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Breathe Easier this Winter with Houseplants #GardenSense


vineTake a deep breath. Hold it. Hold it. Now let it out. Phew! Carbon dioxide in. Oxygen out. Don’t panic its okay. I’m talking to my Philodendron.
This time of year we spend a lot more time indoors with the doors and windows closed. There is little exchange of fresh air. Along with our loved ones we share the inside atmosphere with chemicals such as formaldehyde and benzene found in everyday items like pressed wood and fiberboard furniture, plastics, cleansers and personal care products.
Fortunately we also share the air with our houseplants.
During photosynthesis there is a constant exchange of gases through the plant leaves. A plant absorbs everything in the air and filters out what it needs to survive. Some of the byproducts travel through the plant and are stored in the stems or released through the roots into the ground.
Interesting studies on this phenomenon were conducted in the early 1980’s by Dr. Wolverton and his team for NASA.
Here are the houseplants that topped the list. How many do you already own? By the way, I own four varieties listed but there is always room for more of these hardworking air cleaners!
1. Philodendron (heart leaf, elephant ear, lacy tree)
2. Green Spider Plant (Chlorophytum elatum)
3. Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)
4. Chinese Evergreen (Aglonema modestum)
5. Aloe Vera
6. Mini Schefflera (Brassaia aroricola)
7. Peace Lily (Spatiphyllum)
8. Peperomia
9. Corn Plant (Dracaena)
10. Mother-in-law tongue (Sansevieria)
11. Oyster Plant (Tradescantia sillamontana)

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
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