Either for the office or for the home, these 5 plants are easy to find, easy to care for and help improve the air around you. How? These plants thrive off of (and remove from the air) chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide, all of which are bad for human health. Read on to find out which 5 plants and flowers will help improve the air around you, literally!
1. Peace lily:
Though it requires frequent waterings between dry soil spells, this low-maintenance plant thrives off indirect sunlight, so you can put it pretty much anywhere in your home and it will thrive.
2. Bamboo Palm:
Bamboo palms thrive in bright, indirect sunlight and allow the top 1/3 of the soil to dry out before watering. They grow well between 65-80 degrees, so perfect for that office environment.
3. English Ivy:
Traditionally seen outdoors as ground coverage, English Ivy makes for a surprisingly good indoors plant as well. Provided it’s planted in soil with good drainage (like a peat moss-based soil), this plant thrives on medium sunlight exposure and when the top ½ inch of soil is dry.
Mum’s love direct sunlight and damp soil, very different sort of care versus the first three choices. They require a little more attention in the form of regular pruning and having the soil consistently damp, but since they are perennials they’ll come back bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every spring!
5. Gerbera Daisies:
Though it makes for a great indoor plant, unfortunately potted Gerberas are annuals. They do the best with lots of direct sunlight and moist soils, but also do well in cool temperatures–perfect for the office or the home! Like English Ivy, Gerbs need a well-drained soil like a peat-based one.