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8 Houseplants That Improve Air Quality
Not only are they refreshing to look at, houseplants are an excellent way to help purify the air in your home. But you don’t have to be a gardening aficionado to reap the benefits of a house full of foliage! Whether it’s your first time planting, or your house is a borderline jungle, there’s surely a houseplant out there for everyone. Here’s a list of 8 plants for every skill level that will take the air purity in your home head-on.
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). If you’re a houseplant newbie, the Snake Plant is an excellent choice to start with. They don’t require much upkeep or much watering, but it does prefer bright light. Just be careful if you have pets — this plant is toxic to animals!
Lady palm (Rhapis excels). The Lady Palm is a great choice for a corner you just don’t know how to fill. They can tolerate low light levels, high amounts of water and a wide range of temperatures.
Flamingo lily (Anthurium andraenum). The Flamingo Lily is great for your health and your eyes. Its gorgeous flowers add a touch of color to any room, however, it’s notorious for being tough to grow. So if you’re missing a green thumb, you might want to leave this one to the pros.
English ivy (Hedera helix). You’ve probably seen this plant outside, in the garden. However, because it spreads quite aggressively, it’s best kept indoors. Caring for the English Ivy is relatively easy, just keep it at a constant temperature, give it plenty of direct sunlight, and water generously.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum). One of the most popular houseplants, the Peace Lily is great for those without a lot of sunlight in their homes. This plant prefers low light, and should only be watered once a week. However, it’s toxic to both humans and pets, so plant with caution!
Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium). This houseplant is the perfect perennial if you’re looking for some color. If you’ve got a spot with direct sunlight, all it takes is a medium amount of water and the right soil to get this plant to bloom. Be careful, this one is also poisonous to pets too.
Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum). This popular houseplant is typically planted in hanging baskets, since it’s toxic to pets, but it can grow in pots too. It’s extremely easy to care for, just place it near a window with indirect sunlight and watch it grow.
Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena reflexa). This houseplant is the perfect combination: low-maintenance and aesthetically-pleasing. While it’s not good for pets, it’s great for those households without a green thumb. Just keep the soil slightly moist and in a spot with indirect sunlight and you’re good to go!
Remember, the best way to purify the air in your home is to remove the source of pollutants. But in the meantime, a houseplant can do their part in clearing the air!