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Health Benefits of Indoor Plants


Did you know that you inhale countless numbers of potentially deadly chemicals and carcinogenic agents every day, in the home and the workplace? Thankfully, Mother Nature has provided the most sophisticated pollution absorbing devices known to mankind; we like to call them house plants!

Dangerous poisons are released from building materials, carpets, natural gas, grocery bags, waxed paper, and even facial tissues, which contaminate the daily air you breathe. Toxins are constantly attacking us and causing potentially dangerous effects (such as cancer) to you and your loved ones. For example, benzene is known to lead to cataract formation and diseases of the lymphatic system, as well as diseases of the blood system (such as anemia). Formaldehyde is also found in your everyday environment in things like inks, oils, paints, plastics and rubber.

Common house plants have been proven to be the best way to combat "sick building syndrome" as they effectively exract unhealthy toxins from the air (such as dioxins, radon gas, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, formadehyde, and many others). Indoor plants also increase vital oxygen and humidity in the home and office.

A NASA study found house plants to be so superior at removing poisons from the air that they will be launched in to space as a primary part of the life support system upon space stations and manned mars missions. This study placed common house plants in sealed chambers and introduced numerous airborne toxins into them. Within just a 24 hour period, common house plants (such as the spider plant, philodendron, and golden pothos) has removed most of the toxins including 80 percent of the formaldeyde!

Perk up your mood by adding some tropical plants to your indoor environment. Studies have determined that the colour, fragrance, and aestheic apeal of plants are also an outstanding antidepressant and stress reliever!

4 Tips for better house plant care:

1. ensure plants get suitable light. Incorrect lighting is the #1 cause of deteriorating house plants. Lighting specifications can usually be found on the information card that comes with the plant.

2. Proper watering is important; avoid too much or too little moisture in the soil.

3.Insect pests can be prevented with a weekly misting of diluted dish soap and water If insects appear come and visit one one of our plant pharmacists for a diagnosis and prescription!

4. Fertilize occasionally with retailer recommended nutrients. This info can also be give by our expert plant pharmacists.

5. High quality soils are the grounds for good plant care. Choosing a quality soil with no fillers is crucial for your gardening success. We always recommend Way to Grow products for every garden. Full product line available here at Art Knapp Surrey!

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