A healthy workplace is a happy workplace, and there’s no better way to invigorate your office than introducing plants. Numerous studies have touted the benefits of incorporating plants into office environments such as improved air quality, which can greatly boost morale and productivity. Here are five plants that are easy to care for and will fit right in with your office environment.
Lemon balm can thrive in the sun or shade, so it is well suited for office life as long as you remember to water it. The plant produces a sweet scent your coworkers will love; indeed, its smell has been proven to enhance people’s moods in studies. Lemon balms require a pot with good drainage and rich soil.
Another plant that appreciates the shade is the peace lily. These gorgeous flowers have been identified by NASA as one of the best enhancers of air quality. In addition to helping you breath better, they can add elegance to any office. Keep the soil loose and moist to keep your lilies standing tall.
Also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” for its pointy leaves and durability, the snake plant is capable of clearing smog, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde from stagnant air. It is most active at night, so every morning you’ll walk into an office with freshly replenished oxygen. This plant is great for individuals who lack a green thumb as it requires very little care and can go several days without water.
Studies have shown that spider plants increase humidity while decreasing concentrations of dust in the air, which will help you coworkers with allergies breath a little easier. It is usually content with florescent lighting and little water, but if the leaves start looking brown, place it next to a sunny window to revitalize the plant.
Yes, rubber plants are actually a living plant species, and they are one of the best at purging formaldehyde from the environment. This one can grow upwards of eight feet tall and requires regular watering. Having basically a small tree in your office will make everyone feel a little closer to nature.