With most of us having to WFH again, having a space with clean air is a must. While most of our living spaces are small, it is still possible to have a few easy to grow plants that will not just brighten our space, but also purify our air and boost our mood.
ZZ Plant ZZ plants require less water than a lot of plants, so if you tend to neglect yours, you’ll do well with this one. It’ll thrive in bright, indirect light, but it can also tolerate low light if you have a less-than-sunny spot you want to keep it in. The ZZ plant also is an excellent air purifier and in a NASA study, researchers found it is specifically adept at removing large amounts of toxins such as xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.
Red Aglaonema Not only does this plant feature pretty, bright pink stems and leaves, but it’s also super easy to care for. It’ll grow in low, moderate, and bright light, but you’ll likely notice more colour when it’s grown in medium light. It’s a forgiving plant, so if you forget to water it once in a while, it’ll be just fine.
Rubber Plants Like most of the other plants on this list, the rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. You should only water it when the soil is dry. Rubber plants have the added benefit of being one of the best natural air-cleaners out there. .
Pilea Bright, indirect sun is ideal for this plant, but be careful with waterings: It requires a “drench and dry” approach (water thoroughly, then let the soil dry out) along with a weekly misting.
Sweetheart Plant This adorable little heart-shaped plant, also known as Hoya kerrii, can be sold as either a single leaf-cutting or a whole trailing plant. It’s an easy to care for succulent that needs very little water, and it does best in bright, direct lightl.
Air Plants Though these plants grow anywhere (but bright, indirect light is best), you do have to soak them in water once a week for at least 10 minutes. There are lots of different types of air plants that you can choose from, although the care can differ slightly depending on the variety you select.
Yucca Cane Plant Yucca plants are one of the top-rated air cleaning plants which can remove toxins from the air, according to an important NASA study and do best in bright, indirect light—too direct, and their leaves might burn. While they will still grow in low light, it will be at a much slower pace. It doesn’t require a lot of water, and you’ll know it’s thirsty by checking if the top half of the soil is dry.
Begonia are beautiful but slightly pricey plants (at least they are here in Singapore) and like the aloe and the kalanchoe, begonias need their soil to dry out completely before watering. This plant responds well to fluorescent light, so it can even work well in the office.
Snake Plants are a wonderful addition to any space. There are so many varieties to choose from and they are all relatively easy to look after, requiring minimum effort and time. If you don’t have many windows in your space, that’s fine as they like indirect light, along with light waterings that take place only after the soil has fully dried. They also rid the air of toxins.
Peace Lilies this plant is simply stunning. It is bushy, with lush green leaves and lots of creamy white lilies and does not require all that much effort, although we did feature it in our Temperamental Houseplants article. It requires medium to low light and only needs to be watered when the top of the soil is dry. It’s a great air purifier and even releases oxygen at night, making it a great bedroom plant.
Plants are like living decor and can make a house feel more like a home. They can also help improve your mood and health and are fantastic air purifiers that don’t require to have their filter changed.