- 2.8 8. Potted Date Palm
- 2.9 9. Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
- 2.10 10. Barberton Daisy
- 2.11 Bamboo Palm
- 2.12 Conclusion- Air Purifying Plants
- 3 Read Our Guide to Buying the BEST AIR PURIFIERS
Why Is Your Indoors Air Impure?
Research and reports have concluded that the air inside your rooms is way more polluted than outside. We are not comparing indoor air to the air found near traffic signals or jams though. We are talking in general terms. Improper ventilation is the prime culprit which is to blame for this condition. Small dingy rooms, washrooms and kitchen designs with architectural flaws or space constraints are the source and havens for foul, polluted air and microbes. Home furnishings, kitchen fumes, paints, upholstery, synthetic building materials, and cleaning products in homes and offices emit a variety of toxic compounds, like VOCs, xylene and formaldehyde.
The presence of smokers is a major contributor to indoor pollution. Ovens, stoves and OTGs in kitchens generate fumes as a by-product to combustion and breakdown of compounds. Plants aside, always keep your kitchen well ventilated with windows opening towards wide and clean surroundings. Chimneys and exhaust fans should be properly installed where design doesn’t permit natural ventilation.
1. Dracaena Deremensis
This is a very common plant which you must have seen. Did we surprise you to include it in our list? Well, plants from the Dracaena genus are known to clean the air pollutants. There are more than 45 varieties of Dracaena. These plants are evergreen and have thick sturdy leaves with a plastic look. These can go for many days without water or sunlight and are pretty hard to kill. Not to give an impression that you should test your plants to the brink of death!
2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
One of the best air purifying plants is the Peace Lily. It grows best in shady places away from direct sunlight in medium to low light. Best suited for indoor placement in rooms and office spaces. Peace Lilies placed in more light will likely produce the white hooded leaf. Special care should be taken not to over-water the plant. Best to plant in summers. You should be mindful that Peace Lilies may be a source of pollen themselves. So, avoid placing to many of them at one place.
3. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Neither as beautiful as other plants nor a delicate one to demand your attention, that’s Snake Plant. It is one of the most tolerant plants around. These plants can be neglected for weeks without water. Still their texture is such they do not droop or wither.
4. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Wondering why the plants we have mentioned till now have such nasty names after snakes and spiders? Well, you need tough plants to battle the pollution menace! The spider plant is easy to grow and is quite adaptable. Spider plant may even produce flowers which become mini spider plants eventually. Spider plants prefer dry soil instead of constant watering.
5. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
Boston Ferns are quite popular indoor air purifying plants. You must even have grown or seen it in your home. It needs a cool and humid place to thrive. Keep tab on the humidity levels or else the leaves would turn yellow. The Boston Fern is quite particular about its needs and may get infested with insects. In return it gets rid of Formaldehyde like no other plant.
6. Pothos Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
If cared properly for, the Pothos plant looks lovely with lots of big leaves and dense foliage. It needs little attention once it grows dense. Its big leaves provide lots of oxygen at your doorstep. Leaves may turn yellow during winters or intense summers. Overall, the leaves may even live for years and can grow very large. It removes many air pollutants. Best way to enhance its air purification ability is to wash off the dust and dirt from the leaves often.
7. Chrysanthemum or Garden Mums
Very popular flowering plants with a whole range of colors. Chrysanthemum occur in scores of varieties and produce a large array of colored flowers. NASA Clear Air Study has shown that Chrysanthemum plants can remove Benzene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Ammonia and Trichloroethylene. This plant can give all air purifiers a run for their money.
8. Potted Date Palm
A miniaturized tree in itself, the Dwarf palm is a delight to have in your home. Plant it small and see it attain big size with glorious evergreen foliage. It’s a tough plant which can withstand the harshest of summers or winters. Palm leaves absorb xylene and remove formaldehyde and VOCs.
9. Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
An evergreen plant which is at its prime in the rainy season and lush otherwise for the year. It removes Formaldehyde
10. Barberton Daisy
In NASA Clean Air Study, the Barberton Daisy has proven to be a champion. Of all plants studied, it removes the largest amount of Benzene. Not to mention the lovely flowers, this plant is a live air purifier!
The bamboo palm effectively removes Benzene and trichloroethylene. It also makes a good indoor plant to be placed in the drawing rooms near furniture. A good absorbent of formaldehyde it absorbs it from freshly painted wood. A native plant of South and Central America, it enjoys shady places and warm climate. Avoid inundating it with water as it doesn’t leave the torture un-noticed.
Conclusion- Air Purifying Plants
Plants are very good companions which demand just water and a little care and give a lot in return. We hope our post would have helped you to revisit the importance of plants. Air Purifiers cannot be substituted with these plants, no doubt. Air Purifying plants are a beautiful and natural way to clean your home’s air. They absorb harmful gases and also replenish the oxygen levels. We recommend to accommodate a few of the above plants. Still, if you live in very polluted environments, only an Air Purifier can give respite.