Last Updated on September 24, 2020 by Yuvika Iyer
Want to keep houseplants that produce the most oxygen? Here are the top 9 Plants you should invite into your home to make it healthier!
Keeping more houseplants at home will pump up the indoor oxygen level and ensure a constant supply of pure air for your loved ones.
It’s a scientifically proven fact that indoor plants not only improve the quality of the air your family breathes but seeing them every day can keep you miles away from stress and anxiety.
Let’s discover the 9 best houseplants that produce the most oxygen.
Top 9 Indoor Plants that Produce the Most Oxygen
The Weeping Fig
The Weeping Fig is also popularly known as the Ficus Plant. It is a common houseplant with a gorgeous foliage that helps it produce oxygen to purify the air.
NASA has recognized the Ficus to be extremely effective at cleaning xylene, airborne formaldehyde and toluene.
By keeping this plant in your house, you can improve the quality of the air you breathe indoors and stay healthy.
Common name: The Weeping Fig
Scientific Name: Ficus Benjamina
The dense and bushy foliage of a matured weeping fig is a sight to behold. It has got its name of Weeping Fig because of the droopy looks of its leaves.
It is an evergreen perennial which thrives in tropical and sub-tropical climates with excess humidity.
Weeping Fig has many incredible health benefits. NASA has recognized it as one of the most powerful air-purifying plants.
It can eliminate airborne VOCs like xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde from your indoor air. If you want to improve your indoor air quality and make it toxin-free, keeping Weeping Fig will speed up the process.
Now, let’s look at some key components of growing a healthy ficus:
Soil: Porous and well-draining soil
Light: Plenty of indirect sunlight. Best for a brightly lit windowsill.
Water: Try to keep the soil evenly moist. Thoroughly water your plant when the top 2-inches of soil feels completely dry.
Temperature: Prefers a hot and humid climate. If you live in a dry climate area, mist your fig every alternate day for better moisture retention.
Fertilization: Fertilize your weeping fig at the beginning of spring and summer.
Common Name: Aloe Vera
Botanical Name: Aloe barbadensis miller
Aloe Vera is one of the hardiest perennial succulents that can thrive even in neglect.
This plant is called the wonder plant for its numerous health benefits and magical medicinal properties.
Growing Aloe Vera indoors can make your home air toxin-free and pure. It wards off harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene from the indoor air.
Aloe Vera is known to release the highest amount of oxygen at night.
Keeping them in your living room or bedrooms instantly improve the breathability of indoor air.
Let’s see how to make this evergreen succulent thrive in your home.
Soil: Like other cacti and succulents, use rich and porous soil-less media to grow your Aloe Vera. Make your own potting mix with coco peat, perlite or vermiculite, garden sand, and small pebbles.
Light: Aloe Vera prefers to soak in morning sunlight but doesn’t like hot afternoon sun. When growing indoors, you can keep your Aloe Vera plant near a south or west-facing windowsill.
Water: You should follow a simple trick while watering your Aloe Vera. Water only when the topsoil is completely dry. Remember, under-watering is always better than over-watering.
Temperature: Your Aloe Vera is perfectly suited for dry or less-humid weather. It retains excess moisture in thick and fleshy leaves. Exposure to high-humidity may result in root rot.
Fertilization: Aloe Vera doesn’t need to be fertilized, but you can still apply soluble liquid cacti and succulent fertilizer at the beginning of summer or end of spring.
Pro tip: Propagating your Aloe Vera is super easy. When your Aloe Vera gets a little matured, baby plants will show up in high numbers.
You just have to take out those baby plants and plant them in different pots. Within months these plants will be fully grown.
Common Name: Pothos or Golden Pothos
Botanical Name : Epipremnum aureum
Pothos is a gorgeous perennial climber with dense and lively foliage. It can thrive even with minimum care.
You can easily multiply your pothos by propagating aerial-rooted cuttings.
It acts as an excellent natural air-purifier by eliminating air-borne toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.
If you want your indoor air to have more oxygen, I advise you to add pothos in your houseplants collection.
Let’s see how you can get a thriving and beautiful pothos:
Soil: Pothos loves a well-draining organic potting mix. Your Pothos soil should have the right balance of coco peat, soil, perlite, and garden sand.
You can grow your Pothos cutting in a glass bowl full of water. Once it starts shooting healthy roots and new leaves, transfer the cutting to the soil.
Light: Pothos can be grown in any light condition. But to get thriving and smiling Pothos, you need to keep them under bright indirect light.
As a thumb rule, the typical green pothos will do well in low lights, but the variegated ones like Marble, Manjula, or N-joy pothos need exposure to bright light to get the optimum growth.
Water: You should keep your Pothos soil evenly moist but do not allow standing water. Examine the dryness of your pothos soil by pressing your thumb against it.
If it feels dry, that means your plant is thirsty. Water it thoroughly to quench its thirst.
Temperature: Pothos, being a tropical beauty, thrives in humidity. Regular misting with filtered water is essential to keep it healthy and boost its growth.
If you live in dry weather and plan to keep your pothos indoors, mist it regularly or place it in front of a humidifier for at least half an hour every alternate day.
Fertilization: Fertilize your pothos once in every three months. You can increase the fertilization frequency in the growing season – spring and summer.
Safety tip: Pothos are poisonous. Keep your kids and pets away from them.
Pro tip: Pothos is the easiest plant to propagate. You have cut an inch below the node with one or two leaves.
The node should have a decent amount of aerial roots. You can initially plant the cutting in water, and when the new leaves sprout, you can transfer it to the potting mix.
If you are a new indoor plant enthusiast, start your journey with spider plants.
It’s a beautiful houseplant with a spider-cobweb like dense foliage and tiny spiderettes sprouting out from the matured mother plants.
It looks stunning in a hanging planter with tiny spiderettes hanging all over the place. This plant is a true beauty with benefits.
One of the top Spider plant benefits is that it acts as a potent air-purifying agent by filtering benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde from the indoor air.
It makes the indoor air more breathable by pumping in more oxygen in the indoor air. Looking at your spider plants will brighten your day by keeping stress under control.
Let’s see how to get a vibrant and gorgeous spider plant:
Soil: Spider plants are best to be grown in soil-less media. You can make the potting mix using 60% peat moss, 20% garden sand, 5% vermiculite, and 5% perlite.
This special Spider plant potting mix will be fast-draining with no water logging issue.
Light: You should keep your spider plants in bright indirect sunlight.
A south or west-facing windowsill is best to grow your spiders. Remember, exposure to hot afternoon sun will fry your spider plants’ leaves and stunt its growth.
Water: Water your spider plants when the topsoil is dry. Over-watering can result in root rots.
Temperature: Spider plants love cooler temperatures between 13 to 18 F. Any drastic temperature fluctuation may hinder its growth.
Fertilization: Fertilize your spider plants once every 3 to 4 months with organic fertilizer to speed up its growth.
Pro tip: Propagating spider plants is easy. Simply separate the tiny spiderettes with roots from the mother plant and replant them in small pots. They will start sprouting new leaves in no time.
Common Name: Areca Palm
Botanical Name: Dypsis lutescens
Have you ever wondered – why areca palms are so popular for households and offices. Every second house I visit, I spot areca palm in at-least one of their rooms.
Two key factors drive its soaring popularity – it can absorb almost all toxic airborne particles and instantly jazz up your home decor.
Keeping areca palm indoors helps you get strong nerves and is one of the best plants that produce the most oxygen.
Let’s see how we can grow this least fussy houseplant successfully:
Soil: Like other houseplants, areca palm also needs a well-draining soil to reach its maximum potential. It should have a nice mix of organic potting soil, peat moss, garden sand, and perlite (though not mandatory).
Light: Areca palm can survive in low light and thrive in bright indirect light. If you want to enjoy its feathery green foliage, keep it under bright indirect sunlight.
Water: Keep your areca palm soil a little moist in spring and summer to fuel its growth. Winter is usually the period of slow-growth and dormancy. I recommend you keep intermittent dry spells between watering at this time.
Temperature: Area palm thrives in the temperature range of 15F to 25F. It can also survive in higher temperatures, but a sudden drop or fluctuation can result in browning leaves.
Fertilization: Apply a slow-release fertilizer at the outset of spring. Keep the fertilization frequency as 15 days.
Your areca palm will extract all necessary micronutrients from the fertilizer for the entire year.
Pro tip: Areca palm has a congested and strong root system. You need to re-pot your matured areca palm within a year or two.
Keeping your plant in the same pot can make it root bound, stall its growth, and eventually break the pot.
Common Name: Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
Botanical Name : Dracaena trifasciata
The snake plant is fondly called as Mother-in-law’s tongue by the houseplant hobbyists. It looks beautiful for its tall and forky leaves, which look like a hooded snake.
It comes in wide ranges of colors and 70 varieties, and some of them are considered rare and exotic.
This oxygen producing houseplant has been recognized by NASA as a powerful and natural air-purifying agent that absorbs deadly airborne toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene, NoX, xylene, and formaldehyde.
Keeping it in your living room adds extra oxygen in the indoor air, reduces CO2, and instantly jazzes up your home decor.
Let’s explore all the essential elements you need to make your snake plant happy and thriving.
Soil: You should grow your snake plant in a well-drained and porous soil. I recommend potting it in a soilless media combining peat moss, sand, perlite, and cinder.
Light: The bright coloration of the snake plant will show up under bright and indirect light. Snake plants are highly tolerant of low lights but grow best with the bright sunlight. Remember to keep your snake plant away from direct sun as it may brown the edges and middle of its beautiful leaves.
Water: Water your snake plants when the soil is dry. The best way to gauge the dryness is to insert your index finger or toothpick inside and see if it comes out clean. If it does, that means your snake plant is thirsty. Winter is the hibernation period for most of the snake plant varieties. So I recommend keeping a prolonged (at least 3-4 days) dry spell between watering.
Temperature: Snake plants can survive in varying temperatures but do best in dry and less-humid conditions.
Fertilization: Not fussy about fertilization, but you can fertilize it once a year, preferably in the spring.
Pro tip: Snake plants are poisonous. Keep your children and pets away to avoid accidental ingesting.
Common Name: Tulsi or Holy Basil
Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Tulsi or holy basil is considered as sacred and spiritual foliage. It has been used by ancient sages of Vedic times for its excellent health benefits and medicinal properties.
Keeping Tulsi in the house is a spiritual practice as per Hinduism as it is believed to bring good luck and health. It’s known to create a positive aura around your home and protects it from evil spirits.
Tulsi is also known as the queen of herbs and offers plenty of health benefits. It’s one of the best oxygen generating plants which can release oxygen in your home for a whopping 20 hours a day.
It can easily absorb airborne toxins like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the indoor air. Let’s see how you can successfully grow a tulsi in your home:
Soil: You should plant Tulsi in a rich organic potting mix. The soil should be fast-draining and full of essential micronutrients. The ideal combination should be 50% soil, 20% peat moss, 20% vermicompost, and 10% of other organic fertilizers.
Light: If someone tells you Tulsi can thrive indoors, that’s not true. Tulsi plants need at least 6 to 7 hours of full sun. It’s growth rate largely depends on the amount of sunlight it receives.
Water: Remember to water your Tulsi or Holy Basil plant when the topsoil is dry. Water your plant thoroughly until the excess water passes through your pot’s drainage hole.
Temperature: Tulsi plants love hot and humid weather. Having originated from South-East Asia, this plant is conditioned to grow well in the tropical climate. If you want to grow Tulsi plants in cold and dry weather, keep them in front of an east-facing windowsill.
Fertilization: Your tulsi plants need regular fertilization, especially in summer. You may apply slow-release liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer.
But, I would recommend using organic plant boosters like bonemeal, vermicompost instead of chemical ones. You should fertilize your Tulsi plants at least once a month to speed up its growth.
Pro tip: You can easily propagate and multiply your Tulsi plant from cuttings or sowing its seeds.
The easiest way to propagate is to take a cutting with two leaves and plant it in the moist soil (if possible after dipping into with rooting hormone powder).
Keep it away from direct sunlight until it shoots the first set of 3-4 leaves. Once the plant looks healthy, slowly expose it to the direct sun.
Common Name: Bamboo Plant
Botanical Name : Bambusoideae
Bamboo is a lush green perennial that originated and is widely cultivated in the Indian sub-continent and other tropical countries.
Growing bamboo is easy and can have a beneficial effect on your indoor airs.
Being a natural air purifying agent, it cleanses indoor air from toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene.
Keeping bamboo is considered auspicious as per Vastu, Feng-shui, and many other astrological beliefs.
Bamboo develops lush green foliage under bright indirect sunlight. Excess or low light exposure can deter its growth and result in yellowing leaves.
This oxygen producing plant Bamboo releases lots of oxygen at night, so it’s perfectly suited to grow indoors.
Let’s discuss the key factors to get lush green bamboo:
Soil: Your bamboo plant thrives in fertile and porous soil. Think about its natural habitats – it grows in forests as well as wet marshlands. If you want to grow it in captivity, then go for a balanced mix of soil, compost, peat moss, and garden sand.
Light: Bamboo is widely grown and cultivated in the Indian subcontinent. It thrives in bright sunlight.
Too much direct sun can eventually make it lose its color and shine. If you want to grow bamboo plants indoors, then you can keep it near the south windowsill.
Water: Thoroughly water your bamboo whenever the topsoil feels dry. Keeping prolonged dry spells in the growing season of Spring and Summer will result in yellowing leaves.
Temperature: Bamboo plants love excess moisture and hot climate. If you live in cold and dry weather, keep your bamboo under grow light in Winters and mist its leaves every alternate day.
Fertilization: While planting or repotting your bamboo add organic fertilizer with your potting mix. During spring and summer, you can also use slow-release liquid fertilizer to pump up its growth.
Pro tip: Propagating your bamboo is easier than you think. You just have to separate the new rhizomes with roots and plant them in different pots. New shoots will start sprouting after 7 to 10 days.
Common Name: Gerbera Daisy
Botanical Name: Gerbera Jamesonii
Gerbera Daisy is the perfect combination of beauty and health benefits in one frame. It not only improves your home decor but purifies toxic indoor air as well.
NASA has mentioned Gerbera Daisy in their Clean Air Study as one of the most potent air purifying plants which remove airborne VOCs like benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.
Gerbera Daisy generates a huge amount of oxygen at night by absorbing toxic CO2.
You cannot reverse the toxicity of outdoor air, but you can surely improve your indoor air quality. Adding such wonderful air-purifying green thumbs will increase oxygen percentage at home.
Let’s see how to grow this beautiful gerbera variety:
Soil: A well-draining and sandy soil are essential for Gerbera daisy. Plant your gerbera in a soilless mixture – a balanced mix of peat moss, sand, perlite, organic fertilizers, compost, and a little bit of soil.
Light: Gerbera daisy needs full sunlight, at least 6 to 7 hours a day. If you live in a hot and dry place, you may choose to avoid the direct afternoon sun. But, keeping your daisy in low-light space can make it leggy, and it may not bloom at all.
Water: It’s better to thoroughly water your gerbera daisy in the morning and let its soil get all the vitality from direct sun.
Before watering, you should check the topsoil for any added moisture. If it’s dry, water your plant thoroughly.
Fertilization: Gerbera daisy needs regular fertilization, at least twice a month in the growing and flowering seasons.
Apply micronutrient-rich liquid fertilizers like fish emulsion or seaweed to give your plant a steady growth.
Pro tip: Your daisy may be susceptible to fungal diseases and infested by caterpillars and leaf miners.
You need a powerful fungal spray or liquid fungicides to get rid of the fungus. Using an organic spray like neem oil and pyrethrum can keep your daisy bug free.
Which one of these beautiful and healthy oxygen producing houseplants do you have at home?
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