Let’s face it, there’s something about the “Great Outdoors” that indoor settings can’t quite replicate. Sure, modern conveniences like heating and cooling, sofas, and refrigerators make indoor life comfortable, but it’s important not to neglect the mood-boosting and health-improving benefits of nature. Make the office a better place to work by incorporating plant life into the workspace. Popular reasons for using the powers of plants at work include better morale, improved indoor air quality, and more productivity.

Here are a few ideas for incorporating indoor plants into the workspace:

 

Terrariums

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Terrariums are a good way to bring plants into the office because they are contained in glass. This way of displaying plants not only adds interesting elements to the design with the container, but it also keeps workspaces looking neat and pulled together. Terrariums can also host a variety of plants to add a lot of interest in a small space. Mosses and other small plants such as Baby’s Tears, African Violets, and the dwarf variety of Creeping Fig can all be good options for a small terrarium.

Wall-mounted Planters

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Create living artwork with wall-mounted planters. Combine a variety of plants to spruce up empty wall space and to avoid cluttering up desk or table space used for work. Wall-mounted office plants will make walking through the workspace to make copies or to attend a meeting feel more like a stroll through the park. (Okay, it may not quite have that strong of an effect, but it’s bound to make walking through the office pleasant!) For cool and easy wall-mounted planters, check out Urbio’s magnetic, mounted wall organizers and containers (pictured above).

Miniature Herb Garden

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Have an office kitchen that gets some sunlight? Plant 2-3 herbs in one container and grow fresh herbs to add to lunches or beverages. Not only will employee tastebuds approve, but the kitchen will feel more fresh and vibrant with a little green in it. For ideas on which herbs grow well indoors, check out this article by Organic Gardening.

Other ideas for office plants

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  • Adorn an entryway, hallway, or reception area with well-spaced plants. (Limit it to the same type of plant for a modern, uniform look.)
  • Group plants with similar needs in one planter to incorporate different colors and textures and to prevent a singular plant from looking boring.
  • Emphasize an office color scheme by using plants with the same color palette.

Best Indoor Plants for the office

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For areas with little natural light: Shade plants such as English Ivy, Jade Plants, and Ferns are all good options for areas with little to no natural light. To increase air quality: The Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, and Areca Palm are all good options for removing toxins from the air and improving indoor air quality.

Tips for bringing plants into the office

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  • Know your work environment: how much sun an area receives determines whether full-sun, partial-sun, or shade plants grow well there.
  • Use indoor potting soil and let soil dry in between watering to prevent mold.
  • Don’t clutter your space; too many plants can make a space look messy and small.
  • Consider your coworkers: plants with high pollen counts may not be the best to bring into a shared environment because they may bring allergy symptoms with them.
  • Only group plants with similar light and water needs. If a full-sun plant is in the same container as a shade plant, it may be difficult to keep both plants healthy.
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