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Junie2
Junie2

Hi

My husband has copd, is it ok to have house plants, if so which would you advise.

Many thanks

Junie

25 Replies

Hi, it's ok for you to have houseplants of any variety unless your husband has any allergy that might be affected by them. The best way to choose is to see which plants will thrive in the situations you want to put them in. There are various on line sites that will advise on this.I recently read that, contrary to opinion, they have little or no effect on improving indoor air quality.

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to CDPO16

Oh , okI was told many years ago that the soil may be a problem,

Thanks so much will do more research

Thanks again

Junie

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Junie2

I have severe copd, have lots of houseplants (though not all thriving 🙄) and have never had a problem. I've not heard of a problem with soil. Good luck.

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to CDPO16

It was something about soil and fungi, and mould spores, all confusing for me.

I am researching now and so far it is a positive outlook.

Thanks so much

Junie

CDPO16
CDPO16 in reply to Junie2

Thanks. It makes sense that mould could be a problem if it is allowed to grow on the surface of the pot. I have had it on some of my plants but never found it to be a problem, though we are all different. When I was more able, I used to remove the top of the compost if it became affected and replace it with new although I was never aware of it having any adverse affect on me. Best wishes, Carole

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to CDPO16

Thanks so much

Junie

peege
peege in reply to Junie2

I think you may be referring to soil contamination by funding such as aspergillus which is very bad for people with an allergy to it. Common in compost, wet leaves and farmyard. I believe house plant compost is treated. I suppose buying from reputable suppliers might be the answer. Me, I prefer not to risk it as I know I have a slight allergy to aspergillus. P

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to peege

Hi Peege

Thanks for your help

Junie

I was told Weeping Fig useful for cleansing the air, just googled "Healthy House Plants" quite a lot came up.

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to SORRELHIPPO

Thanks so muchJunie

Hi there 😁 I do have a lot of plants in my house as well. But so far I don't have any problems with my eosinophilic Asthma. I always get Houseplant potting mix at Dobbies it's actually less pricy than in other Garden center. I know I have a allergies to some flowers, but green plants are ok. So happy planting LOL 😋 stay safe and warm. 🍀🍀🍀🌼🌻🏵️🌺🌸

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to MELNEL

Hi Melnel

Thanks for your help

Keep safe, keep smiling

Junie

Aspergillosis fungi live in soil and compost, this is not a problem for the vast majority of people. If you have a lung problem it is not advisable to dig or disturb soil without wearing a FFP3 mask. Repotting house plants is best done outside. And try to avoid digging in the garden and sweeping fallen leaves without a mask. Aspergillosis is a rare disease and does not affect the majority of people

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to Biker88

Hi Biker88Thanks so much

Junie

I don’t know anything about soil and fungi but we have had plenty plants in the house for many years with no ill effects as far as I know . Peace Lilys are suppose to purify the air and they’re hard to kill - always a bonus 😂

HiThanks for your help. The painters wife great name.

Take care

Junie

👍 yes. Go online to search for plants that bring oxygen to the room. I have Swiss cheese plant, peace lily. There are lovely ones. Stick to leafy not flowered!

Thanks Greenfingers20

Having fun looking at them all

Junie

Hi Junie, I have Bronch and as soon as I was diagnosed I began to research plants. All plants which give out Oxygen are the best, for example Peace Lily, spiderplant, boston fern and some of the thicker green leaved plants are good too. It is best to go to your local garden centre (when they reopen) they will advise you. If money is short ask friends if they have any of the above plants and ask for cuttings. Good luck and enjoy your plants. Take care, Maximonkey

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to Maximonkey

Hi Maximonkey

When the garden centre opens I will go.

Will look at the plants you suggested

Thanks so much

Junie

Maximonkey
Maximonkey in reply to Junie2

Hi Junie, you are very welcome, enjoy yourself. Maximonkey

House plants are great as they give off oxygen into the air. Also having natural things like plants around you, helps to create a calming environment so boosts your mental health too. I think it’s a great idea to bring nature inside, especially at this moment in a winter lockdown. Hope you find some nice plants soon.

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to rachelmi

Hi Rachelmi

Thanks so much

Junie

I would think having house plants would improve the oxygen levels in the house. Plants take in co2 and produce oxygen.

Junie2
Junie2 in reply to Beth1949

Thanks Beth1949

Junie

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