11 More Air-Purifying Plants For Your Home Or Office (Part 2)
- Written by Alicia Drewnicki
- November 11, 2019
- 5 min read
Our first post about 10 Air-Purifying Plants for the Home and Office went down so well, that we thought we’d follow up with 11 more plants with air-purifying properties to add to your collection. We hope this inspires you to add more nature to your inside spaces.
1) Kimberly Queen Fern
In A Nutshell: Similar to a Boston Fern, however rather than growing outwards, this one is more compact and neatly grows upwards with sword-shaped fronts. It’s also less prone to shedding than a Boston Fern.
What It Helps With: It helps filter out xylene and formaldehyde.
Top Tips: It needs regular watering, will thrive if given fertiliser every three months, and likes warmer conditions than Boston Fern (partial sunlight preferred).
2) Chinese Evergreen
In A Nutshell: A great low maintenance plant that’s perfect for low to medium light conditions, and can live for 10 years if treated well.
What It Helps With: Chinese Evergreen is great for filtering formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
Top Tips: An ideal desk plant – it doesn’t need direct sunlight, and prefers dimly lit, humid conditions. Remember to mist the leaves, and keep away from pets and children.
3) Bamboo Palm
In A Nutshell: A beautiful addition to give a sense of exotic flair to the home with large wide-spreading leaves.
What It Helps With: These gentle giants filter formaldehyde and benzene from the air, and also have the added benefit of keeping the air moist (great for colder months of the year when heating is on).
Top Tips: The bamboo palm loves filtered sunshine, and needs misting frequently, as well as fertiliser each month. If it’s kept far away from the window during winter months, it might start to grow spindly, so try to keep it as close to the light as possible.
4) Weeping Fig
In A Nutshell: An easy to care for plant that lives for a long time if treated well.
What It Helps With: Weeping figs are great at removing airborne toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde. You can sometimes find these toxins in stain removing products, and cleaning fluids.
Top Tips: Avoid direct sunlight – weeping figs are fussy and only like indirect light, and minimal draughts. Similarly, they don’t like change, so when you’ve found a spot it likes, keep it there, otherwise it might drop its leaves when moved. Water it with tepid water when the soil is dry.
5) Flamingo Lily
In A Nutshell: This is the perfect plant to give your living space a boost of colour as its packed with red flowers.
What It Helps With: A powerful detoxifier – flamingo lily removes airborne ammonia, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde.
Top Tips: This isn’t a great plant for plant beginners as it can be tricky to look after. The plant prefers high humidity rooms and moist soil. Keep away from pets and children as it’s poisonous.
6) Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)
In A Nutshell: Don’t be fooled by the name, as this plant actually has angel-like qualities. With abundant speckled leaves, it makes a great trailing plant for a fireplace or desk.
What It Helps With: This wonder plant is an incredible air purifier, and fights off formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and benzene too.
Top Tips: A great plant for plant newbies – it’s hardy and has been described as a plant that’s harder to kill than keep alive. Only water when the top two inches of soil are dry, and keep it in indirect sunlight.
In A Nutshell: An easy-care plant with heart-shaped leaves. It can be trained to grow along a trellis or post. The name comes from the combination of the Greek word for “love” (philo), and “tree” (dendron).
What It Helps With: A great pick for getting rid of formaldehyde.
Top Tips: Give this plant indirect sunlight and water regularly to keep it happy. Too much sunlight leads to yellowing leaves, and too little leads to leggy stems with smaller leaves, so monitor the plant to keep it growing well. Also, keep the leaves free of dust by giving them a gentle wipe with a damp cloth, and regular misting.
8) Aloe Vera
In A Nutshell: This easy to look after fluid-filled green wonder is known for its anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial healing properties.
What It Helps With: As well as being used for wound-healing, its great for removing formaldehyde.
Top Tips: Do not let it stand in water, it needs to be drained properly otherwise it can rot.
9) Cornstalk Dracaena
In A Nutshell: A tall and narrow plant with yellow and green leaves that’s also known as a “Janet Craig” and is good for plant beginners. Treat it well and it’ll grow up to 7 foot tall!
What It Helps With: This is a great plant for removing trichloroethylene.
Top Tips: Keep your plant in indirect/shaded areas, mist the leaves, and reduce watering during winter time.
10) Areca/Golden Cane Palm
In A Nutshell: A stunning plant with large foliage.
What It Helps With: This is a great choice for removing formaldehyde and also keeping your air moist during dry periods.
Top Tips: Give your plant bright indirect light, and re-pot every two to three years.
11) Rubber Plant
In A Nutshell: This hardy plant has smooth dark leaves, and is perfect for shady corners of the house.
What It Helps With: Rubber plants are particularly good at removing formaldehyde from the air.
Top Tips: Rubber plants are ideal for darker corners of the house. They prefer cool temperatures and dim lighting. Remember to wipe down dust off its leaves to keep them shiny.
Good luck with kitting out your home or office with new plants. As always, remember to look up the plants before you purchase them as some can be poisonous to pets and children. We’d love to see what plants you have in your home, so please share a photo with us on social.