While we know that any plant exchanges CO2 for oxygen, some houseplants are just a little more prolific than others in their 02 output. Owners of these particular varieties of plants may notice a better air quality in their homes and it just so happens all these super clean plants are among the easiest to grow! We have some excellent specimens available in store for you to pick up!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The peace lily is a perennial favourite. It’s glossy, graceful leaves and striking spike flowers are easy to care for and add a tropical touch to any room. Tolerant to lower light conditions, these guys are super helpful in that they’ll droop a wee bit when they’re due for a drink, but will pop right back up once they get a thorough soak. The only thing they really don’t like is direct sun, but as long as there’s a bit of light in the room, they’ll be fine.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Snake plants are modern and spiky and cool and it is really hard to kill them. They come in a number of interesting varieties; from tall, broad-leafed ones to narrow, round arcing blades, in all different shades and patterns of green. We’ll find the variety that suits you. They’ll take pretty much any light conditions and you can let them go bone-dry between watering. They’re almost fool-proof!
ZZ Plant (Zamifolia Zamioculcas)
If the snake plant is fool-proof, these guys are bomb-proof. I once forgot one in a basement for 4 months and when I rediscovered it, it had new growth! Bright, indirect light and water… when you feel like it. About every 2-4 weeks depending on the size of the pot. It can suffer from rhizome rot if it’s over watered. The leaves are shiny and bright when new and form on pretty arcing stems that can be 3 ft long when grown indoors.
Corn Plant (Dracaena) and Pothos
Both wildly different in appearance; both oddly similar in care. The Dracaena has been a mainstay of grandmas’ drawing rooms and dentists’ wait rooms for decades, but it has so many different varieties, it never goes out of style. Like the sansevieria, it can be brightly coloured, patterned, broad-leafed, narrow-leafed, gracefully droopy or sharp and spiky. They can grow tall and lean or short and bushy. Called the corn plant because of the leaves’ resemblance to the fruits long, flat blades that grow along narrow, central stalks. Similar in it’s available variety is the pothos; a low growing trailing plant that can have just as many leaf-patterns. Bright lime green, dark and mottled, striped with white. It has pert, heart-shaped leaves that grow on long trailing vines that easily root in whatever they may be sitting. You can let them grow long and gangly or prune them for a bushy little plant.
Both the dracaena and pothos require bright, indirect sunlight and water when the surface soil dries out. Use your finger to check the top inch or two and don’t let the whole pot go fully dry. Both show similar signs of distress: over-watering will lead to droopy, pale new growth; under-watering and the leaves will brown and pop off; too much heat or direct light will burn the edges of the leaves and too dark and the leaves will be further apart and look anemic in colour and body.
We have a wonderful selection of these beautiful air-purifiers in now as well as a huge, brand new shipment of gorgeous pots, saucers and stands to set them on and in! Come by to 282 Richmond Rd to see which one is right for your space.