Perk up your Office Space

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Indoor plant tips

Perk up your Office Space

Potted plants brighten up any office space, but they also have a number of other benefits. Studies have shown that indoor plants can help to prevent “sick building syndrome” (which occurs in offices where the indoor air is never replaced by fresh air from outdoors) by absorbing harmful toxins from the air. Plants also increase the overall moisture content in the air, which helps to counteract the drying effect that air conditioners typically have on our skin and eyes. Lastly, studies conducted by numerous researchers have shown that having plants in an office space makes employees happier and more productive.

Here are a few ideas for plants that thrive in office areas :

  • Phalaenopsis (also known as the moth orchid) adds instant elegance to any reception area and, if properly cared for, they will flower for up to three months a year. They may have a delicate appearance, but they’re actually quite tough, needing only to be watered once weekly in summer and once every two weeks in winter. They will do best when given bright light, but no direct sunlight.
  • Mother in law’s tongue is ideal for minimalistic, modern office spaces. They are very tough and easy to care for, requiring only bright light and occasional watering (the soil must be allowed to dry out before watering again).
  • Spathiphyllum species need a cool space with good light. Place them on a drip tray on top of a layer of pebbles with water below to ensure sufficient humidity.
  • Hen and chickens is usually planted as a garden groundcover, but it also grows remarkably well indoors. It functions as a natural air freshener, filtering the air of toxins, and also looks great with its attractive striped green foliage. It grows well in spots with low light. Keep it moist in summer and drier during the winter months.

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