Decontaminating plants are ideal for improving the quality of domestic air and, among them, cacti are an excellent option due to their many advantages.
In addition to being very decorative and requiring minimal care, they come in different shapes and sizes, and can even flourish, making them very versatile to be able to have several of them in the same room.
Does mini cacti clean the air?
Let's not lose sight of the fact that no matter how decontaminating some plants are, we will only be able to benefit from their purifying effect if we have a good number of plants. While one or two little plants make a difference, the more the merrier, always within reason.
In any case, if we only have one or two plants, let's at least place it close to where we are or in a strategic place. For example, on the desk where we spend hours working or next to the computer or television, as it also protects us from electromagnetic fields.
Of course, let's place it between the device and us (as an obstacle) to prevent the aforementioned waves from reaching, although it will not do so with those that do not impact against it, so it may not be very effective for this use.
The species cereus peruvianus, known as the peruvian cactus, is the cactus that is usually used to eliminate this type of radiation, but we bear in mind that the studies are not unanimous.
On the other hand, cacti are plants capable of purifying indoor atmospheres, normally loaded with invisible chemical compounds that most plants can absorb.
The Christmas cactus or schlumbergera help us to decorate in a very special way, especially when their precious flowers explode. If we place it in a room polluted with chemicals it will be very effective, and we bear in mind that it must be watered more frequently than a conventional cactus. It will be enough to be vigilant and not let the earth dry out.
Specifically, it will help us purify environments loaded with substances such as formaldehyde, volatile compounds found in agglomerates, plywood, paint, varnishes, glues, cosmetics, tobacco smoke…
Cacti, in short, are a green investment due to their durability and the low watering they require. It will be enough to water them once a month and, also fundamental, to let natural light reach them in abundance. The truth is that the larger they are, the more resistant they will be; but the little ones that are well-cared for will also have a long life and if we fertilize them and give enough soil, they will also increase in size.
Combining cacti with other species is also very interesting. Among the most decontaminating plants are the dwarf date palm, the fountain palm, the ivy, the tape and the ficus.
Although all plants perform air purification, some are more effective than others. It depends on their ability to transform the toxins floating in the air into organic matter to feed on – that is, a metabolic decomposition.
Therefore, thanks to its greater or lesser absorption, we will achieve an environment that is also more or less healthy. That is why choosing the right plants is essential if our interest is to purify the air.
The key is to opt for a combination of plants that combine a number of characteristics when it comes to decorating and getting a cleaner environment according to our needs. Let's not waste time documenting well about the type of pollution we have in our home and the species that could do a better job.