Growing plants is one of the best ways to keep the environment clean and green. Plants release oxygen into the atmosphere & absorb carbon dioxide. They provide habitat for humans and wildlife. Plants also act as natural air conditioning. Both indoor & outdoor environments can be improved by growing more and more plants.
World Environment Day is observed on 5th June each year. The purpose of observing this day is to raise awareness among people to protect nature & pay attention to environmental issues affecting our planet. Let’s take a look at plants that you can gift to your loved ones this Environment Day or bring to your home for an extra dose of greenery & freshness.
Peace Lily is a beautiful evergreen plant, which has amazing air-cleaning capabilities. It helps remove air-borne volatile organic compounds, including benzene, formaldehyde, and ammonia. Peace Lily is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in the shade & at low temperatures.
Snake plant is an ideal bedroom plant as it continues to produce oxygen at night. It purifies the air by absorbing toxins through leaves & helps in removing pollutants like toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde. Snake plants grow easily in low light.
The Spider plant has offsets or spiderettes that look like tiny spiders dangling from silk threads. That’s how it got the name, Spider plant. It is one of NASA’s top avir-purifier plants that removes pollutants like ammonia, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
The large leaves of a rubber plant can absorb airborne chemicals and break them down to make them harmless. It also provides defense against bacteria & mold spores by killing them when they are airborne. The balance of water & light is crucial to take care of the rubber plant.
Syngonium thrives as long as you keep it in bright light. It is an excellent air-purifier that removes VOC’s from the atmosphere, like benzene & formaldehyde. The Syngonium plant also reduces airborne microbes and helps increase the level of humidity.
Aloe Vera is a succulent that need not be watered very often & thrives in dry conditions. It releases plenty of oxygen at night that purifies the air & helps people sleep better at night. It is effective in removing two harmful chemicals- benzene & formaldehyde.
Golden Pothos or Devil’s Ivy is an ideal plant for the bedroom. It thrives well in low, indirect light. Golden Pothos improves the quality of air by removing harmful toxins like formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene.
Song of India
Song of India is a low-maintenance houseplant that doesn’t need much water or care. It is included on NASA’s list of top-purifying plants that remove VOC’s like toluene, xylene & formaldehyde from the air. Song of India plant is a slow-growing species that thrive both indoors and outdoors.