Air Cleaning Plants – Philodendron

Philodendrons are one of the easiest types of houseplants to grow. They can grow in very low light conditions and are not disturbed by neglect. If you treat them right, though, your Philodendrons will flourish for many years to come. They will also benefit your family by removing formaldehyde in high concentrations from the air of your home, according to N.A.S.A. They are native to the Tropics of the Americas and the West Indies. Philodendrons live in swamps, on rocks, or along rivers. They grow long vines with heart-shaped, green leaves. Their flowers are rare, but large and white like a lily. Temperature Philodendrons require a frost free environment. If you can provide this, they can grow in the shade outside. They thrive best in 60F-70F, but watch both night...

Air Cleaning Plants – Broadleaf Lady Palm

Broadleaf Lady Palms have been found to clean toxins from the air of your home. The main four it takes in are carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia. Grow a few in your house and you will stay healthier. Lady Palms come from China and are some of the easiest palms to grow. They attract many kinds of tropical butterflies and can make a home to nesting birds if planted outside. Rhapis excelsa has been cultivated in Europe as far back as 1774, in America in the 1850’s. They were first grown by Japanese upper class 500 years ago. Two versions of Rhapis excelsa exist. There is a miniature version that are cultivated by Japanese specialists. The most common, however, is a large palm with broad palm fronds, grown from either seeds or division. Growing...

Air Cleaning Plants – Peace Lily

The Peace Lily, a.k.a. White Flag or Spathiphyllum, is one of the most popular plants to grow indoors. If people only knew that it filters out 5 very dangerous toxins from the air, it would be the most popular of all. The toxins include benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia. Light Peace Lilies grow best with strong, but indirect sunlight. About 6 to 8 feet from a window that does not allow direct sun in will do best. It is rumored that Peace Lilies can be grown under florescent light and even in a room without windows. Temperature Peace Lilies should be grown between 68F and 80F. Do not let any drafts blow on the plant. If the temperature drops to less than 45F the plant will die. Fertilizer A 20-20-20 fertilizer made for houseplants can...

Air Cleaning Plants – Rubber Tree Plant

The Rubber Tree (ficus elastica) is an evergreen, which in its native environment may grow to 100 feet. Yours will probably not grow more than 10 feet tall, though you can keep it pruned to fit your room. It removes formaldehyde from the air, so treat it right and it will treat you right. The sap used to be harvested in the 20th century to produce rubber. While the plants do live hundreds of years and the sappling is too immature for 7 years to be harvested, the Rubber Tree gives over 30 years of useful production for manufacturing rubber. Light Rubber Trees do not require much light, but they flourish when there is bright, indirect light. Many people put their Rubber Trees near a window where the light is filtered through a pair of sheer curtains. Less light,...

Coco Coir for Growing Plants

Coco coir is made from the outside of the husk of the coconut. The way it is ground up and the variety of coconut used, make for the many brands found on the market. You can find coco peat too, which holds eight times its own weight in water and is made from coco coir. The nutrients in the water can then be released slowly without further watering. This is due chiefly to a higher than usual cation exchange capacity and a pH of 5.7 – 6.5. Coco peat is an environmentally friendly alternative to peat moss mining in environmentally sensitive swamps. It performs better than traditional peat and is 100% biodegradable. Plants grown with coco coir develop larger roots, blooms, and stems and coco peat does not become compacted like ordinary soil. Coco coir provides better...

Air Cleaning Plants – Spider Plant

All plants naturally produce Oxygen from CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), but some houseplants also absorb benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and trichloroethylene. Plants with more surface area filter toxins from the air faster. If the plant takes in the toxins before they get in your nose and lungs asthma and allergies can be reduced. Spider Plants Clean Air Polutants The Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) takes the styrene, carbon monoxide, benzene, nicotine, and formaldehyde out of any 200 square foot space. Once the Spider Plant is established it is easy to maintain this natural air cleaner with little care. We can thank South Africa for the gift of the Spider Plant, a native to that country. Display Spider Plants can be plain green, green with white edges, or...

Grow English Ivy in Your Living Room

The image of a lush green plant overtaking a red brick wall, particularly of a centuries old cottage, is enough to motivate any gardener to start a fresh English ivy plant in their home. English ivy is a fantastic climber, using its tiny roots to grab any surface. It can be used to engulf anything you desire. Growing You can grow English ivy in pots or baskets as long as you have a structure for them to climb along. The supporting structure does not even have to be vertical. You can train your English ivy to grow in any direction with a little coaxing. Tie their vines to whatever structure you want them to follow and they will soon take it over, growing even up to 50 feet or longer. You must be patient, though. The first year will see very slow growth. The second...