All Posts   Posted:   February 25, 2016

Did you know that the air inside your house may be more polluted than the air outside? Because of things like cleaning products, poor ventilation, personal care products, and some building materials, the air you’re breathing in your home could be more harmful than you know.

In the late '80s, scientists from NASA teamed up with the horticulturalists from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America to study the use of indoor houseplants as air purifiers for space facilities. Their findings revealed that there are several houseplants that filter out common volatile organic compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and more. You may not be taking a trip to space any time soon, but the plants used to purify the air for the astronauts can do the same for you in your home. And, as an added bonus, they are all easy to care for!

Breathe easy with these six air purifying plants that you can find at any Dennis’ 7 Dees nursery location:

Peace Lily Spathiphyllum 

The Peace Lily is a wonderful, low-maintenance indoor plant. With broad, glossy dark green leaves and white flowers, bright indirect light and weekly watering are all that is needed to keep this plant thriving. This beautiful plant topped NASA’s list for removing several toxins commonly found in homes.

 

Pothos Epipremnum Aureum

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, this eye-catching plant is known for its ease and its flexibility as well as its air purifying qualities. In NASA’s study, the Pothos was one of the best all-around performers, removing 73% of benzene in a 24-hour period and 9.2% of trichloroethylene, a toxin commonly found in adhesives, spot removers, and rug-cleaning fluids.

 

Snake plant Sansevieria Trifasciata

A great pick for tight spots, the Snake Plant needs very little water and tolerates low light. Removing at least 107 known air pollutants while producing copious amounts of oxygen throughout the night makes this an excellent plant to keep in your bedroom.

 

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonem

With silver and green variegated leaves, the Chinese Evergreen looks lovely in any setting. Only moderate to bright indirect light and moderate water are needed for this easy-to-care-for plant that helps filter out a variety of air pollutants. And for those who love a little color against the green you can enjoy beautiful blooms and even red berries from the Chinese Evergreen.

 

ZZ Plant Zamioculcas Zamiifolia 

Complete with deep green and glossy foliage, the ZZ plant asks only to be kept out of direct sun and watered sparingly. Yet another easy to care for plant on our list with a high resistance to insects and diseases. In addition, the ZZ plant is another highly capable air purifying plant. The perfect indoor plant; low light, very little care, and purified air!

 

Spider plant Chlorophytum Comosum 

One of the most common house plants, spider plants are decorative and easy to grow as they are able to perform photosynthesis under minimal lighting. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. Just one of these formidable plants is able to effectively filter a room of 200 square feet. Put a few throughout your home and you’ll be breathing easy.

Your home and your health will greatly benefit from adding any one of these indoor plants or a combination of plants to your décor. You can find all of these varieties and more at Dennis’ 7 Dees by visiting one of our garden centers in Portland, Cedar Hills, Lake Oswego and Seaside.

Did you know that the air inside your house may be more polluted than the air outside? Because of things like cleaning products, poor ventilation, personal care products, and some building materials, the air you’re breathing in your home could be more harmful than you know.

In the late '80s, scientists from NASA teamed up with the horticulturalists from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America to study the use of indoor houseplants as air purifiers for space facilities. Their findings revealed that there are several houseplants that filter out common volatile organic compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and more. You may not be taking a trip to space any time soon, but the plants used to purify the air for the astronauts can do the same for you in your home. And, as an added bonus, they are all easy to care for!

Breathe easy with these six air purifying plants that you can find at any Dennis’ 7 Dees nursery location:

Peace Lily Spathiphyllum 

The Peace Lily is a wonderful, low-maintenance indoor plant. With broad, glossy dark green leaves and white flowers, bright indirect light and weekly watering are all that is needed to keep this plant thriving. This beautiful plant topped NASA’s list for removing several toxins commonly found in homes.

 

Pothos Epipremnum Aureum

Also known as Devil’s Ivy, this eye-catching plant is known for its ease and its flexibility as well as its air purifying qualities. In NASA’s study, the Pothos was one of the best all-around performers, removing 73% of benzene in a 24-hour period and 9.2% of trichloroethylene, a toxin commonly found in adhesives, spot removers, and rug-cleaning fluids.

 

Snake plant Sansevieria Trifasciata

A great pick for tight spots, the Snake Plant needs very little water and tolerates low light. Removing at least 107 known air pollutants while producing copious amounts of oxygen throughout the night makes this an excellent plant to keep in your bedroom.

 

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonem

With silver and green variegated leaves, the Chinese Evergreen looks lovely in any setting. Only moderate to bright indirect light and moderate water are needed for this easy-to-care-for plant that helps filter out a variety of air pollutants. And for those who love a little color against the green you can enjoy beautiful blooms and even red berries from the Chinese Evergreen.

 

ZZ Plant Zamioculcas Zamiifolia 

Complete with deep green and glossy foliage, the ZZ plant asks only to be kept out of direct sun and watered sparingly. Yet another easy to care for plant on our list with a high resistance to insects and diseases. In addition, the ZZ plant is another highly capable air purifying plant. The perfect indoor plant; low light, very little care, and purified air!

 

Spider plant Chlorophytum Comosum 

One of the most common house plants, spider plants are decorative and easy to grow as they are able to perform photosynthesis under minimal lighting. Spider plants are effective at fighting pollutants including benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. Just one of these formidable plants is able to effectively filter a room of 200 square feet. Put a few throughout your home and you’ll be breathing easy.

Your home and your health will greatly benefit from adding any one of these indoor plants or a combination of plants to your décor. You can find all of these varieties and more at Dennis’ 7 Dees by visiting one of our garden centers in Portland, Cedar Hills, Lake Oswego and Seaside.