SEVEN OFFICE PLANTS FOR GOOD MENTAL HEALTH
Whether working from an office or your home, you need to look after your mental health. Working with office plants nearby has already been proven to support not only good mental health, but higher productivity for workers. Not only that, we simply feel good when we are around nature.
The problem is, you are no Green Thumb, so when past history tells you that most of your plants won’t survive, we would like to help you choose the ones that will give you the most benefit by staying alive, even with the laziest gardener out there. Here’s our 7 office plants we use for indoor plant hire, that you can easily keep alive and healthy and which will always make you feel good:
- Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Almost the perfect plant. Tolerates low light, low water and even drought. This one can be neglected and will still bring you joy by always looking healthy. For this reason, you’ll see this plant in Vertical Gardens in many offices. Often known as the ‘clean air plant’, the Zanzibar Gem is the perfect office plant, for work or home.
Although it can be clipped to keep it contained for any space, if left to its own resources, it will spread it’s wings, filling a much larger space than the top of the planter pot. Keep this one dusted so the foliage is able to show off its beautiful shine.
- Pothos Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
The Pothos Ivy has three main varieties. “Golden Pothos”, the “Neon Pothos” and the “Marble Queen”. Lack of air flow does not affect them much and so they thrive in indoor spaces. They also live for a long time without the need for high light. In fact, the more light they have, the more water they will need, so keeping them away from strong light (window or artificial) will be easier to maintain indoors. Their colour will change into a dark greenish shade with less light.
A hanging planter is perfect for this one, but if they are allowed to trail too far, they will lose their foliage at the base which can make them look ‘stingy’ so keep them trimmed to ensure a lusher look. Another plant used in Sydney for office plants and particularly in Green Walls and Vertical Gardens, use this one at home for colourful addition to your home office plant collections. You’ll know when to water it as the leaves will droop slightly when its thirsty.
- Aspidistra (Aspidistra Elatior)
Also known as the Cast Iron plant, which tell you how tough it is. It has a tropical vibe buut is easy to maintain and manage, being only 30 – 60mm tall. Moreover, as it is completely capable of dealing with unnatural situations like low light or murky surroundings or even poor air circulation.
The Aspidistra is a tough foliage plant perfect for the ‘brown thumbs’ to use in your urbane office or home with its dark green leaves and reasonable size. It is virtually indestructible.
- Sansevieria (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Futura Superba’)
Also called ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, it protrudes as a sturdy and bold looking plant and requires very little maintenance, tolerating low humidity, low light and low water. There are over 70 varieties, but the most common are Superba, Golden Hahnii and Intermedia. All come in various sizes and are slow growing.
This spiky looking indoor plant puts up with virtually any environmental condition you can dish out! Don’t overwater this one.
- Janet Craig (Dracaena fragrans)
Janet is a great girlfriend to have. She adapts beautifully to any office or home conditions with her dark green cluster of strappy foliage. Naturally shiny and lush, its cane-like stem structure can also be propagated easily without the need for roots. No wonder she is used for Green Walls and as the perfect office plant.
Keep the leaves clean by simply wiping them off with a damp cloth. Janet Craig poses as a remarkable office plant and you should invite her to move in with you right away!
- Deremensis (Dracaena fragrans)
A strappy leaved plant that will highlight any corner of your office and can be grown in almost every indoor space. This one will stick around for a long time and will adapt to even dim light situations. However, a brighter area will make them last longer.
The Lemon/Lime variety will require much higher lighting if they are to keep their spectacular bright yellow and lime foliage. This will mean the plant requires more water than the standard variety, but they are still very easy to maintain.
There are too many varieties to list here, so we’ll give you the general rules about keeping succulents. They are a desert plant which thrives on sun and little water, so don’t try to keep a ‘cute’ succulent on your desk if there is no direct sunlight reaching your plant. No need to over water, just a small amount every month should do it.
So, now that you know about these beautiful, almost no effort indoor plants, get some in your office today!