Indoor Plants: The Natural Air Purifier

Have you ever noticed how the office environment can make you stressed, drowsy, anxious, or sometimes even sick? Whether from allergies, sickness, or just the fact that you don’t want to go to work, days out of the office affect everyone (you, your coworkers, and your supervisor – even your customers). So, how do we avoid these health issues, and increase overall wellbeing? With indoor plants, the natural air purifiers! Did you know? Having plants in the office environment has been shown to:

  • Boost productivity by up to 12% while decreasing stress
  • Lower building operating costs by maintaining a comfortable humidity of 30-60%
  • Perform as a natural air purifier by removing carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide
  • Reduce background noise levels and airborne dust levels
  • Improve visitors’ perceptions by enhancing the indoor environment

Things to consider when outfitting your office/cubicle are lighting, water requirements, size of the pot, and soil quality. While some indoor plants can tolerate infrequent watering, others will need to be watered up to twice a week. Most on this list can tolerate fluorescent light, but if brown or droopy leaves become an issue, move them to a window for a few days. Others will require a hanging or suspended pot with a compact moist soil, while others will need ample space and loose, well-drained soils. Earth911 has put together a short list of plants that are perfectly capable of surviving in an office environment:

  1. Philodendron
  2. Spider plant
  3. Peace Lily
  4. Lemon Balm
  5. Golden Pothos

Of course, we must also take into consideration pests, and how they can affect indoor plants. Using Natural Home & Garden Insect Control will keep your plants pest and disease free, all while being completely safe and natural.

More Sources: Plant Culture Inc  and Ambius

 

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  1. Madeline January 8, 2016

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