Studies have shown that indoor air quality can be substantially more polluted than outside air. Here is a list of easy-to-care-for plants for every room in your home.
Living Room: Try Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum), a tough-to-kill houseplant that removes VOCs while providing full foliage and pretty white blossoms. These plants only need bright light and the very occasional watering (too much water and the roots will rot). Spider plants make wonderful hanging baskets, and can add height and texture to any room.
Bathroom: The lower light and humidity of most bathrooms is a perfect environment for Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’). Snake plant clears the air of formaldehyde, a chemical often found in toilet paper, personal care products, and cleaning products. This plant has a stiff, upright habit, so it looks great tucked in a corner or on a low shelf (it can grow to be three to four feet high).
Foyer or Entryway: The formaldehyde-clearing powers of Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) is one of the reasons placing this plant near your garage entrance (or in your garage, if the environment is suitable) is a great idea. And seeing a dependable, happy plant when you walk in the door just adds to its perks.
Dining Room: Warneck Dracaena fights common pollutants found in varnishes and oils. Its dramatic height potential and variegated leaves can make it quite the conversation piece. Consider getting a pair and bring some peace to your meals.
Kitchen: If you are lucky enough to have a bright kitchen window, you have an assortment of happy, flowering plants to choose from. Gerber daisies and mums are very happy to sit and watch you cook from the windowsill. You could also take advantage of the sun and grow your own fresh herbs from a row of pretty matching pots.
To keep your houseplants in great health, water with rainwater or distilled water as the chlorinated-fluoridated water from the tap may cause the tips of the leaves to turn brown. Check in on them regularly, and pay attention to growth and pot sizes.
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