We are all familiar with the term “air pollution”. By air pollution, we basically mean outside polluted air. Such as exhaust fumes from vehicles and factories. Many people think that air pollution is just this polluted outside air.
But is that really so? Surprisingly, the air in our house is more polluted than the air outside. NASA recently revealed a study state that indoor air is 99% more polluted than outdoor air. The air in the house is constantly polluted due to using various electronic devices, using plastic furniture and gas emitted from the stove etc.
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NASA has named several indoor plants to reduce indoor pollution and purifies the air. These plants are capable of removing most of the pollutants in the air. Let’s talk about those plants that play a special role in protecting the indoor environment. Here I have discussed three of them and list others below.
1. Spider Plant:
Chlorophytum Comosum often called Spider plant which easies to grow as a houseplant.
Descriptions: This tree grows to about 60 centimeters (24 in) high. It has fleshy, tuberous roots, about 5–10 cm (2–4 in) long. The long narrow leaves reach a length of 20–45 cm (8–18 in) and are around 6–25 millimeters (0.2–1.0 in) wide. Overall, it’s suitable perfectly suitable for indoor plants.
Benefits: It removes toxins and formaldehyde from the air. Studies have shown that this tree can purify 200 square feet of air in a very short time. One of the greatest facts about this tree is that this tree can break down ozone gas completely to purify the indoor air. Only two trees on earth have this ability.
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2. Snake Plant
Dracaena Trifasciata is widely known as Snake plants.
Descriptions: It is an evergreen perennial plant forming dense stands, spreading by way of its creeping rhizome, which is sometimes above ground, sometimes underground. Its stiff leaves grow vertically from a basal rosette. Mature leaves are dark green with light gray-green cross-banding and usually range from 70–90 centimeters (28–35 in) long and 5–6 centimeters (2.0–2.4 in) wide, though it can reach heights above 2 m (6 ft) in optimal conditions.
Benefits: One of the characteristics of a snake plant is that it can produce oxygen in the absence of sunlight. This plant is able to purify the air in the house even at night. It also helps to eliminate benzene, formaldehyde, trichloro ethyl present in the air.
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3. Rubber Plant
Ficus Elastica is the actual name of Rubber Plant.
Descriptions: It has broad shiny oval leaves 10–35 centimetres (3.9–13.8 in) long and 5–15 centimetres (2.0–5.9 in) broad; leaf size is largest on young plants (occasionally to 45 centimetres or 18 inches long), much smaller on old trees (typically 10 centimetres or 3.9 inches long).
Benefits: This plant can survive and grow properly in very low light indoors. Rubber Plant helps to remove formaldehyde from the air. And helps prevent toxic gases indoors.
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Other plants that purify indoor air (according to NASA) are listed below:
- Areca Palm
- Money Plant
- Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
- Chinese Evergreens
- Aloe Vera
- Broad lady palm
- Red-edged Dracaena or Dragon Tree
- Weeping fig
The indoor plants mentioned above are very important to prevent indoor air pollution. These trees are also very easy to care for and you do not need to give much time to take care of those. If you don’t already have any of these plants in your home, go and bring some from your nearest nursery for the betterment of your own health as well as your family.
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