For our first Valentine’s Day together I asked my husband for an Aloe Vera plant. At the time I had just finished reading a book about plants that purify the air and since we were living in Colorado succulents were plentiful. I knew he would be able to find me a gorgeous aloe plant locally without to much searching.
While most people think of giving cut flowers on Valentine’s Day potted plants can be just as beautiful and last much longer! You can find potted plants at most florists but you will have greater luck at a garden store. While there I suggest checking out plants that are as useful as they are beautiful.
No matter where you are, your air is polluted to some degree and in many cases the air quality inside buildings is worse than the air quality outside! So how about gifting your true love with something green to add color, texture and cleaner air to their home.
According to a NASA study these are the top 10 air purifying plants based on their ability to remove chemical vapors, resist insects, and how easy they are to maintain in your home.
1) The Areca Palm
2) The Lady Palm
3) The Bamboo Palm
4) The Rubber Plant
5) The Dracaena
6) English Ivy
7) The Dwarf Date Palm
8) The Ficus Alii
9) The Boston Fern
10) The Peace Lilly
Keep mind these do generally well in homes but each plant has specific care requirements that will impact it’s ability to thrive. For example in our Philly house we didn’t get any direct sunlight and our Aloe Vera plant slowly died no matter where I put it. Although we have better access to sunlight in our new house most places I have to put plants aren’t flooded with light so I’m better off with something like the Peace Lilly that does well in modest sunlight. And of course pets are always a concern. My cats think plants are essentially cat toys. I can’t have plants that are potentially toxic to them in the house because I know they will eat the leaves.