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Bringing the Outback In: Embracing Australian Native Plants in Office Spaces

28 May 2024 Blog

In the hustle and bustle of modern office life, a touch of nature can work wonders. But why settle for any old office fern when you can introduce the unique beauty and resilience of Australian native plants?

From the vibrant hues of Cordyline to the stunning foliage of the Birds Nest Fern, these native species offer more than just aesthetic appeal—they bring a piece of Australia’s natural heritage indoors. However, selecting the right plants is crucial for creating a sustainable and healthy indoor environment. Let’s explore the benefits and considerations of incorporating Australian native plants into office spaces.

Benefits of Australian Native Plants

Air Purification: Like their exotic counterparts, many Australian native plants excel at purifying the air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen. Cleaner air means healthier employees and a more productive workspace.

Biodiversity: By choosing native species, you’re supporting local ecosystems and preserving Australia’s rich biodiversity. It’s a small but impactful step towards sustainability and conservation.

Important Considerations for Indoor Use

Light Requirements: Many Australian native plants are sun lovers, so not all thrive indoors. Consider the natural light conditions of your office space and choose plants accordingly. Options like the Kentia Palm tolerate lower light conditions, making them ideal for shady corners. Try using full sun loving plants on your balcony.

Watering Needs: Despite their drought tolerance, native plants still require adequate watering. However, overwatering can be detrimental, so it’s essential to strike the right balance. Choose plants with similar watering requirements to simplify maintenance.

Size and Space: Some Australian native plants, like the Waratah or the Bottlebrush, can grow quite large in their natural habitat, but would not be suitable for an office space. In an indoor setting, opt for compact varieties or species that can be easily pruned to maintain a manageable size.

Allergies and Sensitivities: While rare, some individuals may have allergies or sensitivities to certain plant species. Be mindful of common allergens like pollen or sap, and choose non-irritating varieties if allergies are a concern among employees.

Top Picks for Australian Native Plants in Offices

“As indoor plant specialists, we stress that most native plants are not suitable for indoor use, and the ones we have listed have been trialled and tested by Green Design to be the best fit for interior use.”

Kentia Palm: This one is a classic indoor plant that brings a touch of the tropics to any office setting. Known for its elegant, arching fronds, this palm is tolerant of low light and can handle neglect, making it a perfect low-maintenance option for busy environments.

Kauri: The Kauri is less common as an indoor plant but can be a unique addition to office spaces. It features glossy, dark green leaves and a stately, upright growth habit. While it prefers bright, indirect light and regular watering, it can adapt to indoor conditions if given proper care. Its distinctive appearance adds an element of sophistication to office interiors.

Cordyline: Often called the Ti Plant and is admired for its vibrant, colourful foliage. Available in various shades of green, red, and purple, Cordyline brings a splash of colour to indoor office settings. It prefers bright, indirect light and regular watering, thriving in well-drained soil. Its striking leaves make it a favourite for brightening up workspaces.

Dragon’s Tail Plant: When you want a versatile and hardy indoor plant, this one’s for you. Known for its elongated, blue-green leaves with a distinctive, trailing growth habit, it can be used as a hanging plant or allowed to climb. This plant thrives in low to bright indirect light and is a perfect choice for office environments. Its unique foliage adds an exotic touch to any indoor space.

Ask a Professional

Incorporating Australian native plants into office spaces offers a unique opportunity to bring the outback in and connect with the natural beauty of the country while promoting sustainability and wellness. It is always best to seek expert advice to ensure not only the best selection, but to make sure the plants will be viable in your own unique office environment. By selecting the right plants and providing proper care, you can create an indoor oasis that enhances productivity, improves air quality, and fosters a sense of harmony between work and nature. So why wait? Bring a touch of the outback into your office today!

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