Spider and Snake plants
If your office is feeling especially drab, consider bringing in a plant. Plants in relation to an office environment have been studied extensively, and results show that plants can increase work efficiency, sharpen focus, and even reduce anxiety and fatigue. They also improve the air quality. Certain plants are especially suited to an office.
1. Spider plants
These long-leafed, white-striped plants are perfect for an office. They are extremely tough and easy to maintain, and do very well in the cooler temperatures (55-65 degrees) very common in office buildings. They should hang out by a window where they can get the sunlight. For watering, it is best to wait until their soil has been dry for a day or so.
2. Snake plants
Like spider plants, snake plants can handle a lot of neglect. They have long, thick, upward-growing leaves that can add height and color to a boring room. Caring for them is extremely easy: they don’t need a lot of light and can be ignored for weeks. They also remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
3. Cacti or succulents
As members of the same family, cactus or succulent plants require similar care, which is, very little. If you think you aren’t watering your succulent enough, you’re doing the right thing. There is a huge variety of cacti and succulents, from tiny to large. The only thing to remember with these plants is that they need a lot of bright, direct sunlight.
4. Nerve plants
Also known as fittonia, the nerve plant is known to do very well in fluorescent light. It has large, green leaves with white veins (some have red or pink veins), and filters the air. It needs more water than the other plants on this list, so make sure the soil is always moist. It is also poisonous to animals, so be careful if you have a home office.
If you really want a flower, azaleas are a good choice for an indoor plant. They do well in indirect light and cool temperatures, and need lots of water. These are trickier plants, so if you have experience with plants, you’ll feel more comfortable. To find the right azalea for indoors, you should look for greenhouse azaleas.