Houseplants have come in and out of style since the late '80s, however back firmly on trend, they are more than a shot of green, they will purify your home. Essential to NASA, who discovered houseplants filtered the air in cramped, space facilities, to clear pollutants that cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, eye, ear, and throat irritations. Absorbing nasty particulates from your home, they take in carbon dioxide, which is then processed into oxygen through photosynthesis. Not only does this space-age solution mean a room with potted green is surprisingly less polluted than outdoor spaces, they look gorgeous too.
Here's some green-inspiration and the easiest plants to raise indoors?
Our pick of easy-care houseplants that make the most impact on cleansing the air around you, and look great too.
Both phaelenonopsis and dendrobium orchids actually love to be neglected, and the reason they die, is they are often killed by kindness. Including too much water, (they only need an ice-cube amount every week), and they don't like to live in direct sunlight. Perhaps their most redeeming feature is that unlike other plants, orchids breath and give off oxygen only at night, so they’re ideal to have in the bedroom.
Pollutants they remove from the atmosphere: xylene found in glue and paint
Is the easiest houseplants to grow, they are ideal for beginners. They like indirect sunlight, and once established will send out shoots with flowers that eventually grow into new plants known as baby spiderettes.
Pollutants it removes from the atmosphere: formaldehyde and xylene.
With over 40 different kinds, there will be a dracaena that is the perfect fit for any living space. Often variegated with stripes of white, cream, or red, the only warning is, they are toxic to cats and dogs.
Pollutants it removes from the atmosphere: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
Packed with major air-cleaning abilities, they are easy to grow and will flower (a tall fragrance-free white bloom) in summer. They like a shady spot and moist soil, but hate to be overwatered.
Pollutants it removes from the atmosphere: Almost all the nasties, including acetone, ammonia, benzene, ethyl acetate, formaldehyde, methyl alcohol, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
Sansevieria or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
This is one hardy houseplant, which unless you ignore it completely, it's impossible to kill. It only needs watering every few weeks, and prefers dry conditions, and it can handle a little bit of sunshine.
Pollutants it removes from the atmosphere: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene
Ferns such as maidenhair and Boston prefer a cool spot, with high humidity and indirect sunlight - bathrooms are ideal. Easy to grow, they do like to stay moist, spritzing weekly is ideal, and if they dry out, soak them in a bucket of water once a month.
Pollutants it removes from the atmosphere: formaldehyde and xylene