Poor air quality is a problem suffered by many homes and even by NASA. That is why NASA put in the time and effort, to research and find out which plants purifies the air the most, improves the oxygen content of the surrounding air and reduces the occurrence of sick building syndrome, which symptoms include nose, ear, and eye irritation, nausea, allergies, dry or itchy skin, coughing, inability to focus, dizziness, and headaches. Sick building syndrome is known to reduce efficacy in the workplace. Pollen, bacteria, molds, car exhaust and many others produce indoor pollutants such as xylene, formaldehyde, benzene and others. Here are some indoor plants for oxygen you can have in your home. When the air quality is good, people feel fresher and more positive. In fact, having plants in a room is known to lower blood pressure and reduce stress levels.
7 Great Indoor Plants For Oxygen
Spider Plants (Also Known As Chlorophytum Comosum)
These plants are over 200 species of the plant sometimes referred to as air plants. The spider plant is a popular houseplant that can be found in many homes. One of the upsides of this plant is that it looks great in a planter, especially a hanging basket. This plant is a must have in the office and other work spaces. The spider plant blooms white blossoms. These plants require little attention. The average room temperature is all the spider plants need. Water the spider plant sparsely about 2 or so times a week.
The spider plant is non-toxic and removes air pollutants such as xylene and formaldehyde.
The dracaenas plant comes in so many sizes, colors, and shapes. The corn plant (houseplant not the maize plant) is a popular dracaenas plant that is available in most garden centers. The rainbow plant is another popular dracaenas plant and it comes in a bright color (purple). Taking care of this family of plants is very easy. As such, they are a gift for anyone new to gardening. Although these plants require little attention, you should ensure the potting soil is damp but not waterlogged or soggy, as this will only end up drowning the roots.
The dracaenas plants are toxic to dogs and cat when ingested and will cause them to vomit, salivate, and have dilated pupils. This plant removes air pollutants such as xylene, toluene, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum)
These plants produce beautiful white and yellow flowers but are not true lilies despite their name. Not to worry, though, the peace lilies are among the top 3 plants when it comes to the removal of household toxins. Caring for the peace lily is not difficult. The soil has to be slightly moist. The plant will grow nicely in all sort of lighting. But if you want it to produce flowers, the peace lily will need bright light.
The peace lily plants are toxic to children, dogs and cat. Even adults can suffer the effect of this plant. As such, you should wear a glove when tending to this plant. This plant removes air pollutants such as ammonia, xylene, trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and many more.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
As per the name, his plant is green all year long for many years. Originally from the tropical forests of eastern Asia, these plants thrive in high humidity. The Chinese evergreen foliage is red and green in color although the green color dominates. This plant requires extra care, though. When watering the plant, do so thoroughly, but you should allow the mix to dry out almost totally before watering again. They need to be repotted every 3 years or so and thrive in high humidity.
The Chinese evergreen plants are toxic to dogs. Chinese evergreen removes air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and many more.
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastic)
Originating from India, the rubber plant is a tropical evergreen plant. The leaves and foliage are bright green and glossy. Caring for this plant is not that tough. As far as you keep the soil moist, prune the foliage in order to maintain a nice size, and wipe down the foliage, the rubber plant will grow beautifully.
The rubber plants are toxic to dogs and cats. Rubber plants remove air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and many more.
Bamboo Palms (Chamaedorea Seifrizii)
The bamboo palm will grow tall in no time. This plant has a simple elegance and classiness that makes them perfect for offices. In addition to removing toxins, they are also good at releasing water droplets into the air, a plus for when the weather is dry. The bamboo palm is easy to care for. Just ensure the soil is moist. You should mist the plant occasionally so as to not attract spider mites.
The bamboo palm plants are not toxic to pets and humans alike. Bamboo palm plants remove air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide, chloroform, formaldehyde, and many more.
Florist’s Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum Morifolium)
Garden Mum (also known as Chrysanthemum morifolium) is a houseplant that is easily found in most garden centers and stores and is low-cost. The Garden Mum plant will grow beautifully both indoors and outdoors. It has beautiful sun yellow blooms. This plant is popular because of its extraordinary ability to improve the air quality even among plants. Many people regard them as the best especially when they are blooming. Caring for the plant is not that difficult, you should ensure the potting soil is moist.
The garden mum plants are toxic to pets such as cats and dogs. Garden Mum plants remove air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, formaldehyde, and many more.