How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office Paperback – April 1, 1997
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About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Later Printing edition (April 1, 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140262431
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140262438
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Grade level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.4 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #431,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since purchasing this book I am finding plant care research being like any other research and that is that each source has a little something that the other does not. One page is dedicated for each plant. Great info to get you started.
In the descriptions of all the house plants there are some notes about a small group of plants that also produce oxygen at night. They are therefore very suited for bedrooms. The writer could have given more attention to this group of plants, since we all like fresh sleeping quarters.
cared for inside, and an enlargement that shows the structure of each plant up close. The soft cover binding in combination with the book's format allows it to be set open on a table hands-free.
The first part discussed indoor air pollution and the health problems caused by it (with a chart showing what sources--like carpeting, paint, and plywood--gave what harmful air pollutant). The author then described how plants produce oxygen, put water into the air, etc. He then talked about studies done on the effectiveness of using houseplants to remove harmful air pollutants and what they found. He included charts showing the results for the ability of various plants to remove four different harmful air pollutants and charts for other findings. The last seven pages were a basic plant care guide on light level, planting medium, watering, and pest management.
The plant listing had a 2-page spread for each plant listed. The first page had a small, full-view picture of the plant, the plant's name (common and official), and some information about the house plant, its selection, and its care. Along one edge of the page, the following information was briefly given: name; origin; how much light it likes (full sun, semi-shade, etc.); preferred temperature range; pests and problems; care; and what to plant it in. A chart at the bottom of the page rated the plant on its ability to remove chemical vapors, ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to insect infestation, and the amount of water it puts into the air. The second page was a full page, close-up picture of the plant's leaves.
I bought this book several years ago because my house just "felt sick" to me. I had only three small house plants since I was growing so many plants outdoors. I found this book very interesting and immediately bought several more houseplants. They flourished, and my house stopped feeling so "sick" to me--plus I stopped getting sick all of the time. So I do think this information helped. I'd recommend it to people who feel mildly sick most of the time or are concerned about their indoor air purity.