Plants with Benefits: Add a Little Green to Your Workspace

When displayed and cared for, plants can be a great benefit to your workspace. The colors and textures can boost your mood and some can actually purify the very air you breathe.

So how do you choose the right plant? There are several directions to go as far as aesthetics and ease of care, so here are some specifics to think about when picking a plant for your desk:

Low-Maintenance Plants

When you come to work, you probably already have a long to-do list, so you might not want to add plant care on top of your daily tasks. Luckily, these plants will give you plenty of leeway, requiring only a decent amount of sunlight exposure and periodic watering.

  • Spider Plant
    This is one of the most adaptable houseplants, requiring occasional watering to make sure the soil never dries. You can even break off plantlets and grow them in a different pot, or gift them to a friend or coworker.
  • Snake Plant
    A succulent that lives in almost every environment and can survive without water for a while (in fact, it’s good to let the soil dry out before watering). If it looks dead, just add water.
  • Heartleaf Philodendron
    A hardy plant that can survive in a pot of soil or in a vase with water, anywhere around the office. One of the most unkillable plants out there.
  • English Ivy
    These superb climbers like to be a little dryer, so only water a little bit at a time. This plant also enjoys shade, which is ideal for indoors.
  • Dieffenbachia
    This tropical flowering plant can survive in many lighting conditions. Be careful not to overwater, this plant enjoys being damp, not soggy.

Air-Purifying Plants

You might not think much about indoor air quality, but longtime exposure can have harmful effects to your overall health. Thankfully, there are plants that remove harmful toxins from the air, filling your lungs with clean oxygen. Look out for these plants, among others, with purifying properties:

  • Peace Lilies
  • Ferns
  • Palms
  • Dendrobium Orchids
  • Song of India

Stylish Greenery

If you’re looking for something more eclectic or have a specific fashion choice, there are a few ways you can add pizzazz to your plant life.

  • Succulents
    If you can spare water once a week and have access to direct sunlight, spice up your workspace with some stylish cacti, burro’s tail or panda plant. These desert plants have a very distinct look and feel about them, giving them a sense of novelty.
  • Air Plants
    This is a unique species that doesn’t need soil or much attention at all, for that matter. The lack of a pot or vase makes these plants easier to use as decoration.
  • Terrariums
    Terrariums are a good way to grow tropical plants (orchids, ferns, air plants) and dry plants (succulents) with flair. Housed in a glass container, it’s as if you’re creating your own mini habitat. They come in different shapes and sizes, fitting into almost any décor.

You don’t have to be a botanist or have much of a green thumb to have plants around your desk. Plants have a number of benefits and spring is the perfect season to find the right kind for you. Happy planting!

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