Houseplants at the Office

Sometimes a workplace can feel like a concrete prison, with its impersonal cubicles and industrial work areas. Houseplants will help to give your office a homey look and bring a little bit of nature inside. Plants help to clean the air and remove harmful chemicals found in office environments. Plants also release moisture in the air, helping to combat the dry office air, particularly during the winter months. It is important to select office plants that do well under fluorescent lighting conditions, because many office plants will not be privy to any natural sunlight.

Areca Palm

The areca palm tree is a lovely addition to your office decor. They are perfect for an area where you want to have a tropical look. A study at the Chichester College states that the areca palm is effective in removing formaldehyde and ammonia from the air. Formaldehyde is present in many cleaning products and this tree will improve the air quality.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a popular office plant because of its lovely white blooms and long leaves. It takes up little space and will brighten any office area. It does well in office lighting conditions and is happy as long as you keep the soil moist, but not soggy. The peace lily purifies the air from even tough cigarette smoke and it adds oxygen into the room, according to the peace lily website.

Spider Plant

If you have a place for a hanging basket, the spider plant is a wise choice, but it also grows well in a pot. This type houseplant is practically indestructible and will produce many baby spiderettes. You can share the spiderettes with your friends by clipping them off and rooting them in either soil or water, according to the Hortiscope website. Soon your office will be filled with the long, narrow-leafed plants that will add greenery and a cozy look to the sterile office environments.

Snake Plant

The snake plant or mothers-in-law tongue plant is a beautiful plant with tall sword-shaped leaves. The leaves grow vertically and rarely extend beyond the diameter of the pot, so take up little office space. Like most indoor plants, snake plants enjoy a moist, but not soggy soil and will provide you with long lasting beauty in your office.

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