Wednesday, June 26, 2013

indoor plants

With the temperatures going up outside I find myself keeping the doors closed at all times at our house. As much as I love letting in a breeze it has been much to hot and humid here to do that without breaking a sweat. The problem with no fresh air is that when we leave our doors closed our indoor air can become more polluted than the air outdoors. One of the worst things about poor indoor air quality is it can affect our allergies.

There are lots of great ways to keep your indoor air clean but my favorite way is plants. About 25 years ago NASA even released a study of 15 plants that can be used as air purifiers. These 15 plants filter out common volatile air compounds (VOC's). These plants include common types like spider plant, philodendron and snake plants which are very easy to care for too. Once I started filling my house with plants it became an addiction. They warm up any room and now I know they are helping our health. 

I have found our plants at lots of different places. Some I rooted from other plants (spider plants are very easy to propagate) but my favorite way to get house plants is finding ones on sale at a nursery  Some house plants can be a little more expensive so I like to find ones that are looking a little rough and ask for a discount. I take them home, trim them up and within weeks they are looking healthy again. I typically can get them as much as 50% off this way!  


  1. I don't know if Katniss comes in your house but snake plants are apparently poisonous to cats. I was thinking of getting one for my house and then read that and decided not to since I have 3 indoor cats. Just something to think about. xo, Kayleigh

    1. Didn't know that!! I don't think it is where she could reach it but with cats you never know... Thanks for the heads up!

    2. Your welcome! She most likely won't want to go near it, but it always helps to be cautious. My cats occasionally mess with some of my plants, but rarely, usually only to rub their face on it.

    3. I've seen mine eat my aloe plant but that's about it! Hopefully no harm there :)

  2. Where did you get that beautiful woven pot?

  3. When you decorate interior spaces with houseplants,you're not simply including greenery.These living organisms cooperate with your body, mind and home in ways that upgrade the quality of life.Plants expel toxins from air –up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like clockwork,as per NASA research.A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester,England,found that students exhibit 70 percent more noteworthy attentiveness when they're taught in rooms containing plants.In the same study, attendance was additionally higher for lectures given in classrooms with plant.
    @Kathy Brooks.