Many broader leaf houseplants such as: philodendron, spider plants, schefflera, and snake plants are excellent for purifying the air in your home. They can remove a significant percentage of toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde in a relatively short time, especially in an enclosed space. This is a page about clean the air in your home with houseplants.
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As much of the country prepares to move indoors for the winter, air quality becomes a concern. Air purifiers are expensive to run not only due to electrical needs but also due to the cost of filters. However, there are cheaper air purifiers available. They're houseplants, and there are ways to add these beneficial friends to your home without paying florists' prices.
Plants which offer the best air purification include those broader leafy plants like philodendron, spider plants, schefflera, and snake plants. Not only are these healthy air plants but they're also low-maintenance plants with few pollens.
Take advantage of these growing properties and place the plants in a well lit area and water them regularly. They'll thank you for it by cleaning your air and regenerating themselves.
Another idea is to have a plant party. Invite several of your floral friends to coffee and cake. Have each bring a few "babies" from their plants. Spider plant babies can be wrapped in a paper towel and transported in sandwich bags to the party. Philodendrons tendrils can be cut and wrapped similarly for transplanting. Other plants like aloe plants send separate baby plants that can easily be transplanted. Think of it like a cookie exchange. Each person brings many small plants of one variety and leaves with small plants of many varieties.
thank you for the suggestion
I will try this
my track record with plants has not been the best..
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This is an excellent idea, but you should warn readers that some house plants are toxic/deadly to children and pets. Some are dieffenbachia (dumbcane) and philodendron (yes, it is!).
I know this is a problem because my cat became ill from just drinking the water in which I was growing my philodendron plant.