You have secured your first teaching position at your dream school and you are wondering how to personalise your desk. Why not a plant? Plants can help create a calming, zen environment and also have potential health benefits. We have narrowed down the five best plants for your first desk as a newly qualified teacher.
Peace lilies are one of the best indoor plants for producing cleaner air. Even NASA has declared this plant to be effective at removing harmful toxins, such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the atmosphere. It is a beautiful plant which will brighten any classroom and is low maintenance, only needing watering when the soil feels dry to the touch.
A bamboo palm is a perfect addition to your desk as it is incredibly easy to look after and injects a splash of colour to the classroom. This plant is perfect for rooms that suffer from dryness caused by air conditioning, as it produces moisture into the atmosphere. Again, this plant only needs watering when the soil feels dry and grows best in direct sunlight.
Succulents are very fashionable at the moment and make a great addition to the classroom. Not only do they look great, but they also improve humidity in the atmosphere. It has been claimed that increased moisture may improve common health complaints such as a sore throat and itchy skin. Succulents need plenty of sunlight and lots of water but not too often, roughly once a week. A jade plant would be an ideal succulent for your new desk, as in many cultures it is considered a symbol of good luck!
A dracaena plant is ideal for creating a calm and zen environment in the classroom. Studies have proven that indoor plants can improve concentration and productivity by up to 15% due to the oxygen that house plants, such as dracaena, produce. Another study conducted by The Royal College of Agriculture in Cirencester discovered that pupils were 70% more attentive with plants in the classroom. Keep your dracaena hydrated by misting the leaves and soil.
English ivy is a great choice for a small classroom as it can be grown on top of cupboards or high shelves. It is a beautiful plant that can make any dull corner more attractive. English ivy is an excellent sensory plant because of its long branches and unusual leaf shapes. It’s robust, even growing well in rooms without sunlight. However, make sure to trim its branches as it is fast-growing.