The first step in choosing the perfect plant for your office will depend on a few factors; how much natural light and space you have and how much maintenance is required.
When assessing your workspace you want to determine:
1. The amount of natural light vs direct sunlight. For your kokedama you don’t want your plant in direct sunlight for an extended period of time, this will result in the ball drying out and will require more frequent watering. A lot of natural light is good just to avoid long exposures to direct sunlight.
2. The amount of space your plant will need. Depending on the plant you choose, some will grow quickly while others take their time. If its a rapidly growing plant you may want to consider hanging your kokedama since it will have adequate growing space. Slow growing plants are ideal for desktops or tabletops.
3. Maintaining your plant, low maintenance plants like succulents require very little trimming and watering while others will need far more. Regardless of what plant you choose know that all of them offer health benefits.
A 2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, found plants had a significant impact on stress reduction among workers, some of their results:
• 37% Reported less tension and anxiety
• 58% Drop in depression or dejection
• 44% Decrease in anger and hostility
• 38% Reduction in fatigue
• 64% Reduction in overall negativity scores
Researchers found that plants were effective in continuously removing the chemicals from the air in the test chambers. They also act as a natural humidifier by releasing most of the water they take in. Both the plant leaves and the micro-organisms in the soil contribute to the improvement of air quality.
“Plants promote good health, clean the air, and bring beauty into our lives.”