How Can Plants Clean Our Air?

How Can Plants Clean Our Air?

So we all know that plants are good for the environment, right? But did you know they can also help purify air in indoor spaces? That is correct, plants are pretty much air filters that you can place in any room.

air plant sitting on white background

Ready for a cool fact? I did not know this until very recently, the ROOTS of plants absorb pollutants like mold and dust, and even chemicals that might be in the air!

Lady looking surprised, like her mind was just blown

Mind blowing right? It is time to start letting plants clean the air around you! And when I say clean, I mean, remove particles from and replace with pure, clean oxygen. Plants do this by photosynthesis. They take energy from the sunlight to convert carbon dioxide, which we exhale as we breathe, into glucose and then oxygen. The glucose is used by the plant to grow and thrive, while the oxygen is released back into the atmosphere for us to breathe in.

If you're looking to improve your indoor environment by adding a little greenery, here are 3 tips for picking out the perfect plants to get started!

1. Start small. You don't have to go all-out at first, especially if you're just starting out with plants! I would recommend plants such as spider plants, snake plants, peace lilies, and pothos for their exceptional air-purifying qualities, and low maintenance care.

Snake plant on table, in front of window. Pothos hanging on the side.

2. Take into account the plant's size and maintenance requirements. It's important to consider the space you have available for plants and the level of care your schedule will allow you to provide. For example, if you have limited space or are not able to provide a lot of care, I might suggest smaller and low-maintenance plants such as spider plants or ZZ plants. On the other hand, if you have ample space and are willing to provide more care, I might recommend larger plants like the fiddle leaf fig.

top of fiddle leaf fig tree

3. Be mindful of the light requirements of the plant, and the light in your home. If you live somewhere with lots of natural light, look for succulents or cacti, which will thrive under bright light. If you live somewhere with not a lot of natural light, opt out for some shade loving plants like ZZs, snake plants, and ferns.

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