Plants to Keep Your Apartment Healthy

Adding plants to your apartments can help keep your apartment healthy by removing pollutants from the air. This can help especially if you have noticed some symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome. Here we provide a short list of plants that can keep you healthy.

Some of the more commonly reported symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome are:

  • Headache
  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Fatigue
  • Respiratory illness
  • Dizziness and nausea

Fortunately, the good folks at NASA are on the case; they been studying which plants can remove and filter volatile organic compounds and other carcinogenic materials from the air.

Some common pollutants are formaldehyde, which is used in pressed wood furniture, xylene, which is found in varnishes paints and benzene, which is found in rubber, detergents, lubricants, dyes, and pesticides.

A rather comprehensive list of plants that can reduce the amount of pollutants in the air can be found here. These plants can help to remove some common pollutants around your apartment and serve as decor.

Some excerpts from that list are pictured with descriptions of basic care below:

Chinese Evergreen


These plants are great to put in the bedroom or bathroom of your apartment; they adapt well to different levels of humidity and light, but you should be careful not let the room temperature get below 60 degrees fahrenheit.



Aloe is also a very easy plant to care for. It should be kept somewhere in your apartment where it will get a good amount of light. You can even forget to water this plant; the most common problem is typically watering it too much, which is indicated by soft and dull colored leaves.

English Ivy



English Ivy is a great plant to hang somewhere in your apartment, although south and west facing windows should be avoided, as direct sun will turn the leaves pale.

Bromeliad (Aechmea fasciata)



These plants should be exposed to indirect light and watered 2-3 times per week.

Boston Fern



Boston ferns require lots of indirect sunshine and a bright east or west facing window in your apartment is best. During warmer months, be sure to keep the soil moist, but not saturated. In the winter, you can let the soil become dry before you water again.

Of course, having plants around your apartment not only take pollutants out of the air, but also generate oxygen, smell pleasantly and look great.

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