The Fiddle Leaf Fig is lush and sculptural. They thrive in bright to moderate indirect light or fluorescent light. Keep the soil lightly moist at all times, but avoid overwatering. A Fiddle leaf Fig requires bright indirect light. Insufficient light causes small new growth and leaf drop on a Ficus Lyrata. Turn a Fiddle Leaf Fig frequently to keep it growing straight.
Like its name suggests the Rubber Plant is one tough character capable of surviving and thriving in much less light and lower temperatures than most plants of its size. The Rubber Plant is best for removing toxins and pollutants from inside offices – it is especially tough on formaldehyde.
A powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket or grow up a totem to create height. Golden pothos plants, also known as devil’s ivy, need bright, indirect light. Don’t overwater or you’ll end up with a case of root rot.
This climbing vine plant is a workhorse for removing all kinds of VOCs. Philodendrons are particularly good at battling formaldehyde from sources like particleboard. Heart leaf philodendron are very low-maintenance plants. They thrive with indirect light and very little maintenance. The trailing vines can just fall from the container or can be trained to climb up a screen, trellis or pole.
Combat pollutants associated with varnishes and oils with this dracaena. The Warneckii grows inside easily, even without direct sunlight. With striped leaves forming clusters atop a thin stem, this Indoor Plant can be striking, especially if it reaches its potential height of 12 feet. This dracaena is known for its white stripes along the edges of its leaves. If your plant gets brown tips on its leaves or brown streaks, it may be because of too much fluoride in your tap water. If that’s the case, try watering your plant with bottled H20.
A ficus can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Caring for a ficus can be tricky, but once you get the watering and light conditions right, they will last a long time. The weeping fig likes consistency and looks its best when grown in bright, indirect light. “It is challenged by dramatic temperature and light-level fluctuations.”
This palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. This plant is also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde. Native to Mexico and Central America, this compact palm only grows about 6-8 feet tall. It prefers bright, indirect light, and doesn’t do well when it is overwatered.
This easy-to-care-for plant can help filter out a variety of air pollutants and begins to remove more toxins as time and exposure continues. Even with low light, it will produce blooms and red berries. The Chinese evergreen is named “the easiest houseplant” because these plants thrive in low light and will grow in places where other plants won’t grow. Because they are tropicals, they like humid air. If your air is too dry, tips might turn brown, so you might want to mist the leaves occasionally.
Arrowhead Plants make excellent indoor plants. Keep the long runners and growth tips pruned on Arrowhead Plants and you can use them on tables or stand them on the floor. When left untrimmed, Arrowhead Plants make beautiful hanging plants. An Arrowhead Plant with green leaves can live in low to medium light. Arrowhead Plant varieties with white, pink, or burgundy leaves need medium to high light. The leaves of an Arrowhead Plant become “bleached” and turn an ugly grey-green colour when placed in the direct sun.
A Raphis Palm is an elegant durable palm that can adapt to almost all conditions. This slow growing palm has large shiny dark green fronds with blunt tips. Raphis Palms have a long life span, demands little in the way of care, and is a beautiful addition to any décor. A Raphis Palm removes formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, and ammonia from the air. Raphis Palms can adjust to both dry and humid environments.
The Dracaena is tolerant of low light, missed waterings, and general neglect. This Dracaena, also called a Happy Plant, is especially popular because of its long graceful green leaves that have a yellow and light green stripe running down the centre. The Dracaena can tolerate low light but grows faster and produces larger leaves in medium to bright indirect light. Unlike the very low-light Dracaena Janet Craig with its deep green leaves. NASA recommends many varieties of Dracaena Plants as plants the clean the air of benzene trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and xylene.
Even if you tend to neglect Indoor Plants, you’ll have a hard time killing this resilient plant. With lots of rich foliage and tiny white flowers, the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries. Spider plants are also easy to regrow. Just cut off one of the “spiders” and place it in a pot. Spider plants are incredibly easy to grow, but thrive in cool-to-average temperatures and prefer dry soil. Bright indirect sunlight keeps them growing best.
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is one of the best for filtering out formaldehyde, which is common in cleaning products, toilet paper, tissues and personal care products. Put one in the bathroom – it”ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants. You may also want to put a couple of these sharp-leafed plants in your bedroom. Interestingly, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night (the opposite of the process most plants follow). Sharing your room with these plants could give you a slight oxygen boost while you sleep.
Shade and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of the most common VOCs – formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene. Peace lilies are renowned for their easy care. The peace lily is hardy, forgiving, and will even let you know when it is thirsty – look for the tell-tale droop.
If ever there was a perfect plant for the black thumb, the Zanzibar is it. They have long stems covered in hundreds of round, plump, shiny green leaves (or leaflets as they are called). This virtually indestructible plant can take months of neglect and low light and still look amazing. They don’t need much water and prefer the soil to dry out between waterings.
The Golden Cane Palm has multiple bamboo-like gold-green stems and graceful fronds. Needs good drainage and high light levels; does not like temperatures under 15°C. The Golden Cane Palm was identified by NASA as being one of the best at removing formaldehyde, commonly found in carpets. It’s good for daytime oxygen production and additionally, it helps restore moisture to dry winter air.
The Foxtail Palm is a hardy, slender, tall and compact growing Australian native palm perfect for that tropical image.
The Fan Palm is a truly out of the ordinary palm. It’s beauty is deraigned from its magnificent fan-like fronds, which dominate the palm. The Fan Palm likes moist soil and – when mature is comfortable in full sun as long as the humidity is high. The Fan Palm makes an unusual plant for indoors or out and is very similar to the logo and branding for our city Cairns Regional Council.