Plants are like pets; they come with different personalities. The jungle floor is the source for many houseplants. Slow-growing, shade-loving and used to steady temperatures, low-lying jungle flora thrive in offices. Other environments also produce plants, often taller and thinner, that are happy to live indoors. Here are five low maintenance plants for your office.
Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)
There are reasons you’ve seen ficus trees in so many interiors. They’re tall yet light in weight and appearance. They have an elegance that complements any decor. They are easy to maintain. Ficus trees may shed some leaves when first brought into the office, but they are otherwise easy to be around. Mist them once in a while. Keep them warm. Give them moderate light.
Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
Golden pothos is a vine with variegated leaves and an easy demeanor. Put it in a pot or hanging basket and water it occasionally. It’s generally true that indoor plants more often suffer from overwatering than from drying out. Pothos survives well in low-light situations and will live under fluorescent lights. It will even maintain its green color in total darkness. The more light it gets, the more striking its variegated appearance becomes.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
A spider plant is like the scruffy, likeable kid that shows up at every neighborhood game. Spider plants have striped leaves and multiple shoots bearing miniature spider plants. They make handsome hanging plants. Spider plants thrive on neglect. About the only harm you can do is overwater them. They’ll tell you; the tips of their spiked leaves will turn black. Let the pot dry out between waterings, and you’ll be fine together.
Aloe (Aloe vera)
Aloe vera is a succulent that grows only in captivity. It has long been cultivated for its medicinal uses. The aloe genus is native to Africa and can grow quite large. Aloe vera is a small plant. Put it in a window, as it likes strong sunlight. Like all succulents, aloe stores water in its leaves. Break off a spike and you will have fresh aloe vera gel to apply to a minor burn or scrape.
Jade plant (Crassula ovata)
The jade plant is also a succulent. Its leaves are smooth, plump and rounded. Jade plants symbolize wealth and good luck. They are known for having very long lives. As with aloe, keep your jade plant in well-draining soil and avoid overwatering. It likes bright light and hates the cold.
Like pets, plants are good to have around. They add humidity back into the atmosphere. They filter harmful chemicals and particulates out of the air. Low maintenance plants for the office work to maintain you in a healthier, cleaner atmosphere.
This contribution comes from Gaddy’s Indoor Plant Hire. GIPH offers plant hire for events, weddings, and corporate settings. With 20 years in the business, Gaddy’s continues to show how plants can improve office morale and the space as a whole.