Indoor plants for purifying the air around you

Are you keen on growing indoor plants and want to know which indoor plants are the natural purifiers of air? Go through this article for a detailed information.

There are fancy air filtration systems for purifying the air inside your home but if you are keen on enhancing the beauty of your home beside purifying the air, bring potted plants into your living space. These living leafy friends are powerful air filters and helps in purifying the air around you. However, it involves little bit of maintenance in the right way and not just keeping the plants in your living places in your flat.

You don't need big balconies to grow these plants but just a little place inside your home. Here are few indoor plants that you can grow in your home:

Some of the air purifying plants

  • Holy Basil

    This is commonly known as Tulasi in India. This is one of the best medicinal plant which can be easily grown in balconies with little care and maintenance. This is a shrub and is highly effective air purifier. The plant also helps in improving the quality of air. The plant can be potted in simple pots or specially designed pots for the purpose. As the plant requires ample sunlight for its growth, the best place to keep the plant is in the balcony where there is enough sunlight. Regular watering of the plant without excess watering helps in the healthy growth of the plant. There are many benefits of Tulasi plant.

  • Money plant

    This is one of the most commonly found and grown indoor plants in India. Botanically known as Epipremnum aureum, the plant is a powerful air purifier and helps in cleaning the air around you. The plant can be easily grown under all conditions. It can be placed in earthen pots or you can also place these in decorative glass bottles and place in any nook and corner of the house. This not only purifies the air but also enhances the beauty of your home. The plant doesn't need much maintenance.

  • Bamboo palm

    The plant is also known as butterfly palm and Areca palm. It's botanical name is Chrysalidocarpus lutescens and it very much resembles a coconut tree and can easily grow indoors. The is another commonly grown indoor plant and is an effective air purifier. Besides purifying the air, the plant is a natural humidifier and helps in maintaining the humidity of air. The plant don't need direct sunlight and the leaves turn yellow on exposure to direct sunlight. The plant grows taller, so you can stunt the growth by placing it in small pots to make the roots crowded. These plants are natural purifier and also natural humidifiers. It is useful in filtering the toxins from the air particularly the cigarette smoke and thus keeps the air pure. The plant needs enough water for its growth and can be placed in the corners of spacious halls / rooms.

  • Snake plant

    Also known as mother-in-law's tongue and Saint George's sword, the botanical name of this plant is Sansevieria trifasciata. It has long tongue-like leaves with patterned scales on it that resemble the scales on the of a snake. The thick leaves shoot upwards giving a beautiful look. The plant can be places in bathrooms as it filters out formaldehyde. It is one of the best air-purifying plants and can be easily grown indoors. It produces abundant oxygen during night, so can be placed in the corners of bedrooms too. It doesn't require any extra care and can survive for a long period even without watering.

  • Dracaena or the song of IndiaThese plants have long blade like light green leaves with lime yellow border. These plants can be easily grown indoors in low light. These absorb all the undesirable gases from the atmosphere and thus keep the indoor air pure.

  • Orchids

    There are different varieties of orchids which not only enhance the beauty of your home but also fill the air with natural fragrance. As these plant don't need direct sunlight, you can place these in any corner your house. With these plants you can get rid of the pollutants that are found in glues and paints. Orchids are wonderful indoor plants that are great for bedrooms as these add beauty to the room and also fills the air with oxygen.

  • Spider Plant

    The plant derived its name from its uniquely shaped dangling leaves that gives the look of spider's legs. These lovely plants are one of the extensively used indoor plants which gives beauty to the room and also helps in combating unwanted gases like carbon monoxide etc.

  • Aloe vera

    Aloe vera one of the excellent plant used in skin care product is extensively grown in every house. These plants can be easily grown in mild sunlight and can survive for long even without watering. This is one of the best indoor plants that needs less maintenance and helps in absorbing toxins from the air.

Besides the above mentioned air purifying indoor plants, there are other indoor plants too which are good air purifiers. These include English ivy, Weeping fig, Peace lilies, philodendron, Massangeana-cane, pothos, anthurium, Schefflera and of course the bamboo plant in small glass containers used as a Feng shui product.

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Author: Juana07 Mar 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 9

The best part about houseplants is that they purify as well as beautify interiors. If placed aesthetically around the house, they can act as decor pieces.

I’d like to add to the list of houseplants -

1. Ferns are ornamental plants and can add a touch of greenery to the house while purifying the air.
2. If you want a play of colours then the philodendron plant can be placed indoors along with other plants. The plant has light, yellowish green leaves and can help build a dramatic effect with the decor. An added advantage is that they are great house plants, known to reduce toxins from the atmosphere.
3. Palms are tall, attractive plants that need very little care. They are decorative plants that can create an artistic impact on the interiors of homes. Place them in corners, behind coffee tables or behind an angularly placed chair or sofa or set them beside a settee for an appealing effect. They also purify the air that you breathe.

All plants mentioned above can be grown in containers; they make lovely indoor plants and have the ability to refresh the air inside the home. They remove toxins released by the dyes, varnishes and glue etcetera that is used in the furnishings in homes.

Finally, though orchids are exotic ornamental plants, they are not easy to maintain in Indian climatic conditions. These plants are parasites and grow in jungles, where the temperatures are low. They need a certain amount of humidity along with consistently low temperatures. They do not thrive in a hot climate. However, if the owner can artificially create a cool climate within the house then orchids can be a boon. They release oxygen at night, which makes them ideal plants to place in the bedroom.

Money plant is definitely hardy and easy to grow. It is perhaps the most common houseplant. However, it does need a medium to grow in. Placing the plant in a bottle will not work. The bottle needs to contain water or plant gel for the plant to thrive.

Author: Kalyani07 Mar 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 7

Right Juana, after going through your response, I realized that I didn't mention that the bottles/ vases in which money plants are placed need to be filled with water.

You can place the money plants in recycled decorated glass bottles filled with water, no gel is required for the survival of the plant. I reuse the Kissan sauce bottles for growing money plants in my home. I made simple designs on these bottles, filled these with water, kept money plant in each of these bottles and placed these in my washrooms, window sills and corner shelves. I keep filling the bottles as the water level in these goes down. The plants are growing healthy with fresh look though not growing fast.

Orchids are not parasitic and not even symbiotic in nature though some of these are seen clinging to the forest trees. Most of the orchids are perennial herbs and these can be grown in tropical/ humid Indian climate. Mostly you get the hybrid varieties of orchids in the nurseries and these are good indoor plants. It's not difficult to grow these plants in homes/ offices and these plants don't require direct sunlight. However there are certain species of orchids with thicker leaves and these can withstand direct sunlight.

Author: Juana07 Mar 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 6

I learned something new today – I was under the impression that orchids are parasitic, turns out it’s a myth. I have had no luck growing orchids (nursery bought). They bloom during winter and wilt away as summer approaches. I have had at least five orchid plants die on me, and I did everything right, as instructed. And then a friend who resides in Coorg, and who has great luck with these exotic plants told me it’s the weather that kills them.

The money plant in the water may not be growing well because you do not change the water. The roots get slimy and need to be washed periodically, to prevent root rot. The containers also collect algae and have to be washed regularly. Another reason to change the water at regular intervals is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding – it is stagnant water after all.

You can try a liquid fertiliser that is mixed in water and sprayed on the leaves, to induce quicker growth. The plant, even if growing in water, needs a bit of sunlight as well.

The gel enhances the beauty of clear bottles, in addition to creating a safer environment. No stagnant water equates to no place for mosquitoes to breed.

Author: Kalyani08 Mar 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 3

Yes, I do keep changing the water in the bottles from time to time. I even prune the slimy roots, pluck the dried leaves if any, clean up the bottles, fill these with fresh water and replace the money plants.

Fortunately, there is no mosquito menace in my flat/ area.

Actually, I don't need a quicker growth for these money plants which I have placed indoors just for beauty. So, I let those to have stunted growth only.

I do have two big ones planted in pots and placed on either sides of my entrance door. These are exposed to direct sunlight and are growing richly.

Author: Umesh22 Mar 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

Really a nice reading for me as it gave me good ideas for my terrace garden. The details of plants and their air purifying capacities are impressive.

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