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5 Ferns that Purify the Air

Stacy Scheier

Ferns add a delicate beauty to any interior space, but did you know they can also really help improve the air quality in the home or office? 

Plants remove pollutants and other harmful chemicals through photosynthesis (how plants change light, water, and nutrients into energy so they can grow), and ferns are no exception. They are some of the most efficient house plants when it comes to cleaning up your air. 'Boston type' ferns, (Nephrolepis) and 'Bird’s Nest' ferns (Asplenium), can remove formaldehyde and xylene, chemicals often found in carpeting and furniture.

Boston Type: Emina
Boston Type: Fluffy Ruffles
Birds nest: Green Flame
Birds nest: Leslie

Ferns are easy to care for as house plants, but there are a few things to remember to keep them happy and healthy. Give them indirect light and keep away from sunny windows- ferns don’t like too much sun. Always make sure they remain moist, but not soggy, around the root area at all times. Try to avoid letting them dry out too much between waterings. Also, ferns like higher humidity. One tip is growing them in groups of close proximity to one another to boost the humidity levels.


Other easy-to-care-for varieties include ‘Rabbits Foot’ fern (Humata), which gets its name from the white furry growth on its roots that resembles a rabbit’s foot.

Ambienta or Edelwhite is a perfect environment to create a micro climate to keep humidity up and your ferns happy. Start growing today! 

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