Why choose purifying plants24/04/2022
They bring nature into our daily lives, their greenery is good for the soul. Indoor plants have many beneficial effects on human beings. But some of them, moreover, can greatly improve our quality of life. Here’s a look at purifying plants.
We don’t know it, but the air in our homes – which are becoming more and more airtight – is often of poorer quality than the air outside. Especially during the long winter months, when the air circulation is, in most cases, deficient. The problem is the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that emanate from our everyday consumer products more and more.
Formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, ammonia: they are found in varnishes and solvents, paints, glues and adhesives, detergents, new furniture, mattresses and box springs, air fresheners and scented candles, printer ink, certain textiles, plastics or building materials… The list is long! And their effects on health can be, to different degrees, multiple: irritation of the eyes, nose and skin, coughs and sore throats, headaches, nausea, numbness, asthma, allergies, and even cancers.
5 purifying plants
Without saying that they replace a good air filtration system, indoor plants can make a difference. And, more importantly, some more than others. That’s what NASA demonstrated by testing about 20 species in a study to improve air quality on the International Space Station. Here are five purifying plants that stood out from the crowd and that – as a bonus! – will suit those who, like me, do not have a green thumb.
Of tropical origin, pothos is a vine that, if hung, will naturally fall back or, if you provide the support, can climb. It grows quickly, but does not require frequent repotting. Exposure: light without direct sun. Height: up to 2 meters. Watering: only when the soil is dry, without excess.
Certainly one of the most fashionable plants in decoration, the monstera – also a liana of tropical origin – is distinguished by its spectacularly shaped and sized leaves. The best choice for a “jungle” effect at home! Exposure: light without direct sun. Height: from 1 to 3 meters. Watering: Regularly, but not excessively (at the risk of rotting the roots). Spray the foliage periodically, a humidity that your monstera will greatly appreciate.
The moonflower, also called spathiphyllum, produces pretty white flowers… as long as it gets enough light. Although it is a resistant plant, it still needs some care. Exposure: very good light without direct sun. Height : 0,5 to 1 meter. Watering : regular, but limited. It is always better to keep the soil moist than to flood it.
Why is it called “spider plant”? No, it does not attract our eight-legged friends (fortunately). Could it be because of its arching stems that look like spider legs? No, it’s not. Because of the baby plants that develop and hang at the end of long stolons, like a spider hanging from a thread? No way. This South African plant was simply related, when it was named centuries ago, to another one which, it seems, had the power to cure spider bites… Anyway, remember that this is a robust (read: indestructible) plant which multiplies endlessly and is not afraid of humid environments like bathrooms. Exposure: light without direct sun. Height: 30 centimeters. Watering: regular, but not excessive.
Yes, aloe has more than just medicinal properties. It doesn’t just soothe minor scrapes, cuts and burns – it purifies the air. (To learn how to get the healing gel from an aloe leaf, read this.) Interesting fact: its place of origin is unknown… Exposure: good light without direct sun. Height: 0.5 to 1 meter. Watering: regular, but moderate. Space out watering during winter.