A curated collection of plants can do a lot to reduce stress, provided they’re easy to care for (by your standards) and fit perfectly into your space.
Also, plants do release oxygen into the air and trap carbon dioxide. Even though they also release carbon dioxide through respiration, it’s still a net gain of oxygen (per the latest research on the matter). Again, you’d really need a lot of plants to produce substantial amounts of O2, but those little extra oxy boosts can’t hurt.
Some of those may speak to you, but there is a whole earth of plants out there, many of them lurking in lower-light conditions. That leaves you with a lot of options. But we did promise a decision algorithm, so here it is, beginning with Filter #1...
Here are some other easy-to-find, relatively easy-to-care-for plants that have enjoyed the indoor plant spotlight lately:
|Common Name||Scientific Name|
|Aloe Vera||Aloe Vera|
|Snake Plant||Dracaena Trifasciata|
|Spider Plant||Chlorophytum Comosum|
|African Violet||Streptocarpus sect. Saintpaulia|
|English Ivy||Hedera Helix|
|Golden Pothos (Devil’s Ivy)||Epipremnum Aureum|
In fact, keeping in mind where your natural light source is, you can do just about anything. And if you don’t have any natural light, there are still options for you!
For example, if you sit at a desk with no nearby windows, place a ZZ or Pothos plant on it. If you have an empty corner or flat, open wall, place an asparagus fern in a hanging basket. If you need a little verticality in your space and are wondering, what’s a good tall office plant? Try a Mass Cane plant. Have a big, sun-filled window? That’s a good spot for your jade plant, cacti, or Mother in Law’s Tongue.
This plant diagram from the Spruce shows a tailored plant setup, attending to the particular light needs of each plant.
But no one knows your space like you do! So now it’s time to visualize the area, find the light sources, choose your plants, and get to work!