The Best Houseplants for Filtering Indoor Air

House plants change carbon dioxide into oxygen, but the absorb many pollutants, like formaldehyde and benzene.  This makes them a great candidate for filtering the air in homes and offices.  Chemicals are released into the air, from many everyday items, with a process known as off-gassing.  Plants are a great, natural way to clean the air around you. Placing a plant to cover every 100 square feet has been known to remove up to 87% of the common toxic pollutants.
 
Gerbera Daisies and Chrysanthemums also known a Mums are very effective at removing benzene which is a known carcinogen. They love sunshine and are very happy in well-drained soil. They come in many colors and you can choose the colors according to the colors of your interior.
 
Golden Pothos is a beautifully green ivy with large leaves.   To keep this plant thriving, water it regularly but reduce watering in cold weather. If you are starting to see leaves drop it is a good sign that you may be over watering it. Most people over water, it is the number 1 killer of house plants. To grow new shoots, pinch the growing tips.
 
English Ivy is grows in pots very well, especially with another houseplant. The Ivy fills the base of the pot which is very visually appealing as no potting soil will show.  You can also grow it in a small pot by itself.
 
Dracaena is house plant that will grow very big, making them ideal floor plants.  Don’t use direct sunlight for the Dracaena, in front of an east window works well.
Philodendrons are one of the best house plants that remove formaldehyde in the air.  These plants can actually remove high concentrations of the chemical. There are quite a few varieties, but the Heart Leaf and the Lace Leaf varieties are probably the best for air purification. These plants have large leaves which are very effective for purifying the air in large rooms.  They also look great in the corner of the room.
Spider Plants grow very well in bright but indirect light.  Put it near a window and it will do great.  They like water when they are in their heavy growing period. Not too much water though.  Check to see if they need water by pressing gently into the soil about an inch, if your finger is wet, you will want to hold off on watering.

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