Eight Health Benefits Of Houseplants

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Bringing the outdoors inside does more than beautify your space. According to NASA, houseplants are actually good for your health because they grab and filter polluted indoor air. So, next time you have an allergic attack or a raging migraine, try a pot of lilies or a dash of daises before you make a doctor’s appointment.
View the slideshow above to learn 8 health benefits of household plants.
While some plants are better than others for absorbing pollutants, all plants have properties that are useful for improving indoor air quality. If you're only going to spring for one plant, get a Chrysanthemum. NASA recently confirmed that Chrysanthemums are the best at removing three of the most common indoor air pollutants. For the best results, however, NASA suggests having 14-16 plants in at least six-inch pots. If you purchase larger plants, you don't need as many to harness the same air cleaning power.
Houseplants have unique needs, so be sure to ask a gardening professional at your local nursery about the light, temperature, climate and nutrient needs of your plants. Light is the most critical factor that will impact a plant's health. It might seem trivial, but plants know the difference between dim light, low light, and partial light, so be sure to place your plants in the right spot to ensure they receive the right nutrients and can grow. Also, try to keep your household temperature between 58-86 degrees, and water your plants as needed.
If you're looking for the plant of least resistance, Peace Lilies, Dracaenas, and Golden Pathos are some of the most hearty, least finicky indoor houseplants.
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