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What Are The Best Office Plants?

What are the Best Office Plants?
24 June 2021
 

Plants are a great addition to an office, promoting productivity and calmness – but what are the best office plants?

Incorporating biophilic design into your office is one of the best ways to help encourage wellbeing and stress reduction amongst your staff. Indoor plants essentially do the opposite of what we do when we breathe: release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This freshens up the air and eliminates harmful toxins throughout your office space.

As people plan their return to the office, there has been a huge 2,600% increase in Google Searches for “easy to care for plants”

Office Furniture Online offers its top tips on indoor plants that are easy to care for and only need attention once or twice a week at most.

 

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Why Plants In The Office?

 

Research by NASA has found that indoor plants can remove 87 per cent of air toxins in just 24 hours. Other studies show how plants are known to help psychological and physiological stress, and employees who work in environments with natural elements report a 15 per cent higher level of well-being, are 6 per cent more productive and 15 per cent more creative overall.

Adding plants to your new, re-configured hybrid office is a great way to make your staff feel welcome and calm in your office space. Getting your staff members involved in choosing and taking care of their plants is a way to take this even further, as they will feel more engaged, productive, and valued in their role.

 

What Are the Easiest Office Plants to Care For?

 

English Ivy is a beautiful plant that can help create a real biophilic feel, thanks to its great ability to climb. All you need to do is plant it in a shady area with organically rich soil.

Then, water them twice a week, making sure the top inch of the soil is dry before watering.

 

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Picture: a photograph of a person tending ivy that's growing on a wall

 

Dracaena is one of the easiest to grow indoor plants thanks to its striking appearance and ease of care. These plants don’t do well in direct sunlight so you can keep them in filtered indoor light, like you often get in an office. They also need a lot less water than most indoor plants – simply mist the soil every two weeks and always allow the top soil to dry out before watering.

Cacti are another great choice, as their colour and shape variations help them fit many different tastes and styles. Cacti can survive in both sun and artificial light, and water between every one and two weeks, but when the soil is very dry. 

Peace Lilies are beautiful plants that are really popular in offices because they are excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in. Peace lilies enjoy medium to low light and need to be watered once a week.

Snake plants are another easy-care yet striking looking plant, making it the perfect office decoration. During colder months, you only need to water it once a month or once dried out, and a little bit more often during summer. It can also thrive in all different kinds of light – even low light areas.

 

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Picture: a photograph of a snake plant

 

ZZ plants can survive well in fluorescent light, making it perfect for office environments. It can also thrive even after missing a few watering, so makes the perfect indoor plant for busy people and those new to plant care.

Picture: a photograph of a potted cactus on a table

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 24 June 2021

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