Psychologists have even found that having plants at the office improves overall employee mood and helps people work more efficiently. Decorating your home or office with houseplants is a great way to introduce a pop of greenery as well as a range of health benefits. Plants improve indoor air quality by converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and can lower stress and anxiety, speed up healing, and even improve respiratory ailments caused by dry air.
The Boston fern or sword fern makes an ideal hanging plant for indoor growing because of its long, elegantly arched fronds. This indoor plant thrives on indirect, filtered light. Keep it healthy by positioning them near a window in your home or office. This hardy plant thrives in moist, nutrient-rich soil and requires minimal maintenance. Water and fertilize the soil when needed and prune any dead fronds as needed. Boston ferns can grow to be between 2 and 3 feet wide.
Aloe vera is revered for the soothing properties of its gel, but it’s also an attractive and easy-to-grow plants. This succulent features long, spiky leaves that extend from the plant’s base in a rosette pattern. It thrives in sandy soil with a pH level between 7.0 and 8.0. Place the plant near a window where it will receive indirect sunlight. Succulents are drought tolerant, so don’t overwater the soil — wait for it to dry out, first. Every spring, add fertilizer to keep the aloe healthy.
Promote luck and prosperity at home and work by decorating with a money tree. These trees often feature trunks that have been braided during growth and feature large green leaves. Indoors, this plant grows to between 3 and 6 feet tall, making it a great option for larger office spaces. Plant it in a sandy soil with a peat moss base and plenty of drainage. Too much direct light can scorch the leaves, so place this plant in a high-humidity, low-light area that isn’t close to drafts or vents. Fertilizing once a month will provide plenty of nutrients for your money tree.
Bright, cool places are ideal for the rubber tree. This bold, tropical plant offers oversized deep green leaves with evergreen appeal. Outdoors, these trees grow incredibly tall, but indoors they cap out between 8 and 10 feet tall. Keeping your tree in a relatively small pot will ensure it stays a manageable size. The rubber tree is prone to root rot, so plant it in well-drained soil with decent water retention, such as an equal mixture of sand, peat, and pine bark.
You don’t need to have a green thumb to bring life to your home or office when you start with a mini jade plant. This low-maintenance succulent will sprawl out in a hanging basket, or you can prune it into shape in a pot, just as you would with a bonsai tree. Mini jade plants prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.6 to 6.5 and might even produce white or pink flowers in the late spring or early summer. Place your mini jade in a south, east, or west-facing window with a shade to block a good amount of direct sunlight.
Green hedera or green ivy, is one of the most traditional houseplants. This climbing plant thrives in both outdoor and indoor locations as long as it receives plenty of sunlight. Place it near a window or sliding glass door, and make sure to check the soil before watering, as it should be mostly dry. Fertilize regularly from spring through fall, but avoid fertilizing in the dormant winter months.
When you don’t have a green thumb and need something that’s incredibly easy to grow indoors, the heart-leafed philodendron is the prime choice. The large, heart-shaped leaves are a vivid green, and the stems can grow to four feet long or more with time, tumbling over the edges of a shelf, tabletop, or plant stand. Place this plant where it receives moderate to bright light. Philodendron doesn’t like sitting in water but does enjoy a frequent drink, so plant it in well-drained soil and make sure the top surface of the soil dries out before watering. It does well in any humidity and is easy to propagate if you decide you need more of them around your home or office.
The peace lily is a great starter for any home or office because it’s adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Place it in an area that receives indirect but bright light, such as by a window, but it will still do well in relatively low-light areas, making it perfect for offices and apartments with limited light exposure. Keep the soil moist to promote healthy growth. These hardy plants produce large, white flowers juxtaposed with dark green leaves and can grow between 1 to 4 feet tall indoors. The one downside to the peace lily is that it is toxic to children and pets, so take that into consideration.
Introduce a variety of color with the red-edged dracaena, commonly referred to as the Madagascar dragon tree. Long, thin, deep green leaves are trimmed in red for a stylish statement. This tropical plant thrives in bright, indirect light near a window and does well with frequent watering. Use a slow-release fertilizer for the best results.
Hardy, eye-catching, and extremely easy to care for, Sansevieria or snake plant is the ideal plant for your home or office, boasting tall variegated leaves. It loves bright to medium light but does well in low-light conditions as well, making it a versatile choice for apartments or dimmer workstations. Fertilize twice a year to promote healthy growth. Only water this plant once the soil is completely dry, and don’t let water accumulate at the bottom of the pot.