Who doesn’t love going for a walk in nature when feeling stressed or anxious? It has been scientifically proven that green space is good for your health. Well, why not bring that healthy, good vibe into your home?
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Here are 10 house plants that are easy to take care of, add some lovely greenery to your home, and effectively increase oxygen/ clear out toxins for cleaner breathing air. Some are even approved by NASA (link to NASA research paper: https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf). Scroll down to see image gallery.
1. Peace Lilly
A wonderful low-maintenance flower to keep in the home. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not overwater. During the winter, fertilize every 6 weeks or so. Peace lilies enjoy a warmer environment, so keep them in temperatures above 60°F. Keep out of direct sunlight, but in a well-lit area. If no flowers are appearing, the plant may not be getting enough light.
2. English Ivy
NASA scientists listed the English ivy as the number one best air-filtering houseplant, as it is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing formaldehyde. It's also incredibly easy to grow and adaptable -- try it as a hanging or a floor plant. Grow in moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.
The gel of the aloe plant has a number of healing properties. Not only does it soothe skin burns and cuts, it can also help to monitor the air quality in your home. The plant can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products, and when the amount of harmful chemicals in the air becomes excessive, the plants' leaves will display brown spots. Just an FYI: It grows best with lots of sun & you only need to water every 2-3 weeks (let it dry out 2 inches deep).
4. Rubber Tree
Great for cleaning the air and low maintenance. It is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier. When it comes to rubber plant care, the correct balance of water and light is crucial, as with any plant. Keep moist during growing season. You can control the amount of light and water it gets, which is important because they shouldn’t have too much of either. Take a damp cloth or spritz the leaves of the Rubber Tree every so often.
5. Snake Plant
Another low maintenance plant on this list. It absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do so during the day), so add one to your bedroom for a clean-air boost while sleeping. Let it dry out between waterings and try to position it in indirect light; it will tolerate a number of light conditions.
6. Bamboo Palm
It needs to be well-watered and placed in either shade or indirect sunlight. This plant has also made NASA's list of top clean-air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. It is very effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene.
The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they're easy to care for and their vines are beautiful. Like the English ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing xylene. Grow with moderate water and some sunlight and they'll be happy.
8. Golden Pothos
NASA has recognized its ability to clear formaldehyde from the air. Add it to your kitchen or living room as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines. I’ve recently just placed one on top of some shelving in my kitchen; allowing the vines to climb down the shelves. It adds a tropical/ jungle vibe to any space. They grow easily in cool temperatures will low levels of sunlight.
9. Red-Edged Dracaena
Although it has “Red-Edged” in its name I find it is more of a stunning pink, which adds colour to any space. This beautiful, vibrant plant can grow to be 15 feet tall. This makes it a great plant for decorating and filling up space. It also removes toxins including xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. Grows best in sunlight. Water when soil feels slightly dry; do not water from over head as it is susceptible to diseases on its leaves.
10. Spider Plant
A very common house plants, spider plants are decorative, easy to grow, and also make the NASA list of the best air-purifying plants. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. It is easy to grow numerous other plants from one plant as well. It prefers bright to moderate indirect sunlight and should be kept slightly moist.
Check out these 10 plants in the photo gallery below. Discover which would work best in your house!
There are sometimes different varieties of the above 10 listed plants. For example, I just purchased a Variegated Rubber Tree today (pictured below). I love the soft pinks, greens and whites. It adds some softness and colour variation to any space.
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If you are weary of getting a house plant because you have a history of poor watering methods. An easy tip is that you have to get a little dirty to properly water your plant. This means you need to touch the soil; whether it is testing the surface or 2 inches deep (depending on the plant and it’s watering needs). You should get into the habit of watering your plants at the base of the plant as well, try to stay clear of the leaves. If it is a plant that needs moisture on the leaves then use a damp cloth or spritzer.
Good luck with your plant babies!