The best houseplants for a healthier home

We recently launched our new #HaveAHouseplant campaign to encourage people to have more houseplants at home.

Houseplants

Research has revealed there are many benefits to having them dotted about the place.

According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), indoor plants can help improve the air quality inside by trapping and capturing pollutants.

Having pot plats in the home can be very beneficial to the elderly as it gives them something to look after and focus on.

The right indoor plants could even reduce people’s susceptibility to allergies, asthma, fatigue, headaches and respiratory congestion according to the experts.

Some varieties of houseplant that National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) tests revealed as the best for removing chemical toxins are:

Weeping fig

Large arching branches and long pointed leaves. Good for beating pollutants that can be emitted from carpets or household furnishing and appliances. Needs moist soil. Allow the top layer of soil to dry before watering again. Beware as toxic to cats and dogs.

Peace lily

Tropical, evergreen plant. Best for removing Benzene (found in paint, rubber, tobacco smoke, detergent, synthetic fibers) and Trichloroethylene (found in paint, lacquer, glue, and varnish, often given off from home furniture). They absorb the pollutants from the air through their leaves, then send them to their roots, where they’re broken down by microbes in the soil. Prefers medium, indirect sunlight. Water once a week and spray the leaves during summer.

Chrysanthemum

Great for filtering out Benzene. Huge variety of colours available. Place in medium light, away from heating vents, air conditioners, and direct sun to keep blooms lasting longer. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out slightly before you water.

Gerbera

Part of the daisy family. Produces high levels of oxygen at night while removing harmful chemicals from the air. Beneficial for those suffering from sleep apnea and breathing disorders. Prefers bright sunlight in summer and indirect light in winter. Water regularly.

Parlour palm

Easy to look after. Excellent air purifying qualities. Shade tolerant. Brighter, indirect sunlight will encourage flowering. Water once the soil begins to dry out.

Don’t forget to take part in our #HaveAHouseplant campaign on social media, using the hashtag with your pictures of your houseplants.