Purifying your living areas


There are lots of  plants that you can keep at home and in our last post we talked about the benefits of keeping indoor plants. Apart from purifying the air in the living areas it also acts as a natural humidifier by keeping the moisture content in the air on a higher level. Did you know that there are also plants that act as natural air purifiers for your home? In this post we’ll introduce you to plants that act as air purifiers and help keep your living space clean and green.

What plants act as air purifiers?

Research conducted at NASA proves that some plants have a natural ability to remove air-borne pollutants and contaminants a process called phytoremediation, making them ideal to have in our homes and work places. Some of the plants that act as natural air purifiers are:

  • Purple waffle plant
  • Money Plant – filters out Formldehyde
  • English Ivy – benzene and formaldehyde
  • Bamboo Palm- formaldehyde
  • Golden Pathos – formaldehyde
  • Red-edged Dracaena – formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylen
  • Spider Plant – formaldehyde
  • Gerbera Daisy – formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylen
  • Peace lilly – formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylen
  • Rubber plant – formaldehyde

What care and maintenance is required for indoor plants? In terms of watering, sunlight, trimming?

There are a few important dos and don’ts for plants to flourish indoors –

  • Water – Over-watering is the number one killer for indoor plants. Depending on the humidity in your location, size of your plants, type of plants etc you will need to schedule the watering. A good way to check is the dipstick method – use a pencil, push it into the soil about 4 to 6 inches deep. Remove and check the moistness of soil on the pencil stub. If moist do not water.
  • Light – While all plants need light, all don’t need the same amounts to thrive. Find out the ‘footcandle’ requirement of the plants you are choosing. (A footcandle is a measure of light for plants – how many candles it takes to light a plant, in a completely dark space, from one foot away.) For low lit areas choose plants that need 250 or lower footcandles – Pothos, Bamboo Palm, Philodendron)
  • Temperature – Plants thrive best when there are no extreme in temperature. A temperature of around 15 degree C (60degree F) is ideal to grow a wide range of plants.
  • Fertilise – Once or twice a year  is all that indoor plants usually need, during spring or fall. (Do water before putting fertilizer to avoid fertilizer burn)
  • Protect – Watch out for plant pests. Learn from an expert how to identify them and treat your plants.
  • Talk – Soothing music (Indian Sitar rates the best) or talking to your plants help them thrive better.

How can plants work as decor pieces for the house?

Use decorative pots that compliment the décor and furnishings. Plants with different foliage grouped together make a beautiful green oasis.

Some dos and dont’s to remember for keeping indoor plants

  1. Place saucer or tray under plants to contain spills and over watering.
  2. Ensure there is space between the pot and tray so the roots don’t stay in water. This will cause the roots to rot.
  3. Rotate the plants once in a while so all plants are exposed to light in case of some areas not receiving light.
  4. Regularly spray water on foliage to compensate for dry indoor weather
  5. Wipe leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to help them breathe.
  6. For extra shine a little skimmed milk on a cloth wiped on the top surface (not bottom) of leaves, helps.

Do you love indoor plants as well? Leave a comment with the names of indoor plants that you love!

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