The start of the year is a time for organising and planning for the year ahead. From budgets to marketing plans and everything in between it’s good to know we’re starting the year strong, but could your working space use some improvement? There are numerous benefits to having plants in your office space beyond simple aesthetics. Studies have shown that plants help to purify the air, reduce stress levels and even boost productivity!
We’ve taken a look at some of the best indoor plants to brighten up your office space:
Also affectionately known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, the snake plant is a great plant for your office or your bedroom. Unlike some other plants, the snake plant releases oxygen at night boosting the air quality while you sleep and is also one of the best plants for filtering harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, toluene, and trichloroethylene out of the air. The plant is low maintenance and tall, making it ideal for smaller office spaces.
Most commonly seen adorning the walls of country houses, ivy is an iconic English plant and another great option if you’re looking for air-filtering foliage for your office. Ivy does need direct sunlight so it’s best positioned near a window but thanks to it’s trailing leaves it can be draped over the edges of shelves or your desk. Ivy has also been shown to reduce airborne mould so it is great for home offices that may be susceptible to damp.
Aloe vera is one of the most common houseplants thanks to its wide range of uses. It not only purifies the air but also makes a great natural remedy for burns and rashes, can be used in smoothies and even as a cure for acne. Similar to cactuses, succulents such as the aloe plant require very little care, just plenty of sunlight and free-draining soil!
A spider plant may be reminiscent of the macramé hanging pots of the 70s but there’s a reason why it has remained popular to this day. Spider plants are one of the only plants to be non-toxic to animals, ideal if you have a curious pet at home. Spider plants draw toxins out of the air and are pretty resilient so they are ideal for busy freelancers who may occasionally forget to water them.
Now a bonsai tree isn’t really an option for houseplant novices or forgetful caretakers as they are high maintenance and rely on a controlled growing environment. When growing a bonsai indoors it is best to choose a tropical variety that can withstand the stable temperatures and low humidity in your office and keep it close to a window to get the most sunlight. If you are willing to put the time and effort in you will be rewarded with a beautiful miniature tree that will clean the air and also make a fantastic conversation piece, just be prepared for it to take a few years of careful cultivation!
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