Spring is here...I think! Mother nature seems to be a little cranky with the ugly start we've had to spring, but she'll come around. One of the best parts of being a florist is that I get to dive into the dirt and work with so many different plants. I LOVE creating our beautiful dish gardens and playing in the dirt. It is simply good for the soul! I work with these plants every day...potting them, watering them, feeding them, talking to them (YES, I talk to them! It's better than talking to myself...right?) Anyways, they become like old friends and I almost hate to see them go out the door to a new home. When they leave, I can only hope that their forever home is full of love. House plants are not only beautiful, but they aid in the removal of pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and carbon monoxide that can linger in your home. Here are a few of the best air purifiers for your home:
English Ivy: English ivy is a classically elegant choice that is also excellent for removing harmful chemicals found in the home. It can grow in full shade to full sun, can be trained into shapes, and with proper care, it is likely to survive for several years.
Mother-In-Law's Tongue: A hardy succulent, mother-in-law's tongue is a great houseplant for beginners and can survive in some of the toughest conditions, including a wide variety of temperatures and light conditions. However, be careful not to overwater (or to not water at all).
Peace Lily: Known for its ability to fight against toxic gases such as formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, peace lilies are relatively easy to care for and even show signs of drooping when they need to be watered. They can be mildly toxic to pets and humans, so it's important to wash your hands after touching the plant.
Spider Plant: This easy to care for houseplant thrives in bright, indirect light and works hard to remove the air of harmful pollutants like formaldehyde and benzene.
Dragon Tree (Dracaena):
The dragon tree is a low-maintenance houseplant with striped narrow leaves. It can grow up to 10-15 feet in height with care and time. Be careful not to over-water, as this is the quickest way to kill your plant.
Dragon trees love moderate to bright indirect sunlight. You’ll know if your plant is getting too much light if brown spots appear on the leaves.
Dracaena filter out benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene out of your environment. They are toxic to pets.
Kimberly Queen Fern: Kimberly Queen Fern is a non-toxic fern that filters formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene out of your environment.
The fern doesn’t shed and leave a mess, so it’s a great indoor plant. It loves bright indirect sunlight. The fronds will turn a
pale green when your plant is thirsty.
This is just a short list, as there are so many great plants! Since it is finally spring, pull out the bag of dirt, repot your house plants and may you remember your joy while playing in the dirt and soothing your soul!