Nothing is as relaxing as a walk in the fresh forest air. Do indoor plants also have positive effects on the indoor climate? We clarify.
Can you bring a piece of nature into your home with green roommates and thus positively influence your well-being? The benefits of indoor plants in offices have meanwhile been thoroughly investigated.
Indoor plant feel-good factor
After the offices of an industrial company had been greened, the employees were asked about the effects – and the results of a study by the Fraunhofer institutes were convincing.
The weeping fig (Ficus Benjamina) is very popular as an office and houseplant
99 percent of those questioned had the impression that the air had gotten better. 93 percent felt more comfortable than before and were less disturbed by noise. Almost half of the employees said they were more relaxed, and around a third felt more motivated by the office plants. Other studies also concluded that typical office illnesses such as fatigue, poor concentration, stress, and headaches decrease in green offices. The reasons: Plants act like silencers and reduce the noise level. This is especially true for large specimens with lush foliage such as weeping figs (Ficus Benjamina) or window leaf (Monstera).
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Good air thanks to lush greenery
Bow hemp is not only good for the indoor climate, thanks to its leaves that grow upwards, it is also suitable for Feng Shui
In addition, indoor plants improve the indoor climate by increasing the humidity and binding dust. They produce oxygen and at the same time remove carbon dioxide from the room air. The psychological effect of a green office should not be underestimated, because the sight of the plants is good for us! The so-called attention recovery theory says that the concentration that you need at a computer workstation, for example, makes you tired. Looking at planting provides a balance. This is not strenuous and promotes recovery.
Tip: Robust indoor plants such as single leaf (Spathiphyllum), cobbler palm, or bow hemp (Sansevieria) are ideal for the office. With water storage vessels, special granules such as Seramis or hydroponic systems, the watering intervals can also be significantly increased.
Foliage plants as humidifiers
Due to their permanent evaporation, indoor plants noticeably increase the humidity. A side effect in summer: the room temperature is lowered. Particularly good humidifiers are indoor plants with large leaves that evaporate a lot, such as room linden or nest fern (Asplenium). Around 97 percent of the irrigation water absorbed is released back into the room air. Sedge grass is a particularly effective room humidifier. On sunny summer days, a large plant can convert several liters of irrigation water. In contrast to technical humidifiers, the water evaporated from plants is germ-free.
In trend: the Monstera is currently one of the most popular indoor plants
Plants against pollutants – what is it?
Specialists from the Technical University of Sydney investigated the influence of plants on the concentration of pollutants that escape into the room air from building materials, carpets, wall paints, and furniture. With an astonishing result: With air-purifying plants such as philodendron, ivy, or dragon tree, the pollution of the indoor air could be reduced by 50 to 70 percent. Basically, the following applies: the more plants, the greater the success. It is known that, for example, real aloe (Aloe vera), green lily (Chlorophytum elatum), and tree philodendron (Philodendron selloum) break down formaldehyde in the air particularly well.
Surrounded by green – that’s good all-round
We spend around 90 percent of our life outside of nature – so let’s bring it to our immediate surroundings! It is not just measurable changes that can be achieved through green spaces. The psychological effects should not be underestimated: Plants have to be looked after. This is a meaningful activity that is rewarded. Plants that thrive well create an atmosphere of security and wellbeing. Working with plants creates the feeling of being in harmony with the environment. A bouquet on the table, palm trees in the living room, or the easy-care greening in the office – lively green can be integrated into all areas with little effort.