DELHI: When Diwali turned already heavily polluted Delhi into a gas chamber, people went berserk googling about air purifiers to at least make the air inside their homes breathable. The multinationals had sensed this opportunity long back so there are enough options in the market to choose from, with it costing anywhere between Rs 10,000 to Rs 35,000 to install an air purifier in your home. But not everyone can afford them, right? So, here we give you three plants that will help to purify your indoor air naturally and at fraction of the cost.
Plant 1- Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus Lutescens)– This plant also known as 'The Living Room Plant' converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.Not just that, it also removes certain pollutants from the air. Delhi-based environmentalist, Kamal Meattle suggests installing four shoulder-high plants for every person in the house. It grows well in filtered light and needs to be watered often in a day.
Plant 2- Mother-In-Law's Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)– Don't go by the name, this one attacks toxicity in the air and is ideal for bedrooms since it produces oxygen at night. Also called Snake plant, this one can survive well in both sunlight and dim light. It also doesn't need frequent watering because of the nature of the leaves. You can have six to eight waist-high plants, even one is enough if you have space constraints. But here is a warning, this plant has been declared toxic to cats and dogs, so be careful if you have pets at home.
Plant 3- Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)- Who would have thought that our humble money plant can attack chemicals and other pollutants in the air! Adorning almost every balcony, this one sits comfortably in medium, indirect sunlight and needs regular watering. This one is also harmful to your pets, so just be careful with where you want to place this.
In case the nursery near your place or your neighbourhood plant vendor doesn't have any of these, there is always Amazon.