We hope you had a festive holiday and a joyous new year! With the cold winter weather now here, my thoughts turn to spring and summer. Now is the time to start looking at those seed catalogs that may arrive in the mail or by browsing the various seed company websites. It’s fun to think and dream about this coming years garden. This makes the winter seem so much shorter. Or if you feel like going out for a breath of fresh air, come and see us. Our seeds will be arriving in mid January.

Another way to make the winter go faster is to attend one of our many winter workshops in February and March. Enjoy the greenhouse atmosphere, while sipping coffee and sampling treats. Roll up your sleeves and have some fun. Best of all you get to take something home with you. Kids love participating as well, so bring them along.

Indoor green plants are a great way to bring the outdoors in and many of those plants help clean indoor air as well. Here’s a list of ten plants that are great indoor air cleaners.

10 BEST CLEAN AIR HOUSEPLANTS                                             

Rubber Plant

Bred for toughness, it will tolerate dim light and cool temperatures. It is easy to grow and removes chemical toxins, particularly formaldehyde.

Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’

The dark green leaves make it an attractive house plant. It is one of the best plants for removing trichloroethylene. It can tolerate neglect and dim lighting.

English Ivy

It is easy to grow and adapts to a variety of home environments. It does not like high temperatures.


It tolerates lower light and humidity and cooler temperatures. It is one of the best plants for removing all indoor toxins.

 Ficus Alii

This plant normally come as a tree. Its slender dark leaves are attractive and its ability to help purify the air, ease of growth and resistance to insects make it an excellent choice.

 Boston Fern

Ferns are one of the oldest groups of plants. As a houseplant, it requires a certain amount of attention; it needs frequent watering and misting. It is the best for removing air pollutants, especially formaldehyde.

 Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

An outstanding foliage plant. It excels in the removal of alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. Best in indirect, medium to low sunlight.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

One of the easiest houseplants to grow. Excellent in absorbing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde and it decomposes benzene and nicotine.One plant in a 200 square foot room is enough to be an effective air filter. Bright Light.

Sansevieria (Mother-In-Laws Tongue, Snake plant)

An evergreen plant with stiff, vertical leaves. It is very tolerant of low light and irregular watering. It removes benzene and passively absorbs formaldehyde.

 Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig)

This plant requires a little more attention. It prefers bright, filtered light, misting and it needs to be from drafts. Over watering causes the leaves to yellow and fall off. Water when the soil feels dry 1” below the surface. It removes benzene and formaldehyde.

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