9 Indoor plants that improve indoor air quality

The plants filter out several harmful compounds in the air and make it much healthier to breathe. The good news is that these plants are easily found and you can attach them to your home to accommodate yourself and your family with air that is complete purer and free from harmful agents. These plants will filter out toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene and present you with oxygen at the same time.

We made a list of the 9 best indoor plants that improve air quality. Enjoy.


AloeAloe vera

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Aloe is a genus including over 500 species of flowering lush plants. The most popular is Aloe vera, also called “true aloe.” Most Aloe plants have a long, thick, fleshy leaves. These leaves have medicinal qualities. Aloe blossoms are tubular, usually yellow, orange, pink, or red. Aloe can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. Smaller classes like the aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces.

Care.

Aloe can grow under practically any conditions. They grow equally well indoors and outdoors with minimal care but it is important that you pick a place where your plant will get plenty of light. But keep in mind that too much straight sunlight can cause the plant to dry out and leaves can become brown. Water aloe deeply but then let the soil dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings.Aloe vera

Tips.

There are plenty of products made from the jellylike substance inside aloe vera leaves – shampoos, gels, beauty products, health supplements etc. All these products you should be apart. But what can you do with your Aloe in your home?

You can use the leaves for healing properties. Just remove one of the leaves from a plant and slice it open along its length. Then both press out the jellylike material and apply it to the affected part or lay the entire opened leaf side straight over the affected part and bandage it carefully in place.


Pothos

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This indoor plant is high on the list of plants that can assist purify indoor air. Pothos can absorb and remove toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the house like carpet. Pothos leaves are a pointed heart-shaped and can be green or variegated in white, yellow or a lighter green. Pothos has white flowers. Indoor pothos can reach 30 ft.Pothos

Care.

Pothos is the easiest houseplants to grow. They don’t need much sunlight and water. Pothos like to have their soil dry out entirely between waterings. Add water when it starts to droop. Don’t wait till the leaves start to shrivel or you will lose some leaves. Pothos is usually pest free, but they can get filled with gritty bugs. The easiest method to get rid of them is to simply touch them with an alcohol-moistened cotton swab.

Tips.

Pothos grows anywhere. Allow it elegantly hang from a basket, crawl its way throughout the expanse of a room, cover a trellis or just put onto a table. It does just as well on its own as it does in a combined planting.

You can be creative with a Pothos. Some indoor plants will climb and drag as easily and as far as pothos. Train it to grow across a wall by adding the vine to small hooks or hidden nails. Let it drop from entertainment centers, bookcases, and high window ledges.


Spider plantSpider Plant

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The spider plant is very popular and easy to grow. This plant can grow in a wide spectrum of conditions. The spider plant is so called because of its spider-like flowers, which hang down from the mother plant like spiders on the web. Spider plants come in a plenty of varieties and work great as hanging plants.

Care.

Caring for spider plants is easy. Water them well but do not permit the plants to become too wet, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings. Room temperatures should be 40 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit to keep them thriving. Put spider plant in an east, west or north windowsill any time of the year.

Tips.

When less than a year old, Spider Plants may produce little white flowers during the summer. Spider plants look wonderfully nice in a hanging basket.

Keep spider plants on your desk to reduce indoor pollutants.


English Ivy English Ivy

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English ivy is the most popular type of ivy. It can grow long and lush and bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Growing ivy indoors is easy as long as you know what makes an ivy plant happy. English ivy reduces airborne fecal element particles. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.

Care.

Ivy’s care is not hard. The most significant part of indoor ivy plant care is light. Ivies need bright light. Without enough light, inside ivy plants will become leggy and sickly looking. Ivies prefer more the dry side, so let the soil dry out some before you spray your ivy plant again. Also, you have to wash your ivy regularly to get rid of dust and pests. Ivy prefers to be held on the comfortably cool side, night temperatures of 50° to 55° and day temperatures of 68° to 72° are ideal.

Tips.

Ivy can take advantage of the climbing ability of these plants to use them to cover a wall. Keep in mind that growing such plants on walls may or may not be a good idea, depending on the construction of the wall, your ability to fix the wall as needed, etc.

Ivy is an invasive plant, so choose an area where it has plenty of room to grow and will not conflict with other plants.


Jade plantsJade Plant

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Jade plants have a shrub-like structure with thick sections and flat, oval-shaped leaves. The plants are fairly flexible and easy to grow. Jade plants can grow to a height of 24 inches when indoors. Many people have jade plants in their homes because they are considered to be symbols of good luck.

Care.

Jade plants require a medium light daily for several hours. The plant favors room temperature but can be slightly cooler in the winter. Need to allow to dry between waterings, holding the soil fairly dry. During the winter you can water less, but do not allow it over-dry.

Tips.

To persuade Jade plants to flower, grow the Jade in a tiny pot and hold back the water. Also, cooler temperatures in the winter promote blossom.

There may be problems with mealybugs disappearing under leaves.  To remove the bugs use a splash bottle of water or insecticidal soap.


Rubber TreeRubber tree plant

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The rubber tree or plant is a popular houseplant. These plants can grow up to 50 feet tall. Rubber plants have big, thick, shining green leaves. New leaves have a rosy colored cover. Rubber trees require a little care.

Care.

Rubber tree requires bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Some recommend placing it near a window that has transparent curtains. This provides plenty of light, but not too much. You should soak this plant with a room temperature water. Add water to the pot till it pours from the base. Use rainwater or distilled water if possible. Let the soil dry before watering. Keep the rubber plant in temperatures above 55ºF.

Tips.

To increase new leaves on a current rubber tree plant cut a slit in the joint where a leaf came off. This will allow a new leaf to grow quicker. Remove any yellow or dead leaves as soon as possible. Plant leaves collect dust – wipe them with a damp cloth.

As you read, the plant will grow big, so you will need to transplant the rubber plant in a new pot. It should be just a few inches wider and deeper than the old one.


Peace LilyPeace Lily

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Peace Lilies are popular indoor plants. They are easy to maintain. They can grow up to 16inches. Peace Lilies have dark green leaves and beautiful pure white flowers. These plants are great room brighteners and excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in.

Care.

Place your Peace Lily close to a window in a warm room away from direct light. If you live in a tropical location, you can keep your plant outside year-round. Keep your Peace Lilies soil moist at all times, but do not overwater. If you want flowers to appear, but none have, move the plant to a darker room.

Tips.

In NASA studies, Peace Lilies were found to help control formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from indoor air.


Snake PlantSnake plant

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Snake plant (also known as mother-in-law’s tongue) has long, pointed, upright leaves which remind snakes. It is green in color but sometimes has yellow points. Snake plant is a succulent plant, which means the leaves hold lots of water, similar to a cactus.

Care.

Keep Snake plant in indirect sunlight. Don’t water it too much (water every two to three weeks) – let the plant dry out some between waterings. Room temperature water should be used.

Tips.

Snake plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde. Use it in your bathroom – it will grow with low light and hazy humid conditions while improving filter out air pollutants. Also, great place for this plant is a bedroom. This plant releases oxygen at night.


FicusFicus

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Ficus look like a tree with a single trunk. The ficus genus of beautiful plants is a variety of species which are very popular for growing indoors. Their leaves can be either dark green or bright. They are not difficult plants to grow. The two most famous are the weeping fig (small tree) and the rubber plant (much larger tree).

Care.

Ficus should be placed in bright light with indirect sunlight. The three types do not like to be over-watered. Read the directions for each species. Most thrive well in average temperatures of 60 – 75°F.

Tips.

A common problem for a ficus is dropping leaves. That is a reaction to stress which can be from low humidity, too little light, drafts, pests etc. If your ficus leaves are dropping, go through the checklist of proper ficus tree care and fix anything that you find wrong.


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