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Make Your Home Healthier With These 6 NASA-Recommended Air-Purifying Plants

Posted on June 15th, 2020 05:05 PM

‘If man is to move into closed environments, on Earth or in space, he must take along nature’s life support system’- Dr B.C. Wolverton, NASA
With everything that’s going on around us, it’s safe to say good health is at the top of everyone’s priorities right now. Especially since all of us are either stuck at home or trying our best to, we should take extra care to make sure the environment indoors is safe and healthy. Plants make a great case for themselves here- and why wouldn’t they? They have multiple scientifically-backed health benefits, they teach us how to nurture life with patience, and they transform spaces with their unmatched organic beauty.
NASA had released a report on ‘Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement’ (whew, that’s a mouthful!) back in September 1989 which quantified the power of certain indoor plants in improving air quality. You can read the report here. If you aren’t savvy towards reading scientific articles, fret not- our list of the most potent air-purifying plants (along with their care instructions) is here to help you! When you are done choosing an air-purifying plant for your home, remember to head over to the House of Sasha website and select an equally attractive planter for your new leafy friend!
1. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Bright sunlight, sandy soil and some anti-fungal treatments are essential if you want to grow a Gerbera Daisy. During midday though, keep it under light shade. They are prone to root rot, so water it just enough to keep the soil moist and make sure it drains.
Gerberas are pet-friendly.
A planter like this can look great with your Gerbera Daisies!
 
2. Variegated Snake Plant (Sansevieria laurentii)
Snake plants are one of the easiest to take care of, given how they can tolerate almost every light condition and need minimal water. Make sure to not overwater the plant by letting the soil dry completely between waterings.
Snake plants can be toxic to pets.
How about you let your Snake plant flourish in a planter like this?
3. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy loves shade and an organically rich soil when planted initially. As it grows, water it enough to keep the soil moist, although when full-grown, the English Ivy is capable of sustaining even in drier soil.
English Ivy is not safe for pets.
We feel this planter will look best with an indoor ivy like this!

 
4. Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
Chrysanthemum requires direct sunlight to flower well. When kept in bright, warm locations, watering them once or twice a week is sufficient.
Pot mums are mildly toxic to dogs and poisonous for cats.
Show off your blooming chrysanthemums in this beautiful planter!
 
5. Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis miller)
Our beloved Aloe is not just capable of clarifying the air but also come in handy in a variety of situations- skincare, indigestion, first aid etc. Aloe vera plants require infrequent watering, but when you do water them, make sure the soil is deeply drenched and the water is drained out. Direct sun is best for them.
Aloe vera isn’t safe for pets.
This hand-painted planter screams Aloe vera!
6. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
The bamboo palm grows well indoors- with minimal water requirements (moist soil and clear drainage) and bright indirect light. It’s also an ultra-chic plant to show off as home decor!
Bamboo palms are safe for both cats and dogs.
May we interest you in this planter for your bamboo palm?

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