One of the easiest ways to bring life into your space is through plants. They bring a refreshing update and a connection to nature. This is very helpful for individuals who may not have a view of the outdoors.
Plants help out more than you may realize. Not only do they provide a connection to the outdoors, which promotes positive energy and peace within the space. They also help with the overall indoor air quality of your space. You may have heard that plants can balance the pollutants in the outdoor environment. Trees and plants help offset those pollutants, which can also occur in an indoor space as well, by improving the indoor air quality. Due to the products that are put into a space to create a beautiful environments we work in, most of those products Release gases/ pollutants. Items such as paints, carpets, and fabrics are examples of items that release these gases into your workspace. There are current options of materials that do not release gas, but employers do not commonly use those products. Plants are an easy option that can help balance the air quality from the gases that most products release.
You may be reading this article saying, I am a plant killer, and have a hard time keeping anything alive. There are several plants that require little to no maintenance and can have a big impact on the air quality of your space.
Air plants- This plant is a no brainer, all you have to do is rinse the plant every 2 to 3 weeks. If you forget they will most likely be ok until you water them again because they can survive through long periods of drought.
Snake plants- These don’t need to be in sunlight and only need to be watered once every other week or so, and only about once a month during the winter. These are great large-scale plants with little maintenance.
Succulents- These plants are all the rage right now. One of the reasons why is because they also need little maintenance. They should be planted in soil with a layer of small stones at the bottom of the planter. These only need to be watered once a week if that. If you see them starting to dwindle down, you are probably watering too much.
Aloe- These are a marvelous plant and so easy to maintain. My philosophy with this one is to water it when I remember and they seem to continue to thrive. Watering about once a week or once every other week keeps this plant satisfied. Plus this plant is triple duty. It brings green life into a space, helps with the air pollutants and it is used for healing burns and cuts.
Cactus- This desert plant can survive without being watered for quite some time so once again if you forget to water it… no biggie, just water it when you remember to, just be careful not to over water. Cacti are fun because they not only bring green into a space, but also can come in fun, beautiful, bright, vibrant colors.
Article written by Caleigh Pollard for The Element Group.
Edited by Lyndsay Reese.