Indoor plants

Asked September 11, 2015, 4:54 PM EDT

Can anyone suggest a good indoor plant for a room of moderate to low light? A plant that is good @ cleaning indoor air would be a plus..

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

There is no one good indoor plant for me to recommend. There are many. But only you can make the right choice based on your preferences and situation.

What size plant do you want? Do you want an up-right plant, or a shaggy table-top plant? Do you like succulents? Would you prefer a flowering plant? In addition to considering the amount of light available, think about the location of heat sources in the room; many plants will not thrive if placed close to drafts from heat sources. How much care do you want to provide? Some plants require a lot; some very little. How will you water it? At the sink? Then you will need to be able to carry it.

Oregon State University Extension has information that may help you make a selection. Please check out these links.

Enjoy shopping for your new houseplant. Many nurseries in the area that feature houseplants. Tags on the plants will describe the plant's requirements and nursery personnel can provide additional information. I hope you find a plant that satisfies you for many years.

As a brief postscript: While each plant can benefit air quality, no one plant can significantly change air quality. Because you mention air quality as a consideration, I've attached a link to a publication "Help yourself to a Healthy Home" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Thanks for asking.