How to Water Office Plants


Properly watering your potted office plants is one of the most important criteria affecting your office plant's health, according to Penn State University. The university says that the traditionally low temperature and light levels found in offices reduces a plant's water needs, but occasional watering is still necessary to maintain your potted plant's health and lush look.

Step 1

Place the office plant's pot on a saucer with a brim. The saucer should be wider than the bottom of the pot. This helps collect water that leaks out of the pot's bottom drainage holes, thus protecting your office desk or floor from water damage.

Step 2

Apply water evenly across the pot's surface until moisture starts dripping from the pot's drainage holes. The amount of water needed varies widely according to the pot's size.

Step 3

Wait for a day or two and stick your finger approximately 2 inches into the pot's soil surface. Don't water again until the soil feels dry at this depth, according to Texas A&M University.

Step 4

Empty the bottom saucer every couple of days to prevent standing water. The water can become stagnate, which may affect both your plant's health and the smell of your office.

Things You'll Need

  • Saucer


  • "How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office"; B.C. Wolverton; 1997
  • Penn State University: Plants for Your Office
  • Texas A&M University: House Plants
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