Selection Of Office Plants

A selection of the best office plants for improving your work environment that includes improving air quality, look and feel and feng shui (flow of energy) within rooms.

Lucky Bamboo - Dracaena Braunii

Lucky Bamboo

Height: 10 - 36in - Type: Desk - Care: Easy

The lucky bamboo is a popular desk office plant which may bring you some good fortune (if not it will improve the look of your desk area). These plants can grow in soil or water and are sold braided for their attractiveness. Caring for them is very easy - when they are grown in a vase of water, although you must change this water once a week. Provide the luck bamboo with a nice bright spot without direct sun, if possible.

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Dragon Tree - Dracaena Marginata

Dragon Tree

Height: 8ft - Type: Tall - Care: Easy

Madagascar dragon trees are extremely popular indoor plants and they're as tough as plants get when faced with neglect. They make a great tall tree like office plant, although they take quite a few years to mature in height. For an office they’re best bought when they have already grown up to 4ft or more, ready for the place they will be displayed. This is a very easy species to manage suitable for offices.

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Peace Lily - Spathiphyllum Wallisii

Peace Lily

Height: 2ft - Type: Desks, tables, shelves - Care: Easy

Peace lilies are the ideal plants to grow within an office because they're attractive, remove pollutants well, and survive well on basic care instructions. Up to 3 or more white spathes (flower) with a spadix in the center bloom and sit above the glossy oval shaped elongated leaves. Peace lilies can be placed in many locations within an office including windowsills, on tables or desks. Provide these with bright light then they will flourish.

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Kentia Palm - Howea Forsteriana

Howea Forsteriana

Height: 10ft - Type: Tall - Care: Easy

Kentia palms make a suitable reception area plant and stand tall, growing up to 10ft tall. These can be purchased from garden centers when they’ve already matured and grown up to 6ft, but they're not cheap. The wide fronds (leaves) on the kentia arch over slightly and grow to over a foot long. Like all palms they need good drainage to prevent the roots from rotting.

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Bunny Ear Cactus - Opuntia Microdasys

Bunny ear cactus

Height: 12 - 18in - Type: Desk - Care: Moderate

The bunny ear cactus is a desert type cacti plant which grows well with very little water and plenty of light, like most other desert cacti. It's named bunny ears because of the rabbit shaped formation of the pads. It's also known as the polka dot cactus because of the dots that protrude and cover the pads. The only issue a grower may have is they need some time during the winter to rest.

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Jade or Money Plant - Crassula Ovata

Jade or money plant

Height: 10 - 36in - Type: Desk - Care: Moderate

The jade plant is a popular house plant also know as the money, lucky and friendship plant. This is a succulent species which stores water in it's fleshy leaves. For the jade to grow well it prefers a nice sunny spot and watering when the soil begins to dry, but do not over-water. The thick trunk and branches give this plant a tree like look similar to a bonsai tree. Moderate care is required.

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Choosing Office Plants: "useful points to consider before buying and growing"

Lighting: It's best to be aware of what kind of light your office receives before choosing a plant. Most plants grow well with bright light without direct sunlight, which is an east, west or even a south facing window with the plant sitting a couple or more feet back. Some plants (check above) thrive in low lighting conditions and can grow well enough within north facing rooms.

Other care conditions: Some plants have greater care needs than others which may not be suitable for certain offices or they need too much time for the average busy office worker. Choose a plant (most of the above) which are fairly low maintenance.

Who's maintaining them?: Plants other than personal ones on a desk are best to be assigned to on person to maintain them, otherwise you get a scenario where either too many people are watering them or no-one at all. They will also need feeding and other matters taken care of which is carried out better when one member of staff does it.

Artificial: For some offices artificial types are the best option, which are purely for décor purposes and have no clean air benefits to offer.

Hiring: If plants are an important part of your office décor, and you don’t want the responsibility of maintaining them, or your office is visited by important people and customers - another option is to hire a company which rent plants and maintain them for you. You may only want plants for special events, which can be arranged with the hire companies.

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