Indoor air is found to be more toxic than polluted outdoor air. As we spend time indoors, it is important to keep the air as clean as possible while maintaining the safety of our pets and small children. Many plants high on the list of removing toxins from the air do well and are attractive in hanging baskets.
Plectranthus verticillatus grows in various colors and is an ideal specimen for use in hanging baskets. Black, purple, green and variegated forms are readily available at local greenhouses or to order online.
This easy care plant benefits from moderately bright light and average humidity. Keep the soil moist with moderate watering.
Easily propagated from cuttings, one Swedish Ivy can provide more plants for all areas of the home and office. With proper care and environment, this plant may also bloom in late spring. It is ideal for moving outside in warmer temperatures.
One of the most popular of houseplants, Epipremnum aureus is rated third on the Nasa list of removing certain toxins from indoor air. Pothos is a must have in rooms where new carpet or plywood is leaving a formaldehyde odor. Include more than one specimen for optimum toxin removal.
Devil’s Ivy is possibly the most easy-care houseplant available. Filtered light is appreciated and increases the growth rate, but is not necessary for plant survival. Pruning leggy growth below a node will encourage fullness near the surface of the pot.
Water this plant infrequently; too much watering may cause yellowing of the leaves and other plant health issues. Water even less in winter, as houseplant growth may stop for the season.
This variegated beauty with heart shaped leaves may offer a training experience for our four legged friends, should they be so bold as to bite into the plant. Devil’s Ivy offers a poisonous but non-lethal sap which will cause a burning sensation when bitten, encouraging smart pets not to try this again.
The scalloped, attractive Swedish Ivy is non-toxic as well, according to University of Nebraska Cooperative Service. However, pets and children should be discouraged from playing with the plants. Showcasing your interior beauties in hanging baskets may prove a satisfactory means of avoiding the problem.
The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual