5 Houseplants That Increase Your Productivity

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Are you looking to be more productive at your home office or workplace?

What if I told you that the secret to unlocking more productivity could come in the form of a plant? Yes…a simple houseplant.

In a study performed by Exeter University, office workers who filled their work spaces with houseplants experienced a 15% bump in productivity.

This means that during an average eight-hour workday, you essentially could be finished after six hours and 48 minutes due to the rise in plant-generated productivity. Don’t try that line of reasoning with your boss, though.

If you want to test the “plants-increase-productivity” theory, here are five plants you should check out.

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Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos house plant for air purification and sleep
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The Golden Pothos boosts great formaldehyde-removal qualities, helping purify the air you breath. According to the Harvard Business Review, cleaner air translates into more concentration and more productivity. Also, it’s regarded as one of the most popular houseplants, thanks to its versatility and easy care. Now, you have no excuse to not get a Golden Pothos plant. Keep in mind that the leaves of the plant are poisonous, so if you have pets or small children, be sure they don’t get a hold of those leaves.

Learn More: Golden Pothos Care Guide

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo Palm
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The Bamboo Palm is another great natural air purifier. It is particularly effective in filtering out benzene, trichloroethylene, nitrogen oxide and formaldehyde. Like the Golden Pothos, the Bamboo Palms is a low-maintenance plant that grows well in low-light situations. Unlike the Golden Pothos, this plant is not poisonous. However, it can grow up to 6 feet tall, so be careful where you put it.

English Ivy

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The English Ivy seems to do it all. Aside from removing toxins (like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene), it also has potential to reduce particles of fecal matter and mold. Like the previously mentioned plants, English Ivy doesn’t require much from a maintenance standpoint. The plant should be watered regularly in an evenly moist environment. Similar to the Golden Pothos, English Ivy is poisonous if ingested.

Learn More: English Ivy Care Guide

Peace Lily

White Sail Plant
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Aside from its beautiful white bloom, the Peace Lily helps reduce air toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. The plant is also easy to care for, with the main requirements being potting mix (most kinds work), a little water and small amount of fertilizer. The leaves of this plant are poisonous if digested, so keep the plant away from inquisitive pets and small kids.

Learn More: Peace Lily Care Guide

Dragon Tree

Madagascar Dragon Tree
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The Dragon Tree gets its name from the red stems that are likened to dragon’s blood. The sinister name might be more applicable to the ferocious tenacity with which the plant attacks indoor pollutants. It’s especially known for pulling carcinogens, benzene, formaldehyde and xylene from the air. On top of health benefits, it requires little attention. It can tolerate dry soil, irregular watering and no direct sunlight. Like most of the other plants mentioned, the leaves of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

Learn More: Madagascar Dragon Tree Care Guide

Now, go make your workspace a veritable jungle that can turn you into a productivity machine! By the way, one plant per 100 square feet of workspace is recommended.


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8 thoughts on “5 Houseplants That Increase Your Productivity”

  1. As a side note, all my peace lilies have been very hardy, usually outliving any other houseplants I have owned.

  2. Well, Kevin, there is a reason they aren’t. The etymology of the word “hard” is “solid and firm, not soft,” also, “difficult to endure, carried on with great exertion,” also, of persons, “severe, rigorous, harsh, cruel,” from Proto-Germanic *hardu- (source also of Old Saxon hard, Old Frisian herd, Dutch hard, Old Norse harðr “hard,” Old High German harto “extremely, very,” German hart, Gothic hardus “hard”), from PIE *kortu- (source also of Greek kratos “strength,” kratys “strong”), suffixed form of root *kar-/*ker- “hard.” But remember that once the very hard Grand Canyon was not a canyon. “Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lao Tzu

  3. Well, they have always called the peace lily (a favorite of mine) the “office plant” because they use them in offices to offset all the gassing from the awful office furniture. I also grow the golden pothos too. Do you know of any plants that handle black mold spores?

  4. Love the site Kevin – but I do have a troubling question. — Why, if this site has been around since 2009, am I the only commenter?

    • Color me confused – you’re the only commenter on this particular article, which was published 7 days ago! There are plenty of comments on other pieces! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

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