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Plants That’ll Clear the Air!

Bradford Greenhouses Blog

It’s a sad reality that the air quality in our homes is not as good as we think it is. Many chemicals are released into our homes from our furniture, carpets, pets, paints and varnishes. It is however possible to clean the air with the help of some naturally air filtering plants. NASA researchers have proven that 1 plant for every 100 square feet in your home will effectively clean the air.

Here is a partial list of plants tested by NASA that have known air purifying capabilities:

Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’

Boston Fern

This fern grows well in bright, indirect light, but will tolerate moderate light as well. Keep slightly moist at all times, this plant does not like to dry out. Misting through the winter will help keep it happy; it enjoys higher humidity, making it a great plant for a bathroom. This plant can filter formaldehyde and xylene from the air in your home.

English Ivy

Hedera helix

English Ivy

This plant grows best in medium to bright, indirect light. Keep slightly most at all times. This plant comes in a wide variety of leaf shapes and colours. It can make an attractive hanging basket specimen, or trailing from a pot placed on a shelf. This plant enjoys frequent misting, as dry air makes this plant especially susceptible to spider mites. Treatment with insecticidal soap will help with troublesome spider mites. This plant filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum

Peace Lily

Peace lily grows well in bright, indirect light. Although fairly shade tolerant, a lack of light may result in poor flowering. Allow the plant to dry out slightly between waterings. This plant will benefit from misting in the winter; though it is less fussy than others. This is an exceptionally easy plant for indoors, and is one of the best at filtering the air; it can trap benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, ammonia and more.

Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata

Snake Plant

Snake plant grows well in many different light conditions. It will tolerate heavy shade and direct sun. Allow this succulent plant to dry out completely between watering, and never let it sit in standing water. This is an easy, durable and pest resistant place. This plant filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.

Pothos

Epipremnum aureum

Pothos

This favourite houseplant grows best in low to bright indirect light. Like English ivy, it comes in a variety of colours. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Never let this plant sit in water for extended periods of time. This is also an easy, durable and pest resistant plant. It can be a fast grower and is easily propagated by cuttings. This vining plant looks great in a hanging basket, or set on a high shelf where it can trail and sprawl. This plant can filter out Formaldehyde, Benzene and Xylene from the air.

Rubber Tree

Ficus elastica

Rubber Tree

Rubber tree grows well in bright, indirect light with some direct sun. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Do not allow the plant to sit in water for extended periods of time. Not usually troubled by pests. This is a great, easy indoor tree. It can be grown as large as desired, though pruning will result in a fuller, bushier plant. Be careful when pruning this tree though, its sap can be an irritant. This plant filters formaldehyde from the air.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Aloe Vera

This wonderful plant grows best in bright, indirect sunlight with some direct sun. Plant in a potting soil for cacti and succulents. Allow the aloe to dry out between watering. This plant not only can filter toxins from the air but also produces a gel in its succulent leaves that helps burns and cuts heal. This plant filters benzene and formaldehyde from the air.

Dracaena

Dracaena marginata

Dracaena

Dracaenas grow best in bright, indirect sunlight. This is a popular plant due to its ability to cope with irregular watering. Never let this plant sit in standing water for extended periods of time as constantly waterlogged soil will promote rot. This plant filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.

Lady Palm

Rhapis Excelsa

Lady Palm

This shade tolerant, multi-stemmed palm is a slow grower, but makes a lush specimen plant. It grows best in moderate, indirect light and should never be allowed to dry out completely. This plant also appreciates misting in the winter. Lady palms can filter Formaldehyde, xylene and ammonia from the air in your home. Pygmy date palm, areca palm, and bamboo palm also can trap chemicals from the air, and are good air filtering choices as well.

These are just a few of the plants that are known to filter specific chemicals from the air; there are many more that have been tested. There are many benefits to having a plant in your home or office! Don’t be afraid to give growing one a try; most of the ones listed here are very easy to care for. Come down to one of our stores and pick up your very own natural air filter!