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How to Care for Atrium Plants

By Jason M. Bruner ; Updated September 21, 2017
Atrium plants are commonly found in public buildings.
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Atrium plants are any type of tree, shrub or flowering plant used as decor in public buildings, stores and offices. These plants are great additions to any type of building where plant life can flourish. Ensuring there is proper light and water is about all these plants need. They add life in otherwise dull places, while bringing beauty and a sense of nature indoors for the public to enjoy. By following a few simple steps, you can easily and effectively care for atrium plants.

Fill a planter that is large enough to accommodate your plant selections with moisture retaining potting soil. Small plants will need 12 to 16 inches of depth to grow to their full potential, while large bushes and small trees will need at least 48 inches of depth to achieve optimal growth. You can purchase planters and moisture-retaining potting soil at your local garden specialty store.

Place the planter in an area where it will receive proper sunlight and will be safe from cold drafts during the winter months. If the planters containing the plants are introduced to constant cold drafts, the plants will easily succumb to disease and plant death.

Water the plants weekly to maintain proper moisture content. Depending on the types of plants that are growing in the planters, the frequency of watering cycles may change. Generally, the soil should always be moist to the touch, and never soaked. Planters that hold large amounts of water easily produce the perfect environment for fungal growth.

Fertilize the atrium plants according to the specific requirements for each plant growing in the container. Purchasing an all-purpose plant food from your local garden specialty store can easily help maintain proper nutrients for the atrium plants.


Things You Will Need

  • Planter
  • Potting Soil
  • Water
  • Fertilizer

About the Author


Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on various websites.