Did you know that the air in homes is several times more polluted than outside?
When you embellish interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life.
When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels. At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants – orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads (do just the opposite), taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night. Lucky for us, nature has a way of keeping itself clean. There are many powerful air-cleaning plants that naturally remove pollutants from the air. We picked some of our favorites and offer tips on how to keep them in top working condition.
Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Air Purification
- Aloe Plant
- English Ivy
- Rubber Tree
- Snake Plant
- Peace Lily
- Bamboo Palm
- Spider Plant
- Golden Pothos
- Red-Edged Dracaena
To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) every 129 square feet. In office or classroom settings, position plants so each person has greenery in view.
To purify air, use 15 to 18 plants in 6- to 8-inch diameter pots for a 1,800-square-foot house. That’s roughly one larger plant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4- to 5-inch pots).