Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens

Houseplants in Your Home

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(Photo from Wall Street Journal – March 15, 2011)

Each fall, I schlep in all my outdoor containers and try to save as many plants as I can.  (This is especially easy to do if you use tropical — or typical houseplants — plants in your outdoor containers.) I love being surrounded the extra green all winter but my husband teasingly grumbles about fears of plants taking over our home.  NOW, after reading this article in the Wall Street Journal, I feel vindicated! J

A Superhero Scrubs the Air: The Mighty Houseplant

Wall Street Journal – March 15, 2011

The humble houseplant is on the attack. Building on NASA experiments for air purification in space, scientists are pinpointing plant species—from the peace lily to the asparagus fern—that are particularly skillful at cleaning indoor air of pollutants that can cause a range of health problems.

A growing body of research suggests the humble houseplant boasts significant powers to clean the air in homes and other buildings of common toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia & benzene. Wendy Bounds explains.

A growing body of global research is showing plants can reduce dust particles and contaminants, such as formaldehyde and benzene, that come from cigarette smoke, paint, furniture, building materials and other sources. Big growers such as Costa Farms, based in Goulds, Fla., and retailers Lowe’s and Home Depot now sell plants with tags promoting their air-cleaning abilities…..

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE, CLICK HERE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704893604576200423930895948.html?KEYWORDS=a+superhero+scrubs+the+air


See you in the gardens.


Written by cedarvalleyarboretum

March 24, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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