Plants for My Office

While photographs of family and friends are commonly used to decorate offices, you can also use living plants to make your office space more dynamic, colorful and green. There are a number of low-maintenance, hassle-free plants that can be grown indoors to create a more pleasant working experience.

Miniature Date Palm

A common sight in Thailand and Burma, miniature date palm (Phoenix roebelenii), also called pygmy date palm, is a low-growing palm that reaches an average height of 8 to 10 feet. The palms have a narrow, grayish brown trunk topped with a crown of bright-green, feathery fronds. Miniature date palms produce attractive stalks of creamy white flowers. They are frequently grown indoors. Miniature date palms should receive some natural light, either full or partial sun. The plants grow best in well-draining, light soil that is kept moist. The trees should be fertilized three times a year for best results.

Gerber Daisy

Gerber daisies (Gerbera Jamesonii) are highly popular garden, cut and container flowers can be found in nurseries, florist shops and supermarkets. These hardy perennials can be grown indoors, where they will proudly exhibit their brilliantly colored daisy blooms. A native of South Africa, gerber daisies will grow best in a sunny corner of the office. Plant your gerber daisy in soil that is well draining, and water on a regular basis.

Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) is a low-maintenance cactus native to northern Mexico and the American Southwest. The plant boasts broad, "beaver tail"-shaped pads and fuzzy clusters of hot-pink flowers. Beavertail cactus will do best in full sunlight. Like most cactus species, the beavertail requires well-drained, sandy soil--a general-purpose cactus soil will suffice. Be careful not to overwater the plant. The soil should be almost dry between waterings. Give the cactus an application of water-soluble fertilizer once a year during the growing season to keep the plant green.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.