2.6 million people, mostly women and children, died prematurely over the period of a year as a result of indoor air pollution associated illnesses. However, many indoor trees naturally purify your home by removing benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene from the air. Why is this important? Most newly constructed buildings have higher levels of formaldehyde in their air from the pressed wood used in the construction, carpeting and laminate flooring, for example. So bringing a tree into your home can remove many of those hazards, introduce more oxygen, not to mention interactions with indoor plants are proven to reduce psychological and physiological stress, which has obvious health benefits of its own. So it’s hard to argue against saving a tree when it can save your life. Yet there is a lot to consider when determining which tree is right for you.
Choosing The Right Tree For The Right Reasons
We all know trees are essential for human life on earth. Yet our indoor climate concerns should be as much of a priority as continuing our progress in helping our forests bounce back. Why not sustainably bring trees into our homes as well? When choosing a tree to bring into our home there are a lot of things to take into consideration. Do you have small children or pets? If that isn’t an issue and you are a diligent gardener who considers watering a plant a pleasant and meditative activity, try a money tree. With their braided trunk, they’re eye-catching and considered good luck by many cultures. Renowned for their ability to purify the air, it is important to consider that they are toxic to cats, dogs, and small children if its leaves are ingested.
Yet for those of you looking for more of a tangible reward than luck, consider bringing a Meyer lemon tree into your home. They yield fruit from a young age and do well nearest your sunniest window and doors. South or southwest window exposure is best. They prefer humidity so misting them every day is just as important as watering them.
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However, if your house or apartment has poor lighting, and you haven’t yet invested in proper grow lighting for your plants, or if you are the forgetful type and see watering plants an annoying chore, consider a yucca tree, Madagascar dragon tree, or an Areca Palm. All three are excellent for reducing indoor air pollutants and emit larger amounts of oxygen than most other trees. Madagascar dragon trees don’t prefer direct sunlight whereas the Areca Palm does well in filtered light and needs to be watered often. Yuccas, on the other hand, should also be in indirect, yet more brightly lit areas of your home.
When taking your region or change of seasons into consideration you should think about investing in some plant lighting. There are pointers to help you find the best indoor lighting for your plants. But just like us, trees rely on darkness as well as part of their natural cycle, so don’t overdo it. Whatever their needs are, bringing trees into our home is a sustainable way to improve the climate and improve our overall well being. Take care of them and they’ll take care of us.