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CATALOGO DE PLANTAS OXIGENADORAS
Projects like installing new carpet and painting walls can release chemicals that pollute indoor air. Luckily, some houseplants moonlight as efficient purifiers. For the best results, put as many plants as you can care for in the rooms you use most, says environmental scientist Dr. Bill Wolverton. That means you'll want at least two plants (in 10- to 12-inch pots) per 100 square feet of space; if you're in the middle of major renovations, aim for more plants. One tip: Be sure not to overwater, as too much soil moisture can lead to mold growth
The wax plant is a heavy hitter in filtering out benzene and chemicals produced by toluene, a liquid found in some waxes and adhesives, according to a University of Georgia study conducted last year.
How it Helps: Its dense foliage excels at absorbing formaldehydeâ€”the most prevalent indoor pollutant, says Wolvertonâ€”which shows up in wood floorboard resins and synthetic carpet dyes.
This hearty, climbing vine thrives in small spaces. It also fares well in rooms with few windows or little sunlight.
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata) While this slow-growing shrub can get quite tall (up to 15 feet), it's relatively compact and will make the most out of whatever floor space you can offer it. For best results, keep one in a room with high ceilings and moderate sunlight, and water occasionally. Its red-trimmed leaves will deliver a dose of unexpected color. How it Helps: This plant will take care of gases released by xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, which can be introduced by lacquers, varnishes, and sealers. PRECIO: Q35.00
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) A good option for beginning gardeners, the spider plant reproduces quickly, growing long, grassy leaves as well as hanging stems, which eventually sprout plantletsâ€”hence its arachnid-inspired name. How it Helps: Put a spider plant on a pedestal or in a hanging basket close to a sunlit window and you'll benefit from fewer airborne formaldehyde and benzene molecules. PRECIO : 35.00