Indoor Plants

Bringing plants indoors allows you to connect with nature and still be indoors.

Americans on average spend 90% of their time indoors. Studies have shown that indoor pollutants can be up to one hundred times higher than pollutants found outdoors (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).Items such as furniture, flooring, paints, adhesives and insulation emit harmful chemicals into the air causing poor Indoor Environmental Quality which is the leading culprit to many diseases. The indoor plants absorb many of these pollutants and in return purify the air.

Common Benefits to Air Quality

High transpiration
High removal rating of common pollutants found indoors:

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Benzene
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Xylene

Listed below is an assortment of plants displayed at the Green Building Resource Center.

Chamaedorea [Bamboo Palm]

Tall columnar habit with feathery textured leaf

Benefits to Air Quality:
High transpiration
High rate of removal of benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde

Culture:
Moist soil. Medium to high medium light. Fertilize 4 times a year.Examine often for spider mites.

 

 

Dracaena Deremensis Janet Craig [Janet Craig Dracaena]

Durable dark green leaves in tall cane or bush form

Benefits to Air Quality:
High transpiration
High rate of removal of trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene

Culture:
Slightly moist soil. Medium to high medium light. 
Fertilize 4 times a year.

 

 

 

Sansevieria trifasciata [Snake plant]

Short plant with hardy, thick leaves growing upward in a clean line

Benefits to Air Quality:
Releases O2 into the air and removes CO2 from air.

Culture:
Allow to dry between watering.Medium to high light.
Fertilize 4 times per year.

 

 

Spathiphyllum [Peace Lily]

Lust low growing bush with attractive white flowers in the summer.

Benefits to Air Quality:
High transpiration
High rate of removal of alcohol, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene, and formaldehyde

Culture:
Very moist soil. Medium to low light. Fertilize lightly once a month March through September.

 

Dracaena deremensis Warneckei [Warneckei]

Stiff lighter green leaf with white stripe in tall cane or bush form

Benefits to Air Quality:
High transpiration
Medium rate of removal of benzene

Culture:
Slightly moist soil.Low medium to low light. Fertilize 4 times per year.

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