Student’s Corner

Benefits of Indoor Plants and Some Recommendations

With fall in full swing and winter slowly creeping upon us, it may seem daunting to go outside and tend to your garden. Not to worry, indoor plants are easy to care for and last year round. 

During the past few months, I’ve been slowly learning about indoor plants and even trying to raise a few myself. Having indoor plants offers many benefits including reducing stress and increasing productivity. In fact, studies have shown that indoor plants can improve concentration and productivity by up to 15%, making them an ideal addition to your work space. Additionally, extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove 87% of air toxin in 24 hours.

I recommend researching indoor plants to learn more about the necessary care, their availability, and possible benefits. For more tips on how to care for plants during the winter: read this post. Here are a few plants that I researched and have in my home.

Bromeliads

This plant can absorb more than 90% of benzene which you can find in glue, paint, furniture wax and detergent. This pollutant is also prevalent near gas stations, hazardous waste sites or industrial facilities. 

Snake Plant

This popular decorative plant removes benzene and formaldehyde in the air and produces the greatest amount of oxygen at night.

 

Spider Plant 

Chlorophytum comosum, a kind of spider plant, can absorb more than 90% of o-Xylene, found in fuels, and p-Xylene, found in plastic and rubber products. This plant can also absorb 90% of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, ingredients of cigarette smoke.

Dracaena 

Also known as dragon tree, this plant can absorb more than 90% of acetone, a chemical commonly found in nail polish remover or household cleaners. 

Written by Emily Su, Class of 2022.

Photo Credits: https://www.thespruce.com/spider-plants-chlorophytum-definition-1902773

https://www.thespruce.com/snake-plant-care-overview-1902772

https://www.thespruce.com/snake-plant-care-overview-1902772

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/bromeliad/growing-bromeliad-plants.htm

https://www.thespruce.com/grow-dracaena-marginata-indoors-1902749

 

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