Why We All Should Have Indoor Plants

As we are busy planting our outdoor gardens, take a moment to read about the importance of keeping the inside flourished as well. As many people already know, pollutants can be found both indoor and outdoor. Interestingly enough, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that there are more indoor pollutants affecting health than outdoor. Indoor pollutants may include: gases such as radon and carbon monoxide, household products, mold, pesticides, pollen, tobacco and materials used in building and furniture. How can indoor plants help? Plants help reduce carbon dioxide levels in the air, and they release oxygen. If you keep 2 to 4 medium sized plants for every 100 square feet, you can eliminate a whopping 87 percent of air toxins in about 24 hours. Here is a list of 5 easy to care for plants that can help eliminate indoor toxins in your home. Chinese Evergreen – The Chinese evergreen has striped leaves and is easy to care for. It requires a light spots in the house, but avoid direct afternoon sunlight and overwatering it. Dracaena – Dracaena can have tree-like woody stems and can grow 5 to 6 feet tall. You can keep them in medium to brightly lit areas. They require weekly waterings. Peace Lily – The peace lily is the top pick of NASA’s list of plants that remove some of the most common pollutants. It has broad green leaves and blooms beautiful white flowers. It needs regular watering, and medium to high light areas of your house. Philodendron – Several species of this houseplant can grow tall on trellis or from a hanging planter. This plant requires watering when the soil is dry, but will die from overwatering. It also requires medium to high light areas to thrive. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas) – The ZZ plant is suitable for beginners because it can grow in any light area, and can still flourish with infrequent waterings. Indoor pollutants are nothing to mess with. They can cause “sick building syndrome”, which includes the following symptoms: fogginess, a lack of concentration and tiredness. If you already have asthma or allergies, polluted indoor air can also cause coughing, wheezing, headaches or dizziness.

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