Top 10 best indoor air purifying plants in India

Top 10 best indoor air purifying plants in India

Best indoor air purifying plants recommended by NASA:

Best indoor airpurifying plants in India

About NASA study on indoor plants-best household air purifying indoor plants:

 

Are you looking for the best indoor plants for your sweet home? Don’t worry. In this article, we comprehensively discuss the top ten best indoor air purifying plants recommended by NASA. These houseplants can improve significantly your indoor air quality. Moreover, these plants required very little attention and very easy to grow, and also easily available in India.You can bye these plants online also.

An average working person spent 90% of his/her time at indoor, so it is our priority to improve our indoor air quality. Air may be your Silent and invisible killer if you don’t treat it well. We are always surrounded by plenty of volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Xylene & Toluene, Carbon monoxide, etc.

Benzene present in many common houses hold items such as gasoline, ink, oils, paints, plastics, rubber, detergents, etc. Trichloroethylene (TCE) is most commonly present in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, adhesives, etc. A most common source of Formaldehyde in the indoor environment are particle boards or pressed wood products, waxed paper, facial tissues and paper towels, many household cleaning agents, adhesives, carpet backing, cigarette smoke, cooking fuels such as natural gas and kerosene.

These organic compounds affect our overall health. Chronic exposure of these VOC to even relatively low levels cause headaches, loss of appetite, nervousness, psychological disturbances, diseases of the blood system, skin and eye irritation, irritation of the upper respiratory tract, etc.

According to the NASA study on various indoor plants(1989), it was found that some plants have a great capacity to absorbed above volatile organic compounds and hence give fresh air. In 1989 NASA published the list of top indoor air purifying plants. So I highly recommended you to have these plants in your houses.

 

Table of content:

  • Areca Palm-1
  • Boston Fern-2
  • Snake Plant-3
  • Spider Plant-4
  • Peace Lily-5
  • Money Plant-6
  • Rubber Plant-7
  • English Ivy-8
  • Chinese Evergreen-9
  • Aloe Vera-10

About Areca Palm:

Areca palm is a very attractive indoor plant with long green arching leaves & its architectural form makes it more beautiful. It is on the top list of NASA recommended air purifying plants. You can place it in your living space or bedroom. Areca palm prefers indirect sunlight and it can survive even in low light also.

Benefits of Areca Palm:

a)It absorbs harmful volatile pollutants like Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene, etc.

b)It is an excellent air humidifier. An adult areca palm will transpire 1 liter of water per 24 hours.

c)It gives oxygen on the night also.

d)It gives a soothing effect to your house.

Areca Palm Care tips:

a)It prefers bright indirect sunlight.

b)Grow on a good drain potting mix.

c) Don’t overwater it.

d)Provide weekly  1 to 2 times the water in growth season but reduce watering in winter.

e)Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during the growing season.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray.

About Boston Fern:

Boston fern is one of the oldest plants on earth. It grows in a moist condition and under part shade part sun locations. It has long narrow leaves which gives it an eye-catching view. It is also on the top list of NASA’s air filtering plants.

Benefits of Boston Fern:

a)It absorbs harmful volatile compounds like Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene, etc.One of the best natural air purifiers.

b)It is a natural air humidifier and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen on the night also.

d)It gives a soothing effect to your house.

Boston Fern Care tips:

a)It prefers indirect sunlight or semi-sun.

b)Grow on a good drain potting mix. It prefers acidic soil with sand and humus.

c) Boston Fern likes a moist environment.It required constant watering but don’t over water it.

d)Provide weekly  1 to 2 times the water in growth season but reduce watering in winter.

e)Feed weekly with a weak balance liquid fertilizer during the growing season and reduce it in winter.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray.

About Snake Plant:

The scientific name of Snake plant or mother in law tongue plant is Sansevieria Trifasciata. The plant is originally from West Africa.It is an evergreen perennial plant and grows from its rhizome.Its green stiff leaves grow vertically. It can survive even in a low light condition.

Benefits of Snake Plant:

a)It absorbs Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, etc. It cleans the air better than most other indoor plants.

b)It is a natural air humidifier and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen on the night also.

d)It looks very beautiful and it can assist in increasing productivity, decreasing stress and fostering happy vibes.

Snake Plant Care tips:

a)It prefers indirect sunlight.

 b)It does best with a good drain potting mix because it is easily prone to rot.

c) It does not require much water, 2 to 3 times a week is sufficient. Overwater may cause root rot

.d) reduce watering in winter.

e)Feed monthly with a weak balance liquid fertilizer during the growing season and reduce it in winter.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray.

 

About Spider Plant:

It is very easy to grow plants and also known as an air plant. The scientific name of the spider plant is Chlorophytum comosum. It has narrow beautiful leaves of length up to 20cm -45cm and width is about 6cm-25cm. It looks great in a hanging basket. 

Spider plant

Benefits of Spider Plant:

a)It absorbs Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

b)It is a natural air humidifier and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen on the night also. It is also a bedroom plant.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with this eye -catching indoor plants.

Spider Plant Care tips:

a) Spider plant loves bright indirect sunlight.Maintain moderate and consistent temperature and humidity.

b) Use always well-drained potting mix.

c) keep the soil moist but not soggy.Generally, water once per week. Overwater may cause root rot.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)Feed monthly with a weak balance liquid fertilizer during the growing season and reduce it in winter.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray.

 

About Peace Lily:

The peace lily is a very attractive plant with a beautiful green leaf that produces a white flower, which is a modified leaf that encloses the real flower.Peace lily or Spathiphyllum is not a true lily, it belongs to the Arum family. It is a very easy to grow house plant. According to NASA, It is one of the best air purifying plants.

Benefits of Peace Lily:

a)It absorbs gases like Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene, Toluene, Ammonia, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

b)It gives off a lot of moisture in the air and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with these eyes -catching indoor plants.

Peace Lily Care tips:

a) Peace lily loves bright indirect sunlight.Keep these plants out of direct afternoon sunlight.

b) Use always well-drained potting mix.

c) It likes high humidity. Misting their leaves. Keep the soil moist but don’t over water.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)In growing season ie in spring fertilize every 6 weeks.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray.

About Money plant:

It has multiple common names such as Golden Pothos, Money plant, Silvervine, Devil’s ivy, etc. It stays green even when placing in a dark area for a long time. It is very difficult to kill, hence it is called as Devi’s ivy. In India, it is commonly known as the Money plant. It is very easy to propagate from a cutting. It required very little care and has attractive leaves. Hence it is widely used in offices and public locations.

Benefits of Money Plant::

a)It absorbs gases like Benzene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

 b)It gives off a lot of moisture in the air and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with these eyes -catching indoor plants.

Money Plant Care tips:

a) It loves bright indirect sunlight.But it can tolerate in most of the situations.

b) Use always well drain potting mix but hold enough water to remain moist in between watering.

c) It likes high humidity. Misting their leaves. Keep the soil moist but don’t over water.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)In growing season ie in spring fertilize the plant but avoid fertilizing during the winter months.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

About Rubber Plant:

The scientific name of the Rubber plant is Ficus Elastica. It is an evergreen tree of the fig family. It has large dark green shiny leaves which look very beautiful. Hence it is one of the common household plants. The rubber plant is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. This plant is also in the top list of air purifying plants of NASA.

Benefits of Rubber Plant:

a)It absorbs pollutant gases like Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

b)It gives off a lot of moisture in the air and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with these eyes -catching indoor plants.

Rubber Plant Care tips:

a) Rubber plant loves bright indirect sunlight.Keep these plants in a warm spot.

b) Use always well-drained potting mix.Place small pebbles in the bottom of the pot better drainage.

c) It likes high humidity. Misting the leaves when humidity is low. Keep the soil moist but don’t over water.In summer water once or twice a week.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)In growing season ie in summer fertilize every 2 weeks with a weak balance fertilizer.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray. Neem oil is also a good option.

About English Ivy:

The scientific name of the English Ivy is Hedera Helix. It is an evergreen climbing plant having oval leaves and produces yellow-green flowers.The plant is originated in Europe. It looks very beautiful in a hanging basket. Hence it is one of the most common household plants. This plant is also in the top list of air purifying plants of NASA.

Benefits of English Ivy:

a)It absorbs pollutant gases like Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

b)It gives off a lot of moisture in the air and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with these eyes- catching indoor plants.

English Ivy Care tips:

a) English Ivy prefers to be kept at a cooler temperature and enjoy humidity and it likes bright indirect sunlight. It is considered a hardy plant.

b) Use always well-drained potting mix.Place small pebbles in the bottom of the pot better drainage.

c) The soil of the plants should be dry to the touch between watering.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)In growing season ie in summer fertilize every 2 weeks with a weak balance fertilizer.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray. Neem oil is also a good option.

About Chinese Evergreen:

The scientific name of the Chinese Evergreen is Aglaonema Commutatum.  These are evergreen perennial plants having wide leaves.They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. It looks very beautiful in indoor. Hence it is one of the most common household plants. This plant is also in the top list of air purifying plants of NASA.

Benefits of Chinese Evergreen:

a)It absorbs pollutant gases like Benzene,  Formaldehyde, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

b)It gives off a lot of moisture in the air and makes the air more pure and fresh.

c)It gives oxygen.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with these eyes -catching indoor plants.

Chinese Evergreen Care tips:

a)Chinese Evergreen plants thrive in medium to low light conditions and prefer indirect sunlight.

b) Placing them in well-draining soil, preferably in an equal ratio of potting soil, perlite, and sand.

c) They love moderate watering, 1 to 2 times a week.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)In growing season ie in summer fertilize them every two months with a weak balance fertilizer.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray. Neem oil is also a good option.

About Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. It is an evergreen perennial. It is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed plant growing up to 60-100 cm. The leaves are thick and fleshy and can store food and moisture. This plant is also in the top list of air purifying plants of NASA. Aloe vera extract is used in cosmetics and medicine.

Benefits of Aloe Vera:

a)It absorbs pollutant gases like Benzene, Formaldehyde, etc . one of the best natural air purifiers.

b)Aloe vera has many health benefits like-treating skin conditions, sunburn relief, wound healing, heartburn relief, lower blood sugar, digestive help, etc.

c)It gives oxygen.

d)You can decorate your home or your office with these beautiful plants.

Aloe Vera Care Tips:

a) Give the plant adequate sunlight, about 8-10 hours of sunlight.

b) Use always well-drained potting mix. Use a cactus potting mix by mixing equal parts of soil, sand, and gravel. Place small pebbles in the bottom of the pot better drainage.

c) Water Aloe vera deeply but not frequently. Water about every two weeks.

d) reduce watering in winter.

e)In growing season ie in summer fertilize every month with a weak balance fertilizer.

f)Regularly clean the leaves with a soft cloth.

g)To control spider mites you can use soapy water spray. Neem oil is also a good option.

h)Repot when root bound.

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