Indoor Office Plants

The popularity of indoor office plants continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

Having a plant as part of your work space helps give a hectic place a calming effect. It is a good idea to be selective when choosing your indoor office plants since some may rapidly outgrow a small space or smaller sized ones may be dwarfed in a large area.

Plants for the office have been scientifically proven to aid boosting employee morale and increasing concentration levels. A recent study indicated that employees stayed on-task with faster response times when living plants were placed in their work areas. Scientists attribute the heightened productivity to the plants’ capability of reducing excess carbon dioxide from the air.

Plants help a growing problem affecting many office building around the world known as Sick Building Syndrome. It is caused by toxins created from man-made materials such as paint, plastics, furniture, insulation, synthetic fibers, carpet, cleaners, and plywood.

Using products vital to a business’ operation like computers, printers, and other office equipment also contributes to the toxic level. Built up pollutants cause a variety of employee complaints ranging from sneezing,headaches, and trouble breathing. By introducing indoor office plants into the workplace the poisons are absorbed and turned into plant nutrients.

Office plants provide staff with increased humidity levels. Sealed office environments are filled with humid and dry air. Workers are more susceptible to colds and flu in this type of environment. Indoor plants naturally add moisture to the air through transpiration and evaporation. This saves the company money by not having employee out sick.

Plants at the office reduce stress levels making the work environment a more relaxing place. Below are suggestions for indoor office plants:

Spider Plants

These commonly used plants are great for beginners. It is very tolerant of nearly any growing conditions. However, do keep spider plants out of direct sunlight. They do well in naturally lit environments and are known to reduce indoor air pollutants. The plants have long narrow leaves and white flowers.

Boston ivy

Evergreen Ivy plants are widely used as ornamentals and are ideal for absorbing air pollutants like industrial chemicals. Ivies do not handle temperature fluctuations very well. Avoid placing them in locations of cold drafts from open windows, frequent opening doors, or air conditioner vents.

Peace Lily

Peace lilies were chosen desk plant of the year because of its ability to revitalize the air. Lilies live best in shade and require minimal sunlight. The plants have stem less crowns and shiny green leaves. White flowers compliment the beautiful foliage of these indoor office plants and help office workers feel happy just looking at them now and then.


This hearty beauty can reach three to six feet tall and is extremely simple to care for. Bamboo plants perform best under indirect bright lighting. Basically, you can stand the plant in any corner of the room and it will thrive there. It rarely requires fertilizing.

Ponytail Palm

This native to the Mexican desert is actually a member of the lily family and needs little watering. Provide the plant with plenty of light and it will remind you of the wonderful vacation you have planned after your work days are through!

Other choices for indoor office plants include: Rubber Plants, Ferns, Cactuses, Philodendron, and Yuccas. Keep your plants healthy to reap the round the clock benefits of a healthier work environment. Plants create a more pleasant work atmosphere and enhance the surroundings for welcoming visitors and making clients feel right at home.