How to grow fresh air
Given the concrete jungle we live in, there’s an ever-growing need to be in touch with nature, however, minimal it may be. This is where houseplants come into your rescue. Not only they supply oxygen, look good, they actually purify the air. Research has proven that indoor air is full of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, xylene etc. which is the main culprit for the increase in allergies, lung infections et al.
From an aesthetic perspective, houseplants, when kept in strategic locations break the monotony and give a fresh look. If you have a dull corner near the balcony, enliven it with Areca Palm, money plant can go into your empty bottles or mason jars and can be kept anywhere. Bathroom sink, the much neglected space can have a slim pot on which mother-in-law’s tongue can grow.
Before you make a trip to your neighbourhood nursery, be informed about the plants that’re going to be your natural air purifier and oxygen provider.
1. Money plant
If there ever was a plant that a bachelor could grow, it would be Epipremnum aureum. This hardy, versatile plant grows well in water or soil and is known to remove formaldehyde and other volatile chemicals.
2. Areca Palm
A popular houseplant, it converts co2 to oxygen and works as your natural air purifier. It belongs to the palm family and is quite easy to grow.
3. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake plant
Sansevieria, is a native to West Africa and is also known as the bedroom plant. It converts co2 to oxygen at night. The leaves grow erect and tall, again, it is a plant that survives under any conditions.
4. Anthurium or Laceleaf
Anthuriums make for a lovely gifting option, thanks to the exotic flowers. The dark green leaves save you from ammonia, formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals and the flowers, well, you could just get lost in their beauty.
5. Aloe Vera
Need a ready-made moisturizer, salve, acne fighter etc. all rolled into one? Say Hello to Aloe Vera. It is a succulent plant species that can grow anywhere and in under any condition. Remember not to water it too much.
6. Gerbera Daisy
A native of South America, it is also known as Gerbera jamesonii. The flowers are extremely popular and are found in various colours. It is quite an easy plant to maintain if your home gets full sunlight and as an added bonus, the flowers will attract birds and pretty neighbours.
7. Spider Plant or Chlorophytum comosum
Not sure of how much of a green thumb are you, Spider Plant is the one that’ll rescue you from embarrassment. A highly adaptable plant, give them a well-drained soil and indirect sunlight and watch how it prospers and gives you highly rated oxygen in return.
So, give your home a makeover with these lovely, natural air filters. Buy, one plant at a time and grow fresh air for you and your family.