Fresh indoor air with plants

Remove VOC’s and improve indoor air quality with these 15 plants! Full article describing which toxins  are removed by which plant and some tips about caring for each type of plant at Mother Nature Network

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  3. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  4. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
  5. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)
  6. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
  7. Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata)
  8. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
  9. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii)
  10. English ivy (Hedera helix)
  11. Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’)
  12. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’)
  13. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)
  14. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium)
  15. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

How to grow fresh air

I recently watched this TED talk entitled How to Grow Fresh Air. It has significant implications for our existing buildings that have poor air quality and for our new buildings that are being built to super-tight standards. If the power goes out and we are relying on our HRV’s and our ERV’s to bring us our healthy air Kamal Meattle says that we can rely on these three house plants to sustain us:

  1. Areca Palm  (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) – Turns CO2 into O2 during the daytime
  2. Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata) – Turns CO2 into O2 during the night time

  3. Money plant  (Epipremnum aureum) Removes – VOC’s