But if you don’t have the green thumb and you really want to bring in some greenery on your office desk, don’t let it be another sad story of dead leaves. Simply follow our guide and pick yourself a plant that is low-maintenance and that is easy to care for, considering the busyness of your schedule. Water moderately, keeping the soil moist, not soggy; let them dry out between waterings; loves bright, indirect light. It’s a good idea to stock up on these green friends from many perspectives, and especially for the sake of your own health. As NASA, in their Clean Air Study, found that there are certain plants that are efficient in purifying indoor air from benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia and other chemical compounds. Another great option for beginner gardeners, spider plants flourish in bright, indirect sunlight with lots of water.
Anthurium plants can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but if placed in low light it will have fewer flowers. Direct light, on the other hand, can be detrimental just like to many other air-purifying plants. In terms of watering, it doesn’t differ much from the other low-maintenance plants we’ve discussed in this list – water it regularly, when the soil is dry to the touch, and don’t overwater it. Once you ensure that it’s placed in the right kind of environment, this plant will reward you with beautiful, long lasting flowers in various shades from light pink to bright red.
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Water rarely, leave the soil a little dry before you water; loves bright light; fertilize once a month, if weak. The tree-like plant dracaena is a great accessory to any office space, and caring for it, in fact, any dracaena variation, is fairly simple. However, the Red-edged Dracaena is specially selected by NASA due to its ultra air-purifying properties. Not only the plant looks really charming with its often colorful strap-like foliage, but dracaena is also quite forgiving of temperatures, as long as they are not too cold. These chemicals are responsible for headaches and eye irritation, which are common symptoms of sick building syndrome , experienced by many employees around the world. The research suggests having at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space to benefit from their air-purifying capacities.
This plant does well in all temperatures and thrives just as well indoors as it does outdoors. Whether in burgundy or regular green, rubber trees will produce lots of oxygen—more than any other plant, in fact! In addition to producing oxygen and eliminating air toxins, the rubber tree effectively removes mold spores and bacteria from the air (by up to 60%). Fighting off mold and bacteria is part of the plant’s defense mechanism to protect its soil.