I was clicking around on TED.com when I came across a fascinating video by Kamal Meattle about 3 plants that produce so much oxygen, you could sit in a sealed container and live off of the air they supply. The quality of the air we breathe has such a massive effect on our health and wellness that I really couldn’t ignore the points he raised.
More often than not, living in the city will have you breathing in all kinds of terrible chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene, so it’s not surprising that rural folk have less instances of asthma, respiratory tract infections and allergenic issues. These 3 plants will give you a taste of country life, even in the busiest cities in the world.
Butterfly Palm Dypsis lutescens
Also known as areca palm, the butterfly palm tree is a great plant to line your bathrooms and gardens with.
They respond really well to heavy, consistent (every 10 or so days) watering but are quite sensitive to additives in water. If you live in a hard-water area or aren’t sure about the quality, it may be an idea to invest in a water filter/purifier to avoid sabotaging your palm. It’s best not to allow the soil to dry out (which will make the fronds droop) but if you do, slowly re-watering it will perk them back up in no time.
They respond best to bright and indirect light, so they’ll do great in sunny bathrooms or on a shielded patio, but anywhere in your house roughly 6 feet away from a window which gets a lot of sun will be fine. Too much light will quickly burn them, so it’s best to err on the side of caution with this.
One last thing to be aware of is browning of the leaf tips. This isn’t anything to be worried about and is quite natural, but when it happens, prune the branch from the base to stop your plant from wasting energy on trying to save it.