I’ve been down with a nasty stomach virus for the past week, more interested in the distance to the bathroom than in gardening. As a result, I’ve been perusing articles instead of writing them (it takes far less effort!). I’ve also spent considerable time reading bogus gardening advice on Pintrest—it’s an amazingly rich repository of horticultural mythology. One afternoon I focused on the idea that houseplants purify the air in our homes. We’ve all seen the articles…
- INFOGRAPHIC: Best Houseplants for Indoor Air Quality
- 10 Best Houseplants That Clean The Air
- How To Purify The Air In Your Home With These Plants (According To NASA)
Well, if NASA says so, it must be true!
My first indication that there might be a problem was noticing that the lists disagree. If these are truly the best, you would expect everyone to recommend them. Still, there are millions of plants, and we grow hundreds of them indoors, so maybe different ones were studied at different times.
Pavlis deals with this question head on, looking at the research (including that NASA study), then analyzing the results with logic and writing about it in a clear and interesting manner. Do yourself a favor and read his excellent article.
Meanwhile, I’m going back to bed.