Grow your own clean indoor air

7 01 2008

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So it’s winter and the windows are closed and it’s getting a bit musty in the office. We’re all ready to pass out by 3pm. But what can you do at the individual level, sitting at your computer in your tiny office/apartment/home?

We found this book we love called How to grow Fresh Air: 50 Plants that Purify Your Home or Office by Dr. B.C. Wolverton.

What space couldn’t use some air purifying? This book rates the best indoor plants based on their ability to remove chemical vapors, ease of growth, resistance to insect infection, and transpiration rate.

Excited, we immediately went to our local nursery to purchase some plants but none of the ones mentioned in the book were grown there. We tried to find the plants online but they were prohibitively expensive.

Then we remembered that plants grow from seeds.

We ordered some Rubber Tree and Pygmy Date Palm seeds (these were the only ones of the 50 plants included in the book that we could find) to start some seedlings on our window sill using an egg crate, potting soil, water and a little TLC.

ph02.jpg Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii)

fi-03.jpg Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)

We’ll keep you posted.

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21 02 2008
Growing our own clean air - seeds are planted « brooklyn green

[…] Fresh Air book, these were the only ones we could find online. If you remember from our previous post, we’re trying to grow indoor plants that will contribute to clean air both in our homes and […]

28 02 2008
Growing Our Own Clean Air -- Seeds Are Planted | RiverWired

[…] Fresh Air book, these were the only ones we could find online. If you remember from our previous post, we’re trying to grow indoor plants that will contribute to clean air both in our homes and in […]

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