The utility of indoor plants go way beyond their aesthetic appeal. Plants have a way of contributing to our overall well being in a very significant way. Whether it’s an ailment or your want of a more nutritional diet, count on plants to fix your troubles. Also, let’s not forget the rising levels of air pollution and our need of #RightToBreathe has attracted a centrestage amongst other issues, given the dire consequences that we might face sans the remediation.
With respect to indoor plants, people have, of late, been intrigued by potted indoor greens to accelerate health benefits and solve the existing problem of pollution. However, every plant comes with a certain role. There are various plants that act as air cleaners and are known to gift us with a healthier environment to breathe. NASA made an extensive research on plants and claimed that houseplants have the ability to drive away 87% of the toxins in 24 hours.
So, know these plants that are sure to serve you with greater benefits than being just visual beauties. They will regulate the air conditions for you too. Take the guide:
Native to Solomon Islands, Pothos is a vine plant also known as Devil’s Ivy. The heart shaped leaves are capable of cleansing benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and toluene from air, according to NASA’s Clean Air Study. Considering them repotting if you have got them young as pothos are fast growing indoor plants too.
- Rubber Plant
Rubber plant belongs to the banyan tree family and is one of the most easy-to-care plants to grow. They tend to grow up to the size of 100 feet in their natural habitat while in pots, they grow not beyond 6-10 feet. The robust and glossy leaves command attention and are known to remove formaldehyde, VOCs and carbon dioxide from nearby surroundings.
- Weeping Fig
Native to Southeast Asia, the potted Ficus or Weeping Fig grows upto 10 feet tall. This is an amazing low light and low maintenance plant known to combat benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.
- Snake Plant
Tall and sturdy, snake plants are one of the hardest houseplants to kill and need occasional watering and drier environmental conditions. Snake plant is useful for stagnant indoor environment rife with benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. Provide them with pots having accurate drainage for an easy growth.
- Peace Lily
Being relatively small, they can easily be placed in medium sized plant pots and let them fight off air contaminants namely, ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Another added benefit of Peace Lily is their flowers that are sure to fill the home with pleasant fragrance. They prefer a shady nook of your home to work on their purpose.
- Areca Palm
The arching fronds with over 100 leaflets make this plant boldy eye catching. The plant is also recognised in Feng shui as an air purifier and they act essentially upon formaldehyde and xylene present in the air. They prefer bright, indirect light.
- Boston Fern
Beauty of boston ferns lies in arching stems of lush spring-green foliage. They are ranked 9 in NASA’s list of 50 air purifying plants and credited to break down formaldehyde and xylene in the air and are They are beautiful container plants and look good on a pedestal or when hung in a basket.
Studies have proven that indoor greens are extremely beneficial for physical and mental health. So, turn up your indoor landscape with these amazing plants that also come with a lot of health benefits.