Indoor Plants – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On this page, I have listed some common questions that you may find useful when trying to understand the benefits of Indoor plants and while buying Indoor plants for your house/office.

Is it more polluted inside the house as compared with the outside?

It is possible. The sources of pollution outdoors can be due to vehicles, construction, industry emissions, etc. Indoor air can be polluted due to all the factor outdoors, as well as with some stuff that we keep indoors.

For example, a lot of wooden things that we keep in our houses release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Toluene, etc. Since most of the time out indoors is not well ventilated, at times, the air inside can be more polluted than the outside air.

Can indoor plants really purify the air inside my house?

Yes! There are some indoor plant varieties that have been shown to remove harmful pollutants from the air.

There was a study done by NASA in 1989 where they studied the impact of indoor plants on air purity and their efficacy. You can read this article more about the type of plants that can keep your indoor air clean

Is it dangerous to keep plants in bedroom? Don’t these give out carbon-dioxide at night?

Plants get their energy from a process called photosynthesis. During the day, photosynthesis releases oxygen. But during the night, some plants (not all) start releasing more amount of carbon dioxide.

So if you’re keeping plants in your bedroom, you need to select the varieties that continue to emit more oxygen during the night as well.

I usually keep the Snake Plant and Money Plant in my bedroom. These have been proven to release oxygen during the night as well.

Related Article: Can indoor plants be kept in the bedroom?

How to water plants when on vacation or away from home?

If you’re planning a vacation or have to go away for a business, make sure you get self-watering equipment – such as this one or this one.

These are not expensive and will make sure that you come back to healthy living plants when you come back.