January in Lafayette, IN is generally an entire month of closed doors and windows in your home. As a result, the air tends to grow stale, and you yearn for some fresh spring breeze. Well, research shows that having plants in your home helps to purify the air. Plants in all ecosystems purify, so why wouldn’t they do the same in your enclosed environment? Here are a few low maintenance houseplants that will help the overall ambiance of your home.
According to this article on The Mother Nature Network, in addition to providing a freshness to the air, these plants can help protect from benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries.
This plant is an over achiever. Not only does it purify the air, but it also can be used on your skin to heal burns and ingested for digestion aide.
Our leggy friend, the spider plant, is an easy choice that doesn’t require much maintenance.
Put one in your bathroom. It will thrive with the low light and high humidity.
Pretty reds on the edges of the leaves make this air purifier stand out. It would look beautiful in a sunny room next to neutral colors.
Studies show that this plant reduces fecal-matter particles from the air! So crazy!
This one is recommended by many people. It’s said to be one of the most efficient air purifying plants around.
New York Botanical Garden has some great recommendations on how to care for houseplants if you’re not familiar with their needs. Most indoor plants are minimal in their needs.
- Sunlight: most prefer morning sun versus afternoon sun.
- Water: only when their soil says they’re ready.
- Steady temperature: keep them away from drafty windows.
HGTV has some more houseplants to browse if this is a topic that interests you!
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