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Purify air inside the house with plants

Purify air inside the house with plants
Anthurium

Plants give us life through providing us with oxygen, but they also do purify the air and filter it to clean up the indoor environment, absorbing irritating or harmful chemicals from the air.

There are two such plants that will help to clean up the impure air in the house. No need to spend bags of money on air purifiers. These plants can save your money and is a natural way to combat bad air in the house.

Anthurium

Red anthuriums are also called “tongues of fire” because of their bright red, shiny, heart-shaped blossoms. This plant originates from South America. Its flowers may be red, pink, or white. Anthurium is a natural filter for ammonia and xylene to purify the air. Beware, however: the plant’s sap and leaves may cause allergies in sensitive people, mentions NDTV in an article.

Anthurium needs a lot of light but it must avoid direct sunlight, and it needs dampness to develop and blossom. It should ideally be placed indoors, beside a window. They require a little attention as it cannot bear dry air, you will have to spray a little water on the leaves during the winter. Likewise, it must be reported each year in a pot with a hole in the bottom.

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Ficus microcarpa (Indian laurel or curtain fig)

Ficus microcarpa comes from Asia. It is easily identifiable thanks to its small, oval, shiny and highly decorative leaves. It is often grown as a house plant, most often as a bonsai. Sometimes referred to as “ficus ginseng” – “ginseng” is Chinese for “root” – because of its splendid ramified aerial root which gives it a contemporary look, this ficus will dress up your interiors perfectly.

This plant is both invigorating and rejuvenating, and it provides oxygen, so you can breathe easier at home. Ficus microcarpa thrives at indoor temperatures between 15 degrees C and 25 degrees C. It dislikes drafts and will shed its leaves if exposed to too drastic a change in temperature. It only requires moderate watering, especially in the summertime, and potting every other year, and it will go on for years. It likes a little dampness, but make sure not to leave standing water in the saucer.