BEST 10 INDOOR PLANTS
Common problem with Indoors is low light and temperature, most of us love to have plants at homes, living spaces, bedroom, bathrooms, well where ever we look we want to see green, it soothes, attracts and if you feel same somewhere, sometimes, you are not an alien, its normal human tendency which is very well explained by Biophilia Hypothesis, Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson.
Modern packed buildings, synthetic materials used for construction, furniture’s, electric items used in our day to day life give us great comfort and those are become integral part of our life. These items are very conducive and help us to live a better life but there is very adverse effect of these items on our health and environment because of imbalanced implications, whole world is suffering from these effects, it is quite evident for all of us.
Long time ago, NASA conducted a study for making living space better and results were very surprising, having some plants around our living areas can greatly improve the air quality by balancing humidity levels and removing harmful substances. NASA conducted the research on the popular house plants found in the USA in those days. Followed by NASA there is flood of scientific studies and researches in popular universities and labs, all over the world. Most of these studies are threatening the danger of poisonous gases gathered due to poor ventilation in modern sealed buildings and use of synthetic materials, these gases are life threatening and lead to cancer, tumor, heart diseases, lung infections etc with long ex-poser.
These studies conclude, using houseplants can neutralize the effect at great extent, NASA have listed the plants with preference of their ability to remove harmful gases from indoor air, research report and more information can be found at wiki here, we have a post on this here.
Beginning of the topic was to address challenges in keeping the plants at our living spaces, if you realize a bit masters art “nature”, it is a mater piece, it has everything nearly perfect with amazing diversity and contrast, our limited knowledge is the only obstruction, we need to dig a bit by ourselves or learn from shared experiences. Nature has tremendous diversity of plants which can thrive well in unnatural conditions, like cactus in deserts and most of arecaceae and asparagaceae family plants in poor light conditions even without knowing if there is a fire ball known as sun, exists in this universe.
We have experimented and have a long experience growing and keeping these plants indoor’s, tried to benefit from the ancient and modern science literature’s available over web and libraries, most significant knowledge comes from the mind books of farmers and plant growers around the world.
Below is the list of plants which are scientifically proven to clean harmful substances from air, increase concentration, sooth our mind, reduce stress, suites to our body and do several countless things which are highlighted in many studies or yet to be highlighted in coming eras:
1. ALOE VERA
Aloe vera is a medicinal plant which has outstanding significance from ancient times, it is mentioned at several medical science manuscripts, it has effective healing power and majorly used in beauty products. Aloe vera plant is very hardy and it can survive in difficult weather conditions without stress and hampering its work of removing the toxins like formaldehyde and benzene.
Aglaonema is an outstanding indoor plant, it is one of the most commercially cultivated plants and found in almost every house, it also does a great job eliminating formaldehyde. Aglaonema has 150+ extremely elegant hybrid varieties of different shapes, shades and colors. Aglaonema is also known as Chinese evergreen because of its origin in South Asia.
3. SNAKE PLANT
The Snake Plant is unique in that it sucks in carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night. Many people chose to keep it in their bedroom or carpeted living room. It’s simple to take care of and prevents the formaldehyde that leaks from your carpet and wood furniture from sticking around the air.
4. GOLDEN PATHOS
NASA considered this plant one of the most effective choices for eliminating formaldehyde. People that have struggled to keep plants alive can rejoice – this one is incredibly hard to kill. It doubles as an effective eliminator of carbon monoxide as well. The vines grow fairly quickly and look great suspended from elevated areas.
5. SPIDER PLANT
The Spider Plant requires natural light but shouldn’t be exposed directly to the sun. It thrives in moist environments with bi-weekly watering and grows at impressive speeds. Owners prefer to place these plants near the fireplace and kitchen where carbon monoxide may build.
6. PEACE LILY
The Peace Lily is one of the most visually appealing plants on the list with its unique white flowers. It boasts one of the highest transpiration rates on the list as well. Use it to remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, acetone, and alcohols from the air. Just be cautious of the plants high toxicity and keep it out of reach of children and pets.
Anthurium andraeanum is also known as valentine plant, its beautiful heart shape leaves and flower appear very attractive. Anthurium is easy care plant and does very well in indoors environment. It is found quite effective in removing formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia from the air.
8. ENGLISH IVY
The English Ivy is ideal for pots because its invasive nature allows it to spread easily. Research found it to be particularly useful in eliminating airborne fecal-matter particles. The plant is also great for a family with smokers in it. Its ability to soak up carcinogens from second-hand smoke helps to purify small areas. It’s also versatile when it comes to growing conditions and doesn’t require much maintenance.
9. LADY PALM
The Lady Palm requires a lot of watering during the spring and summer but makes up for it with its heavy resistance to insects. The lush leaves of this palm grow thick and with rich color without much effort. It’s said to be a versatile and effective filter for multiple indoor pollutants.
10. BOSTON FERN
This lush plant functions really well as a natural air humidifier. While it’s busy adding humidity to the environment it also does a great job eliminating formaldehyde. It’s large feathered ferns span as large as 5 feet and allow just a single plant to have a noticeable impact.
We go to nurseries pick a nice looking plant, try to feed and nourish for few days, as time goes by we get busy in other priorities and find plant is going to die soon. Often we conclude plants need open area, regular watering and sun light or bright light to live, somewhat its true but not appropriate for all the plants, there are plants, which love to be forgotten in poor light corners for many months, still they thrive and work day and night to make the world better for you.
If you go to nurseries, pick the plants carefully, you will love to have them around when you see them growing, blooming with minimum efforts, we have wide collection of scientifically grown and trained plants which will thrive best indoors, increase the beauty and help you to be a better you for longer time.