Many of us have transitioned to working and/or studying from home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, so we’re constantly looking for ways to make our living and working spaces more comfortable. What better way to help improve comfort and overall ambiance than investing in a few easy-to-care-for, air-purifying houseplants?
Not only are houseplants a great way to spruce up your home office, but studies have even demonstrated that house plants may help make us happier, healthier, more efficient, and more creative. According to research, living and working around plants offers many benefits, including:
- A reduction in stress levels — Having plants around tends to make us feel more comfortable and at ease.
- A therapeutic feeling — Horticultural therapy is used in modern medicine to help boost happiness in people battling depression, anxiety, and a few other conditions.
- A boost in productivity and creativity — According to a recent study, people who had plants in their workspaces took fewer sick days and were more productive on the job.
- An enhanced outlook on work — Researchers conclude that natural elements help lower the effects of job stress and anxiety.
- An improvement in air quality — Research done by NASA at the start of the 1980s illustrated that the roots and soil of houseplants reduced airborne volatile organic compounds significantly.
People often have the misconception that growing and caring for indoor plants necessitates a lot of time and attention, but don’t be fooled by this popular theory! Not all houseplants require having a natural green thumb and significant gardening experience.
Here are some low-maintenance house plants that you can incorporate into your living space and/or home office decor.
1. Neanthe Bella
Also known as the Parlor Palm, this plant is one of the best for purifying the air in your home and/or office. This beautiful mini palm has vibrant green foliage, can reach 4 to 5 feet tall, and is extremely adaptable and forgiving. Check the water regularly to see if it requires moisture and mist it frequently to avoid spider mites.
2. Snake Plant
The Sansevieria, AKA Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is a resilient and attractive plant that’s available in various shades of green. This is a plant that thrives on neglect, which makes it the ideal low-maintenance indoor plant.
Arguably one of the easiest houseplants to grow, Pothos develops successfully without pampering. While Pothos thrive in bright, indirect light, they can also flourish in areas of your home that don’t naturally get a lot of sunlight or places with only fluorescent lighting. This makes it a great indoor plant for your home and/or workspace.
Hoyas are excellent at removing pollutants in indoor environments and should be considered as an addition to your houseplant family. Commonly referred to as the Wax Plant, it is elegant, incredibly easy to grow, and known to live a long time. While Hoyas do have a few things they need to thrive, caring for them is very manageable. Place them in areas with bright, indirect light, humidity, and be sure not to overwater.
5. Air Plant
If you’re seeking to liven up your home and/or workspace decor, while also purifying indoor air quality, the Tillandsia is a great option. Air plants require less of your time and attention, making them a perfect plant for your living/workspace.
Because of the pandemic, the majority of us have been spending time in our homes, which makes comfort and healthy air quality top priorities. These are some of the many low-maintenance, air-purifying house plants that you can add into your living and/or home office to give it a rejuvenated and lively look while simultaneously cleaning the air.
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