Plants are often used in interior design to add texture and colour to an indoor space, but there are also many benefits to bringing a bit of green inside.
Indoor plants are shown to boost your mood, ease tension and lower stress, creating a more relaxed and productive environment – something we all need as we spend more time at home. Working with plants can also be therapeutic, creating a sense of purpose while given something to care for and nourish. And perhaps their most natural benefit, indoor plants absorb Carbon Dioxide, keep oxygen flowing and purify the air by removing toxins.
We connected with the team at Foli to see what plants are best to bring indoors for fresh air, cleaning qualities and ease of care. Here is what they suggested:
An easy-going plant that in the right conditions can trail to over 10-feet long. Perfect for a tall bookcase, shelf or anywhere that gets some natural light throughout the day. The philodendron has been shown to filter our formaldehyde.
Devil’s Ivy or Pothos
The pothos originates from French Polynesia, where it trails from tall trees and the forest floor. It is similar in appearance to the philodendron with flowing vines and vibrant greens. The pothos is a nearly kill-proof plant that will flourish in most indoor conditions – even those low-light areas of the home. The Pothos has been shown to filter benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
New plant owners rejoice! The spider plant is perfect for anyone who doesn’t know what to do when it comes to plant care. These guys thrive in indirect sunlight and temperature fluctuations. As they grow, the spider plant produces oxygen while absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene.
Snake Plant/Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
With its colourful upright leaves and ability to survive in almost any condition and with little attention, the Snake Plant is one of the easiest plants to care for and one of the most air-purifying. The plant absorbs carbon monoxide, produces oxygen and filters out other toxins from the air like benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.
Not only is Aloe Vera handy with healing wounds and soothing sunburns due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is also a great air purifier. These plants prefer warm, well-lit rooms and are known to remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
Often found outside climbing walls and the side of houses, English Ivy is also a great plant to bring indoors for their eye-catching vines and purifying abilities. According to a NASA report on indoor air pollution, English Ivy is the number one indoor plant for air-purification, reducing air moulds, absorbing carbon monoxide, and removing formaldehyde and benzene.
Plants make the perfect gift for a friend, coworker or as a gift to yourself! Visit www.foli.ca to find the perfect plants for your space!