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As we all learned in elementary school, plants play a crucial part in the planet’s ecosystem. As animals breathe in oxygen and let out carbon dioxide, plants absorb that carbon dioxide and process it back into oxygen. Plants within the home can be put to the same task, providing your home with fresher air. Not only that, but many plants can actually clean toxins out of the air, and make your home a better place to live and breathe in.
Of course, not everyone is a natural gardener, and some plants are harder to keep alive than others. Here is a list of seven plants that are not only best at keeping your home’s air clean, but are also the easiest to take care of!
Florist’s Chrysanthemum (chrysanthemum morifolium)
In NASA studies, the florist’s chrysanthemum, also known as the garden mum, was the best performer out of all of the plants tested. The studies examined a number of plants in their effectiveness in removing five toxins:
The garden mum was capable of dealing with all five in their experiments. Not only that, it’s very easy to tend to. Simply put it in direct sunlight and water it a light amount every other day. It is a perennial flower, however, so it only flowers for six weeks, and it only filters when it’s flowering. Once it is done, you’ll have to wait until next year, or else simply go out and get a fresh one. It is poisonous to pets, however, so be wary of keeping one in a home with pets, and take yours to the vet immediately if they consume any.
Peace Lily (spathiphyllum)
Another all-star of toxin removal in NASA’s tests, the peace lily is notoriously easy to maintain. It requires very little light and only needs to be watered once a week. It is also an evergreen plant, so there are no replacement worries; simply pop it in a corner of your house and check in on it occasionally. Like the garden mum, peace lilies are poisonous to animals, and should be treated as such.
Variegated Snake Plant (sansevieriatrifasciata)
The variegated snake plant, more commonly simply known as the snake plant, is an extremely low maintenance option for cleaning your air. The snake plant can be put into hanging pots rather easily, and can survive a bit of forgetfulness. Simply water the plant a couple times a week, or whenever you remember, and it’s likely to be fine. It doesn’t require direct sunlight, grows very quickly, and is not poisonous at all. Snake plants filter out formaldehyde and xylene.
Dracaena (dracaena- family)
Dracaena isn’t just the name of an individual plant, but a wide family of them and all of them are great air filterers. Another very low maintenance plant, dracaena plants all require very little water; just a bit of dampness every week should be enough to keep them alive, provided they have enough sunlight. Dracaena plants filter most toxins out of the air, except ammonia. Like the garden mum and the peace lily, dracaena plants are generally poisonous.
Devil’s Ivy (epipremnum aureum)
Like dracaena, devil’s ivy will filter out everything except for ammonia. It is another notoriously easy to manage plant, often sold in hanging baskets, and it can grow all around the world. It only needs to be watered once a month, but you should check every week or so that the soil is still moist. Keep devil’s ivy near a window, but not in direct sunlight. Like many others on this list, the devil’s ivy is poisonous if ingested.
Lady Palm (rhapis excelsa)
The lady palm, also known as the broadleaf lady palm, is a perfect plant to shove into a corner of your home and forget about. A very tall plant, it can grow up to six feet, so out of the way corners are best. Fortunately, the lady palm doesn’t need very much light at all, and can stand overwatering easily. Just make sure you have proper drainage, or the roots can rot. Lady palm filters out formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene, and it’s non-toxic.
English Ivy (hedera helix)
Finally, English ivy is another relatively low-maintenance option. Not only can it filter the usually formaldehyde, ammonia, and xylene, but it has also been known to combat mold. To care for it, put it in direct sunlight and water weekly. It can grow aggressively outside and threaten other plants, so it’s recommended to keep it inside the home. Try not to allow the temperature around the plant to shift too much. It can be toxic to pets.
Some might recommend getting an air filter instead, but air filters just can’t compare to nature. Not only do plants do a better job of cleaning the air, they are also cheaper to get, easier to maintain, and simply look attractive. When deciding how to clean your homes are, natural is the only way to go.
Do YOU have any of these plants in your home? What is your favorite?
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