Studies show that certain houseplants do a particularly effective job of cleaning indoor air of volatile organic chemicals common in office environments, so they'll make excellent additions to your work space. Air purifying office plants do this by transforming toxins into nutrients at the plant root zone.
The best plants for offices are those that do well in what is often a dry, drafty environment with limited lighting. Since they generally spend weekends on their own, it's equally important that desk plants can go several days between watering.
Office Plants That Clean the Air
The following plants are superstars when it comes to cleaning the air in your office. These plants also make a lovely, eye-catching addition to your work space and are super easy to grow.
Arrowhead plants feature pointy leaves shaped like an arrowhead. The plant comes in various leaf colors, including deep green, lime green, pink, and maroon. The arrowhead plant is one of the best low light office plants, since the leaves burn easily if exposed to bright light. Fertilize your arrowhead plant every two months.
This easy-to-grow plant is named for the yellow striping in its foliage that resembles the leaves on corn. Corn plant will eventually grow into an impressive, tall floor plant. In the office, corn plant adds architectural interest—you can also line up several corn plants to create a living screen between workstations. Dracaena fragrans thrives in low to medium light. The plant grows best in well-draining soil, and be sure to let the top 2 to 3 inches of soil dry out in between watering. Fertilize every two months.
This plant features various leaf colors depending on the variety and include gray-green foliage, green leaves with red edging, and foliage that is a combination of green, pink and cream. D. marginata starts out as a nice desk plant and eventually grows into a striking floor plant. This indoor plant tolerates dry air and grows in low to medium light. Water when the top 2 to 3 inches of soil has dried out and fertilize every three months.
The odd name of this office plant relates to the fact that your mouth and vocal cords can become numb if you eat the foliage, so be sure to keep this plant away from children and pets. Dumb cane makes an ideal desk plant with its light yellow foliage outlined in dark green. Provide dieffenbachia with medium light and rich soil that drains well, and keep the soil evenly moist. Fertilize every other month.
With its eye-catching white flowers atop green stalks, this office plant makes for a wonderful work space decoration. Peace lily requires low-to-medium light to thrive. The plant grows best in rich, evenly moist, well-draining soil. No worries if you forget to water peace lily—this office plant usually springs back when you water. Fertilize monthly for optimal growth.
This versatile vining plant readily climbs walls with support and also makes a great hanging basket plant. The striking, heart-shaped foliage of pothos comes in green and variegated shades, which feature yellow or white marbling. Grow pothos in low to bright light. This office plant requires well-draining soil and water when the top 1 to 2 inches of soil has dried out. Fertilize every three months.
This plant gained worldwide attention in 1984 when NASA identified it as one of the best air purifying indoor plants. Spider plant is easy to grow and makes a great hanging basket selection, as the foliage cascades and little plantlets grow at the tips of the leaves. Provide spider plant with medium to bright light and well-draining soil. Water when the top inch of soil dries out and feed every three months.