We often leave them in some corner, watering them occasionally at best. We often forget about the plants and the great effect they have on this world.
Yet they keep giving us their best, technically enabling us to live and breathe, expecting nothing in return. Which by no means means we shouldn’t try to return the favor by taking good care of them.
So if you’re thinking about getting some houseplants, first make sure you won’t neglect them and leave them to their own means. Then think about what plants could be the best for your home and do the most for you.
If you live in a polluted area, plants that are particularly efficient at purifying air could be the best option for you. Experts at San Diego Botanicals tell us where to start and what to look for.
Okay, this is a plant that requires quite a lot of attention and effort, but it is definitely worth it.
Boston fern has been proven to remove the carcinogenic formaldehyde from the air; and not only that, this plant is the most efficient of all in doing that.
In return, Boston fern does require to be fed fertilizer weekly during its growing season, monthly in winter, and simply regularly at all other times. Also, it might demand daily misting and watering, depending on the humidity level in your house. Yet, what’s that in comparison to what it gives in return.
If your place lacks sunshine and it a little dim in general, a bit of greenery could literally breathe in some freshness in it.
Unlike Boston fern, rubber plants are not so demanding, and can survive on little sun, even though it may slow down their growth. An alternative is Janet Craig plant, which requires even less care, but is slightly less aesthetically appealing.
Be it as it may, they will certainly help improve the quality of your indoor air and bring life to your space.
There are a few home types of palm trees, which are an excellent choice if you’re aiming at purifying your indoor air. Lady palm, areca palm (also known as butterfly palm) and bamboo palm stand out as recommended options for cleaner air.
You might think they will need higher temperatures, but it’s exactly the opposite. These beauties thrive on cooler temperatures, ideally between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Butterfly palm is said to filter xylene and toluene from the air, at the same time being a good humidifier with daily water transpiration of 1 liter, for the plant of 1.8m height.
This beautiful plant is very commonly used for decoration, as a topiary plant thanks to its climbing “skills”. It is maybe best known for its decorative function, but that’s not all it can offer.
It is not a particularly demanding when it comes to maintenance, enjoying the part sun, part shade, and requiring just occasional misting and watering in wintertime.
Besides its beauty, this plant is proven to reduce the levels of benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene in the air, all three known as carcinogens.
And on top of that, it can also reduce the traces of mold and fecal particles, improving the indoor air quality even more. What more reason do you need to get one in your home as soon as possible?
All of these plants and many more interesting and useful ones can be found at any green nursery and botanical shop, so look around your area to find the best service and purify your air the natural way.