A Breath of Fresh Air for Your Home
Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:35 PM
So often a new customer will walk into the Sturtz and Copeland greenhouses and exclaim how good it smells and how wonderful it feels in the garden center. With all the green plants at Sturtz producing oxygen and cleaning the air, it's no wonder that you would feel better in that environment. After NASA found that houseplants could mitigate stagnat air in space facilities, the American Society of Horticulture went on to do further studies of plants as air purifiers and found positive results. Ozone, the main component or air pollution is a highly reactive, colorless gas formed when oxygen reacts with other chemicals. The Horticulture Society found that several common house plants could indeed reduce ozone concentrations in simulated indoor house environments. By using the energy of sunlight in a process called photosynthesis, all plants convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbohydrates. Some filter the air better than others, but all of them will make your living spaces better as they give off oxygen during the process of photosynthesis.
Snake plant or Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' is one of the best plants for filtering out formaldehyde which is common in cleaning products and fabrics, toilet paper and tissues. Snake plant, commonly referred to as "Mother-in-laws tongue" is so easy to grow. It will tolerate very low light, and doesn't seem to get upset if you forget to water it occasionally.
Aloe vera is a popular sun loving succulent that helps filter out formaldehyde and benzene which are often found in chemical based cleaning products and paint. In addition, the gel from inside the aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.
Chlorophytum comosum comes in green or variegated shades. Flowers are white and occur along long branching stems that hang down from the mother plant. Tiny plantlets or pups form at the tips of these inflorescences. Where the plants grow naturally, the pups will eventually droop and touch the soil, rooting down to form new plants. You can help start new spider plants by anchoring the pups to additional pots filled with a soil mix. After they have rooted, simply cut them loose from the mother plant. Chlorophytum is also referred to as "spider" or "airplane" plant and it will battle benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
Scindapsus aures or golden pothos is a fast growing variegated vine that will tolerate low light. It is one of the easiest house plants to grow and will cascade beautifully from a hanging basket. It's another plant that will help reduce any formaldehyde in the house or office.
Dracaenas are great for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from lacquers, varnishes, paints and gasoline. Dracaena Warneckii is a beautiful green and white variegated species and Dracaena Marginata has a beautiful red edge.
Chinese evergreens, Aglaonema are easy to care for and battle pollutants. In Asia they have been grown as "luck bringing" plants for centuries. They will tolerate low light but don't like cold temperatures or cold drafts.
Peace lily or Spathiphyllum is one of the few low light plants that will bloom continuously in a house or office. It's dark green leaves and beautiful white blossoms will help get rid of formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and exlene.
Ficus are beautiful indoor trees for your living spaces. They battle the pollutants that come with furniture and carpeting. One of our favorite ficus plants is the Ficus benjamina or weeping fig with it's glossy, graceful leaves making it an elegant indoor tree. Weeping fig leaves are oval and elliptical and can grow to four inches long. Sometimes growers will plant several weeping figs together and braid the trunks for ornamental interest. If you have the space, Ficus lyrata or fiddleleaf fig is the perfect large specimen plant. The fiddleleaf has very large, heavily veined, violin shaped leaves that grow in an upright fashion. Ficus elastica or rubber plant is one of the easiest ficus to grow and comes in variegated, burgundy or solid green varieties.
English ivy or Hedera helix will reduce airborne fecal matter. It will cascade beautifully in a hanging basket.
We have a full crew of indoor plant specialists that can help you pick out the right plant for your home or office. Trevor, Connie, Sharon, Patty and Heide will all be happy to give you the correct watering and light requirements. They can find the perfect pot that goes with your decor and they can repot it for you right then and there. If you can't get it into your car or up your stairs, then they can deliver it just for you.
If you're feeling down or blue or just tired of the traffic, stop lights and road rage, stop by for a bit of our sweet smelling, fresh air and humidity. A walk through the greenhouse is guaranteed to make you smile.