Are Your Houseplants a Hazard or a Health Perk?

Houseplants can liven up your home in a beautiful way. Adding a large fern to the corner of your living room or a row of potted mums across the windowsill in your kitchen provides a dose of fresh, natural color that you just won’t get from other types of decor. But be careful — not all houseplants are created equal.

If you have any allergies or if you’re concerned about your indoor air quality, then you’ll want to carefully choose which types of houseplants you bring inside. Some varieties can have adverse effects on both you and your home, while others can actually help to improve the indoor air quality. So, before you go out and buy a few houseplants for your home, consider the different ways they can affect your home and your health.

Opt for Plants Over Flowers If You Have Seasonal Allergies

Sure, a vase of fresh flowers sitting on your coffee table is a beautiful sight to behold. However, if you have a pollen allergy, this might be the worst thing you could bring inside. Instead of flowers, consider displaying a plant that has big leaves, such as English ivy. Spider plants also look attractive and are easy to care for.

Concerned About Mold? Certain Houseplants Can Absorb It

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The one thing you don’t want growing in your home is mold, but the good news is that certain houseplants can absorb mold spores. For example, the peace lily plant absorbs the mold spores through its leaves and then uses the spores as food once it circulates through the roots. These types of plants are perfect for bathrooms and other high-humidity areas of your home.

Take Care of the Soil

While some houseplants can help with mold growth, you do have to be vigilant about the soil that the plants are growing in because untended soil can grow mold. As long as you water your plants properly, use sterile soil, and make sure your plants are in a well-lit area, you should be fine.

Houseplants Can Act as Humidifiers

The fern is a common houseplant that actually acts like a natural humidifier by restoring moisture to the air, which is perfect if you live in a dry climate. Another option is the acera palm, which can release up to a liter of water a day. So, go ahead, leave your humidifier in the closet for the winter and let your houseplants do all the work.

Whether you want to liven up your space with a fern, a peace lily, or an ivy plant, these houseplants will provide health perks for you and your family. What’s more, certain flowers like mums and Gerbera daisies help clean the air. As long as you don’t have any specific seasonal allergies related to flowers or pollen, they are a great option for adding color to your home while improving the indoor air quality. So, now that you know the health benefits of houseplants, the only question is: Which ones will you bring into your home?

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