Shake off winter blues with a breath of fresh air by filling your home with houseplants that purify the air. Houseplants scrub the air clean, add moisture to dry air and provide beautiful greenery.
Adding color to your home during the dark days of winter is a sure way to brighten your mood. Besides adding warmth and texture to the home, houseplants also improve air quality and have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and increase productivity.
Hard-working houseplants trap and absorb up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds found in ordinary household items such as cleaning products, carpet and ink. Some houseplants, such as peace lilies and rubber trees, also eat up mold spores and bacteria inside your home, making it a safer environment. Many houseplants grow easily and last for years with little care.
Tip: Place your plants in a spot where you will see them on a regular basis. That way you’ll be able to enjoy them to the fullest and notice immediately if there are any problems. Remember: overwatering is the number one cause of houseplant death.
What Houseplants Need:
- Light. Check the plant tag to find out how much light your plant needs. Place plants away from heat vents and cold drafts.
- Container. Don’t forget to plant them in a pretty container.
- Water. Using room temperature water, add H2O when the top inch of soil is dry. Keep soil consistently moist, but not wet or soggy.
- Check. Don’t overwater or allow the plant to sit in standing water; it’s the primary reason houseplants die.
- Feed. Want to know when to feed? Only from spring until early fall. When you bring your houseplant home, let it adjust before feeding.
types of Houseplants that purify The Air:
- Snake plants
- Peace lilies
- ZZ plant
- Monstera, known as the split leaf-philodendron and the Swiss cheese houseplant
- Palms, such as areca and majesty
- Fiddle Leaf Fig (as seen above)
- Rubber tree
Once you’ve selected your favorite houseplants and understand their light requirements, you’ll want to seek out the best places in your home to put them. Consider putting a fiddle leaf fig in a container next to a sofa. Or try a vintage-looking container with a dracaena next to your bed.
You could also group several snake plants on a coffee table. Or try an aglaonema (pictured above) on a mantel or dining table.
Planters add personality and style when decorating with houseplants. Besides terra cotta or ceramic, you could also try baskets and unusual containers, such as antique tea cups and vintage-looking finds.
Don’t forget to add plants to the bathroom or your office. You’ll breathe easier knowing you’ve got houseplants filtering the air around you.
More ideas for houseplants:
- 6 Top Houseplants for Small Spaces
- 8 Best Ways to Repot Your Houseplants
- 6 Ways to Integrate Houseplants into Your Space
- 5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill