Working from home can be stressful if your environment is not inspiring and motivating. Just like working in an unpleasant job, staying in this environment too long can result in bad health, which in turn can reduce your productivity. Research has revealed that indoor foliage can brighten a dull, dreary atmosphere as well as remove common toxins from indoor environments and add oxygen to stale air. Therefore, a great way to spice up your home office is to design your home’s working space with some plants to create a healthy and productive environment. One of the hardest things, however, is to understand how to find the right plant for the right space. There are many great options for house plants. With a little forethought, you can choose the perfect house-friendly specimen to perk up your workplace aesthetic and improve your health. Below are nine tried and true tips to guide your choice.
Tip #1: Designated Space
Just like in human beings, plants also need ample space for good air circulation. So having the floor or vertical space available to host plants can allow you to choose a plant that’s agood fit. That way, you don’t shove it behind or in-between furniture. If your home office/working space is not well ventilated or you have a tiny and cramped space, then you can leave the office doors and windows open for a longer duration to enhance air circulation.
Tip #2: Growth Rate
The growth rate of your plant is a critical factor to consider when choosing the most house-friendly specimen. Depending on the space where you want to keep your plant, the growth rate will be an essential factor to consider for the plant not to be a nuisance. Also, maintenance is usually dependant on the rate at which the plant grows. So generally speaking, people prefer plants with a low growth rate to reduce maintenance and pruning. That way it doesn’t grow too long or drag along the floor.
Tip #3: Maintenance Needs
Just like animals, plants need to be taken good care of. Some plants require more maintenance than the others. Plant maintenance might include watering to enhance blooming, trimming/pruning, or replanting and changing the pots. Be honest with yourself when you decide how much attention you and your family can give to the plant. If you and your family have never dealt with plants before, then you might want to choose a plant that doesn’t need a lot of care. Choosing plants that thrive on minimal watering can save you time and is less risky if you tend to forget.
Tip #4: Office Lighting
Different plants require different amounts of light. If your home’s designated office room happens to have no window, then you should choose shade-loving plants as they will always do fine in most office settings. They can thrive on top of cubicles, in the center of the floor, or away from the windows. Similarly, if your office has good lighting, then don’t choose a plant that doesn’t require direct sunlight.
Tip #5: Plant Appearance
Even though you are factoring in the idea of easy maintenance, don’t forget about the beautifying effect that plants can have on your office. A lovely plant to look at can help to motivate you. It should look nice and be able to enhance the office space rather than distract or detract from it. Watering and sunlight have been mentioned as some of the driving factors, but if you can, then you can consider blooming plants because they’ll add a cheery vibe.
Tip #6: Plant Purpose
Different plants are meant to serve various roles. For example, if you mainly want to brighten a space, then you should probably consider flowering plants or ones with colorful, variegated leaves. If you’re looking to add as much oxygen as possible, you should look for a green plant with a lot of leaf area. Certain plants, such as the Areca palm, Kentia palm, or Dracaena ‘Janet Craig’ are exceptionally effective at removing airborne chemicals commonly found in offices.
Tip #7: Office Humidity
Humidity is a crucial when you are choosing a house plant. Plants that quickly dry up and keep the leaves curling need regular watering because of high humidity. If you know you don’t have anybody at home to assist in handling the plant or if your availability at home is inconsistent, thenyou should consider choosing succulents which do not need much (or any) humidity.
Tip #8: Where to Purchase
Right down to the seed quality, not all plants are created equal. Different stores will have varying qualities in their selections. It’s important that the place you purchase your plants from, whether it’s your local garden store, farmers’ market, or online retailer, should be certified and licensed to supply healthy-looking plants that are free of mold, rot, and pests. This is easier to do if you can see the plants, of course, but many online stores will offer you a guarantee to offset the risk.
Tip #9: Set Up the Plant
The type of plant you are putting in your home should be one that is very easy to set up and care for. Plants that require frequent watering should always be put somewhere that doesn’t need a ladder to reach. This will always make it easy for someone to water it if you are not at home.
Along with looking pretty, greenery can act as an air purifier and mood enhancer. They can improve health and increase productivity. Through the tips discussed above, you can make the right choice for your next house plant, creating a more positive working environment as you work from home.