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Indoor house plants

 

Clean out those toxins and breathe new life into your living space! Indoor plants are a great way to freshen up a room, helping make the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases it's even good for you! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants, which can include filtering toxins from the air, increasing your sense of wellbeing and when in an office environement a study has shown that they can even improve your productivty. 

And it's not exactly rocket science, even though NASA did get involved. As part of a clean air study, NASA put together a list of air filtering houseplants in 1989, partly with an aim to send them out of this world and use them to help clean the air on space stations. Thankfully this research can also help the grounded among us, as they can also be used to clean the air in our homes, help neutralise the effects of sick building syndrome, take in carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and absorb toxic agents like formaldehyde; benzene; xylene and toluene; ammonia; and trichloroethylene.

 

 

Sansevieria

Growing Instructions

Also known as Snake plant or, the somewhat old fashioned name, Mother in Law's Tongue. This succulent is easy to grow, requires little water, can be grown in a wide array of conditions, and generally looks amazing. For best results place in bright indirect light (though they will tolerate some sun) and allow to dry out between waterings. 

Helps absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, and trichloroethylene from the air inside your house.

Tips - Don't overwater! Most problems with snake plants comes from people caring (watering) too much.

 

Ivy (Hedera species)

Growing Instructions

This easy care houseplant looks great in a hanging basket or in a pot. Make sure you prune tips if they start getting too long or if they try to climb up a wall.  Prefers bright indirect light. If a varigated variety starts to turn green try to find a brighter spot. Keep soil evenly moist. Will require more water during the warmer months.

Helps absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, and trichloroethylene from the air inside your house.

Tips - When repotting use Kings Potting MixFeed every 4-6 weeks with Kings Fast Food Fertiliser.

 

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Growing Instructions

Very easy care houseplant, provided it is kept out of direct sunlight as the leaves burn easily. Prefers bright indirect light. Can cope with shadier conditions but won't flower as well.

Helps absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, trichloroethylene, and ammonia from the air inside your house.

Tips - Keep soil evenly moist. Will require more water during the warmer months. While it's best to keep the soil moist at all times if it dries out and the plant begins to wilt dunk the root ball (pot and all) in a bucket of water until the bubbles finish.

When repotting use Kings Potting Mix. Feed every 4-6 weeks with Kings Fast Food Fertiliser.

 

Anthurium

Growing Instructions

Very easy care houseplant that looks stunning in a wide array of situations. Prefers bright indirect light. Can cope with shadier conditions but won't flower as well.

Helps absorb formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, and ammonia from the air inside your house.

Tips - they like their roots constrained so avoid potting into pots much larger than the one they are currently in. Place so that it doesn't experience cold drafts. Keep soil evenly moist. 

 

Weeping Fig (Ficus Benjamina)

Growing Instructions

INcredible stylish and fairly easy care houseplant that comes in an array of sizes. Prefers bright light, and will benefit from a few hours of direct light in the morning.

Helps absorb xylene and toluene, and formaldehyde from the air inside your house.

 

Boston Fern

 

Growing Instructions

Fairly easy care houseplant. Doesn't like major and abrupt changes in air temperature. Avoid using oil based sprays on the leaves when dealing with pests or cleaning.

Helps absorb xylene and toluene, and formaldehyde from the air inside your house.

 

Dracaena

Growing Instructions

Very easy care houseplant. Can cope with a reasonable amount of neglect and tends to recover quite quickly when shown attention.

Helps absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene, and trichloroethylene from the air inside your house.

 

Rubber Plant Ficus Robusta

 

Growing Instructions

Fairly easy care houseplant and produces large, stunning dark leaves. Best kept in a spot with bright, indirect light. Avoid placing in a position that is likely to experience cold drafts.

Helps absorb formaldehyde from the air inside your house.