December 5, 2022
Plants aren’t just good for the environment; they’re great for our well-being in an office environment, too. People often think about plants as being beautiful, but they’re useful, too. providing oxygen, cleaning the air, and absorbing carbon dioxide.
In addition, having a beautiful plant around might even improve people’s moods. Some studies show that people feel calmer and happier after spending 20 minutes in a space with plants compared to a similar area without vegetation. Further studies have shown that people who worked in offices with plants had lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn’t. Yet another study found that employees who spent 15 minutes in a room with plants reported feeling more positive emotions than those who spent the same amount of time in a room without plants.
So what types of plants do you want in your office? Here are eight indoor plant options that are ideal for indoor environments. Let’s find the perfect plant for you!
Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii) is a hardy perennial that grows up to 3 feet tall. Its large leaves grow in pairs along slender stems that arch gracefully over the ground. It’s a flowering plant with flowers that bloom white or pinkish purple, and the long stamens give off a sweet scent. They prefer bright light and average temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spider plants (Chlorophytums comosus) are easy to grow and come in many different colors. Whether as a desk plant or a hanging plant, their foliage looks like spider webs, hence the name. These low-maintenance plants with variegated leaves thrive in high levels of light, such as direct sunlight. They don’t mind low humidity either.
Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) have thick, glossy green leaves that look like snakeskin. They can be grown indoors or outdoors and will tolerate both dry and moist conditions. This plant needs bright light and average temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ficus trees, also known as fig trees, have been used for thousands of years to treat respiratory ailments such as asthma and bronchitis. Today, scientists are discovering new uses for these ancient “air plants.” One study found that ficus trees could help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Who couldn’t use a little more of that in the office, right?
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis), also known as aloe, is an evergreen succulent native to Africa. Aloe plants produce a gel made from its fleshy leaves that contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium. These potted plants are also small enough to fit on all types of office desks.
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) is a deciduous plant that grows up to 2 feet tall. Its fronds are dark green on top and lighter green underneath. It prefers direct sunlight and average temperatures ranging from 55 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a plant that would look wonderful in the corner of your office.
Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris) is a fast growing grass that can reach heights of 30 feet, but can still be a vibrant indoor plant if trimmed. It thrives in warm climates and requires little water. It’s commonly used in landscaping because of its ability to grow quickly and withstand drought. It’s infrequent watering needs make it ideal for people who struggle to keep plants alive. Remember, you’ll want to keep it trimmed unless you have an office with vaulted ceilings.
Aglaonema, also known as Chinese evergreens, are beautiful, easy-to-grow houseplants that look great in offices and homes alike. They’re hardy, low-maintenance, and come in many different colors and patterns. Plus, they’re super easy to care for with weekly watering. When they start to droop, which is usually once a week, you simply water them and they perk right back up.
When it comes to decorating your office, plants are a great option. There are some popular plants that can thrive in an office environment. In addition to providing some simple health benefits, such as stress-relief, great office plants are available in a wide range of appearances, making it easy for you to find one (or two, or three…) that fits your office space and sensibilities.