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  • Written by Adam Blackburn

For the most part of 2020-2021, Australian’s have been in lockdown due to COVID-19. As a result, a majority of white-collar workers have been forced to work from home. Living in confined spaces for extended periods of time can make anyone feel tired and fatigued. This is because there’s usually a lack of airflow in most homes, which can encourage air pollutants.

Large leaf indoor plants are the best choice to help detoxify the air and make a sustainable/healthy environment for your home workspace. Large indoor plants can also add some life, charm, and colour to stark environments like a home office.

So why not add some aesthetically pleasing, therapeutic, cost-effective, and natural air purifiers into your home? You can purchase large leafy plants from a majority of places but buying from online plant marketplaces has been the trend this year.

Here is our list of 5 big leaf plants that you might want to consider when selecting big leaf indoor plants for your home.

  1. Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s ivy also known as Golden Pothos was included in NASA's Clean Air Study because it’s known to reduce indoor toxins. It can help purify benzene, toluene, xylene, trichloroethene, and formaldehyde from the air. You should place your Devil’s Ivy in indirect bright light and water it once every fortnight. Artificial light is also effective for its growth. Devil’s Ivy can easily thrive even if left neglected so it’s a good indoor plant for beginners.

  1. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are popular indoor plants for homes and offices. It can help reduce carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and also formaldehyde from the air. Their glossy leaves and white flowers make the Peace Lily a beautiful addition to any home office. Peace lilies can grow in medium to low light. If you keep them in more light, they will bloom and produce their iconic flowers.

  1. Bamboo Palm

A mature bamboo plant can grow up to 3.6 meters in height and can add a subtle tropical feel to your home office. The bamboo palm can help reduce trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene from indoor areas. Bamboo palms grow taller in bright sunlight and don’t require a lot of maintenance to thrive. We recommend occasional watering and a granular fertilizer to keep your bamboo palm healthy.

  1. Snake Plant

Snake plants or Mother-in-law’s tongue are great indoor plants for décor purposes but can also improve your homes air quality. Officially classified as a succulent plant, it can convert carbon dioxide to oxygen at night and is a great choice for bedrooms and offices. Snake plants can also reduce benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air.

  1. Boston Fern

Boston ferns are a big leafy indoor plant that can help reduce the amount of xylene and formaldehyde from your air. These popular houseplants require a little more effort to keep alive, but it’s well worth the effort. Constant moisture and a humid environment are recommended for a healthy boston fern. During Winter, you can trim back the leaves to encourage more growth during summer.

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