“Plants in a smoking area help diffuse the smoke”

“Plants in a smoking area help diffuse the smoke”
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First Published: Sat, Jun 21 2008. 12 13 AM IST

Makeover: Plants can enhance exteriors and diffuse cigarette smoke.
Makeover: Plants can enhance exteriors and diffuse cigarette smoke.
Updated: Sat, Jun 21 2008. 12 13 AM IST
Our office smoking patio is totally depressing. What can we do that won’t take much work, but will spruce it up a bit?
The first, and best, thing would be to keep a few plants. It would totally lift the space. But a few issues need to be addressed. Since most smoking patios usually don’t have a lot of space, it is best to keep the plants in corners and dead ends. If soil or dirt is available, then grow the plants in the ground. Otherwise, some
Makeover: Plants can enhance exteriors and diffuse cigarette smoke.
permanent planters can be made in wood or steel. If there is proper sunlight, one can also keep flowering plants in pots. Make sure the pots are cleaned regularly and are not used as spittoons.
Watering and pruning should be done regularly to keep the plants in shape. The plant selection would depend upon the availability of light. If light is low, then use the usual indoor house plants. Besides adding a bit of life to the space, plants also help diffuse a lot of the smoke being generated.
What plants would be good to keep in my office? There is nothing but terrible fluorescent lights in here and a few windows.
Plants could provide the much-needed break in today’s modern offices. The problem with most offices is that they are very low on natural light. The relation between the room size and the plant size should be considered before ordering for plants. Do not overfill the space. Large glass windows act as frames for plants kept in front of them, so base the size of the plant on the size of the window. It would be advisable to keep the plants outdoors at weekends or rotate the plants around the room to give each one its spot in the sun. The following varieties can be used inside: Aerocaria, Areca palm, Chamaedorea elegans, Raphis humilis, Singonium and Monstera. Besides these, one can opt for a flower arrangement. Even a single stem in a sleek glass pot will do, especially orchids, since they last a very long time.
Write to Sameer at decordilemma@livemint.com
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First Published: Sat, Jun 21 2008. 12 13 AM IST