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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Best Houseplants For Absorbing Air Pollutants

Indoor houseplants are helpful in absorbing indoor air pollutants in your home. However, some houseplants are better than others. They are like you own little air purifiers. Roughly 15 indoor houseplants can purify almost a 1800 square foot home!!! Below is a list of houseplants that are most effective in removing indoor air pollutants.

Peace Lily
Snake Plants
Dracaena Varieties
     Madagascar Dragon Tree
     Corn Plants
Spider Plants
English Ivy
Ficus Varieties
Bamboo Varieties

If you have others indoor plants to add to the list, please add them through the comments below.


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Anonymous Ashley said...

Aloe vera purifies air also

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Austen said...

Umbrella Plant is also good at removing toxins from the air.

10:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how many plants per room as houses vary greatly in size?

1:03 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


I found one website that stated "two or three plants to contribute to good air quality in the average domestic living room of about 20 to 25 square yards."

Top 10 Houseplants for Cleaner Air


10:03 AM  
Anonymous Fondea said...

Good words.

2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The areca palm is supposed to be a great humidifier and air purifier at least according to the research I have done.

5:06 PM  
Blogger tmitchell said...

Here's a cool (short) TED talk about a project in New Delhi, India to clean the air in an office building using regular houseplants.

12:46 AM  
Blogger gweipo said...

This is a really great blog - just what I need since I have so little knowledge about how to care for plants or even which ones to care for!!

6:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weeping fig and Fatsia japonica remove formaldehyde gas released from new carpets and curtains. Purple heart and red and English ivies remove VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from paints.

11:07 PM  
Anonymous IEQ Indoor Plants said...

Hi, studies at UTS have shown all plants perform equally as well. It is the plant, the roots and the microbes working together that remove VOCs from the air. As long as the soil ands ph is healthy and there is a good root system to support the bugs the microcosm will do its work. Removing VOCs even works at night. However removing CO2 is a different matter.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous Simona said...

It is also said that Pot Mums purify air (and are actually one of the best choices for that). I am currently looking for tips on how to take care of Pot Mums. Do you have some by any chance?

Thank you!

8:09 AM  
Blogger MikeR said...

Dr. Wolverton's book "How to Grow Fresh Air" is the best. He is the NASA scientist who did the original research and in the book he rates 50 of the most common houseplants on air purification ability.

"Janet Craig" was the best of the Dracenas by a huge margin.

Ficus Robusta (rubber plant) was rated higher than anything except the palms.

The highest rated plants were: Areca Palm, Lady Palm, Bamboo Palm, and Dwarf Date Palm.

The best air cleaning plant was the Boston Fern and Kimberly Queen, but these lost marks for being harder to take care of.

Buy the book, its a great read.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Ana Escamilla said...

i have Kimberly fern and you just need to damp it into 4 gallon of water and 1/4 Epson salt every other day. It depends the amount of light the plant receives and temperature in order to know when it's the proper time to water it.

10:36 PM  

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