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15 Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality


Green Lifestyle  (tags: Clean Air, Healthy Living, Green Lifestyle, Plants )

Merissa
- 3291 days ago - mnn.com
In the late '80s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities.



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday July 17, 2010, 9:58 am
Great!
 

Kristiina K (15)
Saturday July 17, 2010, 2:03 pm
Noted, thanks
 

A. Cailia W (39)
Saturday July 17, 2010, 4:35 pm
Noted. I have reviewed the Nasa list in the past. While some scientists do refute the ability of these plants to improve air quality, their ability to absorb C02 indoors is an obvious benefit! I currently grow several plants recommended in Nasa's list, including...

Spider plant,
Dragon tree (Dracaena Marginata),
Weeping fig (Ficus Benjamina),
English ivy (Hedera Helix)
Janet Craig (Dracaena Deremensis)

... along with a few different species of palms trees, a money tree plant, etc. They all grow very well indoors with bright indirect (diffused) light and some actually do very well in low light. The biggest problem most people run into is over watering, which can produce mold growth and actually have a negative effect on indoor air quality. Most of these plants do well with watering 1-2x per week, with a light misting of the leaves daily to keep humidity up around the plants, depending on conditions indoors.
 

Daniel B (9)
Sunday July 18, 2010, 12:19 am
Great article, noted.
 
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