Which Plants Do Better in an Office Environment?

Plants can put the finishing touches on any office environment. Before bringing plants into an office, it's important to understand which ones will do well. Office plants need to be tolerant of low light and artificial light, as well as enclosed areas and sometimes mineral-heavy tap water. Selecting the right office plants is an important first step in making an office feel like home--or at least, a bit more home-like.

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos is also known as Devil's ivy. One of the trademarks of all four varieties of this ivy (Jade Pothos, Pothos Marble Queen, Pothos Gold and Neon Pothos) is that they are extremely easy to care for and extremely forgiving plants. All varieties do well with any amount of lighting save direct sunlight or complete darkness. They require watering only once a week, or when the top half-inch of the soil has dried out. They also have another trait desirable in office plants: They do fine with water from the tap or the water cooler. Pruning is also easy, and can be done at any time when the plant gets unruly-looking. They can be pruned in any way, and the vines that are trimmed off can be put in water to root and grow a new plant. When relocating a new plant to the office, it will most likely lose some leaves as it adjusts to the new climate. This is a temporary loss, and the plant will recover nicely.

African violets

The African violet is well-suited to life in an office environment. The violet does well in areas with no direct sunlight and easily tolerates artificial light. A unique trait of the African violet is that its exposure to light and dark dictates whether it will bloom. When the plant receives between 8 and 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness per day, it will begin to bloom. This is ideal for an office setting, when the lights are on during office hours and off overnight. The African violet also thrives in temperatures typical of an office setting--between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Watering is easy; plants can be watered simply by leaving the pot inside another container of water about an inch deep. Water will be absorbed into the pot; once the surface of the soil is damp, the watering dish can be removed. New plants can also be easily grown from clippings of a mature plant, simply by placing the cutting in a new pot of mixed sandy soil and potting soil. African violets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with different leaf and flower shapes.

Jade plants

Jade plants are easy-to-grow plants that do well indoors. They have a distinctive look, with tree-like trunks and oval, fleshy leaves. Like cacti, they are members of the succulent family. Jades do well in windows with full sunlight, or the bright, filtered light of an office setting. They thrive in temperatures typical to the indoors, between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Soil should be kept moist, and fertilizer applied every three to four months. Jade plants are highly pest and disease-resistant. They are also very long-lived plants, and can mature into small trees up to 5 feet in height. Jades also do well being kept as bonsai trees. Jade plants are easily repotted, which can be necessary as the plant begins to mature.

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