How to Choose Office Plants


Choosing the right office plant requires planning and an assessment of the office space. Certain plants do not lend themselves to the office environment because of artificial lighting and the lack of a humid environment. Office plants which require minimal care and can withstand infrequent watering provide interest to the work space and may help with stress on the job.

Step 1

Assess the light source in the office space. Look for window sills which may support a planter. Turn off the lights to determine the brightness of any natural lighting sources.

Step 2

Locate areas where plants may be cared for with ease. Avoid tops of cabinets or bookcases in close proximity to computer stations or other electrical appliances. Consider using plant hangers on walls instead of planters sitting in critical areas.

Step 3

Create a list of plants based on lighting and water requirements for healthy growth. Plants requiring daily watering suffer over long weekends or holidays.

Step 4

Select plants known for growing in dry environments for the office. Cactus and other succulents retain moisture and do not require daily misting with a spray bottle.

Step 5

Calculate size when choosing office plants. Umbrella trees grow in an office but take up a large space. Small, potted containers work best in cubicles or other small office spaces.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid areas where the office plant may be susceptible to drafts, such as heating ducts or doors. Prune the office plants as soon as dead or dying leaves appear to keep the plant litter to a minimum.

Things You'll Need

  • Hardy houseplants
  • Watering can
  • Water globes
  • Slow-release fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or sharp knife
  • Decorative planters (optional)


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Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.