It's All About the Details!
Here at Sargent’s we pride ourselves on paying attention to the details. Whether it’s the perfect pot for your entry way or a beautiful statue to adorn your garden with, we have you covered. We also have great gift ideas for every occasion; fairy gardens, succulents bowls, and even teddy bears! You can also visit Sargent’s Floral to arrange the perfect bouquet to brighten someone’s day with. Let us help you with those finishing touches that make everything so special.
Houseplants for Improving Air Quality
Did you know that Sargent’s on 2nd carries houseplants? They have a wide variety of beautiful houseplants plants to choose from. There are so many wonderful reasons for adding houseplants to your decorating ideas. One of those reasons is that they can actually improve the air quality in your home! It’s true! In the late ’80s, NASA studied houseplants as a way to purify the air in space facilities. They found several plants that filter out common volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These plants can also help clean indoor air on Earth, which is typically far more polluted than outdoor air. Choosing plants you find attractive can also lower blood pressure and decrease stress. To get the most out of your houseplants, set them up (two to three per room) so there is plenty of space around each one for ideal air circulation. Keep the air moist by misting plants. Pollutants are absorbed through the leaves, so keep the leaves clear of dust by wiping gently with a damp cloth. Here is a list of some of the best indoor plant varieties for improving air quality.
Aloe (Aloe vera) This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Even if you tend to neglect houseplants, 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. As an added bonus, this plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.
Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) 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 your bathroom — it’ll thrive with low light and steamy humid conditions while helping filter out air pollutants.
Pothos (Scindapsus) Another powerful plant for tackling formaldehyde, this fast-growing vine will create a cascade of green from a hanging basket.
Dracaena These plants are best for removing xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde, which can be introduced to indoor air through lacquers, varnishes and gasoline.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) A ficus in your living room can help filter out pollutants that typically accompany carpeting and furniture such as formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene.
English ivy (Hedera helix)A study found that the plant reduces airborne fecal-matter particles. It has also been shown to filter out formaldehyde found in some household cleaning products.
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’) 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.
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) Also known as the reed palm. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. They’re also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.
Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium) This climbing vine plant is a workhorse for removing all kinds of VOCs. Philodendrons are particularly good at battling formaldehyde from sources like particleboard.
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum) Low light and weekly watering are all the peace lily needs to survive and produce blooms. It topped NASA’s list for removing all three of most common VOCs — formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. It can also combat toluene and xylene.