CHENNAI: At a time when hospitals are complaining about oxygen shortages and patients, including those infected with Covid-19, are dying for lack of state horticultural department urges individuals as well as commercial establishments to build “indoor oxygen farms”. department Director N Subbaiyan told TOI that such a “ farm ” only requires a dozen species of plants that can be kept in every room of an office or home to absorb carbon dioxide and release vital oxygen.
People sitting behind closed doors and working long hours, as is the case during the current pandemic, tend to thrive mental fatigue, mainly due to the lack of oxygen supply to the brain. In such a situation, these herbs can provide the necessary oxygen which will help release fatigue and refresh one quickly, he said.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), Flamingo lily (Anthurium), Pothos, (silver), snake plant (Sansevieria), spider plant (Chlorophytum), broadleaf palm (Raphis), red-edged dracaena, bamboo palm, aglaonema , florists chrysanthemum and basil (tulsi), which can be grown in ornamental containers and pots, is readily available.
They only require a small amount of water each day and should not be exposed to direct sunlight. The lights in a room are sufficient, he says.
These plants can be purchased from the farms of the horticultural department of Semmozhi Poonga, Thiruvanmiyur and Madhavaram. They can also be purchased at most private nurseries for no more than 200 euros each, he said.
However, throwing a note of caution, D. Narasimhan, a former botany professor at a city college, said the plants would only be able to release oxygen during the day and release carbon dioxide at night. Likewise, keeping them indoors will also attract ants, flies and mosquitoes and you have to be careful, he said.