Good 'air cleaning' plants?

dirtslinger2(6)August 1, 2010

Are there certain plants that remove toxins from the air more than others?

I once read that spider plants were best, then recently read that agaves were the best...

I don't have very much space and looking for best bang for the buck. Thanks for any tips!

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jojosplants(9/ Tucson, Az.)

I too have heard spider plants to be the best.

An agave wont get enough sun light in the house. It would be hard to keep inside.

JoJo

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 10:55AM
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dirtslinger2(6)

It may have been Cycad actually, not agave.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 3:17PM
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bunnygurl(Z3)

I've heard Sansevierias are very good as well, and tolerant of low light.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 4:11PM
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melsmile(9)

In my plant book there are a list of all different kinds of plants. These are the best of the best it says. Boston ferns, Florist mums, Pygmy date plum, 'Janet Craig' dracaena, Rubber plant, English ivy, weeping fig, Peace lily, Area palm, Corn plant'Kimberley Queen' fern, & Bamboo palm. I hope this list helps a little.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2010 at 4:51PM
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norma_2006

Sansevieria do have the best reputation to use for this purpose, and take next to no care. Wonderful house plants and many species to choose from. Norma

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 2:00AM
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cassidi

I heard spider plants were great for that. (But im not an expert)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2010 at 10:34PM
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urbansuccession

Here's a great list of plants from a study done by NASA...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_air-filtering_soil_and_plants

But when it comes right down to it, I wouldn't expect one houseplant to make a noticeable difference in air quality.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 2:25AM
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supermom7(5b)

Found this link while surfing the web today if anyone is interested.

Tina

Here is a link that might be useful: Air Cleaning Plants

    Bookmark   August 26, 2010 at 4:22PM
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pickleme(5)

Check out the book How to Grow Fresh Air by B.C. Wolverton

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 9:24PM
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ronalawn82(z9FL)

dirtslinger2, here is a site which might help.

http://www.zone10.com/nasa-study-house-plants-clean-air.html

    Bookmark   September 5, 2010 at 6:14AM
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