Houseplants are muy important for purifying the air in your home, which as most of us are now aware is more toxic than the air outdoors. Have no clue what I'm referring to? Dr. Axe will tell you all about it. One of the easiest ways we can improve air quality in our homes is by having plants around! But I understand your struggle is real. My name is Brit. My heart is green, but my thumb is black.
But, there was hope for me as there is for you. In addition to a bajillion houseplants, I have a 4-in-1 Germguardian Air Filter that runs in our bedroom 24/7, which has helped greatly with face puffiness, sinus congestion, and keeping us healthy. It has HEPA, charcoal, UV light filters and removes mold, pet dander, allergens, odors dust and germs. It only has one filter to change and it takes 2 seconds. Highly recommend! It looks filthy after two months -GAG!
The above picture is my parent's backyard. They once got me a cactus for a housewarming present in 2007. It was dead within a week. I always took this as a sign I probably shouldn't procreate. So, just in case you thought I might know what I'm doing, you are wrong. When I tell you that there are indoor plants that you can keep alive it's true. And you're gonna believe it. And you're gonna have some houseplants by the end of this blog. When I started focusing on reducing toxins in my environment, I got very interested in indoor plants.
Scientific sidetone: In the 1980s, NASA did a widely publicized study on which plants were best for air purification to use in space stations. They were interested in the plant's ability to not only produce oxygen from CO2, but to remove three common indoor pollutants: VOCs benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Well, you'll be happy to know that two of the best ones were English Ivy and Apothos - both of which are on this list of super easy to grow indoor plants!
English Ivy: These are cute little starter vines my mom gave me because her ivy is out of control!!! These take low, indirect light and water to keep soil moist, but not waterlogged. Extremely low maintenance and amazing for air purification - especially for molds and contaminants from animals! Just cut off the ends when it gets too long because it will! Eliminates: benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.
Apothos: These come in all different varieties and colors. Also one of the #1 air-purifying plants in the world. Of all the plants, I would say this is the EASIEST to grow, hands down. As you can see above, I have this in my bedroom where I have blackout blinds covering the windows almost all the time. Once in a while, I'm like, "Oh, maybe that wants some light?" And I open the blinds.... it hardly needs any maintenance. I water maybe once every two weeks. And you can easily see when it needs water, the leaves will get a bit yellow or wilty. Water, and it perks right back! The vines will drape down and just clip them to the length you like!
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): Not only can you not kill it, but it gets huge and will likely outlive you. It even likes LOW LIGHT, so you don't need to bother placing it anywhere special. It can deal with all sorts of conditions, pests, whatever.
If you kill this, then you've got problems. I mean, it just takes off like a WEED!
Mother In Law’s Tongue: When I went for my stay at Mayo Clinic, I was in awe of how many of these plants were around the hospital. It’s for good reason because they are one of the BEST for air purification. Not only that, but you need to water them maybe 1x every 2-3 weeks? Just set them in an area where they can get some light (don’t need full sun) and you will be surprised how quickly it takes off!
Jade: This is technically a succulent - so it needs even less water than the rest of these. It's a slower growing, but gorgeous plant! Set it in a sunny window area and you are good to go. DO NOT overwater— water every other week and drench it then leave it.
May your air be clean and the odds ever be in your favor!
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