Plants are beautiful. They add something to any interior, whether it’s a home, office, restaurant or hotel lobby. But plants don’t just sit there looking pretty. They give something back for the care you provide them.
Plants infuse your living space with fresh air. So, this installment of The Low Down on Dirt isn’t about dirt at all. It’s about the best indoor plants for fresh air. A clean home is a glorious thing, but a home with fresh air supplied by plants is whole other level of wonderful.
Because plants don’t just freshen the air by cleaning it, the oxygenating effect of plants can elevate your mood, making your home a place that gives you a natural high.
With the right care, this graceful plant can become quite large, so be prepared to repot. They can really surprise you!
With a white bloom not unlike the famed Calla lily, this plant likes it cooler and prefers an area without too much sunlight.
A bonus of this type of plant is that it reduces Volatile Organic Compounds (ammonia is one) in your home environment. It also humidifies the air because of its high transpiration rate.
The plump, shiny leaves of this plant make it an attractive addition to any home and it is one tough cookie. Take good care of your rubber plant and you’ll have a ceiling scraper before you know it.
Again, this one doesn’t like direct sunlight and enjoys being kept cool.
Like the Peace lily, this plant does a job, removing harmful toxins from your home environment.
You’re probably thinking you haven’t seen one of these since the 1980s, but that may mean you don’t get out enough. The Boston fern is making a comeback.
Graceful in an almost lyrical way, the Boston fern’s fronds recall woodland trails, where its wild fellows proliferate. That’s why this plant enjoys low light and high humidity and requires weekly misting.
This plant’s root system disposes of the toxins it removes from the air, especially formaldehyde.
The spider plant has “babies” which are readily transplanted. The plant’s long leaves have stems which bear these miniatures, which is why spider plants love to hang. This allows the babies to reproduce, unharmed.
Indirect, bright light is best for the spider plant. Rotate the pot weekly to maximize the “baby” effect.
The spider plant removes countless toxins from your home environment and its physical presence has a calming effect for many.
This plant is popular as it’s easy to grow. Try hanging it in an area adjacent to something it can climb over and create your own lush jungle corner.
These plants enjoy being misted occasionally and do well in medium sunlight (direct, for 4 hours or longer).
The people at NASA say this is the best air purifying plant in existence. It can even reduce over 90% of airborne mold. A champion of home fresh air!
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