Tired of scrubbing your bath room? Plant-filled bathrooms contain up to 60% less mold, mildew and bacteria than bathrooms without plants, reveals a NASA study. The over sized leaves soak up microscopic mold spores and carry them down their roots, where they’re used for food.
Fewer spores landing on your curtains and tiles mean less cleaning for you! Peace lilies also absorb chemical vapors from common bathroom products
The story of the Peace Lily
The official name of the Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum, is derived from the Greek words for spathe and leaf. The plant has received extra attention over the last few years through the NASA Clean Air Study.
They were researching how to purify the air in space stations and the Peace Lily turned out to purify air better than the average plant.
All plants absorb carbon dioxide and emit oxygen; NASA recommends therefore that a house of 160 square metres, should have between 15 and 18 large plants. The amount of soil is also important because micro-organisms in the soil also absorb small amounts of air pollutants.
Air Cleaning Ability - How it works
All plants enhance the air for humans and animals by pulling carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and releasing oxygen.
Peace lilies have been found to cleanse the air of many dangerous chemicals found in homes and offices, such as methyl, acetone, toluene, benzene and ammonia.
They do this by trapping the chemicals in leaf pores and breaking them down. For optimum indoor air purification, about 10 or 12 peace lilies are recommended for a typical living room.
Peace Lilies are very common houseplants because they are easy to grow. They can grow up to 16 inches, but larger ones can often reach 6 feet tall. Peace Lilies produce white flowers in the early summer and continue to bloom throughout the year.
Care tips for consumers
The Peace Lily is an easy care plant. The plant prefers a light position, out of the bright sunshine with a temperature of 18-22 °C. Give the plant regular lukewarm water. If the leaves are starting to wilt, the root ball has dried out.
The plant loves a regular spray with lukewarm water, as well as plant food. Regular removal of dead flowers is also recommended. To bring the plant into flower year after year, a winter rest period is necessary.
Place the plant in an area with a temperature of around 15 °C, for six to eight weeks in a light position and it will soon flourish again. In the summer, the plant can go in the garden or on the patio, but watch out for bright sun.
Creative tips for placing peace lily
The Peace Lily is really popular because of its amazing air purifying qualities. Placing the plants in a group, in areas where there are lots of people, such as schools, offices or canteens create plenty of possibilities.
The Peace Lily will acclimate to a variety of indoor environments, and when in full bloom, it’s simply a beautiful plant that can make a statement in your home or office. Here is list of some more best air purifying plants.
- Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
- Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
- Rubber Plant (Ficus robusta)
- English Ivy (Hedera helix) English Ivy (Hedera helix)
- Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)
- Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata “Bostoniensis”)
- Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
- Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
- Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
- Syngonium (Syngonium podophyllum)
- Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia “Exotica Compacta”)
- Schefflera / Umbrella Plant (Schefflera arboricola)
These plants filter out harmful compounds in the air and make it much healthier to breathe. The good news for you is that these plants are easily found and you can add them to your home to provide yourself and your family with air that is much purer and free from harmful agents.
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