Benefits of houseplants
High indoors levels of C0₂ and low relative humidity can promote human health issues such as skin irritation, skin dryness, sneezing, tight chest, shortness of breath and reduced concentration levels (Gubb et al 2018). Additionally The Royal Horticulture Society mentions houseplants can help to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) indoors (Royal Horticulture 2019). VOCs are gases which can cause various human health issues, and are emitted from solids or liquids such as paint, printers, air fresheners, disinfectants and furnishings (Environmental Protection Agency, n.d).
- Improved relative humidity & air quality
- Elevated VOCs
According to Gubb and colleagues (2018) the Hedera Helix and Spathiphyllum wallisii can influence humidity and have the highest C0₂ removal within an indoor setting when compared to other plants. The Royal Horticulture Society also suggest the Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii), Snake plant and Boston Fern to purify indoor air quality.
By simply introducing a few house plants into your interior space, the C0₂ and humidity can be improved. 🌱
Top 4 interior plants
1 . Sansvieria zeylanica (Snake plant) 2 . Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern) 3. Hedera helix (English ivy)
Recommended space: Bedroom, ideally bright Recommended space: Bright, indirect light Recommended space: Indirect light, hardy
Hardiness: Tender, indoors only Hardiness: Tender, indoors only Hardiness: Fully hardy
4. Spathiphyllum wallisii (Peace lily)
Recommended space: Bright but shady spot
Hardiness: Tender, indoors only
1. Hanging basket 2 . Floor standing 3. Wall-mounted
4. Potted and placed on a surface
The Royal Horticulture society's tips on how to care for your Peace lily
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