The indoor plant craze isn’t just a phase, it’s a forever movement! I know this because it’s not just about aesthetic trend and how beautiful plants can make a room. Plants also provide a tremendous amount of health benefits that are becoming essential in this synthetic, chemical filled world we’ve built around us.
Here’s a few must have plants for the pollutant conscious!
Bamboo Palm. Chrysalidocarpus lutescens;
Bamboo Palm is a favourite of mine! It has bluish green foliage and does well indoors with bright filtered light. Although these beauties enjoy a good drink, be sure to have them potted in well draining soil! They don’t like soggy feet! Your Bamboo Palm will remove formaldehydes, benzene and carbon monoxide. Bamboo Palm will also increase the humidity in your home which is great for those with asthma.
Peace Lily. Spathiphyllum:
Peace lily is perfect if you’d like a hardy flowering house plant. It will grow in bright indirect light to medium light. But direct sunlight will burn those lush leaves to brown! Requires water when the surface of the potting mix is dry. Don’t be fooled by the dramatic fainting (drooping) this lovely plant may experience. A good drink and it will bounce back fast! Considering Peace Lilies are pretty low maintenance, they are hard workers! These babies remove formaldehyde, ammonia, benzene and trichloroethylene.
English Ivy. Hedera Helix;
English Ivy gets a bad wrap as an invader of our outdoor gardens. I have a theory that it just wants love! It doesn’t want to strangle your other plants, it just wants a hug! Pot that Ivy up and bring inside, she will thank you 10 fold by filtering out toluene, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from your air! Who could despise such a plant? To keep your ivy healthy and purifying your air give it loads of bright light, and only water when the top couple of centimetres of soil are dry.
Golden Pothos / Devil’s Ivy. Epipremnum Aureum;
Golden Pothos is another low maintenance green pal that will keep your home fresh! I have them in most rooms in my house due to their purifying benefits and that stunning bouncy foliage. They will get rid of those pesky pollutants such as benzene, xylene,formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. Bright indirect light will bring out those golden variegated colour, but will do well in medium light which is why I have it everywhere! Water when the top couple of centimetres of soil are dry. Plant in a hanging basket or on a high shelf to make the most of this vine plant.
Spider Plant. Chlorophytum;
Can you have too many favourite plants? I have to include this one on my list! Spider plants are very easy to care for and produce loads of babies quickly so you can propagate and share the clean air love! This guy gets rid of icky xylene and formaldehyde so you can breathe easy. Spider Plant is another one for the hanging baskets who love bright light! But the harsh direct sunlight can turn the tips crispy brown. Frequent watering during spring and summer keeps Spider Plants happy, but you can chill out on the water over winter. Allow the top few centimetres to dry out completely. The strappy foliage on this one is glorious!
Weeping Fig. Ficus benjamina;
The weeping fig can grow up to 2 metres, which makes it a great statement plant in the home. It also makes the statement, ‘I love plants clearing airborne toxins!’ Yes? These plants cleanse the air of toluene and formaldehyde. They thrive in medium to high indirect light, and the variegated foliage will be stronger in contrast when the light is on the brighter side. Allow the top half of the soil to dry out between waterings, because over watering can lead to a Weeping Fig chucking a tantrum and dropping leaves. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of this sublime trees needs, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of it’s good looks and air cleaning abilities every day.
To really reap the health benefits these guys will bring into your life and home, nourish them with the organic natural minerals of Munash Organics Indoor Plant Soil Food and Foliage Spray! When your plants are healthier, you are healthier!
Words by Greening Spaces