Plants in the office

     One easy solution to prevent "sick building syndrome" is INDOOR PLANTS that help to improve air quality, remove impurities and boost productivity. Studies have shown that offices with plants increase brain performance and encourage creativity.  Plants reduce stress level:  seeing greenery and nature help us feel more relaxed and calm, which in turn benefits your everyday mood. 

SPIDER PLANT

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Spider plant is #1 as the most popular office plant. It's easy to grow and it stays as one of the top varieties for removing VOCs and other pollutants from indoor air.
Spider plants will appreciate at least some light from a window, but grow decently under indoor lighting, too. Spider plants grow well in air-conditioned offices, since they thrive in cool conditions, and display best when hung from the ceiling, which in turn saves precious desk or cubicle space. Hang your spider plant near a window or grow light, but don’t expose it to direct sunlight or it may scorch.

JADE PLANT

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Jade, or Crassula ovata in Japanese folklore is known as the money plant. Legend has it that its presence brings financial success!

Jade do need 4 or more hours of sunlight each day; offices with a south-facing window are typically great spots with just enough light. Keep soil moist but not wet during active growth in the spring and summer. Allow soil to dry between waterings in the winter. Avoid splashing water on the leaves while watering.

WEEPING FIG

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The weeping fig, or Ficus Benjamina, is a large plant that can filter pollutants from carpets and furniture, such as formaldehyde and benzene. Grow this low-maintenance houseplant in bright, indirect light and allow the soil to dry out between waterings. 

BOSTON FERN

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Boston Fern looks just gorgeous! These plants prefer to clean the air from a cool location with high humidity and indirect light. They're relatively easy to grow, but they do need to stay moist. Check the Boston Fern’s soil daily to see if it needs water, and give it a good soak once per month.

 

If you are a fan of HERBS and fresh smells you can try to grow Basil, Rosemary or Peppermint in your office. It requires some efforts but the result is worth it.

BASIL

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A Basil plant will fill the air with a spicy clove scent, combined with a hint of mint and pepper. The scent of basil can improve cognitive thinking and decision-making, while helping to reduce stress. Researchers have found that the aroma of basil stimulates the brain’s beta waves, which increase levels of alertness. Basil is also often used in aromatherapy for those who are tense and tend to hold on to anger. Rubbing sweet basil massage oil onto tight muscles can ease soreness and tension.
Growing basil indoors is easy. While the soil should be kept somewhat moist, it should never be soggy; otherwise, the roots will be prone to rotting. Additionally, when growing basil indoors, lighting is important. Basil growing indoors requires at least six hours of sunlight. Basil plants should be placed in a sunny window, preferably facing south. 

ROSEMARY

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Rosemary leaves have a sharp aroma with a slightly woody fragrance. The scent of rosemary can improve mental perception and memory, and is even thought to instill confidence. Researchers have found that rosemary helps to relieve tension, fatigue, anxiety and confusion. Rosemary enhances alertness by stimulating the brain’s beta waves, and helps to relieve stress by decreasing cortisol levels. This herb is also useful for stimulating the immune system, increasing circulation and improving digestion.
Growing rosemary indoors is sometimes a tricky thing to do. If you can avoid usual issues, your rosemary plant will live happily inside. Lack of sunshine is the most common reason for a rosemary plant growing indoors to die. Once your rosemary moves indoors, make sure that you place it in the brightest window in your house, which is normally a south facing window. Your rosemary plant needs at least six to eight hours of light a day! The second most common reason for an indoor rosemary dying is watering practices. Make sure that the drainage on the container with the rosemary is excellent. Only water the soil when the top of the soil is dry to the touch. But never let the soil dry out completely. In the winter, rosemary plants grow much more slowly and need much less water than they do in the summer. 

PEPPERMINT

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Peppermint is a scent that most people know and love. The powerful, fresh scent of peppermint leaves sharpen attention, focus and memory. They have a similar effect compared to coffee, but without the caffeine. Studies have shown that inhaling peppermint for 30 seconds every five minutes can improve memory and mood. Chewing a peppermint leaf allows the minty aroma to flow to the back of the throat and into the nose.

Water the mint plant well after planting and place it in an area with indirect light, preferably an east-facing window during spring and summer or a west- or south-facing one in fall and winter. 

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