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5 Indoor Houseplants You Need to Improve Air Quality

If you’re like many people, you know that living near the ocean means fresh breezes and clean air – but what about indoors? Poor indoor air quality can contribute to all kinds of negative health conditions. Fortunately, there are plenty of rockstar houseplants you can invest in to improve the quality of the air you breathe all day (and night). Check out these seven must-have indoor houseplants to add to your new home in Naples.

5 Indoor Houseplants You Need to Improve Air Quality in Your New Home in Naples

Whether you’re a talented gardener or you struggle to keep fake plants looking their best, there are real indoor plants for you – it’s just a matter of matching the amount of sun that comes into your home with a plant that thrives in your environment. Some of the most popular (and rugged) houseplants include:

  1. Aloe
  2. Dracaena
  3. Peace lily
  4. Pothos
  5. Snake plant

Here’s a closer look at each. 

Must-Have Indoor Houseplant #1: Aloe

Aloe vera, a staple in many households all over the world because of its healing properties, is more than just a sunburn and scrape remedy. If you put an aloe vera plant in a bright, sunny spot, you rarely have to think about it – it likes dry soil, so watering it every few weeks should be fine. And while it’s there, soaking up the sun, it’s eating formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, right out of your indoor air.

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Must-Have Indoor Houseplant #2: Dracaena

Dracaena needs very little attention to thrive. It adapts to a wide range of light environments, though you should keep it out of direct sunlight, and it doesn’t need a lot of water. There are several varieties of dracaena, and among the hardiest is Dracaena Lisa – it toughs it out through chilly air-conditioning and hot weather just fine. This beautiful plant sucks up formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and xylene, but it’s not a pet-friendly plant (so beware if you have four-legged family members).

Must-Have Indoor Houseplant #3: Peace Lily

Peace lilies are low-maintenance, but they do require a little bit of attention. First, they belong in a bright-but-shady spot; second, you can’t over- or under-water them or they’ll die. Experts suggest watering them as soon as the top of the soil feels dry; you can tell by pressing down and seeing whether bits of dirt stick to your finger. If they don’t, water your plant. The catch: the peace lily’s flowers have pollen, so if you have allergies, they’re not the right plant for you. However, if you’re allergy-free, you can count on this plant to remove ammonia, benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from the air.

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Must-Have Indoor Houseplant #4: Pothos

Pothos has been called the “cubicle plant” because it thrives in indoor environments. In fact, it survives exceptionally well with very little attention. Pothos does well in dry air (read: air conditioned environments) and with low light; just keep it somewhere near a window that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight and you’re golden. This tiny-leafed powerhouse absorbs benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and xylene from the air and releases oxygen in return.

Must-Have Indoor Houseplant #5: Snake Plant

Also called mother-in-law’s tongue, the snake plant is a fabulous addition to any space. It gets its name for its tall, upright leaves that look like snakeskin (don’t worry – they don’t attract any unwanted guests). NASA has conducted extensive research on snake plants to purify air – and the agency discovered that they thrive in bright light (and can survive low light conditions) while scrubbing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toluene and trichloroethylene from the air.

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