Do you like houseplants? Are you ok with
taking care of them? If so, then I recommend
getting the hardy types of houseplants you like
best. If a plant dies, then you can try another
type of plant. Plant nurseries have areas with
not so much light where the house plants are sold.
The research about houseplants isn't clear.
The International Space Station doesn't seem to
have plants, and people live there for many
months. But NASA has some old research about
the benefits of plants. I've attached the
There's also research about a special system
that uses plants to purify the air in buildings.
I've attached that article, too.
There's probably no noticeable increase in
oxygen with indoor plants, but there might be
other benefits. This was the link I trusted most:
The plant chemistry that releases oxygen
happens in the light. It uses chlorophyll and
other pigments in the chloroplasts. Indoor light
is quite weak, compared with outdoor light. In
the dark, carbon dioxide is used to make sugars.
I think the best part about my plants is that
they improve my mood, which is good for my health.
On the other hand, I have a friend who thinks
the plants on my balcony are a terrible idea,
because I have to take care of them. Plants
wouldn't improve her mood! [Now I have guinea
pigs, too; and they improve my mood even more!]
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