I don't know about you guys, but I struggle keeping plants alive. Due to poor watering skills and lack of sunlight in my apartments, nothing seems to live longer than a few weeks. So, in this apartment I decided to try out indoor plants. Not only do they need less sunlight, but hopefully they are also less high maintenance. So far, so good! Can't say the same about some of my herbs, but thats for another day. Not only do I love adding greenery into my home, but they can also help purify the air. With the apartment right off two fairly busy roads, I find it reassuring that they are maybe keeping the air around me a little less polluted.
I just bought this beauty and can't wait to hang it outside on the porch for the warmer months. Technically not currently an indoor plant, this will act as a humidifier in the colder months so I am excited to find a good place for it inside my apartment once it gets cooler. It also purifies the air, specifically removing formaldehyde, and who doesn't love a Boston Fern??
The weeping fig is one of my new favorites. It's delicate leaves add an airiness to the upstairs loft that desperately needed some greenery. I may have taken a risk getting such a sensitive plant. Apparently it doesn't like to be moved and has been know to lose all its leaves if unhappy with its new home. Fortunately I haven't killed it yet! This plant is great for removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
Devil's Ivy is one of my newer additions. It loves to be up high in order to let the ivy extend down. Mine is fairly new so it hasn't gotten long enough to hang over the mantel, but I will try to be patient. It doesn't like direct sunlight (win), but it does prefer medium indirect light. Not sure if it will get enough sun where I currently have it, but we shall see. This plant is very efficient at removing pollutants like benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene and formaldehyde. Note - this plant is poisonous for pets so do keep it out of reach if you have nibblers living with you.
This poor thing I hesitated showing you, but I can't admit defeat so I am hoping it will return to its more glorious days. I believe it is an Areca palm, which can become much larger than this tiny thing. However, my cats LOVE chewing its leaves, hence the brown dead ends you see. I have found a spot that they can't really get to (yet) so hopefully it recovers. This plant (if I identified it correctly) is one of the best houseplants for removing toxins from the air. It removes benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and more! It can also be a good air humidifier. I might try to repot it into a large pot so it hopefully starts to grow a bit. This plant is not poisonous for pets, but if you have cats you might have the same problem as me with them munching it to pieces (sigh).
My Monstera Deliciosa is struggling a bit. I haven't found a good consistent spot for it so I keep transferring it around the apartment during the day where it might get the best sunlight. I also was overwatering it at first, which didn't make it happy. Might be a good time to add that it has been knocked over a few times and broken up a few cat fights. Notice a theme here with indoor plants and cats? I didn't say this would be easy! This plant is also good at converting CO2 into carbon, and although not as powerful at purifying the air, as say snake plants, it does remove formaldehyde. I also love the large leaves. It brings in a little bit of jungle into your home.
This is my beloved snake plant. It has almost died a few times, but keeps coming back to me. I think I overwatered it for a time period, but have learned my lesson to let it be! I would like to see this grow a bit more. I envy the images of apartments with those large, glorious snake plants. I have a feeling they take a long time to grow that large. Supposedly this plant will convert CO2 into oxygen at night, so it is recommended to be placed in a bedroom for optimal sleeping. Coincidentally that is where I have mine. It also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.
Final Note - although these plants beauty would be enough for me to have throughout my apartment (green makes us happy!), the bonus of them removing toxins from the air is a win for me. They do require upkeep and may cause us frustration with our lack of understanding (oh, is that just me?), but overall I don't know an easier way to brighten up an aparmtnent.