The benefits of house plants

If I am not looking after plants in the garden, I love growing a variety of house plants. There are many benefits of having house plants which include air purification and easier breathing.

Personally I don’t think there is any reason not to have plants in the house or even in your workplace as there are lots that need minimum care and have maximum impact. There are some which are practically indestructible and really hard to kill even for the worst gardener in the world.

All plants photosynthesise to make food, and as part of this process they absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. A clean air study conducted by NASA also discovered that a host of house plants remove other toxic agents from the air such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. House plants have been found to increase humidity within enclosed spaces, so if you have a dry office environment then why not have a few house plants. Some house plants will neutralise mould spores, dust particles, bacteria and allergens.

A number of studies have looked at the benefits of house plants in offices, and they have shown that where plants are present mood and performance improves for the people working there. I don’t know all the science behind things but I do know one fact that plants make me happy, so having them around me in work can only make me work that bit harder.

Easy grow house plants that can be grown in any office and offer numerous benefits include sansevieria (the mother in laws tongue), chlorophytum comosum (spider plant) and aspidistra. If you want an extra splash of colour why not give a begonia rex or moth orchid a try.
Happy gardening everyone!

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