Businesses are always looking for the most efficient methods of increasing health and productivity in the office. From ergonomic chairs to smart lighting systems, the options for improvement are extensive. However, not all of these options need to be complicated or tech-based. One of the easiest ways to boost wellness, concentration, and aesthetic refinement in your office comes in the form of potted plants.
For years, studies have highlighted the benefits of indoor plants. Physically, plants help to filter air and increase relative humidity, directly impacting our comfort. Mentally, plants help to reduce stress and increase productivity. Beyond the wellness benefits, a well-placed plant can add that organic flair, and make the office feel a bit more vibrant.
Here are some of the best plants to keep in your office:
If you have a good spot near a window, an aloe will flourish. These succulents ask for little, needing a watering every 2 or 3 weeks. The aloe is a pragmatic indoor plant as well, since the gel within its leaves can be used for the same soothing effects as store-bought aloe vera. Just snip off a tender leaf, and split it lengthwise to reveal fresh aloe gel.
The bamboo palm is a hardy palm tree, perfect as an organic privacy screen or room partition. Indoors, it can reach heights of 5-7 feet, with a green canopy as wide as 5 feet. This plant adds a tropical feel to the office, and filters formaldehyde and xylene from the air. Unlike many palms, the Bamboo Palm doesn’t like constant and direct light. With a few hours of indirect sunlight a day, this plant will grow quickly. In low light, it may not climb as quickly, but will still prosper. Keep the soil just a bit moist for optimum health.
If you prefer flowers and would like a dash of color, go for the gerbera daisy. These small plants are available in a number of bright colors, and are fantastic for a desk or shelf that gets a few hours of light each day. On top of the aesthetic flair, the Gerber Daisy aids in minimizing air pollution by filtering out the carcinogen benzene.
With little light required to grow, lucky bamboo plants are tasteful, unique, and somewhat low-maintenance additions to an office. Avoid long stretches of direct sunlight to prevent browning. Lucky bamboo does require consistent moisture, but can be cultivated directly in water if desired. For the patient, the stems of this plant can be gradually shaped into whatever design strikes your fancy.
Peace lilies are bushy, verdant plants known for improving air quality by reducing air-borne toxins like benzene, ammonia, ethyl, and acetone. These plants can be placed anywhere in the office, as peace lilies flourish even with minimal sunlight. They will even produce pleasing white flowers if kept healthy.
For the low-maintenance cultivar, the ZZ plant is a natural fit. Shiny green leaves flay out from long, hardy stalks to create a gorgeous addition to any space. The ZZ plant tolerates both bright and low light well, and only needs to be watered once every month or two (depending on pot size and light exposure). Ignore the ZZ and let it thrive.
Plants are a fantastic addition to every office, whether as personal desk decorations or as larger space-fillers in a lobby. With health and aesthetic benefits, tastefully chosen greenery can enhance the workplace and allow you to personalize a space however you see fit. Combine lively plants with gorgeous furniture from Environments, and you’re sure to satisfy employees and clients alike. Contact us today to learn how we can spruce up your office with the best in both plants and office design.