It is a well documented fact that indoor plants can assist in cleansing and purifying the air and reducing toxins and contaminants in the atmosphere. Over the years, research has been conducted into this area by some prestigious organisations, including NASA and the Journal of American Society of Horticultural Science. But what are the best plants to use to ensure that your indoor air remains fresh and your staff stay healthy? Here, Benholm reveals all.
The Peace Lily
The Peace Lily – or Spathiphyllum – has been proven to absorb a number of harmful toxins, including formaldehyde and benzene, leaving you with cleaner and healthier indoor air. This plant is happiest in good light and needs plenty of water. This office plant not only helps clean the air, but it will normally produce beautiful white flowers to add a touch of elegance to your office surroundings.
The Ficus Benjamina – commonly known as the Weeping Fig – is an attractive addition to any office and will also help filter out pollutants. You can also try the Rubber Plant, or Ficus Elastica, which has similarly cleansing properties. These plants require full, bright light, plenty of water and come in a range of different sizes, shapes, colours and stem designs.
Why this Dracaena plant is nicknamed this we’ll never know, but what we do know is that it provide an attractive, tropical way to filter the air in your office. Its glossy leaves help eliminate a number of powerful toxins, including xylene, toluene and benzene. There are many other varieties in the Dracaena family, some with very colourful stripy foliage such as the LemonLime, and they are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
The Lady Palm
The Lady Palm – or Rhapis Excelsa – is one of the many forms of palm tree which can help purify your interior. It is a versatile plant, which can be kept in temperatures anywhere between 20 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and creates an attractive effect all year round.
Mother In Law’s Tongue
Spiky by name, spiky by nature, the blade-like leaves on the Mother In Law’s Tongue plant are tall and hardy and will help eliminate contaminants in the atmosphere. This often-used plant – technically called Sansevieria Laurentii or the dark green variety called Sansevieria Trifasciata – is also known as the snake plant.
Here at Benholm Group, we can supply and advise on a wide range of office plants in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. If you’d like more information on which plants are best for purifying air, or if you’d like to get a free site survey of your own premises with our reccommendations on what will work best for you, please get in touch today. Call 01324 861 300 or contact us online.