Plants to buy in Qatar that eat pollutants

By Mariam Mahsud

Qatar is a dusty country, to say the least, and has unfortunately been ranked as one of the worst by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in terms of its air quality. There are many reasons for this—construction, cars and so forth.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor pollutant levels.”

Results showed that plants were helpful in removing toxic chemicals from the air called volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—including things like formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene—all potential carcinogens that can be off-gassed from materials used in constructing homes and buildings.

Here are a few of the green options that are readily available and easy enough to care for. 


1. Golden Pothos

Cleans out: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.


2. Spider Plant

Cleans out: formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. 


3. Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)

Cleans out: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene. 


4. Peace Lily

Cleans out: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia. 


5. Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm

Cleans out: Formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. 


6. Chinese Evergreen

 Cleans out: Benzene, formaldehyde.


7. Gerbera Daisies

Cleans out: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene. 


8. Boston Fern

Cleans out: Formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

9. Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata)

Cleans out: Benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.


10. English Ivy

Cleans out: Mold and mildew, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene. 


11. Chrysanthemum

 Cleans out: Formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia.


12. Philodendron

Cleans out: Formaldehyde. 


13. Warneck Dracaena

 Cleans out: Benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.


14. Weeping Fig

 Cleans out: Formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.



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By predeepk• 2 weeks 1 day ago.

My plants are not thriving. I never changed the soil since last 2 years or never added fertilisres. Is it the root cause? Which fertiliser can i use and where i can get these? Please reply if you knows.

By SaidnaSaeed• 2 weeks 4 days ago.

where we can buy this plants?

can I store it inside room with AC?

By Ivie208• 2 months 1 day ago.

You can find almost all of them at IKEA.

By Molten Metal• 2 months 5 days ago.
Molten Metal

Environment will take care of it by itself, all we need to do is be sincere & honest in our duty to our employers at work and for family at home.

By Marshal Scale• 2 months 6 days ago.
Marshal Scale

Where can we buy these plants from? Can anyone suggest a nursery?

By estiakctg• 2 months 1 week ago.

Qatar should start planning for plantation immediately. it can be started from every house or mosque or offices like they can use their empty spaces for plantation.

By PunchLiner• 2 months 1 week ago.

How about introduction of vehicles running on renewable energy sources?

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