Did you know that the indoor air quality is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air quality? Choose from these following three house plants to make the air around you cleaner while you are working on your computer. These plants are chosen based on its durability, low-maintenance and taking consideration of low-sunlight conditions.

Snake Plant

1. Sansevieria

One of the plants which was included in NASA’s Clean Air Study experiment. It was found to absorb indoor air pollutants: formaldehyde, benzene, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene.

Sansevieria is popularly known by names Mother-in-law’s Tongue and Snake Plant for its sharp edges and shape. This is an indoor hardy plant. Hardy plant means hard to kill.

Snake plant can tolerate irregular watering. You can water it only once a week. Sansevieria is native to arid and subtropical climates.

Sansevieria is special among other house plants in its ability to produce Oxygen at night because of C4-Photosynthesis. Sansevieria can tolerate low-light to medium-light conditions.

Sanserviera is kind of unique among house plants that its leaves produce negative ions similar to air-conditioners. Negative ions attach themselves and neutralize dust particles, mold spores, bacteria and allergens.

There are so much variegation among Sansevieria. If you are going to pick up one, make sure it doesn’t grow 3-4 feet. Sanseveria Laurentii is a good choice for office environments both for its aesthetic appeal and size.

ZZ Plant

2. ZZ-Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)

ZZ-Plant is the ultimate hardy house plant. Also known as eternity plant and evergreen plant. You will have to try very hard to kill it. The only easy way to kill a ZZ-Plant is to over-water it. It literally thrives on neglect.

The oddly named ZZ-plant can go months without watering. It should be potted with fast-drying soil. Ideally this plant should be watered once or twice a week, and even less if it’s winter or the plant is in deep shade. The leaves of ZZ-plant are glossy and the viewers may even get it mistaken it for a plastic plant.

ZZ is relatively new to households. This plants was not included in NASA’s Clean Air Study experiement because ZZ was not yet introduced at the time of experiment.

ZZ plants can go even months without watering, especially when it’s placed indoors.

3. The Golden Pothos

Also known as Devil’s Ivy or more commonly money plant. This is a great indoor plant, loves shade. Pothos is a climber.

Golden Pothos/Poison Ivy (Money Plant)
Golden Pothos/Poison Ivy (Money Plant)

Money plant is also an air purifier. It can clean benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from air.

Pothos can grow both in soil and water. The plant is very tolerant to indoor climate conditions.

Golden Pothos is very popular as a house plant in many parts of the world, thanks to its place in Feng Shui. Of the three plants, the Golden Pothos is probably the easiest indoor to find in your locality.

Caution: All three plants above are considered toxic if ingested. Take special care if you have pets or children.



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