Adding Indoor Plants That Produce Oxygen
When you embellish interior spaces with indoor plants, you’re not just adding greenery. These living organisms interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. There are several indoor plants that even can produce oxygen. These indoor plants improve indoor air quality by absorbing environmental toxins and increasing oxygen levels. Most of the indoor plants on NASA’s list are tropical or semi-tropical. Because these indoor plants originate from the forest floor where they receive sunlight scattered through the leaves and branches of trees towering above, their leaves have evolved to efficiently exchange gases in the air under low light conditions. Bromeliads, for example, appear to undergo photosynthesis and discharge oxygen while absorbing mercury from the atmosphere at the same time. Ferns, particularly the Japanese royal fern (Osmunda japonica), not only release oxygen into the air but also absorb formaldehyde.
The Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is noted for adding oxygen and humidity to indoor air. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii) will purify and boost the oxygen level of the air of your home while you sleep at night, making this plant a smart choice for bedrooms. Other indoor plants considered highly efficient in oxygen production and air purification include heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron scandens), snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata), spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) and golden pothos (Epipiremnum aureum).