Clear the Air with Plants

Get a breath of fresh air without having to leave your home by placing air-cleansing plants around your house!  Indoor projects, such as painting, installing carpets or even simply cleaning, unfortunately often release toxins into the air in your home.  Three of the biggest offenders found in most homes include formaldehyde , benzene and trichloroethylene.

Luckily, nature has a way of cleaning up after us!!  The following plants are known to have air cleansing properties.  Displaying any of the these plants will not only bring a natural touch of beauty into your home, but will also lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment!

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy filters all three of the big offenders listed above!  An excellent climber, English Ivy is best potted with a stake that allows the vine to climb, or in a hanging basket that allows the vines to grow over the sides.  This plant thrives in small spaces with little sunlight, and it is very easy to care for!  Simply water as needed to keep the soil consistently moist!

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English Ivy

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are one of the best plants when it comes to air filtration!  In addition to removing formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, this air purifier also combats toluene, xylene and ammonia!  A low light location is ideal for this plant and weekly watering will keep it in tip-top shape!  Be careful not to overwater your peace lily – this is the most common mistake made with regard to its care.  Your plant will let you know when it is thirsty as the leaves will begin to look droopy.  Give it a little drink and it will perk right back up!

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

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Debunking the Poinsettia Myth

Good news for Poinsettia-lovers;   your favorite holiday plants are not toxic!

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The Society of American Florists teamed up with researchers at Ohio State University to complete scientific studies on the toxicity of poinsettias on both people and pets.  The results indicated that there were absolutely no reasons to worry about the effects of these plants on the health of your children or pets!  The POISINDEX Information Service, the primary resource for most poison control centers, states that a child would have to ingest 500-600 poinsettia leaves to exceed the experimental dosage that revealed no toxicity on test animals.

However with that said, poinsettias, like most other ornamental plants, are not intended for consumption.

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Enjoy your holiday poinsettias!!