If it’s time to upgrade your workspace, start by adding a plant or two. Indoor plants for offices not only make your workspace more beautiful and, hopefully, a bit more relaxing, but also they can purify the air to some extent.
Plants that are ideal for offices have to meet several criteria. They need to thrive on little care and not require bright light or a strict range of temperature or humidity. These four fit the bill.
What is the Criteria to Meet?
Light requirements are one of the most important considerations when selecting a plant for your workplace. While most plants are categorized as needing bright or medium light, or shade, only choose plants that need bright light if you can put them near a window. Even then, be careful. The magnifying properties of glass can quickly burn leaves. The plants recommended here require medium light or shade.
Start Caring for Your Office Plants with these Tips
- Make sure your pot has a drainage hole. Pots require drainage holes to keep plant roots from getting soggy and developing mold. If your pot doesn’t come with a drainage tray, add one. Plants don’t like to have wet feet!
- Use potting soil for indoor use. A commercial, rich potting soil for indoor plants provides much better drainage than does dirt or even potting soil for outdoor use. It also helps to prevent mold from developing in the pot.
- Water your plants carefully. Water and light are the two most important factors to success with office plants. Most plants prefer to be watered thoroughly and then allowed to become fairly dry before watering again. Exceptions are noted below.
Without further ado, these plants are the heroes of the office plant world:
Pathos or Devil’s Ivy
If you’ve seen this plant in a lot of offices, it’s because it wins the prize for “Best Office Plant”. Its heart-shaped, white and green marbled leaves and trailing nature make this ivy easy to recognize. Pathos ivy adapts especially well to varying light levels. It grows vigorously, so trim it back occasionally unless you want a long trail.
This one is also very easy to grow and wins points as a good indoor air purifier. In the rare instance it produces a flower, you may want to snip it off if you or your co-workers have pollen allergies. Keep the soil of the peace lily consistently moist.
Snake Plant or Mother in Law’s Tongue
This plant is as hearty as it is dramatic, with its variegated, blade-like leaves that can grow two to three feet tall. A NASA study put the snake plant near the top of the list of plants that clean the air.
Plants don’t get much easier to grow than this, because lucky bamboo thrives in water as well as soil. This popular plant is most commonly seen growing in water. To stabilize lucky bamboo, put marbles or stones in the bottom of either a tall glass vase or ceramic container that is at least a foot tall, so the container will be able to support the plant at its full height.
Coax the roots a new plant needs by keeping the base constantly submerged in one to three inches of water. Once the roots emerge, always keep them covered in water. Make sure to change the water every two weeks.
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