Delhi/NCR has been actively trying to combat pollution with the Odd-Even scheme set to make a comeback in the coming months. Besides, car-free days across the city, and car-pooling are other initiatives to curb pollution. The recent Noida Flower Show also pitched in to do its bit, choosing to focus on air-purifying plants this year.
Yes, plants that purify! No kidding here. In fact, these plants are recommended by no less than NASA that had discovered several houseplants which can filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and keep indoor air clean.
So here it is, as we bring you a list of 5 indoor plants that will not only pep up your home but also make its air quality better.
1. Aloe vera: Known for its medicinal uses for centuries, this easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent plant helps clear pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a by-product of several chemical-based cleaners and paints.
2. Snake plant: Also (hilariously) known as mother-in-law's tongue, this sharp-leafed plant thrives in low light. At night it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen (contrary to most plants that do the opposite). Pot a couple and put them in your bedroom for a slight oxygen boost while you sleep. The plant is good for filtering out formaldehyde, a common ingredient in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal-care products. Put one in your bathroom — it’ll thrive in low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.
3. Areca palm: One of the most common indoor plants, the areca palm doesn’t tolerate neglect too well. The soil needs to be kept moist for it to thrive. The plant, however, can survive on little sunlight. According to the NASA study, this plant filters out formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
4. Golden pothos: This fast-growing vine is usually seen hanging in a cascade of green from baskets. You can pot it with a support, plant it in a hanging basket or train it to climb a trellis. It is quite an addition to your home, with its dark green leaves and golden streaks. The plant needs bright, indirect light and is great at fighting pollutants such as formaldehyde, usually found in car exhaust fumes. Heads up: Golden pothos is a poisonous plant and should be kept away from small children and pets. It's not called the devil's ivy for nothing.
5. Spider plant: Commonly used to remove harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene from air, the "spider" is characterised by its tiny white flowers and rich foliage. Requiring low-maintenance and easy to grow, it thrives in cool to average home temperatures and prefers dry soil. Bright indirect sunlight keeps it growing best.
- with inputs from Arun Pratap Singh