Clean Your Air with McArdle's Houseplants

The Benefits of Bringing Plants Into Your Home:

Hello again, friends!  We're entering the seasons where we typically spend more time indoors and hopefully you took your leafy friends inside before the first frost!  Regardless of the weather, house plants will always refresh and renew us because a little green in the house improves air quality, health, memory, and concentration! Studies indicate that patients recovering from surgery with plants in the room experience less stress and fewer physiological symptoms. Moreover, students who study near plants experience better concentration and memory than others. Click here to read a great article about the benefits of keeping houseplants in your home. Today, we're going to focus on the house plants air purifying abilities. So, buckle in... we're going to get a little scientific, and then we'll move on to the plants.

 

Fig leaves work hard to remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air

The Science Behind Air Purifying Plants:

I may have been a humble English Literature student, but these numbers come from NASA, so you don't have to take my word for it! Approximately 70% of our bodies' detoxification processes occur through respiration, breathing. About 20% occurs through perspiration, and around 10% occurs to usage of the lavatory. That means that the quality of our air vitally important for our bodies' ability to renew themselves and stay in good health. It might surprise you to know that you'd find formaldehyde, benzene (which is present in pesticides and plastics), ammonia, and more in our air. Each plant species has a different air purifying effect, which is to say that each kind of plant removes different chemicals. Of course, all plants produce oxygen as well in addition to their filtering properties. For the complete flow-chart of NASA's findings, click here.

 

Which Plants at McArdle's Are the Best Air Purifiers?

You might be asking yourself the question above, and I'll tell you! Let's start with the one that everyone knows. Over to the right you'll see Sansevieria, AKA snake plant or mother in law's tongue. These beauties are the holy grail of indestructible house plants. Please, don't take that as a challenge, and try to kill your snake plants. That's not very nice at all. Provide them with moderate to bright light, and water as their soil approaches dryness, and they'll last for years. All the while, they will also clean tricholorethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and xyelene out of your air. You can shop our snake plants by clicking hereThanks to their hardiness, these plants are great for darker, north facing rooms, or more urban spaces with very little direct light. Every office should have a snake plant, really.

 

Next up is another hardy houseplant, Spathiphyllum or Peace Lily. These guys can also handle lower light, but they're slightly more thirsty than snake plants. They're also uncommon in terms of low light plants because they have a blossom. They produce delicate white spadixes with a long stamen in the center floating above the foliage. What's more, they grab tricholorethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and ammonia out of our air as they produce oxygen. You can shop our lovely peace lilies by clicking here. Fun fact, it used to be trendy to float a peace lily in a glass vase with a beta fish below. Personally, we prefer a sleek neutral pot to the fish situation.

 

What's Growing in the Greenhouse & Plant Care:

Unfortunately, we don't have this next product available "click-to-buy" on the website, but English Ivy is a great air purifier, and such a graceful, delicate plant too. These vines extract tricholorethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, and xyelene from the air. Vines can easily grow to over five feet long and you could certainly leave that foliage cascading, or train it up on a trellis to create a living screen. You'll also find Spider Plants, Pothos, Dracena and more in our greenhouse. So, stop by and see what we have to offer. Your lungs will thank you!

All of our plants come with care instructions, but we're always happy to help and offer guidance in the event that a plant seems unhappy. We also guarantee the life of our green plants for four weeks, so if they fail you, we will replace them. In the meantime, if you have questions about any of this, call 203-661-5600 or write to us at [email protected] We'll be happy to hear from you. Thank you for reading, everyone, and happy greening!

 

by Justin Lievano whose personal plant collection is ever growing

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