Have you hit the wall yet? Stuck picking out those last few Christmas presents, or need a good idea for a host/hostess gift? Get yourself down to your local nursery and finish off your gift list with a selection of indoor plants. Not only will they dress up your recipient’s digs, but these hard-working plants will also clean that stuffy, polluted winter air in their home or office.
Here’s a list of chemicals that commonly pollute indoor environments and some of the plants that will remove them. We’ve also added links to images of the plants so you know what to look for.
Benzene — is found in tobacco smoke, petroleum products, synthetic fibers, plastics, dyes, inks, and rubber products.
- Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix species)
- Green Corn Plant (Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’)
- Peace Lily (Spahiphyllum species)
- Ribbon Plant (Dracaena warnekei)
Formaldehyde — fumes can come from carpeting, furniture, paper products, foam insulation, plywood, and particle board.
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedora siefrizii)
- Corn plant (Dracaena massangeana)
- Pothos (Epipremnum qureum)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Trichloroethylene — is in adhesives, dry cleaning fluid, dyes, inks, lacquers, paints, and varnishes.
As you can see, some of these plants will filter more than one chemical. Another good plant to have around is the Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria). This impossible-to-kill plant is great to have in the bedroom as it converts CO2 to oxygen at night. How convenient is that? You breath out CO2 all night long and this plant takes it in and gives you back oxygen?!
Indoor plants please the eye, create a sense of calm, and make our living/working spaces healthier. What other gift can make those claims? Just be sure they go in the right space (check the plant tags for light and water requirements), dust their leaves regularly, give them a shower every so often, and everyone will be breathing easier.
Merry Christmas to all of you!!!
Barbara & Mary Beth