10 office plants to improve indoor air quality, and your mood

It is scientifically proven. Office plants enhance your productivity, your mood and reduce indoor pollution. Here are 10 plants to grow in your office.

Who wouldn’t be delighted to work in a more colourful, cozy, and healthier environment? The solution is enriching your desks and offices with plants.

 

Several scientific studies, published over the last few years, show how greener offices improve wellbeing and enhance productivity. The latest study has been carried out by the Psychology University of Queensland, Australia, and published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Co-author Alexander Haslam said that “office landscaping helps the workplace become a more enjoyable, comfortable and profitable place to be. It appears that in part this is because a green office communicates to employees that their employer cares about them and their welfare. Employees from previously lean office environments experienced increased levels of happiness, resulting in a more effective workplace.”

 

Marlon Nieuwenhuis, from the Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, monitored different workplaces in the UK and the Netherlands, showing the same results. “Although previous laboratory research pointed in this direction, our research is, to our knowledge, the first to examine this in real offices, showing benefits over the long term. It directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive.”

 

Here are some tips to make greener and healthier workplaces.

Agave

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Agave is a succulent plant that needs very little care. Native to Mexico, it blooms in the wild only once in its life. It endures long periods without water and grows slowly. Perfect for desks.

Aloe

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Succulent plant and easy to grow also in indoor places, agave is perfect for its curative properties.

Maranta Leuconeura

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This plant has colourful leaves, with all shades of green and pink veins. It’s able to grow in poorly illuminated places, but the temperature shouldn’t be lower than 14-15 degrees. During summer, the topsoil has to be kept humid, whilst during summer the water can be reduced.

Pilea peperomioides

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Native to China, it is a decorative plant, thanks to its almost perfectly rounded leaves. It doesn’t grow much, for a maximum of 50 centimetres. It is also known as “missionary plant”, for being introduced to Europe by a Swedish priest.

Areca

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Areca is ideal to places in which you spend lots of hours. It is in fact part of the group of plants that are able to purify the air. Particularly, the Areca produces a large quantity of oxygen and humidity, and combats electrosmog.

Bamboo

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Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that can be used as green divider. It’s formidable in filtering formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. Bamboo needs space to grow, mostly in height.

Dracena reflexa

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It’s the most widely used dracaena. It has extended bicolour leaves, doesn’t require lots of water and is an ideal office plant, since it purifies the surrounding environment.

Boston fern

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It lowers air pollution, such as formaldehyde and xylene. It’s a luxuriant, green plant. It doesn’t require direct light and the topsoil has to be kept humid.

Pothos

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It is barely impossible to let it die. It grows even in a pot with water. It’s one of the best plants to purify indoor air. It is able to absorb large quantities of CO2 and volatile chemicals. You just need to remember to water it and give it some light.

Spider plant

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Native to South Africa, it’s perfect to be hung from the ceiling, being an airplane plant. It grows in tufts, resulting in a “waterfall” effect. It is really easy to grow.

 

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