Do you want to purify the air in your home, in a silent and energy saving way, whilst at the same time making your home look cosier and more elegant? You may consider choosing the right set of plants for your home.
There are several plants to purify the air , which can be placed in different rooms in your home, depending of the type of pollutants that are more likely to be in that room. For example, the kitchen may have an excess of Volatile Organic Compounds resulting from combustion (eg cooking), whereas your bedroom may need cleaning of benzene, which is a gas released by furniture. Also, another consideration is whether each type of plant consumes or produces oxygen at night.
Continue reading for a list of the best plants that purify the air and you will learn exacty which ones you need and how to use them.
Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
The Barberton has a rosette of irregularly shaped leaves, which are often divided deep inside. Its flower will provide a cheerful burst of yellow, red, and orange color in your home, which will make the room look beautiful.
Barberton Daisy is useful in cleansing of the toxins formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene , which are found in a variety of the household — for instance, those materials made from synthetic fibres. You will need to place the plant in a place where there is natural light, and also, you need to regularly water the plant to ensure it always remains wet.
Characteristics of Barberton Daisy:
- Blooms are large and have a central dish which is dark, yellow.
- Planting zones should be sunny.
- It requires outdoor care
English Ivy (Hadera helix)
It is one of the growing perennial vines which is used to reduce faecal airborne particles. The English Ivy is very helpful in order to purify the air for your suite and also bathroom. Besides that, the plant could be used in combating all the mould in your home, which can be a significant problem in places with a high humidity.
You need to ensure the English ivy is provided with enough watering and also a few hours of direct sunlight in the day. With access to the sunlight and water, the plant will purify the air efficiently. It will also give the home an elegant atmosphere.
Characteristics of English Ivy
- It can be trained into desired shapes.
- It can survive for many years compared to other purifying plants.
- It’s long with green waxy leaves with prominent white veins.
- Leaves grow with zero, three or five lobes.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
It’s the perfect choice for those people who don’t have good luck with plants or those getting plants for the first time. It can survive in indirect sunlight and grow in a variety of conditions. For instance, research indicates that the plant can survive in low temperatures such as 2 degrees. This makes this plant unique.
Spider plants can help to remove toxins in your home, which include carbon monoxide and xylene, which are harmful. In addition to that, the plant is non-toxic to animals, which makes it more suitable if you have pets.
Characteristics of Spider plant.
- If forms mounds of narrow leaves
- Spider plants have green leaves
- Spider plants have white and yellow stripes down the centre of the leaves.
Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
This plant is mainly used by many people to brighten the living room and also their kitchen. These pretty flowers will help to filter out all the toxins in the house, which includes the following: ammonia, xylene, formaldehyde, and benzene chemicals, which are usually found in detergents, glue, and plastics. This plant needs a lot of sunlight, and you need to place it somewhere where there is good access to sunlight.
This plant makes the home look more lovely and elegant, while making its air cleaner. When watered with warm water, the flow of air within the plant accelerates, and it provides an enhanced air cleaning capacity. However, you need to ensure that you allow time for the water to dry, as this plant does not consume much.
Characteristics of Chrysanthemums
- The flower has 0.4 to 10 inches’ diameter.
- Its traditional colors are yellow, white, red, and yellow.
- It has one flower or 3- 7 flowers per stem.
🌵Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)
Its commonly known as a healing plant which has been used by many people to heal various disease.
However, the plant can also be used as a purifier air plant. A good place for this plant is the kitchen windowsill. The plant grows well in a sunny spot. While placed in the kitchen, it will help purify the air and remove the following chemicals, which are very harmful in your kitchen: benzene and formaldehyde, which are found in detergents as a result of combustion (for example, whilst cooking).
To ensure that you give it maximum care, you need to put the plant in a thriving sunny location.
Characteristics of Aloe Vera
- It’s a stemless or very short stem which ranges 60- 100 cm
- Leaves are thick and fleshy and green.
- Some leaves show white flecks with upper and lower stems.
The margin of the leaves is serrated and mostly has small white teeth
Snake Plant or Mother-in- Law’s Tongue (Dracaena trifasciata)
This plant is commonly placed in the bedroom and ideal to provide you with fresh air during your sleep. It’s one of the very few plants that produces oxygen during the night. This makes it an ideal plant for the bedroom, as it’s not a good idea to share your sleeping space with plants that would compete with you for oxygen!
Snake plant is a yellow-tipped plant.
It’s the best plant that you can use to purify the air, remove toxins and at the same time provide fresh oxygen in your bedroom. As for toxins, it will remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene. However, you need to provide the necessary care and ensure that you don’t overwater since the root is prone to moisture.
Characteristics of the Snake plant
- It can grow in any weather condition
- One of the few plants that produces oxygen at night, instead of consuming it. Ideal plant for bedroom
- The plant can grow between 8-12 inches’ feet high.
- It has sword-like leaves with sharp pointing. They are sword-like leaves with sharp pointing.