How Many Plants Do You Need Indoors?

How Many Plants Do You Need Indoors?

Write By: Sajin Published In: ROOT Created Date: 2016-12-15 Hits: 551 Comment: 0

According to Kamal Meattle during his TED talk, he recommends at least 10 plants (a variety of night and day oxygen producing plants as well as air purifying plants) per person if the environment is in a city with very poor air quality.

Green oxygen producing plants are abundant in nature, especially in forests, jungles and coastal regions by the ocean (seaweeds, algae and marine phytoplankton make up the overwhelming majority of the worlds oxygen producing plants). If you've ever spent time in or near these settings, you'll know how refreshing and revitalizing they are! Oxygen and the air it is contained in, could be considered the most crucial nutrient to the human body because life can only last mere minutes without it. 

All air cleaning plants will of course always produce oxygen, but here are some of the top ones that happen to have a high conversion rate of carbon dioxide (the waste product humans and animals exhale and that plants inhale) to oxygen.  These include, spider plants, peace lily, snake plant, pothos or money plants, aglaonema or chinese evergreen etc. The major benefit of adding oxygen producing plants to your living and work space is an increase of productivity due to the maintenance of healthy oxygen levels in the blood.

Numbers Does Matter

The exact number of oxygen producing plants you'll need in your home is going to vary depending on:

Time: How much time you spend in your home? 
Area: Whether you live in a city (there is a wide range of air quality in the various cities around the world) or suburbs.
Greenery In Surroundings: Whether or not there are trees around your home, how much time you have the windows in your home open (is it too cold in the winter?)
Members: The number of people living in your home.
Furnishings: The number of synthetic products and furnishings in your home. 

Now this is Important! NASA researchers suggest efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space. The NASA clean air study recommended 15-18 oxygen producing plants and air cleaning plants for an 1,800 square foot house. Of course, that would be an average and you should take into account the various factors mentioned above to decide whether you require more clean air plants than this. According to Kamal Meattle during his TED talk, he recommends at least 10 plants (a variety of night and day oxygen producing plants as well as air purifying plants) per person if the environment is in a city with very poor air quality. It's best to start with just a few oxygen producing plants, 4 to five in number in your home and increasing the number over time.

Taking Care of the Plants

Snake plant, Spider plants, ferns, Chinese evergreen, Pothos, Syngoniums all are fairly low maintenance. There are other oxygen producing plants that can make a beneficial addition to your home, just always take into account the amount of work that they require to maintain their health. You'll want do to the following things with your plants:

Get them some Fresh Air: Avoid placing them in corners or areas with stagnant or no air flow or near the equipment’s that produce excessive heat which can damage them.
Appropriate Light: Indirect sunlight is best for the air cleaning plants mentioned (because they are mostly shade growing jungle plants) but other types of flowering plants will usually need some direct sun.
Give them a Break: Take them outdoors at least every couple of months for a day or two.
Clean the dirt: Clean or dust their leaves about once a week, more often in a an area where its more dusty. You can use sprinkle leaves or mist the leaves to clean them.
Right Amount of Water: Over-watering is more harmful than under-watering, allow the soil to get fairly dry between watering’s (except for the peace lily) Water Quality: Use drinking water or RO water if you notice any change in plants health.

Misting is Essential: Mist the leaves since these are jungle plants that like humidity.

Fertilizer: Use organic fertilizer/ manure on occasions.

The biggest benefit to incorporating these oxygen-producing plants into your longevity lifestyle is going to be the improvement of air quality in your home. Fact: When detoxing your body, approximately 70% of it occurs through breathing, 20% through perspiration, 8% through urination and 2% through the bowels. So now you know the utmost importance of plants and having clean air in your home! Get some lush green plants to breathe fresh!

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