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Clean air from your house and office plants

You may remember that a while ago, NASA - yes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration! - did a fairly in depth survey looking for the plants that are of most use in outer space to create oxygen and naturally cleanse the air. We reported on some of the most interesting findings in our blog here so that your garden office can remain a clean, airy space with good quality fresh air!

As well as the primary plants we mentioned, such as English Lily, Peace Lily and the Spider Plant, there are a number of others that are deserving of a mention as very effective 'air scrubbers'. While all plants will take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen, there are some plants that have an incredible ability to remove quite serious toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia and even household mould spores.

Variegated Snake Plant

While this has the far more amusing name of 'Mother-in-Law's Tongue', it's one of those plants that does almost everything you'd wish. Benzene, formaldehyde and xylene are all neutralised from the atmosphere and the plant stands tall with broad, deep green leaves that help to promote a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Dracaena marginata

This house plant should make a popular choice, as it is similar in appearance to a palm or spider plant, but has similar properties to Mother-in-Law's Tongue. Their attraction lies in the fact they're hardy and drought-resistant and are relatively easy to care for. They need quite bright light and warmer conditions, so suit windows at the front of offices while they cleanse the air of benzene and trichloroethylene.

Florist's chrysanthemum

Potentially the most pretty and good-looking of the plants on the list, the chrysanthemum morifolium comes in many different colours and can comfortably sit on a window ledge and brighten up a home office! This has some of the widest ranging abilities in air purification, removing benzene, ammonia, trichloroethylene but it requires a little more care, as it should be watered every couple of days and fertilised each month to make sure it remains strong and healthy.

Many plants have the ability to perform well in terms of NASA's air cleaning, including various palms, such as the Areca Palm, Bamboo Palm and Broadleaf Lady Palm or a number of lily plants, ivies and ferns. The most efficient have been covered on the Garden Spaces blog, but if you want to cleanse the air in your garden office, beware that many of the plants on the list are toxic to household pets such as dogs or cats. If your family pet is regular visitor to your work station, make sure the plants are out of reach.

The benefits of brightening up your office with some living greenery don't just stop at clean air and prettying up your window sills, but natural tones of green and the flowering plants also help to promote a calm, relaxed atmosphere, which can actually make your more productive!

Date: 05/11/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges