Air Filtering Indoor Plants We Recommend & How To Keep Them Alive!
There's nothing like bringing a room to life with beautiful green foliage. Plants not only bring a new element to a room, but they also freshen and clean the air. Are you one of those people who just can't seem to keep your indoor plants alive, though? Well, keep reading!
First thing's first, you need to pick the right plants. Plants that can survive indoors without too much attention are your best bet, and it's even better if they also filter the nasties in the air for you. This week we came across an interesting article by The Hearty Soul that states that we spend so much time indoors breathing in chemicals like trichloroethylene - found in printing inks and paints - and ammonia - which is in our window cleaners and floor waxes.
The research mentions a number of plants that NASA has discovered will help rid the air of some of those nasty chemicals. There are around 18 plants listed on the article, however we probably wouldn't recommend them all for indoors. For instance, the Dwarf Date Palm recommended grows nasty thorns that can cause infection, so it really isn't a suitable plant for indoors even if it does clear the air. The Barberton Daisy, known as the Gerbera in Australia, grows best in a warmer climate and needs full, direct sunlight, therefore it is also not really suitable as a houseplant.
So we thought we would clarify a few of the best plants for indoors that will look good, won't require too much attention and are air-filtering according to NASA. We'll also give some tips on looking after them so they flourish and make your home look great.
1. Chlorophytum Comosum, or Spider Plant
The Spider Plant is great indoor plant as it self propagates, which means you can grow more and more from the one plant. They look really nice in hanging baskets because they drape over the side, which is a beautiful look for indoors.
The Spider Plant is considered one of the most adaptable houseplants, and is great for people who are just starting out with gardening because it's so tough. Make sure you let your Spider Plant dry out between watering, rather than letting it get too soggy. Place it by a window where it can receive bright, but indirect sunlight and it will go off.
2. Rhapis Excelsa, or The Lady Palm
This is an easy palm for indoors as it does not require any direct sunlight, and therefore there's less mucking about taking it in and out of the house each day. If you place it next to a window where it can get indirect, natural light, it will love you. But if it's in a low light area, it will still adapt.
Watering is important, as your palm's soil need to remain moist at it's root system so that the foliage doesn't turn sad and grey. However, if it's too moist the roots will rot. Check moisture by poking your finger into the soil, the top might be dry but if it's still moist down at the roots you don't need to water it just yet.
It's also a slow growing plant, therefore you won't need to repot it for many years.
3. Spathiphyllum Maunda Loa, or Peace Lily
These are fantastic plants for the home or the office because they are such low maintenance. The best part about these is that they only require low to medium light, so any spot in the home would be perfect for this adaptable, beautiful plant. However, if you love the flowers you will need to provide it with a little more light. If you don't mind it blooming less, lower light is fine.
The key here is not to overwater your Peace Lily. It will more likely survive from underwatering than overwatering. Just check the soil each week and if it's dry, water it, but if it's still moist then she can go another few days before you check again. Put simply, don't water your Peace Lily as routinely as you might some of your other plants.
There you have it! Three great, adaptable, tough indoor plants for even the most novice gardener, and some tips for keeping them going.
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