Friday, 16 August 2013

How to Choose Allergy Friendly Outdoor Plant

Its the time of the year with sunny blue skies and nice warm weather for some of you that you would want to consider growing some outdoor plants or trees in your garden. If you have seasonal allergic rhinitis and is allergic to pollen, then do be careful of what you grow in your backyard so that it doesn't trigger your condition. It is important to note that pollen is produced by male reproductive structures and that it is mainly the wind-pollinated plants that cause pollen allergy.

Here's some tips from The Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association:

1) Avoid plants that produce pollen in significant quantities.

2) Reduce male flowers. Ask your local garden-center expert for help. You can also aim for so called perfect flowers, which means they contain both male and female parts; as a result, the pollen doesn't have to travel far and are hence less likely to cause pollen allergy. Sometimes you can also get female clones of diecious species
3) Choose insect-pollinated plants rather than wind-pollinated plants. Unfortunately, highly susceptible people may be affected by some insect-pollinated plants as well. Some insect-pollinated plants do, however, produce pollen in large amounts that could be enough to cause allergic reactions, such as Salix.

4) Avoid fragrant plants – particularly for indoor.

Here's some allergy friendly outdoor plants you can grow in your garden, pictures courtesy of The Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association:

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