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Benefits of houseplants when working from home

With people confined to their houses and many having to work from home due to the government enforced lockdown, Haskins Garden Centres wants to share the extraordinary health benefits of houseplants and how they can improve your workspace.

Clean air houseplants from Haskins Garden Centres
Clean air houseplants from Haskins Garden Centres

It is unknown how long we will be working from our makeshift offices, therefore, it is worth investing time to add a little greenery to your setting. If you have houseplants dotted around your home, then why not move them into your office? This will make your desk a colourful, more peaceful and engaging place.

The three main benefits of houseplants are as follows:

  1. Boost concentration levels and productivity. Researchers from the University of Exeter in 2014 found that plants can increase productivity by 15 per cent. The scientists suggested that a green office increases employees’ work engagement by making them more physically, cognitively and emotionally involved in their work.
  1. Alleviate stress and anxiety. Many of us are under a lot of pressure at work, and given the current uncertainty, this is likely to be amplified. Research has shown plants in the home can reduce tension by almost 40 per cent, because they remind us of the outdoors, nature, and a slower pace of life, which is instantly calming. A study conducted by Washington State University in 1996 made workers complete timed computer tasks in rooms with and without plants. When the plants were present, the participants were more productive, less stressed and had lower blood pressure.
  1. Improve air quality. According to a NASA study from 1989, plants can help clean the air. Scientists identified 107 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in the Skylab space station which were contributing to poor health. Houseplants also help to make the air in the home less toxic by purifying the air and eliminating any toxins. Homes can be full of airborne pollutants, with carpets, paint and even people harbouring toxins.

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Haskins’ low maintenance houseplant recommendations are:

  • Devil’s Ivy. A trailing plant that performs well in a hanging pot or on a high shelf. Prefers in-direct light conditions and liberal watering in spring and summer.
  • Cacti. Really easy to care for, these architectural plants love light and occasional watering.
  • Dracaena (Dragon Tree). Thrives in a warm room in light shade near an east or west facing window.
  • Spathiphyllum (Peace Lilly). A great air purifier, this distinctive popular plant thrives if kept damp and away from direct sunlight. Can also tolerate lower light levels.
  • Zamioculas (ZZ Plant). Whether it’s a bright lounge or shady hallway, this plant is a great focal point and will thrive on neglect. Just remember to water it occasionally.

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