8 Plants that filter your air indoors by removing pollution

Your home is constantly harboring unhealthy toxins regardless if it’s new or an old one, Most chemical compounds are emitted from numerous building materials, carpet, paint, plastic, carpet and cleaning solution, The good news is you can combat these harmful toxins and improve your indoor air quality adding these 10 best houseplants to your wonderful home.

1. Bamboo Palm

Let this plant amaze you with how good it is on filtering formaldehyde. These palms are fond of getting full bright light. A reason why they can filter so effectively is due to their ability to grow as tall as four to twelve feet high. They are for sure a thrill to watch grow and also very much pet-friendly.

Place them in areas with temperatures between 65-80 degrees.They need monthly fertilizing in summer and spring.

2. Spider Plants

Spider plants are definitely a given when someone talks about the best house plants to keep. It’s the easiest to maintain which is perfect for newbie gardeners and owners that are deemed forgetful or if you simply don’t have the green thumb. It’s a real tough plant that can roll with the punches.  It adores bright and indirect sunlight so setting them near a window is ideal. They need to be well watered but avoid letting the leaves become soggy since this can lead to rotting, They are fans of a cooler temperature in fact they will thrive best around 55 to 65 degrees Farenheit. You’ll also need to repot them when they become large. They easily propagate as well so that is something you should look forward to.

3. Snake Plant

The prize for being the toughest plant to kill would go to snake plant! They are perfect houseplants for you if you are not big on the caring and an ignoring type of owner. The snake plant won’t mind receiving little TLC!

In fact you can neglect them for weeks at a time.  But mind you, they are always fresh looking  due to their  strappy leaves and architectural shape. So your guest will not make comments on how you might be a potential plant neglector.

Once propagated, handling and caring for snake plants becomes very easy, All you need to do is leave them under indirect sunlight refrain from overwatering. In winter, its best if you let these plants dry out a  bit in between waterings. If the plants are placed in a pot, a little general purpos fertilizer can be used. And that’s all the work that’s to be done!

4. Ficus

When ficus grows indoors, it’s a hardy plant that ends up being between two and 10 feet tall. Although this plant has some serious air-cleaning abilities, it can also be taken outside in late spring and brought back indoors when temperatures are warm and well above freezing.

When growing ficus indoors, it’s important to maintain a relatively high humidity around the plant. Regular misting or setting the ficus tree on a pebble tray filled with water is a great way to increase their humidity, but keep in mind that while they like high humidity, they don’t like overly wet roots. Therefore, when watering, always check the top of the soil first. If the top of the soil is wet, don’t water as this means they have enough moisture. If the top of the soil feels dry to the touch, this indicates that they need water. Also while caring for a ficus plant, be aware that they are rapid growers and require plenty of nutrients to grow well. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer and once every two months in the fall and winter.

5. Peace Lily

Don’t underestimate the air-cleaning abilities of peace lilies just because it is relatively small compared to the other plants included on this list. They are powerful, easy to care for and will definitely produce flowers all throughout summer. Keeping them in shade is what they love best. They cannot tolerate overwatering as much as they can tolerate underwatering. It’s not the wisest idea to water them on a regular schedule since they are needed to be observed first. Check them at least once a week by checking the surface of the soil if it’s already dry. Make sure not to water it if the soil is still damp. Since this houseplant is very much drought tolerant some owners even wait for them to start drooping. Even fertilizing does not need to be done frequently.They will be happy if you fertilize them even once or twice a year. If it grows big, repotting them at least 2 inches larger than its current pot should save you trouble, Its leaves are also great magnet for dust so bathing the actual leaves must be done at least twice a year. You can run water through it in the sink or wipe the leaves with a damp cloth, steer clear from commercial leaf shine products since those can  possibly clog the pores of the plant.

6. Boston Fern

The Boston fern loves doing its job of cleaning the air in a much cooler area with the presence of high humidity and indirect light. Aside from the need to stay moist, they are relatively easy to grow. It’s a plant you’ll need to check daily. The main task to keep a boston fern thriving is to make sure you place it on the best environment. They might even need extra humidity during the winter season.To give that boost of humidity. try setting the boston fern’s pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Another trick is misting them twice a week. The most common reason for Boston’s fern death is dry soil, being said you must make sure that they are always happy being in a damp soil. They also do not care much about fertilizers you can give them those once or twice a year, basically Boston Fern doesn’t care about anything but humidity, lots of it!

7. Dracaena

Characterized by their long, wide leaves with distinctive line edges that could be red, cream or white. This common foliage might not be the best option for pet owners for its toxic properties that can affect cats and dogs.

Caring for dracaena might need a more watchful eye since they need constant pruning. Both of its varieties  D. fragrans and D. deremensis contains cultivars that are able to grow from 6 to 10 feet. You must also be careful with its soil moist levels. You should keep it moist but never soggy. Poor drainage might result to dropping and yellowing so a well-draining soil must be used for growing this type of houseplant. Fertilizing should also be done  every two weeks in spring and summer with a balanced houseplant fertilizer.Lessen the feeding session to once a month during autumn but then leave them unfed in winter so they can benefit from the season’s  period of dormancy. Growing dracaenas need filtered sunlight, so putting a sheer curtain to the window is best if you are caring for them. 60-70 degrees Farenheit  in daytime and a cooler 10 degrees more in night time are the ideal room temperatures they would live on. Though they sound a bit of work these plants are forgiving with temperatures as long as they don’t get too cold,

8. Garden Mum

Garden mums are best at removing ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air, making it an  air-purifying champion.They are quite popular at garden stores becaus they are inexpensive making them very accesible.

It’s best to put them near windows to receive bright yet indirect sunlight throughout the day. You can also move them outdoors at least let them bask in sunlight for five hours and also receive the afternoon shade. It’s recommended that they are kept at temperatures about  70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Check its soil moisture on a daily basis, and when the top 1 inch begins to dry you should water it. To encourage further blooming it’s best to cut off the mum’s wilted parts, in fall you can cut back the foliage after it dies naturally.

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