All About Oxygenating Plants

Oxygenating plants are a great way to bring the greenery and freshness of the outdoors into your home. Whether you are using these plants as a statement piece in your living room or adding more variety to a developing indoor plantscape, you can expect these babies to grow! The Arafia Fabian Stump, the Philodendron Selloum, the Sansevieria and the Lipstick Plant are some of Rolling Greens' favorites- and they are all different in their origins and appearance! Read below for more information on what makes each of these so unique!

Aralia Fabian Stump
The Aralia Fabian Stump is a tropical, woody plant that grows upright in a column-like fashion with leaves that are green on top and maroon on the underside. The word "stump" in this plant's name refers to its final height- one that usually reaches about 3-4 feet! While they do flourish best closest to the window, where they can be exposed to the greatest degree of warmth and light, they only need minimal watering because of their small roots system. This plant's unique structure will add an innovative touch to your interior plantscape!

Philodendron Selloum
The Philodendron family boasts many stunning and voluminous plants, but the selloum is often overlooked! While this plant is native to South America, it also grows outdoors on the East and Gulf coasts. Indoors, the selloum can grow and take up to 5 feet of space with their beautiful green leaves! These plants love bright, indirect light and moist soil and are generally easy to care for. Please be aware they are toxic to pets BUT are good for the environment and remove formaldehyde from the air!

Sansevieria, also commonly referred to as a "Snake Plant" or "Mother-in-Law's Tongue," are a part of the lily family. Their appearances are characterized by a very thick and beautiful spear-like structure. Sansevieria top the list as being one of the best indoor plants as they don't require a great amount of light and are very low maintenance - generally, you only need to water them every 2-3 weeks! In addition, sansevieria remove at least 107 known air pollutants from the air including carbon monoxide, nitrogen monoxide, formaldehyde, and chloroform. They produce copious amounts of oxygen during the night, making them a great choice for your bedroom!

While all of our favorites do oxygenate the air, it is the Sansevieria and the Philodendron that are most well known for their toxin-removal properties!

Aeschynanthus Radicans
Aeschynanthus Radicans, more commonly known as Lipstick Plants, have thick, glossy leaves that grow in pairs along their long, woody stems. As they bloom in the summer, each vine unveils clusters of tubular, scarlet red flowers that look like lipsticks-- hence their famed name! Because of their immense volume, these Indonesian plants are grown most commonly in hanging baskets, but can be trained to climb up trees as well. These plants take low light levels and dry conditions with ease!

We're not the only ones who are spreading our love for oxygenating plants! We have been very fortunate to have a growing Rolling Greens community that has continued to incorporate variations of these oxygenated plants into their home! Read more below.

Photo by:   @cheebs_s

Photo by: @cheebs_s

Hanging Button Fern + Dracaena
Both of these plants are perfect for indoors as they help clear the air of toxics. Ferns are easy to care for, but can be tricky if they receive too much light and not enough water. Hanging your ferns in a well-lit corner with a hanging planter is a perfect way to put those ferns on display! Dracaena's are hearty plants that do very well in low light and low maintenance conditions. Their darker leaves pair well with a white container that will make the plant the star of the show.

Photo by:  @l_twig

Photo by: @l_twig

So nice, we wrote about them twice! Sansevieria are making a HUGE statement right now. With their variety of colors, they can fit into any color palette, and their stunning, tower-like shape make them design incredibly design-forward and trendy. If you're extremely modern, pair them with concrete or minimalist black/white containers. As an alternative option, to soften their shape, we like to put our sansevieria into baskets, as seen in the photo. You can find these baskets at Rolling Greens in black or red!

Ficus Benjamina
These plants have been flying off of our shelves this year! With their bright leaves and uniquely-curved tree trunks, Ficus Benjamins stand as a unique and elegant indoor tree option! If you seem to have trouble taking care of the popular ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig), these plants stand as a great alternative. We love displaying the Ficus Benjamin in large neutral containers, decorated with mood moss. In addition from their gorgeous shape, these plants do a wonderful job at cleansing airborne formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

Photo by:  @jessicamenda

Photo by: @jessicamenda

Satin Pothos
Satin Pothos function beautifully as hanging plants! With their velvety, speckled leaves, they blend seamlessly into any decor. They can tolerate lower light levels, humidity and much cooler temperatures than other plants and are one of the top plants for ridding the air of toxins. We suggest keeping these beauties in a hanging planter or on a high shelf where their cascading tendrils can be admired!

Photo by:  @raychelw

Photo by: @raychelw

Ficus Robusta
Ficus Robusta, also commonly referred to as Rubber Plants, are another indoor low-maintenance option. These plants are incredibly resilient, thrive in a number of conditions, and are a great starting option for those who are looking into purchasing their first plant. With the proper care, they can grow up to 8 feet! Additionally, they improve air quality by converting carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. We recommend displaying rubber plants in modern, concrete containers - pick out your own at Rolling Greens!

We have enjoyed sharing our knowledge about oxygenating plants with you today and admiring all the ways in which you have styled them in your living spaces! Stop by our Culver City and LA locations today to shop our plethora of selections, and don't forget to tag your indoor plant photos with #RGatHome for a chance to be featured!

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