With the ever growing industrial revolution and advancements surely we are progressing, but we are neglecting our environment in the process. The pollution is affecting the base elements of the nature like air, water and soil. Unless you are hiking on a mountain or are far away from the city, you are breathing in polluted and toxic air on a daily basis which, needless to say is harmful to the health. As these instances are on the rise, you cannot help but wonder about a source of air that’s clean and pure.
What if we told you that we have a solution that gives you clean breathable air within the comforts of your home?
A research was conducted by NASA in 1989 on air purifying house plants which can filter out impurities and provide pollution-free air right at home. NASA stated in their Clean Air Study that if nurtured properly in correct environments, these house plants are able to remove 87% of impurities from your home air in less than 24 hours.
So, why not use technology?
Surely, there is some kind of technology out there that can clean and purify air at home. These are none other than air purifiers! You can also put them at a distance of 100 feet and still get air that is free of toxins. But, that air purifier is not going to give you oxygen while it is purifying air. Also, it is not going to run without electricity and do not forget about the maintenance it will require at timely intervals that will surely cost you quite a bit of money. You can also use combination of both plants and air purifier to achieve better results at your home or workplace.
How many house plants are required to clean the air?
According to NASA’s study, to obtain the cleanest air you should have a potted plant at a distance of every100 square feet in your home or office. So, according to the available space you have, you can acquire a number of plants. If you are all about the aesthetics, you also need to consider the decorations at your home while you are at it.
Which plants you can use for indoor air cleaning?
Now that you have learned of the importance of having house plants, you must have decided to get some pots but don’t know which ones to choose from. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered on that front! Read along to know what you need.
Speaking of good indoor plants, peace lily is perhaps the most popular choice of them all! Their dark green leaves and white flowers not only brighten up the room but also clean the air in the best possible way. Peace lilies require medium to low light. You can place them in the sunlight streaming through the windows and see those white flowers bloom. Since they don’t require regular fertilising, you don’t really need to pay heed to that. You can fertilise it once or twice a year. Toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and trichloroethylene can be removed from the air with the help of this plant.
Sporting some of the most beautiful and big flowers, florist chrysanthemum also has a heap of dark green leaves. Though they make for a good house plant, they can be grown outdoors if the environment agrees. This flower originated in China but nowadays it is grown almost everywhere. Chrysanthemum is also rather good at cleaning indoor air which contains ammonia, benzene and formaldehyde. Just like other plants and flowers, the chrysanthemum flower also needs sunlight to bloom but it can’t be exposed to direct sunlight. You may also have to check for moistness of soil if the weather is too dry as flowering plants require more water than regular plants.
A creeper plant with a stem like wire, the English ivy climbs onto anything and everything it can reach. Ivy is one of the most common plants grown indoors. English Ivy also doesn’t require direct sunlight; rather it thrives well under fluorescent lights. You may need to give some extra care to this plant as it is very delicate. If you want to keep its length at bay you may have to give it a monthly trim. Also, in spring and summer season you are required to feed it some liquid fertiliser that is high in nitrogen.
One of the most loved plants for growing indoors is the lady palm. The best thing about this plant is that it doesn’t branch out like other house plants and grows only vertically so you don’t have to worry about it occupying extra space. Being a member of the palm family, it has an appearance like that of a bamboo tree. This plant requires moderate to high humidity so you may be required to use a room humidifier or you can mist its foliage daily. Keep its soil moist through spring and summer and also fertilise it on a monthly basis with a balanced ratio of liquid fertiliser. Lady palm cures the air from ammonia and formaldehyde.
Boston fern originates from Central America and became a very famous indoor plant during the Victorian era to be kept in homes and restaurants. This plant has a beautiful appearance with those arching, long fronds that are covered with leaflets also called as Pinnae. Boston fern prefers moderate to bright natural light with no direct light from the sun.
The plant also demands high maintenance as it hails from rain forests where the relative humidity is always above 70%. So, don’t keep them near your designer radiator where temperature changes frequently. You will have to monitor its fronds closely to know about its overall condition. Yellow and wilted fronds are an indication of overwatering. To take care of this, make sure that its soil is always moist and use a room humidifier or mist it a few times daily. Boston fern is also good at removing formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
If you had no gardening experience and want to go ahead with house plants, we suggest that you someone who has some experience dealing with house plants so they can guide you well. Once you get some house plants home, you will be able to breathe in clean and toxin free air.