Do you find yourself yawning lots at work, struggling with poor sleep and fatigue, suffering from headaches, irritated eyes/nose/throat or dermatitis? Are you particularly susceptible to the viruses going around at work? Or feel like your work space is stressful, stuffy and sterile?

Why not adopt a pet plant at work?

 Plants have a unique ability to affect us physiologically as well as psychologically.

They clean the air by removing airborne toxins including those found in cleaning products and formaldehyde which is a common toxin given off by synthetic office furnishings. They also regulate humidity, reducing dryness and other skin conditions.

Plants are a mood booster and promote a ‘natural’ feel to a sterile environment and can lead to a ‘calming’ atmosphere.  Research has shown green spaces promote public health and can shift highly stressed people into are more positive emotional state.


How to choose an Indoor Plant:

What Size?

Medium-sized plant per 2.2 square meters of space (according to Thrive Research Hub, Melbourne).

What Type?

·         Species with large leaves – the greater the leaf size, the greater its efficiency

·         Those which survive in low light

·         Low maintenance

·         Avoid those which flower extravagantly as these are not only higher maintenance but may cause allergic reactions

Pot Size?

·         Yes, it is important!

·         Larger pots = more root mass + soil surface for helpful bacteria & root microbes (these help to balance out the microbial ecosystem of the built synthetic office environment)

Below are some ideal Plants you could adopt!

·         Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

·         Peace Lily Spathiphyllum 'Mauna Loa'

·         Cycas Revoluta (Cycadaceae)

·         Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentil’ – also known as ‘Snake Plant’

·         Dracaena Deremensis ‘Janet Craig’

·         Areca Palm – Plant Dypsis Lutescens

Happy hunting!