How to Care for Phalanx: An Ornamental Plant That Purifies the Air in Your Home

You’ve probably heard or seen the  phalange  (  Chlorophytum comosum  ), an ornamental plant native to the rainforests of southern Africa and now widespread throughout the world. 

This ornamental plant, widely available throughout Italy, was reported by a NASA study as one of the  best plants for purifying the air in the home  .

The  phalanx  , in fact, is capable of absorbing and blocking toxic and harmful substances which, as surprising as it may seem, are present in almost all our homes.

Benzene, xylene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide are all substances that are released from paints, glues and cleaning products that our homes are full of. The  phalanx blocks these substances, preventing them from spreading through the air  .

These substances have been linked to many health problems, such as respiratory problems and, in severe cases, even cancer.

The phalanx has long green leaves with a white stripe. The plant needs plenty of light and humidity, but direct exposure to sunlight should be avoided.

How to keep your plant healthy?

In the case of winter,   the love bond is characterized by the need for temperatures that do not drop below 14º C  , it is preferable to have ventilated spaces with little air circulation; so it is perfect to have as a decorative piece or as an indoor companion.

It is called “love tie” because when it begins to present buds in the form of white flowers, these are left hanging and become “babies”  ; which gives it that arachnid green appearance with lots of green leaves with white.

If you have this plant indoors, you should never flood its container  ,  as it can dry out  , it is best to water it at least every 2 times a week; Periodic nebulizations are very positive for him.

Regarding pruning  ,  they should not be done because they dry out easily  , but they must be eliminated so that they do not become sources of infection for the plant.

It is crucial that in spring and summer you  fertilize at least every 2 weeks  , and in winter you do it at least once a month so that it maintains its fresh and green appearance.

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