What if there were a piece of office equipment that could purify your air, improve the aesthetics and make you feel better in general? You’d probably be rushing out to buy it, right? Well this office staple does exist, but not many people take advantage of it! We’re talking about live plants, and they can do wonders to improve both your mood and the quality of your workspace. Let’s explore how to choose the best office plant for you.
First, take an inventory of your habits and workspace.
Is there natural light, or is it all man-made light?
Will you remember to water it every day, or do you need something that’s more low-maintenance?
Do you enjoy caring for plants, or do you want to “set it and forget it?”
What size is best: small or large? Potted or hanging?
Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have a better idea of which plant will fit in with your workflow. The next step is to decide what qualities you need from your plant. How hard do you want them to work?
Certain plants, like mother-in-law’s tongue, areca palm and money plant, will create so much oxygen you’ll be breathing fresh air all day! Who wouldn’t want that, especially in a cramped office space?
Some plants, including the money plant, also remove harmful toxins from the air. Money plant can remove formaldehyde, which comes into the air through many carpets, cleaners, furniture, insulation and office supplies. Pathos, philodendron, spider plants and Boston ferns are also good at removing toxins from the air.
Another chemical commonly found in the air of office spaces is trichloroethylene. This is produced by products like inks, adhesives, paints, varnishes and laquers. Mums and Gerbera daisies remove trichloroethylene, as well as benzene.
Ready to add a plant into your workspace? Experts recommend one plant for every 100 square feet of office space. This will maximize absorption and fresh air creation. Good luck! We know you’ll enjoy all the benefits of incorporating a plant into your 9-to-5 routine.
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