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26

Feng Shui, Plants, and Good Air Quality

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Many of us are familiar with feng shui. Some of us study and follow its principles religiously, some follow some of the principles just in case they work, and others of us do not believe feng shui works at all.  For my readers who are interested in feng shui and plants, I found this very interesting article written by Rodika Tchi, who is a feng shui guide.  All of the plants she mentions are used regularly by Growing Expectations in their plantscaping designs.  In fact, we handed out  the “peace lily” to all the guests at the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce at the November power lunch. I hope you enjoy it.

Top 10 Air-Purifying Plants to Improve the Feng Shui of Your Home or Office by Tchi Rodika

Best feng shui advice to keep in mind is to always be aware of the quality of the indoor air and do your best to improve it. Numerous research shows that indoor pollution is much worse than the outdoor pollution.

Is there a feng shui solution? Yes, there is! The best feng shui solution is to decorate your home or office with smart indoor plants! Below is a list of top ten air-purifying plants, as defined by NASA research in the early 1980s.

Bring them to your home, bring them to your office, and let them do what they do best – clear the air and fill it with oxygen!

1. Areca Palm

Photo: (c) Zplantsinc.com

Scientific Name:
Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens
Removes:
* All tested indoor air toxins.
Benefits:
* Very popular and easy to care for plant.
* Leaves have a gracious flow that will soften the energy of any home or office space.

2. Lady Palm

Photo: (c) Realpalmtrees.com
Scientific Name:
Rhapis Excelsa
Removes:
* Most indoor pollutants.
Benefits:
* One of the best plants to improve the indoor air quality.
* Very popular and easy to care for.

3. Bamboo Palm

Photo: (c) Wsindoorplants.com.au
Scientific Name:
Chamaedorea Seifrizii
Removes:
* Benzene.
* Trichloroethylene.
* Formaldehyde.
Benefits:
* Adds a peaceful, tropical feeling to any environment.
* Most resistant to insect infestation.

4. Rubber Plant

Photo: (c) Indoor-plants.co.uk
Scientific Name:
Ficus Robusta
Removes:
* Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde.
Benefits:
* Will survive in dim light and tolerate cool temperatures.
* Excellent ability to remove toxins from any indoor environment.

5. Dracaena Janet Craig

Photo: (c) Extento.hawaii.edu
Scientific Name:
Dracaena Deremensis Janet Craig
Removes:
* Most pollutants, especially trichloroethylene.
Benefits:
* Attractive plant, easy to grow in very little light.
* Best in Dracaenas family for removing home or office chemical toxins.

6. English Ivy

Photo: (c) Guide-to-houseplants.com
Scientific Name:
Hedera Helix
Removes:
* Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde.
Benefits:
* Another hardy, very popular plant, often used in public spaces.
* Easy to grow, very adaptable, except for high temperatures.

7. Dwarf Date Palm

Photo: (c) Fukubonsai.com
Scientific Name:
Phoenix Roebelenii
Removes:
* Most pollutants, especially xylene.
Benefits:
* A slow grower that can reach a height of about 5 to 6 feet.
* Can tolerate low levels of light.

8. Ficus Alii

Photo: (c) Podnesi.com
Scientific Name:
Ficus Macleilandii “Alii”
Removes:
* Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde.
Benefits:
* Easier to care for than the Ficus Benjamina, can loose some leaves while adjusting to a new space.
* There are 3 types of Ficus Alii: the standard tree, the bush and the braids (several entwined trunks.)

9. Boston Fern

Photo: (c) Nathankramer.com
Scientific Name:
Nephrolepis Exaltata “Bostoniensis”
Removes:
* Most pollutants, especially formaldehyde.
Benefits:
* Beautiful and lush, a favorite for any home or office.
* It does require attention in order to thrive.

10. Peace Lily

Photo: (c) Greenbuttercups.com

Scientific Name:
Spathiphyllum sp.
Removes:
* Alcohols and acetone.
* Trichloroethylene.
* Benzene and Formaldehyde.
Benefits:
* Beautiful plant with gentle white flowers, easy to care for.
* Strong and peaceful energy.


For more information on feng shui and plants or to schedule a free consultation, contact us at www.interiorofficeplants.com

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