By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer
It’s a new year and time to clean out the old and bring in the new: air, that is. Think you may want to use houseplants to clean the air of your home or office from formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide? Those of you that read our posts on houseplants that clean air from NASA and The University of Georgia may now be ready to get your own indoor air cleaning plants. But where are the best places to get houseplants? Some say Home Depot and Lowes, but Home Depot ships their indoor plants –not so great in winter cold! Lowes only has tiny tabletop Aerogardens available from their website.
Lowes does have a great article for selecting indoor plants here. Check out their chart categorizing indoor plants by level of light they need. For example, Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena and Philodendrums require low light. Golden Pathos requires medium indirect light. Aloe and Cactus plants require bright direct sunlight.
To help you find other indoor plant sources, I compiled a list of Chicago plant stores that carry the house plants that NASA and Georgia studies have found to be the best air cleaners. Find the store that’s closest to you and buy your own plants today!
2200 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60612
Fall 2009 Hours • M-F 9 AM-7PM • Sat & Sun 9 AM-6PM
Grand Street Gardens carries the following indoor plants for air cleaning:
5739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Winter Hours • Monday – Sunday, 9 AM – 6 PM • Free Parking
All of the following 14 plants can be found in the Gethsemane Greenhouse and have been identified by NASA as most effective in cleaning the air;
1057 N California Ave, (between Cortez St & Thomas St), Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Mon-Sun., 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Old Town Gardens
1555 N Wells St (between Burton Pl & North Ave), Chicago, IL 60610
745 N Damen Avenue, (between Chicago Ave & Lee Pl), Chicago, IL 60622
Farmers Market Garden Center
4110 N Elston Ave (between Belle Plaine Ave & Ridgeway Ave), Chicago, IL 60618
Belmont Flower Market
2558 N Clark St (between Deming Pl & Wrightwood Ave), Chicago, IL 60614
Hours: Mon-Sat., 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Sun., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Jayson Home and Garden
1885 N Clybourn Ave (between Kenmore Ave & Wisconsin St), Chicago, IL 60614
5059 N Clark St (between Carmen Ave & Winnemac Ave), Chicago, IL 60640
Where To Buy Houseplants as Gifts
Check out The Chicago Gardener’s blog for tips about gardening and caring for your indoor and outdoor plants.
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