Using plants to decorate your office space can add a personal touch and provide calming energy. Office plants are also beneficial because they recycle air, and as WebMD's Bill Hendrick writes, often air quality is worse inside than out, with dangerous compounds emitting from computers, plastics, carpets and cleaning products. A few plants may help combat these impurities and allow you to breathe easier at work, both physically and mentally.
The Areca palm (Dypsis lutescens) has the highest purifying score from NASA. Originally from Madagascar, the palm's branches cluster together narrowly so that it can fit easily in a small space, and its small leaves branch outward, allowing light to pass through. The plant is ideal for offices since it requires little care, purifies the air extremely well by removing all chemical toxins, and grows quickly to fill your office space as much as you would like. In fact, according to MetaEfficient, this plant is the most efficient humidifier you can find, releasing a quart of water a day.
English ivy is a beautiful plant with small, shiny leaves. Because it's an ivy, the branches may be shaped in designs, set to run along walls or climb among office equipment. Furthermore, the plant is a major air purifier. According to WebMD, researchers are finding that English ivy may help reduce mold and airborne feces within hours, and provide significant relief for allergies. While its use as a cheap alternative to an air purifier may appeal to many, also remember that the ivy grows quickly and may harm other plants or take over spaces if not tended to regularly.
The Boston Fern
The Boston fern (Nephrolepis exalta) is a beautiful plant with a thicker base that spreads outward. Also ranked by NASA as one of the best purifying plants, the Boston fern helps keep offices healthy while presenting a dramatic visual appeal. In what looks like a specimen from the jungle forest, the fern provides a bold difference from what often can be a plain office setting. According to Plant-Care.com, the fern was popular during the nineteenth century and is now experiencing a resurgence of interest. It also has a habit of "mutating," so new varieties are constantly being produced. The fern requires little maintenance, grows to two to five feet and is surprisingly tolerant of a number of light conditions.