I was a latecomer to the beauty of houseplants. If I’m honest, I still haven’t bought any for myself, but I’m less abusive of my mates who have them now. That being said, cactus plants are rubbish. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. I don’t know why, they just annoy me. I feel like they should probably be eradicated. Anyway, we’re here to look at seven good plants that can clean your air and will live forever, as long as you look after them.
The Ficus, or weeping fig is actually a native tree to the UK. While it may be used for its fruit in various areas of the world, this has become one of the most common household plants as well, keeping their tree like shape while being reduced in size. One of the common issues with the Ficus is that it can often leave its large leaves across your carpet. Anything from low temperatures, drafts, or low humidity can cause the plant supposed distress. This distress results in the loss of leaves. Beyond leaves, you may also have to keep an eye out for various pests that the Ficus can often attract. These include mealybugs, scales, and spider mites. If you look after your plant well and ensure that it’s not losing leaves, then you should have no problem with pests, but if you don’t, then it’s very possible that these pests will infest your plant. If you do find bugs, treat the plant with Neem Oil or even use it as a precaution. Ficuses are great for your home because they’re able to remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your household air.
There’s a huge amount of Dracaena out there, so instead of me giving you a recommendation, I would suggest you research the various types open to you so that you know you’re getting the best houseplant for what you need. Oddly enough, many of the types of Dracaena can actually suffer from too much light so it’s important that you keep an eye on the color of the leaves and that they’re displaying the right hue. Like many of the others ones on this list, the first sign of the plant suffering due to a change in environment is the loss of leaves, specifically the lower ones. One thing you have to keep in mind is that these plants are highly toxic when eaten by cats and dogs, which means that if you have either as a pet then Dracaena are immediately off-limits to you. If they do ingest any of the leaves, symptoms include vomiting, excess saliva, lack of appetite and depression. Hopefully you’ll never have to check if your pets are exhibiting any of these symptoms. I’d choose another plant on this list if this is a possible issue.On the bright side, they remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from your household air.
This is probably my favorite on the list so far, mainly because it is one of the most adaptable house plants out there. As opposed to the rest of the options open to you, the amount of work you’ll have to put in to keep this one alive is minimal really. If you’re new to the house plant world like myself, then this is probably the best option for you, as they’ll be able to withstand any mistakes on your part due to gardening ignorance. Essentially, if you keep this one in some light and make sure that it’s getting a standard amount of water, you’re pretty much guaranteed a plant for life. Depending on how well you look after it and how mature the plant is, you can expect to see flowering from your spider plant which will show you exactly why they’re known by that name. Their flowers are often referred to as spiderettes because they dangle from the tips of the leaves like little baby spiders, which may sound off-putting to some. Browning in spider plant leaves is considered normal. They’re able to remove formaldehyde and xylene from your household air.
As with the previous entry, this one can stand weeks of neglect and still stay looking fresh. If you’re a newcomer to plants, this is possibly one of your best choices. Due to their high level of tolerance, they have the ability to thrive in low light or water levels and remove many toxins from the air. Basically, the snake plant is considered by many to be the absolute perfect house plant. Beyond the good side, it is important to note that this plant can also easily rot, so the correct soil needs to be used. In fact, some experts suggest letting the snake plant dry out between watering as this is far better than allowing the roots to become waterlogged. There are around 70 species of snake plant for you to choose from, which means that along with being a great beginner’s choice, you’ll also have the chance to pick and choose what plant suits you best. If you’re not looking for the standard, there are others you can go for and the internet is filled with descriptions to let you know exactly what the plant will look like as an adult. They take away all the benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene from your household air.
Also referred to as the parlor palm, you may have seen this plant in the home of one of your friends. It’s been used as a house plant in the U.S. for around 30 years now. Not only is it thought of as attractive, it is fairly adaptable to different conditions, meaning that low levels of light or temperatures can be taken on by the plant without it suffering too much. It’s less work for the carer keeping it as an indoor plant. Like most palms, they’re unable to take on too much water, so it’s best to make sure that you’re allowing some time to pass between watering them. In fact, due to their preference for low-light and dryer conditions, many beginners find that they actually kill their first parlor palm as a result of too much care and attention. They do however, have a tendency towards infestation. These pests can include aphids, mealy bugs, scale, and white fly. If you believe that your plant is suffering from an infestation then the best course of action is to apply leaf toxin. These guys remove benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your home.
You’re more likely to have heard of Aloe Vera as some form of health plant that comes in the form of drinks or creams. Well, beyond it’s cooling ability and pleasant taste, Aloe Vera can also make a perfect house plant for those looking for something hardy that can keep their household toxins at bay. Beyond a tendency towards slow growth and some patience on the part of the gardener, these house plants are especially hardy and can be kept for a very long time. It can take up to 3-4 years for your Aloe Vera plant to mature, which means it’s definitely not for people who are looking for a fast grower. If you’re looking for a plant that can thrive in bright light conditions with very little concern for overheating, then the Aloe Vera is the perfect house plant for you. They’re also able to thrive in standard indoor conditions, meaning that humidity is not much of a concern when attempting to grow your own. Alongside their toxin removal abilities, you can use the liquid from the leaves on your skin for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as on various skin conditions such as eczema.They’re able to remove formaldehyde from your household air.
Of all these plants, I have to say I think this is the most beautiful. I would definitely have this one as my house plant if I could be bothered with the hassle of making sure it had the right environment that is! These plants are known for making brilliant indoor decorations at both houses and offices alike. This is due to their preference of low to medium light, rather than constant direct sunlight, which is needed by many other indoor plants. As with many others on this list, overwatering can be a big issue when it comes to this beauty, so you should be careful with how much you’re giving your peace lily. In fact, many suggest that you don’t water the lily on a schedule, but make sure that you regularly check the soil to see how damp it is and only water when the soil is dry. Beyond that, you can even wait for the plant to droop before you water it again. The wide leaves will also catch dust throughout it’s lifetime. You’ll need to make sure you’re dusting them at least once a year. They’re able to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from your household air.