Using plants in your office space is a great way to add some much needed greenery indoors. Not only do plants help relieve stress, they also improve office morale and productivity…not to mention the improved air quality! Through their natural process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air, thus making the air fresher! Studies have shown that even just a couple indoor plants can help those suffering from asthma and allergies.
If maintenance is your concern, there are several self-watering systems out there that greatly reduce the amount of watering that needs to be done by hand. An added bonus, they will even make sure your plants are getting the right amount of water, so all you need to do is check on the plants every few days.
Here are some suggestions for various office scenarios. After all, every office is different!
- Low light and low maintenance: snake plants, ZZ plants, aglaonema (Chinese evergreen) dracaena, and golden pothos. These guys require very little maintenance! They don’t need to be on a specific watering schedule and they even prefer to dry out in between waterings. If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t want to babysit your plants, these are the ones for you!
- Low light and higher maintenance: bird nest fern and maranta leucoreura (prayer plant). If you’re up for a little more work, these plants are beauties! Both tolerate low light, but require evenly moist soil. We always suggest to feel the soil in between watering with a general rule of thumb to water every other day.
- Medium light and low maintenance: rubber plant, philodendron and asparagus fern. All of these plants require medium light and waterings about once a week. They can dry out in between waterings, so these are another great option for the busy worker!
- High light and low maintenance: We love aloe, aeoniums, and echeveria; but all succulents are great! These require a great deal of light so a south facing window is a must! If you have the right light, maintenance is extremely low. These plants must completely dry out in between waterings which, again, is great for the worker that’s in and out of the office frequently. When it’s time to water, we suggest placing them in the sink and watering them until it runs straight through. Just like how it rains in the desert. When it rains…it pours!
- High light and higher maintenance: fiddle leaf fig, bird of paradise, African violet. All of these plants require lots of light. The fiddle leaf fig does need to dry out a little between watering, so it is the lowest maintenance of the three. The African violet needs to be constantly moist, but not wet and soggy. We suggest a special African violet pot if you choose this plant. The bird of paradise is probably the highest maintenance of the three. It’s important to know that it has two phases: dormant and active. When the plant is active (in the warmer months) it needs to be constantly moist (but not soggy) and misted every day. When the plant is dormant (in the colder months) water only when the soil becomes dry and mist only once or twice a week. If you can keep that up, the plant will reward you with the most beautiful flowers!
Now get out there and greenify your work space!