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Plants That Purify: Chinese Evergreen

We all could benefit from a cheap and beautiful way to improve a home's indoor air quality. That's why I'm bringing you an ongoing series on house plants that are particularly good at purifying the air.

Next up in our series is the Chinese evergreen.

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This tropical foliage plant is one of the most durable houseplants. It will forgive you if you put it in a poorly lit corner, blast the air conditioning, subject it to dry air, and even forget to water it for a few weeks.

Keep your Chinese evergreen out of direct sun and grow them in a standard soil mix with extra humus. If you can remember, try to keep the soil moist. Varieties include Emerald Beauty, which is rich green with pale green markings; Parrot Jungle, which has silvery markings on dark green leaves; Queen Julienne, which has silvery feathering on dark green foliage; Silver King, which is heavily silvered and grows 24 inches tall; and White Rajah, which has bold white markings. Warning: This plant is toxic, so keep it away from kids and pets!


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