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The Jade plant (Crassula ovata) is one of the most common houseplants worldwide, and for a good reason. It’s generally easy to care for, it’s beautiful all year round, and it even “pays back” its caregivers with clean, pure air.
Jade plants purify the air in your home by absorbing certain airborne chemical compounds. Compared to other plants shown to improve air quality in homes, like Dracaena and pothos, jade plants have proven to be one of the most effective.
If you’re concerned with the air quality in your home or are simply curious about how jade plants can help purify your home environment, keep reading. We’ll cover all the basics right here!
How does jade clean indoor air?
Jade plants are one of the rare few houseplants that utilize what is known as the Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. Summed up, this means they continue to photosynthesize and “breathe in” C02 even at night when most other plants are sleeping.
Many plants can only photosynthesize when the sun is shining, but not the clever plants which evolved this Crassulacean Acid Metabolism. In their harsh native environments, this meant jade plants could preserve their precious moisture overnight.
Some other plants that use the Crassulacean Acid Metabolism include snake plants, Chinese Evergreen, weeping figs, rubber plants, and many Dracaena varieties.
In addition to replacing C02 with oxygen 24 hours a day (as if that wasn’t enough), the jade plants’ metabolism allows them to absorb pollutants and heavy metals from the air by releasing them back as harmless byproducts or by trapping them within their plant matter. Thanks, jade!
Does jade remove toxins from the air?
Yes! Jade plants purify the air in your home by removing toxins in the air and trapped in floating (i.e., breathable) dust particulates. Many elite scientific institutions, including NASA, have studied the effectiveness of jade plants’ air purification skills.
Toxins can make their way into your air in any number of ways, from general household cleaning supplies to something you stepped on while walking home. Jade plants absorb these toxins, process them, and then exhale them back out into your home’s environment in the form of harmless chemical compounds.
For example, toluene is a hazardous chemical compound often found in homes. Although its use is now banned, it was once common in several household products, from paint thinners to adhesives.
Using these products as directed could leave a measurable amount of dangerous toluene in the air. In studies, jade plants were proven to reduce the amount of airborne toluene more so than any other houseplant.
Other plants that excel in toxin-removal include the Boston Fern, spider plants, bromeliads, and Dracaenas.
Especially if you or a loved one suffers from a lung illness, like asthma or long COVID, consider adding a jade plant to your home! You’ll breathe easier.
Do jade plants give off oxygen?
Because of their firmer leaf appearance, many plants love to assume that jade plants and other succulents do not give off as much oxygen as other, more broad-leafed plants, and it is incorrect.
Jade plants produce a relatively high amount of oxygen. While humans inhale oxygen and exhale C02, plants do the reverse. As previously stated, jade plants don’t rely solely on the sun upon their respiration energy, and they continue to breathe even at night. It means that jade plants produce more oxygen than your average sun-reliant, broad-leafed houseplant.
Living in an environment with high levels of oxygen has numerous benefits, including:
- Reduced stress
- Deeper sleep
- Increased alertness
- Improved mood
- Boosted immune system
- Accelerated tissue regeneration
Where should jade plants be placed in the home?
Jade plants thrive when they receive at least six hours of bright, indirect sunlight a day. If you have a south-facing window in your space, consider positioning your jade plant near it.
Jade plants do not love high-humidity environments, so perhaps skip the bathroom as a potential spot for your jade.
The bedroom is an excellent place to consider placing your jade plant. Because they continue to produce oxygen at night, jade plants can allow you to achieve a more satisfying, restful sleep.
You’ll benefit from the jade plant’s air purifying abilities no matter where you put it, as it works 24/7 to take in the bad and put out the good. Don’t try to force your jade plant into a position that won’t allow it to thrive!
In Feng Shui, it is suggested that a jade plant near the main entryway to the home is believed to invite good fortune. Just make sure that the entrance isn’t drafty if you live somewhere that gets very cold in the wintertime, as jade plants will not tolerate freezing temperatures.
What are air-purifying plants?
Not all houseplants are created equal. I’ve already mentioned several houseplants that will purify your air, but here’s a helpful chart to identify air-cleansing houseplants and their ideal growing environments.
For those of you who want your plants to be more than just something pretty to look at, consider adding a few of these types to your collection:
|Jade Plant||Bright, Indirect||Low|
|Boston Fern||Moderate, Indirect||High|
|Spider Plant||Bright, Indirect||High|
|Bromeliads||Full Sun to Partial Shade||High|
|Gerbera Daisy||Bright, Direct||High|
|Aloe Vera||Bright, Direct, or Indirect||Low|
|Rubber Plant||Indirect to Low Light||Low|
|Lady Palm||Indirect Sun to Partial Shade||High|
|Majesty Palm||Bright, Direct||High|
It’s excellent to grow a plant for enjoyment and beauty. That being said, there are plenty of enjoyable, beautiful plants that can also serve an essential, cleansing purpose in your home, just like the jade plant.
FAQ’s about jade plants
Conclusion on Do Jade Plants Purify The Air In Your Home?
In our pollutant-riddled world, every little thing we can do to purify our living spaces is essential. Adding a jade plant to your home brings beauty, peace, and fresh air; what’s not to love? Give yourself (and your lungs) a little T.L.C and start tending to a jade plant today!
Suppose you’re not sure where, to begin with, jade plant care, don’t get discouraged. I have plenty of specified care guides for jade plants, so even the least green of thumbs can keep their jade plant alive!
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