Indoor Plants

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

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.