MixPlantsAs winter sometimes keeps us cooped up indoors, our houseplants can be our partner in keeping us healthier. In addition to being decorative and inviting enhancements for both the home and office, plants are alive and thriving with good vibes, and help cleanse the air. Our lungs will appreciate plants’ many benefits, as they filter out airborne impurities. Adding certain plants to your bedroom can even give you an oxygen boost while you snooze!

Certain airborne chemicals are emitted in low levels in our homes from sources including carpets, cleaning products, polishes, dyes, electronics, building materials, adhesives, paints and furniture.  They can pollute our air with formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene and even carbon monoxide.

Here’s the good news: In the 1980’s, NASA scientists conducted studies that tested several varieties of houseplants to determine their filtering abilities. Many of the selected plants are easy to care for, affordable and available at your local garden center or florist. They recommend at least two 10-inch and up sized pots, per 100 square feet of living space. What an easy solution to keep you breathing easy with cleansed air.

Here is list of my top five plants to help filter the air. Try them for your home and office:

PeaceLily—Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado

Peace Lily: Blooms nicely in low light with white spathe flowers as a bonus. The Peace Lily is a very forgiving plant, and bounces back when neglected. Removes formaldehyde and benzene.

 

 

 

Pothos—Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado
Golden Pothos:
Easy to grow, very flexible. Can be in pot, trellised, or hanging basket.

 

 

 

EnglishIvy—Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado
English Ivy:
Good climber in low light. Very decorative in topiaries and appreciates a misting every now and then.

 

 

 

Rubber Plant —Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado
Rubber Plant
: Gives a taller presence as a large floor plant. Large tropical leaves and easy care are a bonus.

 

 

 

BostonFern—Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado
Boston Fern:
First popularized during the Victorian era, this is one of the best for removing pollutants. A little finicky, but with regular watering and misting its benefits are huge. Looks nice in hanging baskets or pots.

 

 

Other beneficial houseplants are Snake plant, Palms, Dracaenas and Spider Plants. Blooming plants like wax begonia, mums, Christmas cactus and even orchids also help filter the air. Experiment with the fragrance and culinary benefits of herbs such as basil, rosemary and mint.

Enjoy and embrace our foliage friends. Their benefits to us, and our homes, are priceless.

What is your favorite green or blooming plant? 

AirPurfiyingPlants—Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado