Clean Air With an Indoor Garden

By the Plant Information Specialists

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Clean Air With an Indoor Garden


The clean air indoor garden can be an assortment of common houseplants that are able to clean the air and increase oxygen supply, thereby making the air healthier for every indoor living space.

Studies conducted by NASA have shown that certain common houseplants have the ability to clean the air in their vicinity. Small openings in the leaves of plants take in air; plant cells absorb carbon dioxide and other substances from the air. Carbon dioxide is used by plants to make food, and pure oxygen and water vapor are released back into the air as a by-product of this process. Other substances including pollutants can be translocated to the roots, where the plants may use them, metabolize them, or release them into the soil. The ability of plants to move air around, to take in air, and release oxygen is important in the process of pollutant removal.

Growing an indoor garden is morale-boosting and aesthetically pleasing at any time, and having these plants is a way of providing cleaner air.

If everybody has just one plant, the cumulative effect of millions of plants will enhance our mental and physical well-being.

The following is a list of easy to grow houseplants that have been shown to improve indoor air quality.

Houseplants for Eastern Light Exposure (Direct Morning Sun)
- Areca Palm Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
- Australian Umbrella Tree Schefflera actinophylla
- Boston Fern Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis"
- Parlor Palm Chamaedorea elegans
- Corn Plant Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana"
- Dendrobium Orchid Dendrobium hybrids
- Dracaena "Marginata" Dracaena marginata
- Dracaena "Warneckei" Dracaena fragrans (Deremensis Group) "Warneckei"
- Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia maculata
- Grape Ivy Cissus rhombifolia
- Pothos Epipremnum aureum
- Rubber Plant Ficus elastica
- Snake Plant Sansevieria trifasciata
- Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum

Houseplants for Northern Light Exposure (Bright Light- No Direct Sun)
- Boston Fern Nephrolepis exaltata "Bostoniensis"
- Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior
- Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema commutatum
- English Ivy Hedera helix
- Heart Leaf Philodendron Philodendron scandens
- Peace Lily Spathiphyllum wallisii "Clevelandii"
- Pothos Epipremnum aureum
- Snake Plant Sansevieria trifasciata
- Syngonium Syngonium podophyllum

Houseplants for Southern Light Exposure (Direct Afternoon Sun)
- Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum
- Croton Codiaeum variegatum "Pictum"
- Weeping Fig Ficus benjamina
- Veitch Screw Pine Pandanus veitchii

Houseplants for Western Light Exposure (Direct Late Afternoon Sun)
- Australian Umbrella Tree Schefflera actinophylla
- Areca Palm Chrysalidocarpus lutescens
- Corn Plant Dracaena fragrans "Massangeana"
- Dracaena "Marginata" Dracaena marginata
- Dracaena "Warneckei" Dracaena fragrans (Deremensis Group) "Warneckei"
- Dumb Cane Dieffenbachia maculata
- Grape Ivy Cissus rhombifolia
- Parlor Palm Chamaedorea elegans
- Rubber Plant Ficus elastica
- Spider Plant Chlorophytum comosum

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