The 10 best air purifying plants for hanging indoors
Filling your home with hanging plants is a great way to add in colour and warmth, giving your space an instant cozy bohemian feel. Indoor plants are definitely having a design moment but unlike artwork, plants have a way of creating dimension and style to your home. No matter what size your space is, adding hanging plants is an easy way to brighten up your home without cluttering up your room.
Here is a list of air purifying indoor plants that clean the air by removing germ toxins. You can find these plants at most garden or home stores, and are all reasonably priced.
Air purifying plants
1. Rubber Plants
This hearty plant loves bright, filtered light and weekly watering in the spring/summer and fortnightly watering in the fall/winter. They can grow in a small hanging pot or can grow into a large indoor tree by switching to a larger floor pot. This plant removes xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.
2. Boston Fern
This easy to grow fern is perfect for hanging. This plant thrives in humid environments and requires constant moisture. Misting them on the regular and keeping the soil moist is the best way to keep them happy. They like direct sunlight so keeping them close to a window or even on the balcony is the best placement. Cutting the fronds back by about 2 inches in the winter helps to regenerate and grow in the warmer months. These beauties remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
3. Chinese Evergreen
This plant comes in many varieties and is one of the easiest indoor house plants to care for. They tolerate most conditions but love well drained soil, humid temperatures with medium to low light conditions. Because of the bulky leaves, they look really beautiful in a low hanging planter. They remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
4. English Ivy
This deep green glossy plant grows really well in small pots and prefer to be crowded. They look really nice in multiple hanging planters and are easy to grow new ones in water. This one may be the number one house plants when it comes to air purifiers, removing formaldehyde and benzene.
5. Aloe Vera
Not only is this power house great for its anti-inflammatory properties repairing wounds and helping with sunburns, it’s also an amazing air purifier. They thrive in warm well lit rooms and slowly grow into one of your favourite household plant that don’t need much care or watering. They will grow brown spots on their leaves when the amount of harmful chemicals is extreme. They remove formaldehyde from the air.
6. Spider Plant
This plant is the perfect choice for newbies. They survive in just about any condition and have been known to survive is temperatures as low as 2 degrees. They also send out shoots of baby spider plants called spiderettes, making it easy to grow new plants for gifting or adding to your plant collection. They remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
This heart shaped tropical plant is a beautiful addition to your place and great for hanging. They are fairly easy to take care of, needing moderate watering and indirect sunlight. This plant has many different shades of green so you will have lots of options to choose from. They remove formaldehyde from the air.
8. Peace Lily
This plant is an easy one to care for, requiring weekly watering and placed in a room with low light. Using a slow release fertiliser in the spring will promote growth and release beautiful white flowers. This plant removes benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.
9. Devil’s Ivy
Also known as pothos, devil’s ivy is an easy to grow indoor plant that adds a beautiful bright green and off white colour to your space. The heart shaped leaves look great in hanging pots and are next to impossible to kill. This one removes xylene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air.
10. Bamboo Palm
This one isn’t the best for hanging once it’s matured, but if you prune the leaves once in a while and place the trimmed leaves in a small vase with water it adds a beautiful look to a space. They can be planted in a larger pot and kept in indirect sunlight. They remove benzene and formaldehyde from the air.
Now that you have an idea of which plants may be better for your home, you can create the look with hanging them. There are tons of options to choose from and most you can make on your own, depending on how crafty you are.
Macrame has completely made a come back in the last year and creating your own macrame hanging planter is super easy thanks to you tube. You can also find fairly inexpensive ones at shops like Anthropology, Etsy or your local craft markets. These hangers give a really homey bohemian look to any space, especially when you have a few clustered together.
Pottery is another beautiful way to show off your plant, that gives a simple minimal look. Using sturdy string, rope or leather to hang your potted plant from a secured ceiling hook. This makes it easy to take it down to prune your plant and water.
Wooden planters are also really popular right now, and can be simple to make. Drill three holes into a round flat piece of sturdy wood then string rope through the holes, secured with a knot. Simply place your potted plant onto the flat hanging wood and hang from a sturdy ceiling hook. This one looks great in a bedroom or bathroom.
Be mindful on how high and where you decide to hang your plants, as you will need to reach them for watering. Maybe keep a stool close by. Creating a weekly watering routine for your new beauties can also make things a lot easier. You will proudly have a green thumb in no time.