Modern buildings are incredibly well structured and energy efficient. With this can come the side effect of decreased air flow. Chemicals from modern building materials, household cleaners and furnishings can all contribute to air quality issues. More than 30 years ago a NASA study discovered that houseplants can have a beneficial effect on indoor air quality.
Panoramic Properties wants to help you clear the air with these houseplants that will look great in your Sudbury apartment while working to keep you healthier. Note that some plants can be toxic to people and pets, so check this list of toxic and non-toxic plants before you purchase.
Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plants are pretty, grow quickly, and are easy to care for. There are over 200 species to choose from. All you have to do is water these non-toxic plants every two or three days and keep them in bright indirect sunlight. If you do, they will reward you by eliminating formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
When it comes to plants, Snakes and Spiders are good! Snake plants thrive in low light and humidity. They are perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms.
Aloe (Aloe vera)
Aloe vera is another easy-to-care-for plant that is good to have around the apartment. As well as removing formaldehyde and benzene (byproducts of chemical cleaners, paints, particle board and more) the gel inside the succulent helps heal cuts, burns (including sunburns) and many skin conditions.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’)
The Chinese Evergreen can produce beautiful red berries (don’t eat them) and blooms even in low light. These tropical plants like humid air. The tips will turn brown if the air is too dry. Mist the leaves occasionally. Let the soil dry out a little between waterings.
Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures)
Goldon pothos is practically indestructible. It thrives in almost any conditions. Water it about once a week, or when the soil is dry. Its tendrils can grow several feet long. They can be trimmed and the cuttings used to start new plants. Keep away from kids and pets!