11. Pineapple Plants
Instead of removing any toxins, they produce more oxygen at night to improve the air quality. With their exotic foliage and large leaves, pineapple plants add an exotic touch to any room.
Its tough leaves make it very difficult for water to escape. For this reason, the plant needs very little water. As this plant belongs to the bromeliad family, its root system is small and it doesn’t require a lot of topsoil. Plants from the pineapple family prefer full sun, though they can also thrive in partial shade.
This hardy variety of plant spreads rapidly from South America to other parts of the region, however, it cannot endure frosty conditions, and it cannot tolerate waterlogged or soggy soil.
12. Ficus Benjamina
In furniture and carpeting, it presumably absorbs some of the toxins, like formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
This was a popular houseplant during the Victorian era. But it was not a simple plant, much like the other plants listed here.
This variety is extremely sensitive to change in the environment. If you move its location or watering habits, the leaves will drop or turn yellow. Nevertheless, the leaves will regrow once the plant has adapted to its new surroundings.
There are plants native to a range of locations, including India and Australia.
This plant can thrive for many years if you provide consistent plant care. This includes watering with gaps, providing filtered sunlight, and high humidity. It should be kept away from drafts.
13. Snake Plant
The Snake Plant is renowned for its stylish, sculptured appearance. It thrives in dry soil and can handle a range of lighting conditions, making it a great plant for forgetful gardeners.
All Snake plant varieties need indirect sunlight and must be protected from excessive watering.
About 70 species of snake plants are grown for gardening, with origins in Eastern Asia, Africa, and Madagascar.
Snake Plants have been found to be an effective air purifier of formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene, and trichloroethylene.
14. English Ivy
It is native to Asian, African, and European regions. It was first used in Europe in 1727, when it was introduced from Asia.
Plants such as this are perfect for cleaning your bathroom as they reduce airborne fecal particles and fight mold in your house. Plants such as this trailing plant need regular watering from their grower because they grow best in moist soil conditions.
The English Ivy also requires about 4 hours of direct sunlight and an ample amount of moisture. Under ideal conditions, it can attain a height of 50 ft.
Toxins like formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and benzene are removed.
15. Flamingo Lily
It is also known as Anthurium Scherzerianum, due to its colorful colorful flowers that curl and its long, elongated foliage.
These plants are native to the rainforests of Central and South America, so humid climates are a more natural environment for them.
Maintain high humidity around this plant by misting the foliage to maintain moisture around the plant.
Flamingo Lily also needs bright light, but you can grow it in a range of temperatures between 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 32 degrees Celsius).
It can filter ammonia, formaldehyde, and toluene.
16. Broadleaf Lady Palm
Plants like this are a style statement because they add drama to your indoor space. This mysterious species comes from the Chinese cultivar. It is one of the few houseplants that lower ammonia levels. Cleaning products typically contain ammonia.
Growing your own plants from seed might be quite economical; therefore, there is no need for expensive full-grown plants.
This humidity-loving plant is perfect for your bathroom. Maintain the acidity of the soil and add organic matter to facilitate drainage. However ensure that it gets filtered sunlight and that the soil remains moist.
Make sure the plant is kept in a shady location if you want its dark green leaves to stand out. The plant itself can grow to a maximum height of 14 ft., and the fronds can grow 6-12 inches in length.
Broadleaf Lady Palms come in two main types; variegated and green.
17. Bamboo Palm
Any indoor space can benefit from the color and warmth provided by a Bamboo Palm plant. These plants have slightly wider fronds than other varieties, but they prefer the same growing conditions; bright filtered sunlight, moist soil, and thorough watering.
The Bamboo Palm uses filtered water at room temperature to water itself.
These palms filter xylene, ammonia, and formaldehyde from inside your house in low light settings. A mature Bamboo Palm is about 4-12 ft. tall, but it can grow taller if it gets more sunlight.
Your bathroom is the perfect location for this plant since it thrives in high humidity. Bamboo Palm plant care is straightforward and easy, but watch out for pests like spider mites.
You can choose from over 100 species for this plant genus based on the climate you have inside and your personal preference.
18. Gerbera Daisy
A flowering plant from South Africa with a high transpiration rate, this is a blooming plant. It is an air purifier that produces the happiest blooms in shades of white, orange, salmon, pink, and yellow. Each bloom is 2-5 inches across.
Many Gerbera cultivars thrive in full sun and sandy soil, but plenty do for indoor gardeners. The crown of this Daisy plant should not be planted deeply; otherwise, crown rot may occur. Avoid covering the crown with mulch.
You can keep this plant happy for two or three years, but it will not bloom if the sunlight is insufficient. Thus it is necessary to make sure it receives sunlight for the entire day if it is kept in filtered sunlight indoor.
If the soil layers are 2-3 inches dry, then this plant needs watering. Make sure that it is kept at a moderate temperature. Anything higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) will kill it.
These indoor weeds will remove air toxins including benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
19. Fittonia Frankie
These ‘Nerve’ plants need minimal maintenance and filter toluene, benzene, and trichloroethylene for improved indoor air quality. The leaves are beautiful shades of pink and green, and the pattern and leaf structure of this Peruvian make it an excellent houseplant.
It reaches an adult height of only 3-6 inches, which makes it the perfect choice for any terrarium or dish garden. It needs a moist well-draining soil mix that remains humid inside, high humidity, and filtered sunlight.
The frilled leaves of the plant will become stiff when watered properly. The Frankie plant pales if you fail to repot it in the spring season when it appears to be dry. If this happens, change your watering schedule to ensure the plant is not under-watered.
20. Areca Palm
Areca palms or Yellow Butterflies Palms have a maximum height of 6-8 feet and are easy to grow indoors. If you choose to grow it in a soil-based potting compost, you will avoid unnecessary repotting. I am growing mine in a peat-based potting mixture in a sunny position because this plant prefers full or partial sun.
The Areca Palm is indigenous to Madagascar, so it needs high humidity for optimum appearance. It is also a heavy feeder that requires regular feedings from spring through early fall.
Plants grow best between 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Toluene and xylene are removed from the atmosphere using this beauty.
Frequently Asked Questions About Air Purifying Plants
How many plants should I keep in my house to achieve the air-purifying effect?
In every 100 square feet, you should keep at least two to three plants of any kind. You can create an air-purifying atmosphere by growing any plant listed here in pots of 8 or 10 inches.
Can Orchids purify the air?
Plants that grow slowly, such as orchids, provide little air cleansing. The higher the rate of photosynthesis and oxygen release, the faster the growth of an indoor plant; therefore it is better suited to clean the air indoors.
How can plants help cure sick building syndrome?
Airborne molds and bacteria are 50 to 60 percent less prevalent in plants as opposed to those in rooms with no plants. By controlling humidity and purifying toxins from the indoor air, plants treat or at least reduce the sick building syndrome.
What are some health benefits of indoor plants?
They relieve irritation to the eyes, throat, nose, and reduce stress levels, and ease coughing or congestion.
Which plants produce oxygen 24 hours a day?
The Areca palm, snake plant, and Aloe Vera are a few popular indoor plants that make oxygen at night.
An article in this issue describes 20 varieties of air-purifying house plants. Indoor plants can either be easy to grow or difficult, depending upon your likings and requirements.
A few of the plants mentioned here increase oxygen levels while others act as natural air filters. All of these are statement houseplants that can add a touch of nature to your home.
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