Do Succulents Clean the Air?

Do Succulents Clean the Air
Do Succulents Clean the Air

Do succulents clean the air? If you have a lot of these plants indoor, you might be thinking what these cute and tiny plants can do to your health. In this post, I will be sharing some of the benefits you can get from growing succulents indoor.

Succulent plants were some of the plants that were the subject of several scientific studies. The findings identified the benefits you can get from these plants including what they can contribute to your immediate surroundings.

So, do succulents clean the air in the house?

Yes. One research conducted by NASA reveals that succulents are capable of purifying the air by reducing the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) by 87 percent. In other words, succulents make the air cleaner and safer to breathe.

Aside from the ability to purify the air, succulents also have several benefits. They can actually release oxygen which helps us breathe.

Additionally, succulents improve the humidity inside the house which in turn improves skin health, cough, and sore throat.

Furthermore, succulents could also ease the human mind and therefore helps us gain more focus in times when we do a task that requires concentration.

Lastly, one study found that succulents could help improve physical illness such as headaches, fever, coughs, and other mild symptoms.

It is clear that these cute little plants not only boost the aesthetic value of your surroundings but also significantly improve health.

Many psychological studies had found that growing plants relieve stress.I myself can testify to that. In 2012 I had a heart attack that almost killed me. Most people that have myocardial infarction (MI) had died. But I survive.

Well, the only difference between me and those people was the age. I was in my 20s when it happened to me.

Since then, the doctors advised me to take medicine on a regular basis. So I did. But I noticed that as I consumed those capsules and tables, my liver started to deteriorate. When the doctor noticed it, he gave me additional medicine. For several months, I followed my doctor’s advice.

But then I realize that those medicine did not help me at all. The more medicine I took, the worse my physical condition had become.

And so I decided to disobey my doctor. I stop taking medicine. Instead, I just did the things that I always wanted to do. One of those things is gardening.

I started a small backyard garden. Then I discovered succulents and I began to have a space solely dedicated for my succulents. I just love these tiny plants.

Several months later, I went to my doctor. After the check up, he asked me if I was still taking the medication. And I said no. He was surprised knowing that my condition was getting better.

By the way, I just want to share my personal experience here on these plants. The truth is, I cannot really tell if succulents healed me. But I know my plants had a significant impact in my physical and psychological health.

So what are the best succulents to clean the air?

I believe there are many succulent varieties that could give you unimaginable benefits. But in this post, I just want to share two of them.

Below is the short list and tips on how to grow those succulent plants.

  • Aloe vera
  • Jade Plant

These plants were proven to have excellent capability to purify air inside your home or office. Not only that, these plants could certainly enhance the aesthetic value of your indoor space.

Let’s start knowing each of these plants further…

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)

Aloe vera is among of the varieties of plants that clean air. It particularly purifies benzene, an organic compound which belongs to the hydrocarbon class. Too much exposure to this chemical will have many undesirable effects to the body which includes dizziness, headache, drowsiness, confusion, tremors, and in extreme cases, loss of consciousness.

Aloe vera was found in many scientific studies that it can do a very good job in cleaning the air making it one of the best plants to have indoors.

The best thing about this plant is that it is easy to grow indoor and requires little attention. Growing aloe vera involves a few things to remember:

Plant propagation

While other succulents can be propagated using stems and leaves, aloe vera can be propagated by separating the root ball. Each piece can be planted and become brand new plant.

Other varieties of aloe plants though provide offsets that can also be replanted in a new pot. Like other succulents, aloe vera is easy to propagate.

Required environment

Aloe vera plants grow well outdoor. They love direct sunlight. But they can also thrive pretty well indoor.

When placing these plants inside however, you need to make sure that they are planted in a pot with drainage hole, and in a fast-draining soil mix. This keeps the plants safe from over watering.

Aside from water requirement, aloe vera plants also need light. You can place them near the window to catch some sunlight in the morning. It is also important to rotate the plant every once in a while to equally expose the plant in the sunlight.

Water requirement

Like other succulents, aloe plants don’t like overwatering. So just give them enough water to drink. The safe way to do this is by soaking the soil completely and then let the soil dries. Do not water again until the soil is completely dry.

Fertilizer requirement

Aloe vera does not need any extra source of nutrients. If you are using a commercial soil mix, this plant will be alright without fertilization.

But if you really want to give the plant extra boost, you can fertilize during spring or during its active-growing period. This maximizes the effect of the fertilizer.

Jade Plant

The Jade plant also known as the Crassula Ovata is known in its ability to purify air by removing toxins in the air. Like aloe vera, jade plant absorb airborne chemicals emitted from kerosene, paints, and gasoline.

The good thing about this plant is that it can easily grow indoor. It only requires medium light perfect for indoor spaces.

Plant propagation

Jade plant is one of those succulents that are easy to propagate and care. One way of propagating this plant is by using a leaf. You can literally cut a leaf and lay it onto the prepared succulent soil mix.

Make sure that there is enough moisture in the soil. It is important to remember that after laying leaf on the soil, you should not water it. The propagation process will last for several weeks or even months.

You can also use the stems for propagation. Either way, you’ll most likely to succeed.

Required environment

Jade plant prefers direct sunlight exposure. It loves 4-6 hours of exposure under the morning sun. If you place it indoor, it does very well near the window that has access to the morning sun every day.

Water requirement

Jade plants also hate overwatering. If you are growing these plants indoor, make sure that the soil does not contain too much moisture more than necessary. It is important to keep the soil moist but not wet.

Jade plants needs more water during summer and spring. I suggest that you always inspect the soil during these seasons. Once the soil dries, that means that the plant is thirsty.

Fertilizer requirement

I don’t worry too much about fertilizing my jade plants as long as I use a commercial succulent soil mix. If you really want to give your plant extra boost, you can fertilize the plant once every six months. It is important to remember that too much fertilizer could harm the plant.

Related Questions

Do succulents produce oxygen?

The answer is yes. Succulent plants do produce oxygen. Like other plants, succulents absorb carbon dioxide and then release oxygen. This means that the more succulent plants you have in the house the cleaner the air you breathe.

Is it good to have succulents at home?

Yes, absolutely. As mentioned in the earlier section of this post, succulent plants remove airborne toxins and purifier air. Succulents are also great air humidifier. They humidify the air something that is helpful for our respiratory functioning.


I am a university teacher by profession, researcher, blogger, and gardener.

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