I am starting this post with a disclaimer – I am a pandemic plant person. We never really had indoor plants growing up so I just never really added them to our home but I added a few just before the world went crazy. Then once the pandemic really hit, I started adding more and more.
There are many reasons to add plants to your home but one of them is that they may be able to help to clean the air in your home. While research does suggest you would need a substantial amount of plants in your home to significantly make a difference in the air quality, adding more of the right plants can’t hurt and it is a good reason to keep adding more plants to your indoor space.
When you are fulling your cart next time, add in a few of these plants, they may help improve the air quality on your home (or office).
Peace Lily: This was my first indoor plant and I received it as a gift a few years ago. It struggled a little but it now seems to be on a mission to be the biggest plant in the house. A study showed that the peace lily is one of the best plants to filter a range of chemicals from the air. Just be careful with this plant if you have little kids or pets – it can be harmful to both people and pets if ingested.
Snake Plant: This is a pretty low maintenance plant so could make for a great gift to someone just starting out on their plant journey. It is also great if you aren’t home often because it will purify your air while being super low maintenance. If you do have pets though, make sure they can’t get to this plant – it is also toxic.
Spider Plant: I think this plant may be next on my list. I love plants that have two different shades of leaves. This plant is completely non-toxic as well as being another low-maintenance option. It is a great hanging plant because the leaves curl over and create such a pretty look. It works well as a carbon monoxide and VOC eliminator, so add a couple to your rooms.
Aloe Vera: If I am honest, this is such an ugly plant, it reminds me of the desert but it is a great plant to have in your home because it has a few uses. Not only does aloe help to remove formaldehyde in your air, you can also use it soothe burns and insect bites. This plant does need a fair amount of direct sunlight every day – so don’t hide it away – place it in the sun.
Chinese Evergreen: This plant doesn’t need a lot of light so you can pop it in a darker corner or a room that doesn’t get a lot of natural light. The Chinese Evergreen will not only help to clean air, it is also known as a lucky plant throughout Asia, so if you need a little luck this is definitely one to add.
Rubber Plant: Indoor plants don’t have to small, adding in some tall, large plants to your indoor space can really change up space. The Rubber Plant is perfect. Not only will it purify your air, it will grow quickly and grow tall.
Devil Ivy: If you want to add a plant or two to your bathroom, then you will want to add the devil ivy. It loves moisture but also does need a little light. It is a fun hanging plant that will help to remove nasties from your air.
Flamingo Lily: Adding a lot of plants can start to look a little green. Adding in a flamingo lily or two can add a lovely pop on colour to your office, sitting room or even your kitchen. They do like sunshine but not really direct sunlight.
Scarlet Bromeliad: A study found that these plants can remove 80% of VOCs in the air in only 12 hours. This is definitely a plant you want to add if you are looking for air purifying plants. It also has a beautiful flower so it will add some gorgeous colour and it is a long lasting plant.
Kimberly Queen Fern: Are you even a plant lover if you do not have a fern in your collection? These are considered one of the most effective air purifiers and can be placed pretty much anywhere in your home, they are ok in low light. Ferns can also be propagated pretty easily, so once you have one going, you can create a few more.
I have checked and all of these plants are available in South Africa. Grow with the Flow has almost all of these but for the ones they don’t have, check your local nursery.
Which one of these plants do you have? Which one is your favourite?