Back to Air-Scrubbers!
The next plant that NASA suggests as a GREAT air-scrubber is the Lady Palm, or Rhapis excelsa. This plant grows in either dry OR humid climates and in temperatures of 20 to 100 degrees F. It is very tolerant of any soil type. Almost best of all, it is very resistant to most insects. What more could you ask?
The Lady Palm comes in all green, as well as variegated varieties. Normally it is a huge plant growing well over 10 feet in height as well as width, if grown outside. However, inside they don’t grow that large and there are dwarf types to be had as well.
It’s leaves are relatively thick and broad, which explains why some folks call it “broadleaf lady palm”.
The Lady Palm multiplies by rhizomes which quickly gives the plant a delightful fullness. It also means you can share your bounty with friends!
This plant doesn’t need direct light, so putting it in a bright corner will make for a great spot. Allow it lots of space to grow. It probably won’t get as tall when grown indoors, but it can still become a significant member of your horticultural collection.
Any time you see dead leaves, cut them off. If it’s just the leaf tips that are brown, you can trim that off without removing the entire leaf. Most of this “brown leaf tip” occurs because the plant is not thoroughly watered. Be sure when it is watered that the entire root ball is hydrated. It should never dry out completely. At the same time, you sure don’t want it to be WET. This could cause root rot, which is as bad, or worse than the drying out business.
Here is a page that will tell you all you need to know about Rhapis excelsa. Visit it, and learn!
If you are interested in the names of the dwarf varieties of Rhapis excelsa, here’s a site that names them. It also asks you to buy them…no need for that, but at least you’ll know what to ask for at the local nursery.