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Top 10 Houseplants For Air Quality, Aesthetics and Easy Care

  • by Andrew Levy
  • 2 min read

We have curated the ultimate Top 10 Houseplants to help you simplify the process of choosing Easy to Care for plants which will improve the Air Quality in your Home whilst continuing to keep it Aesthetically pleasing.

There are some nasty compounds in our homes emitted from cleaning products, varnish and various inorganic materials, such as Benzene (b), Formaldehyde (f), Trichloroethylene (t), Xylene & Toluene (x) and Ammonia (a) The plants we have chosen help clean the air removing these toxins. (NASA Study)

We've also added some handy care tips!

1. Snake Plant

Snake Plant Where: Bedroom

Why: Releases Oxygen at night and very easy to care for.

Helps remove: b,f,t,x,a

Choose: variegated Sansevieria Trifasciata Laurentii.

Care: Water sparingly and allow the soil to dry out between watering 

 

 

2. Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Where: Bedroom

Why: Releases Oxygen at night and easy to grow new plants from the offshoots-the plant that keeps on giving!

Helps remove: f,x, & carbon monoxide

Choose: Chlorophytum Vittatum

Care: Water when the leaves go pale

 

  

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe VeraWhere: Bedroom

Why: Releases Oxygen at night and you can use the leaf sap for sun burn and skin health

Helps remove: b,f, 

Choose: The one you like the look of! (Aloe Vera is the scientific name too!)

Care: Keep in sunlight and water sparingly

 

 

4. Peace Lily

Peace Lily

Where: Living Room

Why: One of the best houseplants for removing a wide range of nasties and it looks great.

Helps remove: b,f,t,x,a - amazing! 

Choose: Spathiphyllum Vivaldi

Care: Keep moist and away from direct sunlight.

 

 

5. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Where: Living Room

Why: One of the best houseplants for removing a wide range of nasties and there are several varieties to choose from to match your colour scheme

Helps remove: b,f,t,x,a - amazing! 

Choose: Chrysanthemum Morifolium

Care: Avoid high heat and water regularly

 

 

6. Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy

Where: Living Room

Why: Will bloom in winter and all year -One of the best houseplants for removing air-bourne nasties and very colourful

Helps remove: b,f,t

Choose: Gerbera Jamesonii

Care: Bright light and water regularly

 

 

7. English Ivy

English Ivy

Where: Entrance hall and rooms where temperatures stay modest

Why: A great hanging plant that is very effective at cleaning toxins

Helps remove: b,f,t,x

Choose: Hedera Helix

Care: Can be kept in lower light conditions

 

 

8. Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Where: Living Room

Why: It can grow to 8 feet and is very effective at removing toxins- a living sculpture that is easy to look after

Helps remove: b,f,t,x

Choose: Dracaena Marginata

Care: Bright light with shade (indirect sunlight) and keep it moist

 

 

9. Parlour Palm

Parlour palm

Where: Kitchen / Bathroom

Why: It looks exotic and is amazing at cleaning the air.

Helps remove: b,f,t,x,a- amazing!

Choose: Chamaedorea Elegans

Care: Lower light and humidity with moist soil



 

10. Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig

Where: Kitchen / Bathroom  

Why: These ficus can be huge and tree like so sculpturally amazing, plus they release oxygen at night.

Helps remove: f,x

Choose: Ficus Benjamina

Care: They need consistent bright light and high humidity 

 

 

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