The Chinese evergreen is a charming house plant of tropical origin with striking large oval variegated leaves and modest growing requirements.
Apart from the multicolored patterns on the leaves, it also gained popularity due to its ability to grow in low-light conditions and withstand occasional neglect.
However, the tropical flair that this plant brings to space is not the only reason why this is a desirable houseplant.
In addition to the aesthetic ones, it also introduces qualitative changes in its environment and has a positive effect on the quality of the air in the space!
According to NASA research on the ability of plants to absorb harmful air elements indoors, the Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) holds a high fourth place just behind the English ivy, Spathiphyllum, and Dracaena.
In the process of photosynthesis, together with carbon dioxide, Chinese evergreen absorbs dangerous air pollutants such as formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and xylene, significantly reducing their levels.
Transpiration is a complex chemical process in which a plant returns water from the soil to its environment through openings in leaves called stomas.
Chinese evergreen is a plant with large leaves, which mines a large surface for transpiration and enrichment of often dry room air with additional moisture positively affecting our respiratory system.
Indoor space has its advantages, but as each advantage comes with its own price, the level of pollutants indoors is often twice as high as outdoors.
Without going deeper into the reasons, suffice it to say that with serious pollution, the usually low level of oxygen makes indoor air an unpleasant environment.
Growing indoor plants, these small oxygen factories, is a simple way to improve unfavorable conditions.
Oxygen-rich air has a proven beneficial effect on our mood, reducing the level of stress and stimulating our creativity. Chinese evergreen is one of many plants that, with a little care and time, will repay with multiple benefits.
And finally, if everything that science says is not enough, let’s add that, according to Feng Shui teaching, the Chinese evergreen is a plant that brings peace, harmony, and love to your home!
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