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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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terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Wow, great plant with foliage options. And so hardy I can forget about it .
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Good something I won't least not as fast
Lizzard214 Lizzard214 9 years
I think I might have to go get one of these. I'm not into high maintenance plants, so I think this would be lovely.
alibella alibella 9 years
aww, i was all excited to discover a plant i cant kill until i read the last part :( my kitty likes to munch on everything so this is a def. no-go.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Oooo it's very pretty :) I might have to buy it ;)
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