The faculties of cleaning indoor plants have been known since 1989. Bill Wolverton, a NASA engineer, was the first to study the ability of several chemical compounds to be absorbed by plants. Some fifty of the most common indoor plants were tested. His research on phyto-purification will be repeated throughout the world and in depth. They have helped to establish the concept of indoor air quality.
Today, it is proven that some building materials and cleaning products poison our lives. Literally! Adhesives, paints, laminated wood furniture, inks, household products, stoves or cigarette fumes are all pollutants. These sources are volatile chemicals that affect people’s health. Headaches, chronic fatigue, allergies…
In addition to the fact that green plants, thanks to their soothing colour, reduce stress, they humidify the air, release oxygen and absorb pollutants. So, don’t deprive yourself of these real magicians!
The pollutants are hiding everywhere!
Odourless and colourless, most pollutants, except ammonia and cigarette smoke, remain difficult to detect… Walk around your interior, they are there…
Ammonia is related to household and DIY products.
Benzene emissions come from inks, paints, plastics, detergents, cigarette fumes, DIY products or furniture.
Formaldehyde is the result of the release of chipboard, carpet glues, rock wool such as glass, furniture textiles, wallpaper, boilers and cigarette smoke.
Carbon monoxide is produced from fumes, from water heaters to gas combustion to cigarettes.
Toluene results from the presence of varnishes, glues, carpets, carpets, wood treatments, water-based products as well as soaps and lacquers.
Xylene and trichloroethylene are found in glues, varnishes, paints and degreasers.
According to NASA, anthurium is the second most important depolluting source of ammoniac. A good reason to place it in the kitchen or bathroom where there are some cleaning products that emit this pollutant.
For good care, one watering per week is enough. Make sure the soil dries well between waterings to avoid root rot and fungus.
Moderate sun exposure will suffice for the plant, avoid full exposure to the sun.
Ceropegia woodii is a fascinating plant. With its long chains of small heart-shaped leaves, the plant falls in cascade on any of your furniture. The plant can reach several meters long with moderate watering once every two weeks.Unusual and rather discreet,Ceropegia Woodii is a very easy plant to grow indoors, rarely sick and without enemies. In addition, it is prolific and can be cut easily. This succulent flowers willingly, in small pink flowers but of a very great delicacy. It’s his little plus, but you need to look closer!
Codiaeum variegatum, also known as croton, is a shrub species of the family Euphorbiaceae. Its leaves are shiny and tough. They are very variable: they can be elliptic or tapered, whose colouration can be green with contrasting red or yellow veins.
It makes the happiness of our houses and apartment thanks to its great decorative power and its unique foliage.
Croton roots fear excess water.
Make sure the pot is well pierced at the bottom.
Improve drainage by placing a bed of gravel or clay beads at the bottom of the pot to facilitate the flow of water.
The best place to install your croton is near a window that lets through the light but without too much sun
Up to 1m50 high, Begonia Maculata grows indoors. It appreciates the subdued or dim atmospheres, to avoid direct sunlight that would damage its foliage.
The addition of fertilizer for flowering plants, as well as watering twice a week during the summer season from May to October, is necessary to ensure a beautiful flowering.
Reduce watering to once every 15 days during the winter and allow the clod to dry up between waterings to avoid root rot.
Consider guarding the stems to guide their growth and spraying the leaves during hot weather to prevent drying at their ends.
Never let the bottom of the pot bathe in water, the excess of water causing the leaves to fall.
Looking for an easy-to-grow indoor plant with a strong personality? Philodendrons are ideal and come in a wide variety of shapes and colours. As they are tropical plants, a warm environment protected from drafts, so indoors, will be preferred for 10 months a year in northern climates. The philodendron Black Cardinal has large, glossy, oval leaves with a bushy port. When they open, the leaves are first wine and bronze red, then they become darker, burgundy almost black, on beautiful ebony colored stems. This slow-growing philodendron rarely blooms.
Its perforated foliage, which gives it the nickname of «swiss cheese plant» is not only decorative, it allows the plant to let light pass so that the other leaves can also enjoy it and allows the wind to pass without tearing the leaf.
In its natural environment, it is often found climbing around trees, it can measure up to ten meters long! It requires a luminous situation without direct sun (for example, near a window to the north) but also very well supports the half shade.
in spring and summer the soil must remain moist, but be careful to not overwater the plant.
Don't forget to mist the foliage once every few days to recreate the humid conditions of its natural habitat.
Sometimes with colorful flowers or only heart-shaped leaves, anthurium will need proper care to live long in your interior!
Anthurium clarinervium needs to be in a bright location but not too much. The direct sun could burn its large leaves and damage your entire plant. Favor a space close to a window it will be perfect. The ideal temperature for good plant growth is between 18 and 21°. So you can take it out in the spring but don’t hesitate to bring it in at night if it’s cooler.
Anthurium has great moisture requirements. Indeed, a dry interior can quickly make your plant wither.
Water your plant twice a week, a little glass of water at a time during summer, and every 10 days during winter.
Behind this somewhat outlandish botanical name is a plant better known as «Silver Pothos». With its silver-stained foliage, which sparkles in the light, this plant has everything to please!
Robust and easy to maintain, the Scindapsus Pictus will suit all audiences, whether you are a beginner or a green thumb! Not very demanding, it will adapt without difficulty to many interiors.
It is a fast growing plant, which is completely satisfied with moderate indirect light. It can therefore adapt without worry to all interiors.
As for watering, the less you water it, the better! Scindapsus Pictus is a plant that hates that the soil in which it lives is soggy. So, you must avoid having a heavy hand and space the waterings well.
The pothos is actually a climbing or hanging plant, depending on the support.
This shrub grows very well indoors throughout the year and can be grown from May to September as soon as the temperature allows it.
Choose a bright location, but without direct sunlight and away from heat sources such as radiators. Pothos are very easy to grow. It requires very little maintenance and is quite resistant to different diseases.
This plant requires little watering, about once every two weeks.
its tender and bright green foliage forming a large rosette, a relative ease to cultivate, the fern «bird’s nest» is definitely a pleaser!
Asplenium nidus, is a fern from the family Aspleniaceae. It is native to warm and humid regions of Asia, Australia and Africa, where it grows on tree trunks or directly in the crevices of rocks. In its natural environment, this plant is epiphytic, it owes its vernacular name of «fern bird nest» to the fact that sometimes, birds nest in the middle of the leaves.
The asplenium is a beautiful ornamental subject; its slightly wavy fronds of a beautiful glossy green, can reach more than 60 cm in length in cultivation and up to 1 meter in nature.
They form a rosette whose fibrous centre gives birth to the new foliage delicately wound.
The Asplenium nidus is a carefree plant that will be satisfied with an average light all year round without direct sun or too dense shade, which corresponds well to the majority of apartments.
This fern will have to be kept indoors in winter because its tropical origins do not allow it to tolerate a temperature below 16°. In summer, you can install it under a tree that will give it a slight shade; then consider watering it often.
called missionary plant, is an original flatsucculent that has the wind in its sails: graphic appearance, easy and multipliable cultivation at will... it has something to seduce you!
Pilea peperomioides is a plant of the family Urticaceae. This very elegant succulent plant native to China that decorates more and more our interiors in recent years. Its slightly fleshy, round leaves perched on long petioles (about 10 cm) give it a very aesthetic airy water lily feel. The flowering is rather discreet, due to its greenish color and its small size.
The direct sun seems to be able to be supported after a period of acclimatization. The leaves tend to move towards the light; remember to turn the pot from time to time to maintain a balanced plant.
The waterings are regular (twice a week) but the water should not stagnate. Fertilizer is not required, at least not regularly. If you wish, opt for a green plant or cactus fertilizer, but used in low doses.
The Philodendron Birkin, is a robust plant with variegated foliage and very easy to maintain
Philodendron means «who loves trees», indeed in nature it is a plant that climbs along the trunk of trees.
Watering: twice a week in summer, only once in winter.
Exposure: Indirect sun
With its elegant long leaves that soar in the air, sansevieria is one of the easiest plants to maintain. Robust, it adapts to all types of lighting and supports irregular watering, in addition to being a depolluting plant.
And thanks to its graphic and designed sheets, it is the perfect plant to embellish your interiors!
Sansevieria is a succulent rhizome plant native to Africa and tropical countries such as India. Sansevieria is part of the agavaceae family and owes its name to the Italian prince Raimondo di Sangro, from San Severo.
The sansevieria is a plant that grows slowly. Depending on its variety, it can measure between 30 and 150 cm.
You can water the plant once a month, even if exposed to direct sun.
it's a green indoor plant with very graphic foliage. It needs some heat and moisture and requires proper care.
Calathea is a plant native to South America. It thrives in warm, humid climates; in our latitudes, it is cultivated as an indoor plant. The growth of the calathea is slow: it produces only 2 to 3 new leaves every year... but what leaves!
this plant requires little maintenance; its main requirement is sufficient moisture. In summer, water copiously twice a week with non-calcareous water; the substrate should not dry out (without letting water stagnate in the saucer or pot cover).
The haworthias are real jewels in various shapes and colors. Easy to grow, these greasy plants that are found in all gardening shops will do wonders once showcased in pretty potees.
The haworthias are not high since they rarely exceed the 10 cm of height, some species however produce many rejects that allow the plant to spread over a beautiful width.
The Haworthias appreciate the light but do not tolerate the direct and burning sun
One or two waterings a week will be enough in summer. Then water only if your greenhouse or apartment is very heated and allow the mixture to dry out between two waterings.
Tillandsia xerographica is an unusual plant that grows without soil. Its grey-blue foliage gives it a very interesting aesthetic side. Although Tillandsia xerographica is an unusual plant, it is easy to maintain and can live for several years indoors or outdoors, if climate conditions permit.
It is said that it is an epiphytic plant (living on another plant without parasitizing it, the latter serving only as support) just like orchids.
Watering : once per week, spray the foliage with some lukewarm water.