If you spend a lot of time indoors, you can feel like you are missing a link to nature. When you arrive at your office before the sun comes up, and you don’t get done until after dusk you can feel boxed in and surrounded by piles of work. Adding some beneficial plants to your environment can bring you benefits that you might not have even thought about. 

Benefits of indoor plants

Increase humidity

House plants increase humidity in the air through a process called transpiration. Plants take in water through their roots, and then the moisture moves through the stems and leaves of the plant. When the water reaches the leaves it evaporates into the air and increases the humidity into our surroundings.

Remove toxins from the air

Plants are skilled at absorbing gases through their leaves. When they take in these gases, they use a process called phytoremediation which diminishes the pollution in the air. If you’d like to learn more about the science behind this amazing plant ability the NASA Guide to Air-Filtering Houseplants is an easy to follow resource including a selection of plants that do the best job for various toxins and pollutants.

Bring nature indoors

Having a living plant in our home or office gives a pleasing visual addition to the space. This, in turn, can improve our productivity and even add to our overall satisfaction where we spend a great deal of our day.

7 Beneficial plants that are ideal for home and office

These plants are easy to care for and can accomplish either a nice focal point on a desk or table or a larger plant that can create a separation of different areas. 

1. ZZ Plant

This is a succulent plant that has two big benefits for indoor plants – it is tolerant of low light conditions and it can grow with little water. This plant will do just fine under fluorescent lights. Its leaves are very attractive making it a great choice to start your plant additions.

2. Philodendron

Trailing vines with glossy green leaves, this plant can thrive in a room that is filled with natural light or a cozy corner. It’s often seen in hanging baskets because of it’s trailing habit, but it can also be grown up a small trellis for a grounded plant. Use a self-watering pot and you will continue to have a lush looking plant.

3. Lucky Bamboo

Looking for a plant to sit on a desk or table, bamboo is another easy-to-grow houseplant. This plant can be fun to shape into various positions such as spirals or a woven look. They require little light and they can be grown without soil, simply submerge their stems in water. Make sure to keep in the water level of the pot so the stems are always covered.

4. Umbrella Tree

The Schefflera plant comes in a variety of sizes. You can use the dwarf variety to create bonsai and the larger varieties can liven up a dark corner. This is a plant that can be hardy even if it is not in ideal growing conditions.

5. African Violet

This plant needs more care and maintenance than the others on this list. However, if you are looking for a plant that provides beautiful flowers, this is a great plant. It takes up a small amount of space but splashes some great color. There are lots of varieties of blooms in the Saintpaulia family so talk with an expert that can help you find the perfect flower for your space.

6. Rubber Plant

If you are looking for a tall plant that can add some privacy to your area, the rubber plant can reach heights of up to 8 feet. This plant is great at hydrating the air. It can tolerate drier soil and cooler temperatures better than most other indoor tropical plants. This plant prefers partial sun to partial shade for best-growing conditions.

7. Snake Plant

Sometimes called Mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant shoots dark green leaves with bright yellow-green accents on the ends out of the soil. This plant has been known to live for many years. Again, this plant comes in a variety of sizes, so choose a dwarf selection if you are looking to keep it on a table, or if you are looking to line up several together to make a natural partition you can choose a larger variety. Requiring very little attention, you can enjoy this plant with little fuss.

Bringing natural elements into your home or office can be rewarding, and beautiful to look at. Start with these plant ideas, and when you find out how successful you are with plants you can move on to many more plants that can bring new life to your rooms.