Small Business Trends : Office Plants
Looking to get more creative? It starts with your work space!
Office Plants are revitalizing especially working in a high pressure, deadline driven creative environment.
I looked at the NASA Clean Air Study as my point of reference for this list of “office plants for creative spaces.”
Its results suggest that certain common indoor plants may provide a natural way of removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air, helping neutralize the effects of sick building syndrome.
Plants can add a lot of organic character to an otherwise boring office environment. They can improve air quality and remove impurities. Several varieties of indoor plants can actually purify the air by removing “volatile organic compounds”, which can be found all around the average office, from carpets and furnishings to solvents and ink. They can even create helpful separations between workplaces–and a source of peaceful sanctuary during your hectic day.
But if you don’t have a green thumb like many of us…here are a few plants that would be great for health and sanity.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum), is another classic indoor plant you’ll recognize from hotels, malls, and other places lacking windows. That’s because the Peace Lily thrives in indirect light and needs little water. In fact, overwatering it will kill it quickly…
Air plants like the Tillandsia are the ultimate easy-care plant. In fact, they don’t need soil at all. Air plants are one of the trendiest home decor plants these days, so you’ll find them just about everywhere from nurseries to boutiques or flea markets, and they can be displayed in: jars, on rocks, or mounted to driftwood and hung on the wall.
Succulents and cacti are the BEST low-care plants that require just a tad bit of water once per week, however they do need daylight to survive. These plants are small and come in several different varieties. They do require a significant amount of sunlight, so they are not recommended for dimly lit offices. If you’ve got a window sill that gets a lot of sunlight and tend to be forgetful, a cactus or multiple cacti would be ideal.
Jade, or Crassula ovata, is a small, succulent plant with small flowers. It requires minimal watering.In Japanese folklore, the jade plant is known as the “money plant.” Legend has it that its presence brings financial success. The reason for having this plant in your office should be crystal clear!
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum), is a hardy, attractive vine that will quickly grow beautiful, glossy green leaves to drape over shelves, cubicle walls, and file cabinets.
Here’s my favorite part about this plant…You can trim the vines when they get too long, stick them in water for a few weeks until they grow roots, and then plant them in new pots; which means free plants for all your friends! The Pothos is easy to care for and can survive in very low light.
This office plant has to be one of the greatest moisturizing tricks ever!Aloe vera plants are perfect for offices that have plenty of sun (so if you have access to a window, it’s a fun choice). You can slowly use the gel from inside the leaves of the plant to moisturize dry hands or calm burns. Or you can just enjoy the leaves for their sculptural, visual appeal.
Are there any other office-suitable plants we could add? Maybe you’d like to see more space dividing plants like palms or bamboo? Let us know.