Sue and I were talking yesterday about if we can do more to make our home healthier. You know, even more then putting high efficiency filters in our furnace that we already do. Specifically, what can we do to remove normal, everyday toxins in the house? As you can see, we have such interesting conversations. 🙂 This led us to indoor plants. Now, I always thought plants were just for aesthetic purposes (or to hide an easter egg in), unless they bear fruit or vegetable. Sue disagreed, saying they help filter the air. Long story short, she was correct. Let’s not harp on that too long, shall we?
To my shock, there are some really powerful house plants that clean the air. You can bet a paycheck that we’ll have these in our home without much delay. Prior to Ryan’s injury we had a wide assortment. Being away from home for so long meant the death of all but one (African Violet).
I’m sure this blog has some readers who have a green thumb. Others might have the plants we’re looking for and would be willing to provide “starters” from them, if that’s even possible. My limited knowledge on plants is some produce offshoots or can grow roots if put in water/sand/soil. I hope some of the ones we’re looking for are able to do this.
Here’s a comprehensive list of plants we’re interested in:
- Areca palm (a.k.a. Butterfly Palm, Yellow Palm, Golden Cane Palm, Madagascar palm and Areca Lutescens).
- Reed palm (a.k.a. Bamboo Palm)
- Dwarf date palm (a.k.a. Pygmy Date Palm or Miniature Date Palm)
- Boston fern (a.k.a. Sword Fern or Fluffy Ruffles Fern)
- Janet Craig dracaena
- English ivy
- Australian sword fern
- Peace Lily
- Rubber plant
- Weeping fig (a.k.a. Benjamin’s Fig)
- Spider plant
- Snake plant
Well, there you have it. You might want to consider picking up a few of these plants for your own health, if you don’t already have them!