Best indoor plants for allergies

The good news is people with allergies can have houseplants -- provided you use caution and commonsense. Here are some houseplants that produce very low levels of pollen,making them fairly unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction:

  • Begonia
  • Croton
  • Miniature rose
  • Nasturtium
  • Parsley
  • Passionflower (pictured above)
  • Peace lily
  • Peperomia
  • Swedish ivy
  • Thyme

One houseplant you should never have if you are allergic to latex (commonly found in examination gloves,balloons,and rubber bands) is a fig tree. Apparently,they exude a substance containing latex on the undersides of their leaves. Yucca and palm may also be risky choices for people with allergies.

No matter what variety of houseplant you ultimately choose,there are 2 additional risks that you must be aware of if you are allergic to either dust or mold.

  • Dust mites may congregate on the leaves of houseplants. How many times do we get a lovely plant and then let it sit on a shelf by itself,with just the occasional watering? If that sounds like you,then be aware that dust has probably collected on the leaves and even the stems of your plant. So,it's a good idea to wipe the leaves off with a damp cloth on a regular basis to reduce your dust exposure. And maybe avoid plants with fuzzy leaves that can collect dust easier,such as African violets.

  • Houseplants also present the perfect environment for mold. In addition,the damp,dark soil and organic matter present around houseplants is exactly the type of place mold spores love to grow in. The best way to avoid this is to water only when the soil is dry and even then only enough to moisten it. If you re-pot a plant,use fresh,sterile potting soil.

Some reports claim that houseplants can even make your air "better",but I'm not sure I buy into that. Sure,plants release oxygen into the atmosphere,but do they really absorb allergens as some natural healing pundits claim? I'm not so sure.


New To Indoor Gardening - Sweet Peas

2008-03-12 04:14:57 by Cloverallovermd

On March 3rd, I nicked my sweet pea seeds and planted them in individual cardboard containers, about 1" deep, with a garden soil for flowering plants. I put them on the table, underneath of a lamp that stays on over 75% of the day. I watered them at least once a day, sometimes twice.
What did I do wrong here? My plants still aren't sprouting yet. My apartment doesn't get any real sunlight, so I figured artificial light would be the next best thing. I was probably wrong. As far as sweet peas go, should I keep watering and waiting or is it time to give up?
I am determined to prove to myself that I CAN grow indoor plants


Inside garden

2010-01-10 09:00:45 by 1-1010:52

Growing a inside garden is very easy, you control the weather. Check out Midwest Grow Supplies online, they have everything you'll need. when growing inside you can choose to grow your plants in soil, hydroponic, or grow them in a aeroponic system. soil takes the longest but produces the best results. But soil cant compete with the fact that hydro and aero grow a plant almost twice as fast. High Pressure Sodium lights are best for indoor flowering plants and Metal Halloide bulbs for vegatative growth. hope this answered some of ur questions.


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