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The Best Houseplants for Clean Air, Safe Pets and the Horticulturally Challenged

13 Feb 2015

They always say that if you are planning on selling or letting a home, that it is a good idea to have a “living thing” in each room (by that we don’t mean mould that looks like it could at any moment sprout legs and growl) – we mean considerably more attractive flora. 


Fresh flowers are always a quick win when staging a home to impress prospective buyers or tenants, but houseplants are another great option.  Read this article for How Flowers Can Help Sell Your Home for more info.

The thing about houseplants is that they do tend to last a wee bit longer than cut flowers (so long as you remember to water them).

Here we round up some of the best plants for all kinds of situations:

If you want to purify and clean the air in your home

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Not only does this plant offer beautiful green leaves but it flowers as well.  The Peace Lily can remove alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde from the air, giving you and your family cleaner air to breathe while beautifying your home.  Best in indirect, medium sunlight to low sunlight.

Other air-purifying plants: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica), Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exaltata), Ficus Alii, Dracaena fragrans"Janet Craig", Miniature Date Palm (Phoenix roebelinii), Philodendron, Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera delicosa)

If you want to keep your pets safe – non-toxic plants for cats and dogs

Areca Palm

Palm is one of the most common pet-safe houseplants and adds a touch of the tropical to your home with its grass-like fronds.  Palms are pretty tough plants so you’re pets shouldn’t be able to do too much damage to the plant – and the plant is non-toxic to your pets.  Everybody wins!

Other pet-safe houseplants: Blue Echeveria, Bamboo, Burro's Tail or Lamb's Tail, Christmas Cactus, Cliff Brake or Button Fern, Hens and Chickens, Pearl Plant, Pony Tail Palm, Spice Orchid

Low maintenance houseplants for the horticulturally challenged

Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)

The corn plant not only looks good in your home with its wide hanging green leaves, but it will thrive with only a little light or water.  So if you neglect to water it for a time – it won’t expire on you.

Other low-mainteance houseplants: Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior), Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata), Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata), Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

The all-rounder house plant

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

If you want a plant that will clean the air, be safe for pets AND withstand the perils of being cared for by the decidedly un-green-fingered, then the spider plant may be the right choice for you.  Spider plants are difficult to kill, even if you forget to water it.  If you’re busy, these fast growing plants are a good option – the only thing to remember is that they are not big fans of direct sunlight.  Not only that, but the spider plant battles benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene (a solvent used in the leather, rubber and printing industries). And as if that weren’t enough, this plant is also considered a safe houseplant if you have pets in the house.

Need more advice on selling or letting your home?

If you are thinking of staging a property whether for sale or for let, getting yourself a houseplant that best fits the needs of your family and lifestyle is a great way to add that homely feel without splashing out on fresh flowers for every room of the house.  Though, we do think that fresh flowers can make a huge impression too.

Thinking of selling or letting your property? We’re happy to provide you with free advice about the best time to put your property on the market and how to stage your home to really make it stand out from the competition.

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