Clean the Air You Breathe with Houseplants from Hicks Nurseries

Bring the beauty of nature indoors and clean the air by including an array of plants in your home. Houseplants are not only beautiful but are beneficial to your overall health.

The power of plants in enclosed spaces was proven by NASA many years ago. Their research revealed that houseplants clean the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. One 10-12” houseplant per square foot of space will purify the air from pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. These indoor air pollutants are commonly found in detergents, carpeting, furniture and paints.

Here are four of Hicks Nurseries favorite air cleaning houseplants:

ZZ Plant (Zamioculas zamiifolia)

Virtually indestructible, this plant thrives in low light conditions and requires little water. The ZZ plant cleans the air of several chemicals including xylene and benzene.


Succulents are available in many shapes, sizes and leaf patterns and are known for their ability to clean the air of harmful VOCs. They need tons of direct sunlight and well-drained soil.


Bromeliads are available in a wide assortment of varieties with a colorful, long lasting spike. They are one of the best plants for removing pollutants from the air and grow best in bright light conditions.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum hybrids)

This gorgeous plant has deep green, glossy leaves and pure white flowers. Known for its ability to break down toxic gasses such as benzene and carbon monoxide.

“Prior to shopping for a houseplant, think about where the plant will live in your home,” said Suzie Vezza, Green Goods Manager for Hicks Nurseries. “Consider how much sunlight the area receives and how tall of a plant you want. Our knowledgeable staff will help you choose the best plants for your specific space.”

Bring new houseplants into your home throughout the year. Their vibrant leaves and interesting textures will add beauty, while also cleaning the air you and your family breathe.

Hicks Nurseries online shop offers a curated collection of ‘essentials’ such as houseplants, pottery and garden needs available for curbside pick-up or delivery. For a larger selection, visit the garden center in-person at 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY 11590.


About Hicks Nurseries

Hicks Nurseries is Long Island’s largest and premier garden center, family owned and operated since 1853.  Dedicated to helping its customers achieve their goals, Hicks Nurseries provides an exceptional selection of quality products including indoor and outdoor plants, patio furniture, garden accents and planters, bird supplies and more. They also offer complete landscape design/build services and expert advice to make gardening success easy and enjoyable for everyone. Hicks Nurseries is located at 100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury, NY.