Gerbera Daisies Purify Indoor Air


If you have a home, a window, and some sunlight, why not have Gerbera Daisies somewhere near? It’s a known fact that these happy, colorful, wonders of nature purify your indoor air unlike any “cover up” spray could pretend to do.

Commercial air purifiers can be toxic because they emit ozone gases or ultraviolet rays. Not only that, they are not removing those chemicals in your home. With closed windows in the cold months, and air conditioning in the summer, those chemicals have no place to go.

Wait what chemicals? Well, there are many, but some of the most lethal and common chemicals found floating around in the typical home are:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Tricholorethylene
  • Benzene.

And where do they come from you ask? Formaldehyde comes from such places as foam insulation, plywood, particleboard, clothes, carpeting, furniture, paper goods, household cleaners, and water repellents. And tricholorethylene comes from dry cleaning, inks, paints, varnishes, lacquers, and adhesive. And the always present benzene comes from tobacco smoke, gasoline, synthetic fibers, plastics, inks, oils, and detergents.

Most people know that plants give us fresh oxygen and take in the stale carbon dioxide that we exhale. A life sustaining relationship that we all too frequently take for granted. Well, recently we discovered that certain plants go a bit further and filter out these deadly toxins and pollutants in our air. Recently, NASA researcher Dr. Bill Wolverton placed houseplants in sealed chambers and exposed them to hundreds of chemicals, and found plants like the gerbera daisy suck the chemicals out of the air.

There has never been a more appropriate time than now for people to get back to their roots and embrace plants for pollution free homes and work places.

Top 12 “Green” Air Cleaners

Besides Gerbera Daisies, there are several other species that perform this air purification miracle. Wolverton found the top 12 houseplants that help to filter and clean indoor air most efficiently are:

  1. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema pseudobracteatum)
  2. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Clevelandii’)
  3. Arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum)
  4. English ivy (Hedera helix)
  5. Corn plant (Dracaena fragran ‘Janet Craig’)
  6. Devil’s ivy (Scindapsus aureu)
  7. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)
  8. Rubber plant (Ficus robusta)
  9. Gerbera daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
  10. Florist’s mum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  11. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’)
  12. Dwarf date palm (Phoenix roebelenii)

4 Responses

  1. Does it work weather they are cut or not?

  2. I’m not an expert, but I would say that if they are cut they are essentially dieing. So no not very well. You might get a week or two out of them.

  3. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  4. air purifiers would be a necessity if you have kids that are sensitive to pollen and dust:-`

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