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Best Plants In The Office

The 10 best plants  for the office

In the list underneath you find 10 plants which are tested for their ecological benefits.  These plants have been graded in a research with a total of 50 plants according to ease of growth and maintenance, resistance to pests, efficiency at removing chemical vapours, and transpiration rates. Each plant has been given an overall rating, based on its score in each category. Those plants with the highest rating are listed first. Where two or more plants have an equal overall rating, priority is given to those that have the best performance in the removal of chemicals from the air.

Areca Palm

Also known as yellow palm or butterfly palm, the areca palm is one of the most popular and graceful palms. It is tolerant of the indoor environment, releases copious amounts of moisture into the air, removes chemical toxins, and is also beautiful to look at. The areca is consistently rated among the best houseplants for removing all indoor air toxins tested. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun.

Lady Palm

This large palm has fans 6 – 12 inch wide that consist of between four and ten thick, shiny leaves. Lady Palm is one of the easiest houseplants to care for and is highly resistant tot attack by most plant insects. It is also one of the best plants for improving indoor air quality. It grows slowly and is easy to maintain. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun.

Bamboo Palm

Most members of the palm family are easy to care for and continue to be popular houseplants. The bamboo palm is no exception and is a long-standing favourite in homes and commercial establishments. In terms of its atmospheric benefits, the bamboo palm has an excellent overall rating and one of the highest transpiration ratings. It pumps much needed moisture into the indoor atmosphere, especially during winter months when heating systems dry the air. This palm is also one of the top-rated plants tested for the removal of benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun.

Rubber Plant

Bred for toughness, it will survive in less light than most plant of its size. It will tolerate dim light and cool temperatures. This plant is easy to grow and is especially effective at removing formaldehyde. It receives high marks in all categories and is an excellent overall houseplant. Of the ficus plants tested to date, the rubber plant is the best for removing chemical toxins from the indoor environment. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun and semi-shade.

Dracaena Janet Graig

The dark-green leaves of dreacaena “Janet Graig” make it a most attractive plant. It is one of the best plants for removing trichloreoethylene. These plants can tolerate neglect and dimly lit environments. This plant can be kept best in semi-shade and will tolerate dimly lit areas, but growth will be slow.

English Ivy

English Ivy is often used as ground cover in public atriums or lobbies. But to add interest, try growing it in topiary form. It is ideal for use in hanging baskets. They are easy to grow and adapt to a variety of home environments. However, they do not generally do wll in high temperatures. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun to semi-shade.

Dwarf Date Palm

This palm usually reaches a maximum height of 5 to 6 ½ ft. However, it is a very slow grower. It is best seen when given adequate space and is impressive standing alone, especially when given spot lighting. Because its natural habitat is underneath the canopy of dense, tropical forests, it adapts quite well to the low light levels and controlled temperatures of homes and offices. When its environmental needs are met, the date palm can survive for decades. It is one of the best palms for removing indoor air pollutants and is especially effective for the removal of xylene. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun.

Ficus Alii

This is a new ficus that is rapidly gaining in popularity. Its slender dark green leaves makei t an extremely attractive plant. It is much less finicky than the Ficus Benjamina, and is appealing both to the interior plantscape industry and to the home market. Like all species of ficus, expect some leaf drop until the plant adjusts to its new location. A magnificent large plant, its ability to help purify the air, ease of growth and resistance to insects make it an excellent choice for the home or office. This plant can be kept best in full sun and semi-sun.

Boston Fern

Ferns are probably one of the oldest groups of plants. Many have been found as fossils dating back to prehistoric times. The Boston Fern’s stiff fronds arch out, drooping downward as they age. It is grown strictly for its foliage for it does not produce flowers. It is best displayed in a hanging basked or sitting upon a pedestal. As an indoor plant, the Boston Fern requires a certain amount of attention. It must have frequent misting and watering or the leaves will quickly turn brown and begin to drop. Of the plants tested, it is the best for removing air pollutants, especially formaldehyde, and for adding humidity to the indoor environment. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

An outstanding foliage plant that also produces beautiful white spathes, the peace lily should always be included when seeking a variety of indoor plants. This plant has a high transpiration rate and enjoys the large water reservoir that hydroculture offers. It possesses all the qualities to make it one of the best indoor plants. The Peace Lily excels in the removal of alcohols, acetone, trichloroethylene, benzene and formaldehyde. Its ability to remove air pollutants and its excellent performance in all categories make it a most valuable houseplant. This plant can be kept best in semi-sun to semi-shade.

Source: How to grow fresh air: 50 houseplants that purify your home or office. B.C. Wolverton. Penquin Books, 1996.


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