A Plant Lovers Guide: Best Plants to Aid Productivity
Plants are now the staple aspect of any home office. But have you ever thought about why? Plants are not simply beautiful to look at but they also have other benefits. One such way in which plants have a positive influence in our homes and offices, is that they help to aid productivity. This blog post is a short guide on choosing the right plant for you plant lovers out there, if you wish to improve your own productivity, and I think we all want that! I know I certainly do. As well as oxygenating the air around your home or office, research has found that plants could aid productivity by approximately 15%.
First off, how do plants aid productivity? The science shows us that plants aid productivity in a few different ways. They clean the air around us. Many people don’t realize that the air indoors is also polluted and needs filtering. Plants are a natural filtration system. They also create the feeling of an oasis of sorts, which leaves you feeling more relaxed, and therefore ready to get down to business. This also has a similar effect on mood. Boosting mood boosts productivity.
What plant options are there? Well, if you’re a beginner, which for the purposes of this blog I will presume you are, there are a few great options for your office. I’ll give you one plant that loves full sun and is therefore ideal for windows, one which prefers partial shade (your desk or bookshelf, maybe), and then a final one that would be fine in a dark corner. It’s nice to have options, isn’t it?
Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sanservieria trifasciata)
A personal favorite of mine! Mother-in-Law’s tongue, as it is affectionally known because of the shape of its leaves, is a succulent with long, upright straight leaves. They grow very quickly and need minimal care. They will also tolerate low light too, that’s how great these are. Be careful with overwatering, the soil should be dry to the touch before you water sparingly.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
Possibly the lowest maintenance indoor plant out there, the Peace Lily is very popular because of its ease of care, but also its beautiful white flowers. This is another plant to be mindful of overwatering. It would look great atop your desk in a fancy pot.
Pothos, Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Devil’s Ivy is one of those plants that you can stick anywhere, and it will just grow and grow. It looks fantastic in hanging baskets, and on a pedestal as the leaves will dangle downwards and look utterly gorgeous. If the tendrils grow too long, as they probably will in time, simply trim them back. Avoid leaving the roots in standing water, and you will be good to go.
There are tons of plants out there for all different purposes. Finding the right ones for you can be a bit of a learning curve and there could well be a fair few casualties along the way. Hopefully, these plants should give you a great starting point. Check out for the new plant guide from MESMOS.