Purify This: The Best Air Purifying Plants for the Office Home or Away (Guest Blog)

What does creating the perfect working environment mean to you? Is it a motivational, engaging equilibrium where you and/or your employees can be openly creative ? Is it one based on a rewards system? Perhaps it’s a brightly coloured, glass partitioned office. Whatever it is, it’s an undeniable fact that a cleaner, better looking environment can inspire us, it helps us to be more comfortable and ultimately it helps us to concentrate on the task in hand with greater success. But how on earth can we create that environment in a bustling office, complete whirring, buzzing, heat emitting computers and various similar technologies and the luminescent of hum of the avenues of light bulbs? Even the home office can feel a stuffy box devoid of inspiration or motivation. NASA, though, reckon the answer lies in plants.

They’re not lying when they say the greenest places on Earth are also the cleanest and healthiest; of course, that’s due to the work a certain range of plants carry out as their natural photosynthesis process involves purifying and distributing the air, essentially making the environment nicer. Bingo. Naturally though, you can’t just bung a hundred plants into your office and hope for the best; aside from the irritating physical obstruction they’d create there’s still such a thing as too much greenery.

So the big question is, which plants should you choose to adorn the office with, utilizing moderation and a keen sense of the fact that you don’t work in a technologically superior jungle. How do you know which plants are best going to clean the air and help to create a better environment for you and your people? Luckily, NASA are one step ahead of you, as always, and have compiled a list of the best plants for the job!

The test itself featured over a hundred plants and gave each a purifying score, differentiating their cleanification prowess and allowing you to choose the best! Whilst we regrettably don’t have time to comb through every single participant, here’re three of the best performers from the group and some background information so you know just what kind of plant you’re inviting into your place of work!

Peace Lily

Purity Score: 7.5

Polluted indoor air fears for its life in the face of the deftly Peace Lily. Its name my sound gentle and temperate but with the ability to efficiently remove methyl alcohol, benzene, ammonia, xylene and a ton of other peculiarly named chemicals from the air, replacing them with nought but unadulterated oxygen, it’s certainly not a plant to underestimate. It loves the shade and well-drained soil, as well as a touch of humidity – perfect for the office!

Dracaena Purity

Score: 7.8

The best thing about the Dracaena family of plants is their low light dependency and their adeptness for surviving in dry environments – something that makes it ideal for thriving indoors. Not only that but it is, of course a brilliant purifier, coming in at number 5 in NASA’s rigorous testing program. Reportedly they ‘scrub the air for pollutants’, which sounds like serious stuff for to us!

Areca Palm

Purity Score: 8.5

The Areca Palm stormed to victory in the trials, placing first and as a result being officially crowned the most efficient air humidifier. They can reach an astonishing 30 feet tall, and have always been well suited to indoor environments for a number of reasons; similar to the Dracaena, their low light requirements are among these. The plant grows well in low soil moisture conditions too, needing only a slight amount of water based feeding to allow it to flourish. If you’ve got the space, the Areca Palm is undoubtedly the biggest hitter.

So there we have it! Three of the best air purifiers around, perfect additions to any office, home, shopping ccentre or similar indoor environment! They’ll make the atmosphere cleaner and more pleasant to be in, and they could even help improve efficiency; for the best results, choose a mixture of these and get creative!

This article was written by Rob Vicars of Perimeta planter systems. They can be found at their website www.perimeta.co.uk