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Enhance Your Indoor Air Quality Through Houseplants ¦ Longacres

An increasing number of studies conducted over the past few years reveal that some houseplants remove harmful airborne contaminants. These plants can purify indoor air, which, according to authorities, is more polluted than what is circulating outdoors. A study conducted by NASA scientists found that houseplants may help create breathable atmospheres during space explorations. Trials have shown that plants like the South African Gerbera Daisy, Gerbera Jamesonii and Hybrids are effective in removing chemical vapours; these plants prefer to be kept in rooms that have longer periods of direct sunlight. To maintain a healthy indoor environment, try and place these houseplants in strategic locations, keeping aesthetics in mind. Experiment with them and aim for it to be visually pleasing. In order to keep the plants healthy don’t forget to check how much water it needs, to avoid under or over watering. Strategic Locations It is important to keep your houseplant in the right environment, making sure it has the right amount of sun; some need to avoid long periods of direct sunlight as they might not be able to survive. The Golden Pothos, or Epipremnum Aureum, features heart-shaped leaves and splashes of gold and cream; this plant is good for large offices as it can survive in shady locations and has a good rate of chemical removal. Another good choice would be Genus Dracaena which likes dimly-lit areas and cool temperatures. Aesthetically Appealing Originally from Madagascar, Dypsis Lutescens (Areca Palm) is one of the best plants for removing indoor pollutants. It is also one of the most attractive houseplants. An easy to keep plant, it requires little watering and minimum maintenance to treat a few pest and disease problems. Low Maintenance Buying houseplants that require low maintenance to help reduce your carbon footprint. A Bamboo Palm or Chamaedorea Seifrizii is amongst those with the highest transpiration rates and requires low maintenance. Data shows that it can help remove benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air. If you’re not into palms, the White Phalaenopsis Orchid is a good alternative. Just keep in mind to water generously during spring and summer, and very sparingly in winter. Chances are that all sorts of chemicals were used in the building of your home or office, all of which may be causing fatigue, headache and itchy eyes. To reduce health risks at home, install houseplants and garden plants. Longacres offers an impressive selection of houseplants, perennials, climbers, and bulbs. We provide easy access to sustainable living through high quality gardening supplies. Browse through our website and contact us for more information.