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Care About Your Air: Try These 5 Air-Purifying Houseplants

by Decor, Elizabeth's Picks, Plants

It’s not a secret that plants can do magnificent things for our health and wellbeing, but one thing people often overlook is their air cleaning properties!

If you’re interested in reducing toxins in your home, these plants can help improve your air quality. While we know that any plant exchanges CO2 (what we exhale) for oxygen, some houseplants are just a little more prolific than others in their O2 output. 

Owners of these particular varieties of plants may actually notice a better air quality in their homes. This is especially valuable since we are spending so much more time at home!

Here’s an added bonus: some of the best air cleaners are also some of the easiest to grow! We currently have some excellent specimens available for contactless curbside pickup or delivery. Check them out, below!

1. SNAKE PLANT (SANSEVIERIA)

Snake plants, also known as sansevieria, are modern, spiky and stylish plants that are great at purifying the air. The best part: it is really hard to kill them. That’s right – they thrive in medium to low light and they are actually happier when you forget to water them. They’re almost fool-proof!

Snake plants come in a number of interesting varieties; from tall, broad-leafed ones to narrow, round arcing blades, in all different shades and patterns of green.

2. ZZ PLANT (ZAMIFOLIA ZAMIOCULCAS)

Another one of our favourite air-cleaning plants is the ZZ plant! Also known as Zamioculcas Zamifolia, the ZZ Plant is one of the easiest plants to care for!

It is happy in low light and thrives on neglect – this is the busy person’s perfect plant pairing. Seriously, I once forgot one in a basement for 4 months and when I rediscovered it, it had new growth!

 

3. POTHOS

Pothos come in so many different varieties and they never go out of style! This is a low-growing trailing plant that can have many leaf-patterns; bright lime green, dark and mottled, striped with white.

It has heart-shaped leaves that grow on long trailing vines that easily root in whatever they may be sitting. You can let them grow long or prune them for a more bushy plant.

Pothos require bright, indirect sunlight and water when the surface soil dries out. Use your finger to check the top inch or two and don’t let the whole pot go fully dry. 

 

4. RUBBER TREE

Also known as Ficus Elastica, these burgundy trees originate from India, come in many unique varieties and are great air-purifiers! This plant is fairly hardy and prefers bright, indirect light that isn’t too hot. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves!

Allow the plant to dry out between waterings and not let it sit in water, to avoid root rot. You want to keep the soil dry, but not too dry where the plant shows signs of stress!

 

 

5. Philodendron

Philodendrons are without a doubt, a favourite houseplant and great air-cleaners. And, they are relatively easy to look after!

They prefer bright, indirect sunlight, but will tolerate low light. Water regularly to keep the soil moist but never let them sit in water.

We have a wonderful selection of these beautiful air-purifiers in now as well as a huge, brand new shipment of gorgeous pots, saucers and stands to set them on and in! 

Snake Plant in Pot

Visit our online shop to find the perfect plant and matching pot for your space, today.

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