There are a whole plethora of benefits associated with keeping plants in the office. These advantages range from improving wellbeing to better appearance. So whether you’re looking to reduce stress or to simply impress, it’s likely that a plant will help. Here we look at five of the best plants for an office environment, and the reasons why.
A popular houseplant with a distinctive appearance, the Peace Lily – or to use its proper name, Spathiphyllum – is an efficient decontaminate. According to a NASA study, the species removes many environmental contaminants such as benzene and formaldehyde from indoor air. A ‘low-maintenance’ plant, it thrives in the shade and requires little sunlight while needing just one watering per week.
So called due to its spider-like appearance which is caused by the flowers it produces. These flowers, or plantlets, appear at the top of wiry stems which are then pulled down with the extra weight making the plant look like a spider. The exotic look of the plant adds to the finish of the most modern of offices, while it is also great at reducing formaldehyde from the air. The spider plant, or Chlorophytum comosum, has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Award of Garden Merit – for plants of outstanding excellence.
Pygmy date palm
Another Award of Garden Merit winner, its rather impressive scientific name is Phoenix Roebelenii. The miniature plant is pest-resistant and tolerant to soil variation and drought, as well as being a proficient air filter. Pygmy date palms are slow-growing but will thrive in both part shade and direct sunlight. This species will flower and fruit, although this could take a number of years due to its slow growth rate, and the fruit is best described as a stone with an edible skin.
The elegant Weeping fig requires little attention. It prefers to be basked in sunlight but can endure considerable shade and poor growing conditions. In summer, a moderate amount of watering is required and just enough to prevent drying out in winter. Its glossy leaves droop gracefully, making it a popular plant due to its visual appeal. Like the pygmy date palm, the Weeping fig also has a fruit yield, is effective against the same air pollutants and has won the RHS’ Award of Garden Merit.
This shiny-leafed species makes for a striking addition to any office. Valued for its ability to tolerate a multitude of indoor conditions from low light to sunlight, its upright leaves also make excellent dust collectors! The Dracaena is useful for removing indoor air pollutants such as xylene and toluene, and can even withstand neglect.
Still can’t choose? PHS can provide extra guidance to ensure you find the best plant for your working environment.