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Tops Tips for Making Your London Flat a Pollution Free Zone

June 4, 2019

Tops Tips for Making Your London Flat a Pollution Free Zone

The biggest challenge facing many Londoners is how to improve air quality. Sadly, London is now one of the most polluted capitals on the planet. Escaping pollution when living in London is very difficult. A multitude of health problems are associated with air pollution. If you live in London for a longer period of time, you are much more likely to develop conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. It is impossible to bulletproof your life against pollution, but there are things you can do.

Creating a Green Space in Your Home

You don’t have to have green fingers to create a green space in your home. Even if you have not grown plants before, it is worth having a go. Plants can help to clean the air in your home and give off oxygen at the same time. As a matter of fact, the plants which are the simplest to look after are the ones which are the best defense against air pollution. Not only are they easy to grow and propagate, but they are inexpensive as well.

Go Nuts For Spider Plants

One of the plants you should go nuts for is spider plants. Not only is this plant a prolific grower, but it loves to great of harmful carbon monoxide out of the atmosphere. You can plant it almost anywhere and it will continue to grow. If it really likes its spot, it will start to produce mini-me spider plants. You can share them with your friends or grow more spider plants on your own.

Say Cheese Everybody

The Swiss Cheese Plant which goes by the fancy name of Monstera Deliciosa in Latin is another must-have when you want to create your own pollution-free space in London. It has lovely huge leaves and looks amazing. It is a real show off plant, and can be easily propagated.  Just remove a leaf making sure that you keep a bit of the stem. Put your cutting in water and you will soon see roots develop. Plant in a pot and you have got a new plant to help you deal with that nasty London pollution.

Geraniums For Scent and Colour

Most of the time we grow geraniums because of their colourful flowers. That is great, but there are many different types of geraniums. Did you know you can get geraniums that smell like orange, lemon, oak trees, and rose? They are called scented geraniums and are becoming increasingly popular.  

Not only can you grow them, but you can add them to cakes. If you are a keen baker, you can try adding the leaves of lemon and orange scented geraniums to your Victoria sponge. The leaves will really enhance the flavour of your cake and is a fun way to experiment with your baking technique. 

Once again, scented geraniums are easy to propagate. They do flower, but the flowers are much smaller than standard geraniums. Still, they love to absorb pollutants and keep the bugs such as greenfly away. Just what you need when you want to grow your own plants in your London flat.

Once you get started, you will be surprised how easy it is to create your own green and pollution free zone in London.