Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How to Grow Fresh Air

I have a book at home right now with the above title. I've known now for a while that plants in the home can help to process the airborne toxins that we bring in. You may have heard that indoor air is most often more toxic than the air outside. One of the most volatile substances these plants removes is formaldehyde (which is the most commonly found indoor toxin). It's found in plastic products such as garbage bags, paper towels, fabrics, carpet, adhesives and more. It's very bad for us.
This book has a number of indoor plants listed and it rates them on a scale of 1-10 based on four different criteria. They are; Removal of chemical vapors, ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to insect infestation, and transpiration rate.
I'm going to list the ones that rate an 8 or higher in the removal of chemical vapors column. There is a bit of math involved. How many plants you would need for your home or office depends on the square footage. One of two probably isn't going to cut it.

Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm, Rubber Plant, Janet Craig

English Ivy, Dwarf Date Palm, Boston Fern, Peace Lily

Corn Plant, Kimberly Queen Fern, Florist's Mum

Weeping Fig, Schefflera

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