Evidence speaking to the benefits of integrating plants into the workplace is boundless. Not only do plants enhance the overall appearance in the office, but they can also reduce stress and eliminate air pollutants. A healthy, happy workplace is also more productive. In addition, plants in the office can provide screening or a pleasant focal point.
There are numerous types of office friendly plants that can be integrated into a workplace, depending on your space and specific needs. The best plans for an office are those which require little care. After all, you have a business to run, and not everyone was born with a green thumb.
Some good beginner plants for the workplace include:
- Pothos – These plants adjust well to a variety of office conditions, from low light levels to brighter ones. This easy-care plant, with heart-shaped, white-splotched leaves makes a lovely addition sitting on a desk, shelf or table.
- Philodendrons – Philodendrons are predominantly climbing plans, which makes them great for adding height to small areas. Sit them on filing cabinets or in hanging baskets. These plants are easy to grow and suitable for a wide range of indoor conditions. What’s also handy about the philodendron, is that it can withstand occasional neglect, making it an excellent plant for surviving long weekends or extended office closures.
- Spider plant– The spider plant is not only one of the most esthetically interesting office plants with its small spiderettes hanging down, it’s also one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. Place the spider plant in a high spot for all to admire.
- Snake plant – The snake plant makes a huge statement in the office. It has attractive sword-like leaves that can grow to become quite tall, making it excellent for focal interest or screening purposes.
- Cactus plants– When all else fails, there’s the trusty cactus. Just be sure to keep it located where no one is likely to be stuck. There are many types to choose from, all of which are certain to spark conversation.
When introducing plant life into your workplace, it’s good to keep placement spaced out and balanced to allow for optimal benefits. A good rule to follow is to distribute one plant or arrangement of greenery per workspace. Introducing a green landscape into your office is sure to have your entire workplace, breathing easy!
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