Sometimes the artificial odour from chemical air fresheners (or even the more ‘natural’ aroma from burning incense) - let alone the host of less savoury smells you might come across in your or other people’s homes - just rubs you up the wrong way. Sometimes you just want to be able to take in a big gulp of pure, fresh air when you walk in the door. And surely that isn’t too much to ask?
PlantX believes it isn’t, which is why we have a selection of Air-Purifying indoor plants that offer not only that slice of nature and greenery your space may desperately need, but provide an air-cleansing process at the same time! These houseplants not only serve a decorative function but actively help to clean and refresh the air in your home. Keeping these plants doesn’t necessarily require horticultural expertise or loads of spare time, and can have wonderful benefits for your home atmosphere!
What Do Air-Purifying Plants Do Exactly? And What Health Benefits Do They Have?
According to Healthline, in 1989 NASA discovered that some houseplants can absorb toxins from the air, especially in enclosed spaces with little airflow. This study then became the basis for newer research about the air-purifying qualities of some indoor plants and led to the acceptance of indoor plants as legitimate complements to or substitutes for mechanical air purifiers.
A follow-up study in 2019 stated that in order to provide complete air purification, you’d need a large number of house plants working together. But since they’re a beautiful and relatively inexpensive form of interior decor, as well as having health benefits such as improved mood and productivity; enhanced concentration and memory; and reduced stress and fatigue - they could be a great addition to most households!
Household chemicals and other toxins that air-purifying indoor plants may help to absorb from the air include those in carpets, glues, ovens, cleaning products, plastics, fiber, rubber and other synthetic materials.
Beyond this, indoor plants bring vibrancy, nice smells, and the simple fact of having an organic life form growing in your home! Here are a few more specific ways in which air-purifying plants may help improve the atmosphere in your house environment:
1. Photosynthesis: this simple age-old process whereby plant leaves absorb CO2 from the air and release oxygen is what keeps the air breathable for us on this planet. A general rule for understanding the benefits of a given indoor plant in this regard is - the larger the surface area of a plant’s leaves, the more they photosynthesis!
2. Indoor plants are also good at holding onto dust that might otherwise cover surfaces, furniture or clothes - they help keep your house clean!
What Are Some Examples of Air-Purifying Plants?
From the Golden Pothos to the Monstera Deliciosa, the Ficus Umbellata, Spathiphyllum or the ‘Peace Lily’, Peperomia Watermelon, Zamioculcas Zamiifolia or ´zz´., Philodendron Cordatum Heartleaf, the Lemon Button Fern, Anthurium, Snake Plant ´laurentii´ (also known as ‘Mother In Law’s Tongue’), Aloe Vera, English Ivy Glacier and dracaena ‘Marginata Cane’ - there is a wide variety of indoor plants that have air-purifying qualities. For the full range of wonderful low-upkeep house plants that are hard to kill and readily available on PlantX, check out the Air-Purifying Plants Collection below. Some of these tasty botanic morsels come in different varieties, with different pots and extras.
Know a friend who lives in a house with poor ventilation or low-air flow? Consider getting them one of these as a gift to spruce up their ambiance!
How to Care for your Air Purifying Plants?
The primary factors to consider when it comes to indoor plant care include watering, amount of sunlight, soil and nutrients, humidity and temperature. Many of the air-purifying plants available on PlantX can thrive under a wide range of different conditions, while others require specific supports - check the guidelines from plant to plant.
Sunlight and temperature: most air-purifying plants can be grown in indirect light and are happy with standard indoor temperatures of approximately 50°F - 80°F (10°C - 27°C)
Watering and drainage: generally air-purifying plants require regular watering as well as a drainage system to ensure moisture isn’t trapped in soil for extended periods leading to the production of rot.
Insect pests and diseases: aphids, spider mites, whiteflies and scale are always a risk when it comes to indoor plants in general. In terms of diseases, the most common issue is root rot that comes from over-watering - be particularly careful with Snake Plant! - so be sure not to water to the point that you end up with soggy soil!
Pots and supports: some air-purifying care plants love to climb and so benefit from being trained on a trellis, moss pole, bamboo stick or other object to support it. Others have trailing stems that work well in hanging baskets. And some just require a simple, drainable pot!
Cleansing, beautiful and naturally good for you - air-purifying plants are the ones when it comes to adding some flora to your home - give them a try! They’re an amazing way to spruce up the vibe in your space at home - be it a small apartment or large spacious house - and can be placed in different rooms, complement different color schemes, add new textures and just bring the feel of the natural world indoors. Here at PlantX, our range of air-purifying indoor plants is perfect for those new to the world of houseplants as well as connoisseurs!