Have you been spending more time indoors lately? Are you worried that your indoor air quality isn't as good as it could be? Luckily, there's an easy way to improve it. Head down to your local plant nursery and pick up one of the air-purifying plants listed below. As well as making the air more breathable, they're a great way to improve the appearance of your living space and feel more connected to nature. Keep reading for tips on choosing the right plant for your needs.
1. Peace Lily
Peace lilies are excellent at absorbing and breaking down man-made chemicals like benzene and trichloroethylene, both of which can be given off by furniture. On top of this, they're attractive and easy to care for, needing indirect sunlight and moderate watering. Peace lilies tend to droop when they need a drink, making it easy to work out when to water them. Note that they're toxic to pets when ingested, so not the best choice if you have a furry friend.
2. Bamboo Palm
If you're looking for an air-purifying plant with a tropical appearance, a bamboo palm could be perfect. As well as absorbing harmful chemicals, your bamboo palm will release moisture into the air, making it an ideal choice during drier months. Your bamboo palm will do best in bright, indirect sunlight, with soil kept moist. This plant is non-toxic, so it's perfect for pet owners.
3. Snake Plant
Snake plants have the rare ability to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night, so they're a great choice for the bedroom. Like the previous plants, they also help absorb toxins through their leaves. Snake plants grow upright, meaning they don't take up too much space. Keep in indirect sunlight and water only when the soil is completely dry to avoid root rot.
4. Boston Fern
Ferns are renowned for their ability to remove indoor pollutants, and the Boston fern is the best at removing formaldehyde, commonly released by carpets. Boston ferns need a lot of moisture and will do well in high humidity areas, making them ideal for the bathroom. They're easy to propagate at home, meaning you could purchase one plant and turn it into several for free. They're also attractive plants, often favoured by interior designers.
Purchasing air-purifying plants from your local plant nursery is a great way to make your home healthier and more pleasant to spend time in.
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