Continued from first part – Air Detoxing Houseplants To The Rescue – Part I
Following the previous part, these are few other indoor houseplants which help wipe out the chemicals present in the indoor air.
7. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- English Ivy is an evergreen climbing plant. The sap of the plant comprises of various chemicals, which are actually responsible for causing severe contact dermatitis in skin sensitive humans.
- Water should be added generously to the plant during the growing season. In addition, it requires part sun and part shade. Furthermore, fertilizers should be added once a month. Also, misting during the winter season keeps the plant healthy.
- The evergreen plant reduces airborne fecal matter particles in addition to numerous chemicals. The chemicals it washes out include formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and carbon monoxide.
8. Ficus / Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina)
- Ficus plant is a native of Southeast Asia. It is a hardy, evergreen, 2-10 feet tall plant.
- The plant grows best in bright, but indirect sunlight. Moreover, it should only be watered when the soil is dry.
- It very efficiently extinguishes formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
9. Flamingo Lily (Anthurium andraeanum)
- Flamingo Lily is a beautiful evergreen plant, with gorgeous flowers being borne on it.
- It requires plenty of indirect sunlight along with humidity. Also, it is poisonous to human beings and medical help should be sought if it is swallowed.
- The plant effectively wipes out formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the atmosphere.
10. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
- Gerbera Daisy is a beautiful, bright, flowering plant, which is native to Eastern Africa.
- It requires careful watering and cool temperatures. Additionally, it prefers well-drained soil and full sun.
- In general, the plant clears formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
11. Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Commonly known as the Devil’s ivy, it is a hardy, 8 feet tall plant. Surprisingly, it stays green even when placed in the shade.
- The plant requires water only when the soil is dry. Moreover, it also requires bright, indirect light.
- Further, it tackles formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the atmosphere. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most effective indoor air purifying plants.
12. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
- Philodendron is a climbing vine plant.
- It is a low maintenance plant, which thrives in indirect light.
- Specifically, the vine battles formaldehyde present in the surrounding environment.
13. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum spp.)
- Peace lilies are one of the top three plants for removing household toxins. Additionally, it has a high transpiration rate that humidifies surrounding air.
- In the first place, slightly moist soil and moderate light conditions help the plant grow best.
- Although they cause burning, swelling and skin irritation in adult beings, they are widely used.
- It efficiently obliterates a lot of chemicals from the environment. For example, formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, trichloroethylene, and ammonia.
14. Rubber plants (Ficus elastic)
- Rubber plants are evergreen plants originating from India. Roots of the plant grow upwards, entwining with the plant shoot.
- The plant grows best in bright light. Additionally, it requires watering during winters. Furthermore, fertilizers should be added once in every month.
- Generally, it effectively quashes formaldehyde from the air.
15. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
- Snake plant, also called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is an evergreen, perennial, hardy plant. Uniquely, it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen at night.
- The plant needs occasional watering. Moreover, it prefers drier conditions, with some sunlight.
- Furthermore, it filters formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, and trichloroethylene, nitrogen oxide.
16. Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Better known as air plants, they grow rapidly and easily. Little white blossoms are borne on the plant.
- The plant is watered 2-3 times a week for a better growth. Additionally, it requires bright and indirect sunlight.
- It eradicates formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the atmosphere.