Plant is always a good addition to your home and your office. Its aesthetic appeal will brighten up any space. Aside from the beauty it brings, adding greenery to your space removes toxins from the air indoors. So, why not incorporate greenery into your home & office decor.
Below are some suggested plants that are effective in eliminating known indoor air pollutants and easy to care for.
1. Peace Lily
This beautiful green glossy foliage is one of the most common houseplants as it is easy to grow. It produces white flowers that resemble calla lilies. Its flowers bloom in the early summer and continue throughout the year. The photo here is my Lily in my office. My quite lovely & quiet office mate :). She produces flowers throughout the year and her flowers are long lasting. Her white flowers turn green after about 10 days, but remain aesthetically pleasing.
Is it poisonous? ASPCA listed it as toxic to dogs and to cats. Keep away from children and pets. All its parts contain calcium oxalate that when ingested in large amount can cause stomach discomfort and respiratory irritation.
How to care for it: It is a low maintenance plant. Place it in indirect sunlight for it to blossom. It requires regular watering. Its leaves droop when water is needed.
Benefit: It breaks down and neutralizes toxic gases like ammonia from harsh cleaning products, benzene, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
the peace lily in my office
2. Spider Plant
One of the favorite indoor plants. It has long, slender leaves that are either in solid green or green with white stripes. They are good for planting in hanging baskets.
Is it poisonous? ASPCA listed it as safe for pets.
How to care for it: It doesn’t need a lot of watering. Water it when it dries out. Place it in bright, indirect sunlight. It can thrive in artificial lighting making it ideal in low lighted spaces such as bathrooms and offices.
Benefit: It produces oxygen and purifies the air indoors by absorbing carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, benzene and xylene.
my spider plant in my office
3. Boston Fern
Boston Fern has branches that arch with green leaves referred to as fronds.
Is it poisonous? ASPCA listed it as non-toxic to dogs and cats.
How to care for it: It can grow in part shade and part sun condition. It thrives well both indoor and outdoor. Plant in well aerated and well drained medium. Place in hanging pots.
Benefit: It is removes harmful pollutants in the air such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
4. Devil’s Ivy
It is a gorgeous vine with heart-shaped green and yellow leaves. It is a popular indoor plant as it is not fussy and very easy to care for. I love this plant and have one in my office & at my home, AND I haven’t killed it yet :). I don’t have the green thumb, so Ivy & I are perfect for each other :).
Is it poisonous? It is listed as toxic to cats and dogs by ASPCA. It causes vomiting and difficulty swallowing. Place it on higher area where your pets cannot reach.
How to care for it: Many say that it is the easiest plant to grow indoors as it is hard to kill, hence, a perfect plant for a beginner. It can grow in both bright sunlight and low lighting. It cannot withstand direct full sun and complete darkness. Just water a little and don’t soak the soil.
Benefit: It filters the impurities in the air and improves the oxygen level. It removes formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and benzene.
the devil’s ivy in my office
my devil’s ivy (pothos) at home
5. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant
A common house plant. It has straight, stiff and sword-shaped leaves.
Is it poisonous? Listed as toxic to dogs and to cats by ASPCA. It causes vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Place it on an area where your small children and pets cannot reach.
How to care for it: Do not over do the watering as the roots will rot. Water every 2-6 weeks, depending on your home temperature, lighting and humidity. Ideal for those frequent travelers.
Benefit: As per NASA research, it is an effective air purifier. It removes pollutants in the air such as carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and toluene. It is also one of the most oxygen producing plants.
6. Aloe Vera
It is a succulent plant that grows in tropical climates. Native to the Africa, Asia, Europe and southern and western parts of the United States, aloe vera is a source of a gelatin like substance that is use to cure skin conditions.
Is it poisonous? Listed as toxic to dogs, cats and horses by ASPCA. Aloe vera skins are generally safe to eat when prepared correctly. The latex which is a yellowish brown liquid in the outer green leaf, contains aloin. Aloin when consumed in large amount can cause serious abdominal effect and diarrhea.
Place your aloe vera plant where your pets and small kids cannot reach it.
How to care for it: Place it in a bright area where it is not going to receive direct sunlight or artificial light. Do not over water it. Water every 3 weeks. Test the soil with your finger for dryness before watering it.
Benefit: According to the NASA’s studies, it can remove 90% of formaldehyde in the air. It also absorbs dust from the air and removes harmful microorganism.
7. Garden Mums (Chrysanthemum)
Garden mums or hardy mums are perennials. They are popular gift plants. A pot of garden mums is a good addition to your home as they add a splash of colors.
Is it poisonous? ASPCA listed it as toxic to cats, dogs and horses. When ingested, it causes diarrhea and vomiting.
Place it in an area where your pets cannot reach it.
How to care for it: It is easy to care for. It needs to receive bright light during the day and regular watering. To avoid fungal growth, use pot with adequate drainage and place in area where there is a good air circulation.
Benefit: It removes toxins from the air, such as benzene, ammonia, formaldehyde and other known pollutants according to NASA’s research.
What about you, do you have any plants at home or your office? What kinds do you have?