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Dracaena

is probably one of the most sought after houseplants in the world. Although the focus of most people when buying a houseplant is the ornamental benefits, there is more to a good houseplant than the visible looks. Let us look at the key reasons why dracaena is the perfect plant for indoor use.

Purify air

You have certainly heard it all about houseplants and air purification. They absorb the chemicals in the air. Plants remove up to 87% of volatile organic compounds every 24 hours. This is according to a NASA research. However, some plants are better in air purification than others.

Dracaena is one of the most effective houseplants in air purification. It helps remove formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene and carbon dioxide. These are chemicals linked with several health problems among them headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, kidney disease among others.

The houseplant will improve the indoor air quality. According to the American Society of Horticultural Science, indoor air can be 12 times more polluted than the air outside in some areas. This is mostly because of the compounds in furnishings, paints, clothing as well as building materials. Eliminating the pollutants with dracaena will make breathing easier, fight colds, remove airborne contaminants, and improve overall health.

Humidity control

Through photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture into the air. This will increase humidity in the air. Plants typically release about 97% of the water they take in. The placement of several dracaena houseplants will increase humidity in the room. This will in turn help you control respiratory distresses. According to studies by the Agricultural University of Norway, the use of houseplants will help decrease incidences of colds, dry skin, dry coughs and sore throats. Dracaena is effective in humidity control.

Sharpening focus

The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that when there were plants in the room, 70% of students demonstrated attentiveness during lessons. Attendance was also higher in classrooms that had plants. The reason behind these findings is the fact that houseplants enhance cognitive function. They improve concentration, memory, better goal achievement as well as heightened attention. A study by the Texas A&M University found that workers in rooms that had at least two potted plants generated 13% more ideas than the other workers.

Make you happy

The benefits of dracaena can be seen across many studies in the psychological, cognitive, physical and social realms. The plants have been linked to increased self-esteem, improved mood and sense of well-being, increased sense of stability and control as well as increased feelings of relaxation, calm and optimism. All these contribute to the feeling of being happy.

As you can see, dracaena houseplants are good not only for producing oxygen and improving the visual appeal. They contribute to a Zen feeling and bring actual health benefits. You can either have one houseplant in the house or several. The recommended number of plants is one in every 129 square feet. Match the right houseplant with the theme of your house and the right growing conditions.

5 Benefits of Houseplants

Breathing Easier

When you breathe, your body takes in oxygen and releases carbon dioxide. During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.At night, photosynthesis ceases, and plants typically respire like humans, absorbing oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide. A few plants –orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads –do just the opposite, taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Place these plants in bedrooms to refresh air during the night.

Releasing Water

As part of the photosynthetic and respiratory processes, plants release moisture vapor, which increases humidity of the air around them. Plants release roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together, and you can increase the humidity of a room, which helps keeps respiratory distresses at bay. Studies at the Agricultural University of Norway document that using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs.

Purifying Air

Plants remove toxins from air –up to 87% of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint). Benzene is commonly found in high concentrations in study settings, where books and printed papers abound.

Modern climate-controlled, air-tight buildings trap VOCs inside. The NASA research discovered that plants purify that trapped air by pulling contaminants into soil, where root zone microorganisms convert VOCs into food for the plant.

Improving Health

Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients, according to researchers at Kansas State University. Compared to patients in rooms without plants, patients in rooms with plants request less pain medication, have lower heart rates and blood pressure, experience less fatigue and anxiety, and are released from the hospital sooner.

The Dutch Product Board for Horticulture commissioned a workplace study that discovered that adding plants to office settings decreases fatigue, colds, headaches, coughs, sore throats and flu-like symptoms. In another study by the AgriculturalUniversity of Norway, sickness rates fell by more than 60 percent in offices with plants.

Sharpening Focus

A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when they’re taughtin rooms containing plants. In the same study, attendance was also higher for lectures given in classrooms with plants.

How Many Plants?

The recommendations vary based on your goals.
To improve health and reduce fatigue and stress, place one large plant (8-inch diameter pot or larger) every 129 square feet. In office or classroom settings, position plants so each person has greenery in view.
To purify air, use 15-18 plants in 6-8-inch diameter pots for an 1,800-square-foot house. That’s roughly one largerplant every 100 square feet. Achieve similar results with two smaller plants (4-5-inch pots).

Remember that for the best success with any houseplant, you need to match the right plant to the right growing conditions. Learn more in Tips for Healthy Houseplants. For low light situations, choose a plant adapted to those conditions

Best Plants for Indoor Use

Common Name Latin Name Benefits Best use

Spider Plant

Chlorophytum comosum

Purifies air rapidly; removes formaldehyde

Living spaces

Dragon Tree1

Dracaena marginata

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene

Living spaces

Gerbera Daisy2

Gerbera jamesonii

Releases oxygen at night; purifies air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene

Bedrooms to refresh nighttime air or living spaces

English Ivy

Hedera helix

Removes benzene from air

Dorm rooms or home office

Boston Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’

Humidifies air

Living spaces; note that dry winter rooms can quickly kill Boston ferns; mist plants daily for best results

Philodendron3

Philodendron

Purifies air; removes

formaldehyde

Living spaces of new or renovated homes with new floors, walls, carpets, etc.

Snake Plant

Sansevieria trifasciata

Purifies air; removes formaldehyde and nitrogen oxide

produced by fuel-burning appliances

Living spaces, kitchens, rooms with wood stoves

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum

Removes mold from air

Bathrooms or damp areas of

home

1Other Dracaenas with similar properties: Janet Craig Dracaena (Dracaena deremensis’Janet Craig’) and corn plant (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’).

2Gerberas make temperamental houseplants; getting them to rebloom is very challenging. It’s best to treat them like cut flowers: When the color show is over, unless you love the leaves, compost them.

3Plants with similar properties: Pothos,Bamboo Palm,Chinese Evergreen,And Weeping Fig

Top ten houseplants that literally clean the air

Fresh air is not something we get enough of in modern life, especially as most of us seem to be increasingly stuck inside with our great British weather!

Indoor air can be stale, and thanks to modern synthetic materials and temperature regulation, it also contains pollutants and is often well below recommended humidity levels.

Synthetic furniture, paints and computers, to name but three, silently pump chemical vapours into the air, while your heating system will dry out your air.

This can lead to complaints such as allergic attacks, asthma, headaches and tickly coughs.

This is where plants in your house can help!

The humble plant can make all the difference to the air we breathe indoors. They work hard at cleaning our air of these toxins and releasing humidity back into the atmosphere.

In fact, there are many health benefits to being near plants. Studies by NASA prove certain plants help keep the air in your house cleaner and increase oxygen levels. More general studies over time have shown that plants help us to:

  • Have fewer headaches and coughs and feel less tired
  • Have fewer allergy symptoms
  • Recover faster from the common cold
  • Feel less stressed
  • Be more productive and creative if you work from home

But not all plants are the same. Some like more light or heat than others, and some clean the air better so it is important to get the right one.

To help you choose the right plant, here are our top ten air-purifying plants that will clean your air:

ALOE VERA – What’s great about this plant is that it emits oxygen at night time whilst simultaneously taking in carbon dioxide- something we naturally produce when breathing. All this leads to a purer quality of air and a better night’s sleep.

CHLOROPHYTUM (SPIDER PLANT) – The well-known Spider Plant is also a champion cleanser of air. The NASA tests showed it to remove around 90% of the potentially cancer-causing chemical formaldehyde from the air. Since formaldehyde is found in common household products like adhesives, grout and fillers, it’s a good idea to keep one of these plants around your kitchen and bathrooms especially.

Top Tip: The Spider Plant is also considered a safe house plant if you have pets your house

SANSEVERIA (SNAKE PLANT) or is even known as ‘the mother-in-law’s tongue’…this plant is excellent for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, hygiene, and personal care products.

SPATHIPHYLLUM (PEACE LILY) is beauty in all its simplicity, the peace lily boasts strong dark green leaves and tall elegant white flowers. Really easy care for…this plant helps to filter out harmful benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde toxins. The moisture given off by these striking flowers can boost a room’s humidity by up to 5%. This way, you can say goodbye to those irritating dry noses and sleep peacefully.

Top Tip: This plant is poisonous to cats and dogs…so if your pet likes to nibble your house plants then choose the Spider Plant instead

DRACENA MARGINATA (DRAGON TREE) This plant is useful for removing xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which spreads in indoor air through lacquers like your hairspray or furniture polish or furniture varnish.

ARECA PALM An extremely elegant palm with delicate fronds which is good enough to be situated in your living room or hall… This pleasant plant releases lots of moisture into the air, removes toxins very effectively, is easy to look after and resists insect infestations well.

BOSTON FERN A mass of lush foliage helps this plant to scrub the air of toxins in a room and improve humidity. With a bit of regular misting and watering it should thrive.

FICUS ELASTICA (RUBBER PLANT) Bred for toughness, this is the plant to choose if the room doesn’t have a lot of natural light. Its architectural form makes it a designer’s favourite and its simple, large leaves look good in most places. Especially good at removing formaldehyde, one of the most common toxins found in our indoor air.

FICUS BENJAMIN (WEEPING FIG) The Weeping Fig is perfect for filtering pollutants that typically are in carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.

Top Tip: Most house plants only need re-potting every 1 or 2 years

SCINDAPSUS Another powerful plant fighting formaldehyde, it will grow in a cascade of green from a hanging basket.

Top Tip: If you live on a busy road, fill your house with this beautiful gushing greenery to banish car exhaust fumes

There are many more plants that can make your home look and smell beautiful and fresh but these 10 are a must for keeping you and your family healthy by providing natural air filters and increasing the oxygen levels.

Top Tip: It is recommended by NASA that you have between 15 and 18 plants in your home to purify the air you breathe

WHAT IS POLLUTING YOUR HOME?

Benzene – Can be found in Glues, paints, furniture wax and detergents

Formaldehyde – Is in emissions, disinfectants and fixatives, or preservatives in consumer products

Trichloroethylene – In homes undergoing renovation

Xylene and Toluene – In a variety of household sprays and consumer products

Ammonia – Aerosols and sprays used in the home.

Top Tip: replace your air freshener spray with a jasmine plant for beautiful and healthy smelling air!

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