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Purifying Plants; Love Is In The Air

The day we can all blame St Valentine for is closing in. The pressure is mounting and even though I like to think I adopt a more “damn the man” attitude towards this particular holiday, a gift must be chosen (ah, can’t you just hear the manipulative marketing cogs working). But in a world full of cheesy hallmark slogans telling us that we complete each other, slapping a red heart on it and sealing it with a sloppy kiss, it can be hard to find a present that isn’t destined to embarrass you both while compromising your dignity at the same time (unless you go with underwear). So… I called NASA, and they suggested one of these pretties.

To ensure the air stays clear and in a bid to give a Valentines gift, that’s not a Valentines gift but is really, consider one of these plants.

Peace Lily

 Shade and weekly watering are all the Peace Lily needs to survive and produce flowers. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOC’s. Under the bathroom window is a great place for it as it will grow faster there than anywhere else in the house while purifying the stinky air.

Spider Plant

A beautiful houseplant with long grassy leaves; Niamh loves Spider plants, she propagates and nurses them, her home is so full of them you’d think they were endangered. And they sure look pretty. Easy to grow and the bigger it gets, the more toxins it will extract. Water and feed regularly but these plants are fighters so they’ll take a lot of abuse. This plant is super-duper at sucking crap out of the air. For best effects, keep in the kitchen or near the fireplace.

Lady Palm

This Lady is by no means as timid as her name suggests for the Lady Palm is a tough, sturdy indoor plant, immune to insect attacks whilst removing most air pollutants. Much like myself, she prefers partial sun all day and shade in the winter. Never over-water, that’s this multitaskers only weakness. Put this lady in a corner, she likes it.

Devils Ivy

Trust the Devil to be great at removing nasties and toxins, it will readily climb, given the support and is also happy in a hanging basket. Water and feed regularly from March to September, then just water when the pot becomes almost dry. Over-watering will kill it! Hang anywhere that has even a little light.

You might also like; Going to pot, ingenious ways to Diy your own planters.

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