When decorating your home, look no further than the houseplants. According to the research carried out by NASA, houseplants don’t only add to the interior design but they are also a powerful means to remedy indoor pollution. Most of us don’t realize that living in an energy efficient modern building without any greens can have a negative impact on our lives.
Lack of air causes indoor air pollution leading to the development of certain diseases like asthma. On top of that adding plant to your living space or offices reduces stress and creates a more pleasant and comfortable atmosphere. If you are living far from some natural sight and if you feel you lack some greenery in your house or you just to add some fresh air to your office, take a look at some of the most popular houseplants that will brighten up your life.
1. Golden pothos
The best thing about this plant is that it removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air that can be found in detergents, glue, and paint. Also, golden pathos can withstand different weather conditions and doesn’t require any special maintenance. It’s really hard to kill it which makes it an excellent choice for anyone about to enter the world of horticulture. It tolerates low/light conditions and irregular watering.
2. Aloe Plant
There are a number of benefits that this incredible plant can bring you. Its gel has numerous healing properties from helping you heal skin burns and cuts to improving the air quality in the room. When there are too many chemical pollutants in the air, the leaves of aloe plant will display brown spots informing you that you need to decrease the usage of chemicals. On top of that, it really improves the general look of the interior.
3. Snake Plant
This amazing plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or sansevieria can adapt to almost any interior place. It requires minimal maintenance and irregular watering which means that even those of you who are not very good at maintaining houseplants can keep it alive. It really adds up to the atmosphere and it’s totally cool-looking with its striking lines and bold green hue. It distinguishes itself from the rest of the houseplants because its a particularly good choice for bedrooms – it purifies the air releasing oxygen at night.
This big group of houseplants comes in a great variety of all shapes and sizes from a rainbow plant which comes in bright blue to the tall corn plant with unusual markings that will add charm to almost any space. It is also easy to maintain because the only thing it requires is water, but not too much, because it will surely die very soon. Also, keep it on a safe distance from your pets. If they eat dracaenas they can vomit or have dilated pupils. This plant significantly decreases air pollution because it eliminates dangerous substances such as formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, benzene.
5. Ficus Alii
If you are looking for a plant that will really make a difference to your living room, then ficus alii is a perfect choice for you. It will fill the empty corner of your living room and it will grow the best in the medium-light spot. Even though this plant is pretty big it will not leave your living space messy by dropping leaves on the floor. It will only brighten up your room and make it look more elegant.
What makes this plant stand out from other houseplants are its beautiful heart-shaped leaves which can grow decorative vines. They are particularly good at absorbing xylene, a toxic substance that is found in many types of glue and leathers. Its particularly easy to take care of and they can last for many years if maintained properly. Water them with moderate water and expose them to some sunlight. They will adapt in no time.
7. Peace Lily
Unlike many plants mentioned above, peace lily is of a smaller size but still have some amazing air-cleaning abilities. It is easy to maintain because it only requires a shady spot and moist soil without overwatering. The best part is that it will flower throughout the whole summer. Keep in mind that too many peace lilies in the room may contribute to pollen and floral scents to the air.