Chicago Winter Gardening — Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

January 19, 2016

It might be freezing outside, but indoor gardening is one way to grow beautiful plants, keep you active and improve the stagnant air during Chicago winters. In this indoor air quality blog, we talk about how to put your green thumb to work, even winter.

Air — It is what we breath.aloe-vera-196234_1920

Some plants are excellent at cleaning the air we breathe. In fact, some are used to clean chemicals from the air. Even in places where the air is good, plants help to improve indoor air quality. This can help people who have asthma, COPD, and other ailments that weaken our respiratory system breathe easier.

Put your green thumb to work for your respiratory system by becoming an indoor gardener. While that may sound like a tricky undertaking, it turns out to be quite simple. With a few little tricks, you can put your green thumb to work for you. Here’s how.

1. Think Small – This does not have to be a big project

Use leftover recycling as planters to start herbs. All you need is a small bag of soil, some metal or plastic containers, such as those from cans from vegetables. Also, you need a can opener and a small saucer. Herbs work well in these little containers. Think about planting sage, thyme, cilantro, mint, and lemon grass.

Just poke a hole in the bottom of the can with the can opener, fill it with potting soil, add your seeds, and then water it. Place the containers on the saucer and put them in a south-facing-window. Make sure the soil stays moist and warm. Putting the container under a lamp works too.

2. Choose High-Intensity House Plants

Some house plants are wonders when it comes to purifying air. Aloe Vera, spider plants, and snake plants are good for cleaning the air. All stay small, are easy to care for, and do a wonderful job cleaning the air. Again, all you need is a small bag of potting soil and a pot. Many of these plants come already potted, but you can re-pot them yourself. All you need is a pot and potting soil.

window-593364_19203. Flowering Plants that Clean the Air

Mums and Chrysanthemums are two choices for flowering plants that clean indoor air. These may even bloom during the winter if they get enough light. They prefer high-intensity light and as much direct sunlight as possible. Gerber Daisy is another top choice too. These are super easy because they come in pots already.

4. Tall Plants and Small Shrubs

Ficus trees grow tall but are easy to train and manage. Shaping a ficus is easy. They make nice topiaries and all those green leaves suck up pollution and spit out oxygen. You can find ficus trees in most nurseries already in pots or you can order them online.

These four little indoor gardening projects are easy. The result is better indoor air quality, and they make your house look nice too. Try one or all of these tricks to exercise your green thumb in the dead of winter.

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