How To Grow Fresh Air

Author B.C. Wolverton originally began his research to investigate creating a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat. What came of that research was the discovery that houseplants are the most efficient filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene. (See our list of the top plants for cleaning the air).

SmartGardens: Automated Growing

SmartGardens are specially designed gardens that automatically water and feed plants without the need for pumps, timers and nutrient monitoring. They incorporate a watering system called a SmartValve, which enables the plants to be gravity fed, instead of through a pump. This means there is no need for a reservoir below the garden to capture runoff. There are some more …

Egglings: Crack Open a Plant

These ceramic “Egglings” look and feel like real eggs. But if you crack one open, and add water, you’ll soon have plant growing. Each Eggling comes with a terra cotta tray and seed pack. The plants will grow for months in their shell and can be replanted in soil. Available for $8.95 from Elsewares. Found via Inhabitat.

LED Lights: Efficient Indoor Growing

LED grow lights are a good choice if you are interested in growing indoors without a lot of hassle. Traditional grow lights generate a lot of heat and use large amounts of electricity, which raises your monthly electric bill by noticeable amounts. These LED grow lights stay cool, and use only a minuscule amount of energy.

Gift Trees: Efficient

These gift trees, from the National Arbor Day Foundation, can be grown indoors or outdoors or even preserved in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant them. The trees are only $3 each, but there is a minimum order of 10. You can select from four evergreens: Ponderosa Pine, Coastal Redwood, Longleaf Pine, and Colorado Blue Spruce. They come …

Best All-Round Indoor Plants

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”) Peace Lily removes benzene, xylene and toluene found in nail polish, paints, solvents, and adhesives as well as trichloroethylene (TCE). TCE is a commercial product found in a wide variety of industrial uses such as metal degreasing and dry cleaning. It is also found in printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes and adhesives. Wash the leaves …

Plants Good For Formaldehyde Removal

Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii) Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Philodendron Selloum