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House Plants—Not Just For Decoration

Looking for a few new house plants?

Adding a touch of nature to your home with a few strategically placed house plants may complement your design aesthetic, but plants aren’t just for decoration!

Why Add More House Plants To Your Home Or Office?

Everything from cleaning supplies, paint, furniture, and foot traffic can add harmful pollutants to the air. Indoor plants help to cleanse the air, and remove many of the toxins you might not have yet considered.

Which Indoor Plants Are The Best?

Any house plant will positively contribute to the air quality in your home or office, but some plants do a better job than others. Also, keep in mind that the larger the plant, the more purifying power it has. A few easy-to-care-for plants to consider include:

  • Dwarf date, peace, or lily palm
  • Boston or Kimberly fern
  • Spider plant
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Bamboo plants
  • Flaming lily
  • Devils or English Ivy
  • Variegated snake plant
  • Aloe

The good news is, most grocery stores and home and garden stores keep these air purifying plants in stock.

How Many Plants Should You Have?

NASA recommends approximately 1 medium sized (6 to 8-inch pot) plant per 100 square feet to adequately purify the air, but this is not an exact science. If possible have at least one plant per room, and several plants in your larger rooms—or larger potted plants in your largest rooms. With the decorative varieties of hanging and standing plant stands, this is easy to achieve.

When it comes to your work space, inquire about adding more plants to the office—or ask HR if they reimburse, or at least allow, desk or office plants. Either way, you can find a large selection of beautiful plants for $10 or less, or you can ask friend and family to snip off starts of some of the plants they have, and grow your own!

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