Many houseplants are being used for indoor air purification, but succulent plants like CAL Farms Beautiful Assorted Variety Succulents remain to be the favorite among those who like surrounding themselves with greenery when they rest and work. Because indoor air is more stagnant, it is two to fives times more polluted than outdoor air. There are many contributing factors to the low quality of indoor air, including air fresheners, detergents, and chemical-based cleaners.
If you want to boost the health of your indoor air, here are four succulent plants that you can put in your homes and offices.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera removes benzene and formaldehyde from the air. It is known to be a medicinal plant and has been proven in a 1998 NASA study to be a great air-purifying house plant. The Aloe Vera grow in various shades of green, some have white spots or variegation. They are great indoor plants and they can easily be propagated.
Aloe Vera should use cactus soil by mixing equal parts coarse and sand cactus potting soil. Rotate the pot every few days, so that the plant will receive light on every side. When the soil is completely dried out, you can water it. During winter, you can stop watering.
2. Corn Plant
Corn Plant removes formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air. There are four popular varieties of the Dracaena Fragrans: the Corn Plant, Massangeana, Lindenii, and Victoria. The Massangeana variety is the most popular, but all of the varieties have great air purifying qualities. Indoors, the plant can grow between five and eight feet, and spreads over two to three feet wide.
The Corn Plant needs low and indirect light, making them the perfect houseplant if you don’t even have the time to water or put them under sunlight. It is drought-tolerant, but you cannot ignore it completely. Do not overwater, too. Use distilled water once a week and if the top one inch of the soil is dry, it is time to water again.
3. Janet Craig
The Janet Craig can remove formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene from the air. You can place it in almost any location and it requires very minimal care.
Make sure that the pot you will use for this plant has drainage holes in the bottom. It thrives under low light, though bright light is also acceptable as long as it’s not direct. These plants like to be kept dry, though their leaves may turn brown if it’s too much. Give them a little mist every day and they will be fine.
4. Red-Edged Dracaena
Also called the Dragon Tree, the Red-Edged Dracaena can free the air from formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, benzene, xylene, and toluene. There are dozens of varieties, though the Red-Edged Dracaena is unique with its reddish-purple along the edges of the leaves.
Use well-drained organic fertile soil and put this succulent under moderate light. If there are multiple plants, put them three feet apart. They are drought-tolerant plants, but they do well under moderate watering. Water once or twice a week and keep the soil evenly moist.