Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Fresh Air Plants

I grew up in a house full of houseplants.  Our mother had plants in every room of the house.  A touch of green here and there.  She was well before her time.  It has since been shown that houseplants help to improve the quality of the air in your home. NASA studies have shown that many common house plants will clean the air of pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene.   This becomes even more important in our modern, energy -efficient buildings which are sealed and air-tight.   The NASA study also showed that plants in the work place boosted morale and plants in a hospital setting reduced pain.   There are many houseplants that can be grown and used in this capacity such as the Dracena's, Bamboo palm, English Ivy, Peace Lily and many more.    We add other houseplants to this -- I have a citrus grove of orange, lime, lemon and grapefruit.  I can't say I grow them for the fruit but the flowers are sooooo fragrant.  And I love my other tropicals, Monstera, Foxtail Fern and more all soon ready to go outside for the summer.

spider plant
 The heartleaf Philodendron is quite easy to grow as is this Spider plant
snake plant, mother-in-law's tongue, sansevieria

Some are extremely easy to grow such as Snake plant (left) which will grow in the least sunny corner of your home.


La Tea Dah said...

Our mother's were so much alike! Of course, we have already discovered that,haven't we.

I love your plants and how beautifully they are arranged in your home!

Marilyn said...

My husband would have plants everywhere, but for myself I like to keep them in specific places. Now I would love this little area to sit and sip tea in the bottom photo.

relevanttealeaf said...

Very informative post. I don't have a green thumb, but maybe I will give houseplants another try.