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Indoor Air-Purifying Plants (Low Maintenance & Low Light!)

Indoor Air-Purifying Plants (Low Maintenance & Low Light!)

Today let’s talk about some of our uninvited guests. They come with cabinets, paints, detergents, glues, and much more. They can do a great job of gifting us with itchy eyes, headaches, and shortness of breath. Any clue what we are hinting at? We are talking about pollutants in the air. Not just the air outside, in our traffic-choked roads, but the air in our homes. Gases like formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, xylene, carbon monoxide, and trichloroethylene make our air toxic. We inhale these gases through plywood furnishings, particle boards, paints, varnishes, printer dyes, and of course, through the pollution caused by vehicular traffic. These gases have several negative effects on one’s health and are said to be harmful to the human body in the long run. Through a 1989 study, NASA created a list of indoor air-purifying plants that were proven to remove these contaminants from the air. We are now all set to welcome our brand-new set of friends that have earned the NASA seal of approval! Apart from improving the quality of the air you breathe, these natural air-purifiers can add a splash of emerald green to your living room, be a classy adornment to your hallways, sit neatly on your work table and give your home a refreshing vibe.

Let’s introduce you to our Top 8 –

1. Go crazy with ZZ

Yes, you can go crazy and not tend to this plant and it will still survive. Born to ease the lives of novice-growers, the ZZ-(Zee Zee) plant can endure weeks of total neglect. The ZZ-plant prefers low to bright indirect light. Keeping it in direct sunlight will scorch its leaves. You can water it once in 15 days. If you start seeing drooping leaves, it is a sign that your plant is thirsty. So, slightly increase the watering frequency. Also, always wash your hands after handling this plant. It may sometimes cause skin irritation (due to its calcium oxalate crystals) or other ailments. The parts of this plant are poisonous and should not be eaten. So, ensure it stays out of reach of curious kids or pets! (Quick tip: Allow just 2 stems to grow and cut off the extra stems. This will help your ZZ-plant grow long, thick, and sturdy.) Toxins known to be removed from the air: Toluene and Xylene.

2. Stylish & Sleek Rubber Plants

The rubber plant is currently in vogue and can be a glossy new addition to your living space. It requires bright indirect light and consistently moist soil. The more variegated types (the ones having leaves with different colored zones) need relatively more light to help bring out their colors. Water your rubber plants every 3-4 days. It is also recommended to wipe the leaves of your rubber plant with a damp cloth to keep the leaves shiny and moist and to help them absorb more sunlight. You can even mist it if you want to avoid wiping each leaf. Regular pruning helps this plant grow healthily without requiring support. Toxins known to be removed from the air: Carbon monoxide and Formaldehyde.

3. Peace Lilies

Here is an elegant plant that thrives even in low-light conditions. It is best placed in bathrooms or other damp areas in your house. You need to water it once a week. This champion plant can even get rid of mold spores while purifying the surrounding air. Peace lilies too are hazardous if consumed. Toxins known to be removed from the air: Benzene, Carbon monoxide, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene.

4. Fun Ferns- Boston Ferns

This is a bushy little plant-beast that can look great in a hanging basket indoors or on a well-lit rack of your room. It prefers environments that get sufficient indirect light and are not too dry. Boston ferns need to be hydrated regularly. Allow it to dry out between waterings. Trim it every now and then to ensure that it doesn’t grow too wild. Toxins known to be removed from the air: Formaldehyde and Xylene.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a great plant with plump leaves that are reserves of goodness. From medicines to juices to cosmetics, Aloe Vera is our very own all-rounder who is exceptional at everything. Along with this, it is an indoor air-purifier that adds beauty to any corner it occupies. It loves bright spaces and needs very little watering. It is preferred to grow aloe vera in a wide and shallow pot since its roots grow horizontally. Toxins known to be removed from the air: Formaldehyde.

6. Spiders that actually beautify your home- Spider Plant

If you have any unutilized nook or corner in your house, place a spider plant there. This adorable curly plant will go all-out and add zing to any space. This plant is hardy, super-easy to maintain, and can survive neglect. They reproduce quickly and give birth to multiple spiderettes (spider plant babies). They require watering every 2-4 days. Be careful to not overwater or its roots can easily rot. Let them royally bask in a well-lit space without direct sunlight. Toxins known to be removed from the air: formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.

7. Devil’s Ivy or Money Plant (Pothos)

You have to be extremely skilled and a total veteran to be able to kill this plant! Called Devil’s ivy since it is practically indestructible, this plant has the ability to grow in a variety of conditions. It prefers bright indirect light and weekly watering. Pothos is extremely easy to propagate through cuttings. Just place it in a glass of tap water and wait till it grows roots. Keep your pothos away from pets as it is poisonous for them. Toxins known to be removed from the air: Formaldehyde, Xylene, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene.

8. Snake Plant

Last on our list is another easy to grow plant that fits beautifully in any compact space. This dainty attention-grabber gets its name from the fact that its leaves resemble snakes sitting upright. It does best in indirect light and requires to be hydrated every 2 weeks. Snake plant too is quite easy to propagate through cuttings. Toxins known to be removed from the air: Formaldehyde, Xylene, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene. Growing some of these air-purifying plants in your home will truly make it the safe haven you believe it is! Ideally, it is recommended to grow 2 to 3 air-purifying plants per 100 sq. ft. So start with a simple plant. Once you are comfortable tending to it, add a few more to your clan. Since they are as chic as they are useful, we are sure you will love to have them adorn your home. Finally, in case you need our help in growing these air purifier plants or find yourself in need of some smart gardening hacks, you know where to find us 🙂 Happy growing!