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House plants that help clean the air

House plants can reduce indoor air pollutants. 

House plants offer more than just something nice to look at.

In this week's Homegrown we visit The Barn Nursery to learn about the benefits of house plants.

Donna Dent is a custom designer at the nursery. She says house plants can help you have cleaner air.

"We have a ton of different plants that will produce oxygen, and some of them will produce oxygen at different times of the day."

Certain plants can help remove organic chemicals from indoor air, according to this NASA study.

"We aren't rocket scientists here, we are just trying to get you growing something green, but it is proven that plants can benefit your health in the home by adding oxygen," Dent said.

Florist mums come in a variety of colors and are listed among NASA's top plants for purifying the air.

"If you use florist mums in the house, not only are they pretty, but they're also working to help clean the air as well."

Donna says there are some misconceptions when it comes to house plants.

"A lot of people think it's a big schedule, it takes a lot of time to keep these plants...I literally water my house plants twice a month so if you can remember the 1st and the 15th you're pretty good to go."

Some plants like tillandsias don't require any maintenance. They absorb nutrients and moisture from the air.

"The biggest thing with house plants is choose something that's going to fill the space," Dent said. "Make sure that it's not going to overgrow the space that you want it in."

Also factor in how much lighting the space provides.

"If you know you have a low light area, don't pick a plant that's going to want high light. You don't want to let yourself down. You want to set yourself up for success."

Donna says some of the most popular house plants include the fiddly fig, ficus trees, Chinese evergreens and peace lilies.

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