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Old 05-21-2005, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What are good non-allergenic indoor plants?

Hey all, I am looking to add some plants to my bedroom and living room and was wondering which plants work best indoors and are non-allergenic. In particular I'm interested in green leafy plants. Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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So long as you don't plan on eating them and you don't have any animals are could eat them I'd get a dieffenbachia.



I have my own personal plant (That's not mine above) that I've raised for the past few months and it's growing quite well. It's huge(r) then it was when I first got it, so it feels good to see progress in your plant.

Otherwise I've never had a problem with it. Expect a lot of pain and possibly death if you eat one, though.
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Doing some googling on this, the tips that are given are making sure that the plant is non-flowering... and the biggest worry is overwatering of the plant. The overwatering can cause mold which will kick off an allergy, that and making sure the plant stays dusted.

What allergies fo you have? Ragweed?
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Old 05-21-2005, 07:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Also over watering will rot the roots and kill your plant.
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Old 05-21-2005, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ferns are always nice.

Maybe not your bag, and there a little smaller, but IMO nice and many can be grown indoors, which are succulents. Like cactus but without the needles.
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Old 05-21-2005, 10:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmmm ok... I'll get some ferns and one of those dieffenbachia things.

Mal, I'm not sure what type of plant allergies I have, it's usually bad for a few days in spring.

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Old 05-22-2005, 12:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It depends on what you're allergic to. I'm allergic to mold (among other things) and the potting soil my houseplants live in always have a bit of mold in them. Most plant allergies are to tree pollen - elm, pine, oak - or weed and grass pollen. You should be pretty safe with most houseplants.
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Old 05-22-2005, 12:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Mal, I'm not sure what type of plant allergies I have, it's usually bad for a few days in spring.
That would be hayfever -- more than likely an allergy to pollen and ragweed - Like lurkette says, houseplants shouldn't be a problem -- just stay away from flowring plants.
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Old 05-22-2005, 07:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I can't say for sure, but as a biologist my best guess would be a non-flowering plant with rubbery leaves.

Plants that retain their own water and seal themselves from the outside would most likely seal the outside from themselves.

That plant in the picture above would be a perfect example.

Disclaimer: I'm far more animal oriented in my biological expertise, so this is just a highly educated guess.
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