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Some plants have the reputation of being depolluting. Various studies show that the air inside our homes is sometimes more polluted than the outside air. Here is a selection of 10 plants that will help you eliminate the various elements that pollute your home and put your health at risk.

10 depolluting plants for your interior

10 depolluting plants for your interior

1 - Chlorophytum or spider or phalangeal plant

Easy to grow, chlorophytum comes in the form tufts of long leaves soft lanceolate. These leaves are a pretty green with white stripes.
In its natural environment, South Africa, it is accustomed to the alternation of dry and rainy seasons. Cultivated in pot, it kept this rusticity. This is why it is ideal for the distracted gardener who forgets the watering. He accepts the shadow.
Chlorophytum depollutes benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, toluene and xylene.

2 - The croton

With its big varnished and colored leaves, the croton is very decorative. Native to the equatorial forests of Asia and the Pacific Islands, he loves warmth and humidity. He is also demanding in light.
Under good growing conditions, it can reach 1.50 m high.
Be careful if you have to handle it. Like all representatives of the Euphorbiaceae family, its stems and leaves contain an irritating latex.
Croton cleans up formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

3 - The spathiphyllum or moon flower

It is characterized by its large leaves of a beautiful bright green. Throughout the year, it gives very original flowers, a single white spathe surrounding an erect spadix.
Very undemanding, he likes the shade as bright light and survival even the omissions of watering. But if you recreate the conditions of his native Colombian forest, he will live for many years.
Spathiphyllum removes benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, toluene and xylene and trichlorethylene.

4 - The pothos

A beautiful aerial plant with foliage variegated with green and white. You can either let its long, and even very long stems fall back to guide them to a wall.
Native to the forests of Southeast Asia and China, it is not very demanding in light but appreciates heat (between 18 and 25°). It is very easy to cultivate. If you find it too invasive, do not hesitate to shorten its stems by half in the spring.
Pothos removes benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and toluene.

5 - The schefflera or octopus tree

On its native lands, Asia and Australia, the schefflera can reach 30 m in height. Cultivated in pots, it easily reaches 1.5 to 2 m. Its compound green leaves develop at the end of small petioles themselves connected to the main stem. If you want to expand it, you will have to blow it, that is, cut the stems to ramify.
It needs brightness but do not place it directly in the sun. Regular fertilization is essential.
Schefflera depollutes benzene, carbon monoxide and xylene.

6 - The fern of Boston or nephrolepsis

Like many ferns, it blooms in the shade and cool (around 20°). These drooping and cut leaves form a beautiful green tuft that can wait between 50 cm and 1 m.
Growing naturally in tropical rainforests, it needs good hygrometry to flourish. Think about misting it regularly.
Boston fern cleans up formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, toluene and xylene. She is the champion to absorb formaldehyde.

7 - Ivy

Very rustic, ivy is in the shade. Varieties with variegated leaves require a little more light. These can be almost round or very cut on the same plant. He fears lack like the excess of water that makes his leaves turn yellow.
You can let the stems fall or, on the contrary, lift them up. Its adventitious roots cling themselves to their support.
Ivy depollutes benzene, formaldehyde and trichlorethylene.

8 - Sansevieria or mother-in-law's language

You will recognize it immediately with its long pointed and fleshy leaves with yellow or white outer bands. It can climb up to 1 m in height.
Native of arid regions (Africa, India and Indonesia), it supports the lack of watering much better than the excess. He needs heat and light to thrive. It is particularly robust against diseases and parasites as well as forgetfulness of the amateur gardener!
Sansevieria depollutes benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, trichlorethylene and xylene.

9 - The gerbera

It is surely the depolluting plant with the most flowers. Daisy-shaped, they are yellow, red, pink or white. He needs a good light but without direct sun. Like many tropical plants, he likes warmth and humidity. Water often but not at once.
In general the gerbera lives only 2 or 3 years.
Gerbera depollutes benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and trichlorethylene.

10 - The anthurium or flamingo

With its bright green foliage and its characteristic pink flowers, the anthurium is beautiful. We can only blame him for his fragility. Indeed, the dry air of our homes weakens it. So always make sure to fog its foliage and install it on a bed of clay balls.
Take care because sap and leaves are poisonous.
Anthurium cleans formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, ammonia and xylene.


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