Houseplants can help purify your air!

As homes have become more insulated and energy efficient, indoor air pollution has become a serious concern.  Glues and adhesives, carpets, household cleaners, foam insulation materials, paints, pressed wood products, inks from print and more have been proven to emit toxic chemical compounds.  Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and acetone are just some of the chemicals emitted from common household items and can pollute your home without any visual warning.

These compounds when breathed on a daily basis can result in eye/nose/throat irritation, allergies, asthma and headaches/dizziness.  Studies done by NASA have shown that the common houseplant could be the best answer to this problem.  The study showed that certain houseplants have the ability to remove these toxins from the air and in turn produce humidity and oxygen.  All houseplants remove CO2 and remove some toxins, however NASA released its top 10 list for best purifiers.

NASA’s list of best air-filtering plants:

English Ivy

Pothos

Fern

Corn Plant (Dracaena)

Palm

Dracaena Marginata

Peace Lily

Lady Palm

Spider Plant

Snake Plant

African Violets are in! Everyone is after these easy bloomers, because they are so easy to grow and bloom a lot!

Choose a window with bright, indirect light

Plant them in one of our glazed pots that self water from the bottom to eliminate water spots on the leaves and match your home decor

Feed them every two weeks with Peters African Violet Food or if organic is your thing use Fox Farm Big Bloom

For more information on these great houseplants visit our new blog on African Violet Care!

Tips: Pinch off spent blossoms and blossom stems to encourage development of new blooms. Place plants away from floor vents, fans, or entrance doors to avoid air drafts and bursts of cold air.

Air Plants are grown in air not on air, and require misting.

The must-have plant of the year, the air plant is not only eye-catching, but low maintenance.

Air Plants, also known as Tillandsia, are grown in air not on air, and require misting. Very easy to grow. Can be mounted onto a variety of decorative surfaces including cork, slate, rocks, driftwood or grown in terrariums.

Air Plants are grown in air not on air, and require misting.

The must-have plant of the year, the air plant is not only eye-catching, but low maintenance.

Air Plants, also known as Tillandsia, are grown in air not on air, and require misting. Very easy to grow. Can be mounted onto a variety of decorative surfaces including cork, slate, rocks, driftwood or grown in terrariums.

Shhh…don’t scare the fairies away.

Fairy gardens are miniature landscapes created using small-scale plants and accessories. These little scenes are essential for attracting those little elusive fairies to your home and garden.

With a little imagination and a few basic materials, fairy gardens can add whimsical magic to your indoor and outdoor living space.
We have several fariry gardens in stock, and of course our creative staff can help you create your very own original fairy garden!