Many benefits for indoor gardens may jump to mind for you. Here is the quick list we have compiled:
Positive effects on mood, stress, & productivity
Independent research conducted at Texas A&M University, Washington State University as well as Surrey University, England verify that plants significantly lower workplace stress and enhance productivity. In one study, common interior plants were used in a computer laboratory with 27 computer workstations. A computer program to test productivity and induce stress was specifically designed for these experiments. Participants working in an environment with plants present were 12% more productive and less stressed than those who worked in an environment without plants. Patients in hospitals have also been shown to benefit greatly from being more in touch with nature.
Improved air quality
It can be said that the indoor air is often 5 to 10 times more polluted than the outdoor air. Indoor gardens serve as an all natural air purification system by filtering out airborne contaminants. During photosynthesis plants naturally extract carbon dioxide and exchange it with fresh oxygen. In office settings real life studies have proven the direct relationship between plant installations and reduced clinical health complaints.
Improved food quality
Growing your own food has many health benefits. It helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. It let's you decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food. It lets you control when to harvest your food. Vegetables that ripen in the garden have more nutrients than some store-bought vegetables that must be picked early. It may even lower your grocery bill. The price of a pack of seeds is almost equivalent to what you would pay for a single vegetable or fruit at the store. It may even cost less when you factor in the gas money spent on getting to the supermarket.
In an eight-month study, the Texas A&M University research team explored the link between flowers and plants and results in the workplace. Participants in the study performed creative problem solving tasks in different office environments or conditions. The conditions included a workplace with flowers and plants, a setting decorated with sculpture, and an environment devoid of any decorative embellishments. During the study, both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking, generating more ideas and original answers to problems in the office environment that featured flowers and plants. In these surroundings, men who participated in the study generated 15% more ideas. Males generated a greater abundance of ideas, but females generated more creative, flexible solutions to problems when flowers and plants were present.
Regulate humidity levels
Humid environments can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and that environment can be your home or office. Too much indoor moisture can also cause damage, but you can help diminish the humidity in your house by keeping a few specific indoor plants that absorb moisture from the air through its leaves like Peace Lillies or Ferns.
Significant quantities of indoor plants or 'living walls' can provide passive acoustic insulation. There are a number of ways plants can reduce noise. One way is through sound absorption. Plant components such as stems, leaves, branches, wood, etc. absorb sound. Bark and thick, fleshy leaves are particularly effective at absorbing sound with their dynamic surface area.