Benefits of Houseplants

Houseplants in pots sat on a window sill

The second week of January marks National Houseplant Week each year. They can be an amazing addition to your home as they improve your mood, health as well as enhancing the appearance of space in your home! Here are 3 benefits of having houseplants in your home, and the perfect houseplants to have in your home!

Improve Mood and Productivity

Studies have shown that when humans are exposed to real foliage, it has a natural calming effect.  Green is supposedly one of the most soothing shades in the colour wheel. Psychologists have found that houseplants have helped improve employee satisfaction and productivity by up to 15%. As we are all mostly working from home at the moment, a houseplant may be the perfect addition to your workspace!

Help Reduce Noise Levels

If you require peace and quiet whilst working, a bit of foliage on your desk can definitely help absorb surrounding sound. This leads to an increase in productivity for most people at a very small cost! A small potted plant on the corner of your desk will be the best suited for your office area.

Cleaner Air

Due to the air conditioning systems in offices, the air we breathe can be higher in pollution inside an office opposed to outside. There is also a notable pattern between poor air quality and employees health and performance. Plants can be the perfect solution! Houseplants photosynthesise all day increasing oxygen levels in workspaces. This then leads to an increase in peoples health and productivity!

Low-Maintenance Houseplants:

1. Sansevieria Trifasciata

This plant is also known as a Snake Plant and grows in many conditions. It helps eliminate gases such as Benzene, Xylene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene and Toulene from your workspace. Snake Pants only need watering every 2-3 weeks so they are simple and easy to take care of!

2. Spathiphyllum

Peace Lily is this plant more common name and can be placed in darker places. It produces beautiful leaves during the summer whilst eliminating gasses such as Formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, Toluene, Ammonia and Trichloroethylene. Peace Lily’s do need a little more maintenance than a Snake Plant as they need consistently moist soil, however, it is possible to over-water a Peace Lily and it still thrives!

Peace Lily, a houseplant on a table

3. Aglaonema Modestum

This plant is also known as a Chinese Evergreen and it can survive in low light and dry air, commonly found in offices. This plant can help remove gases such as Benzene and Formaldehyde from your air. They require moderate watering.

Chinese Evergreen a type of houseplant

To find out more information, please visit the following websites:

Vitesy: 4 plants that boost your productivity at work

Wired: How to use office plants to boost productivity and job satisfaction

Labs: How plants can increase productivity in the workplace