After reading an article on The Guardian website about toxins that we breath in on a daily basis, I started to research natural ways I could purify the air in my home. This then led me to bring as much greenery into my house as possible as it is the average house plant that neutralise toxins best – better than any shop bought method in fact.
My track record with house plants thus far has been a few shop bought mint plants for cooking, cut fresh flowers (Aldi have the best selection!) and one cacti that lived under a dome glass for a few years unwatered. With my small experience at the allotment I figured it wouldn’t be that hard to tend to two plants if they can filter such toxins as formaldehyde, benzene and ammonia.
It comes as a big surprise to both me and the two plants that they have not only survived the cold months in my care but have now grown another! I know it was to be expected with the spider plant but I didn’t believe it was going to happen as the edges had become slightly brown and dry.
I am quite happy at this new tiny spider and the mini achievement of propagating in my bathroom. My next goal is to grow as many as possible and gift them to friends as they really have made a difference to my home (as well as the air!)
There is more information about air filtering plants written by NASA in the 1980’s that lovethegarden.com website published last year that I found really useful. They also have a great article on Squirrels I highly recommend too!
Do you have any home growing tips or techniques? Please do share in a comment below.