Offices can be depressing places to work. Most offices are decorated almost entirely in browns/grays, with fluorescent lights flickering off ugly bare walls. This can make for a dull mind and an unhappy employee. What can you do about it?
You can’t change your office’s overall appearance, but you can take little steps to reclaim your work space as a nice place to be. One easy way to make your desk a happier and healthier place to be is by adopting an office plant. The below plants provide a much needed pop of mood-boosting color and oxygen while being tough enough to survive a three day weekend on their own.
Cacti are famously tough, considering that they live naturally in really harsh desert environments. Your cactus needs to be watered every two to three weeks. Cacti do require plenty of light, so an ideal home for them would be on a windowsill or under a bright fluorescent bulb.
Aloe plants are great for offices because they have air-filtering qualities and are incredibly low maintenance. You would need to water it once every three or four weeks. Aloe does tend to do best when they get lots of sun, but can live good lives in more closed off environments.
Ferns, like aloe plants, purify the air around them, filtering out things like xylene and toluene. You’d ideally buy a fern that will remain small. Alternatively, it’s easy to keep a pair of scissors on hand for the occasional trim when the branches get a little overgrown. Your fern needs a medium amount of lighting and should be watered whenever the soil gets dry.
One of the main benefits of a bonsai tree is that it looks really, really cool. Bonsai trees provide a little something different to look at than the average office plant and can be a great conversation starter. They’re also widely available at most gardening stores and even a few office supply stores. A bonsai living indoors needs to be watered when the soil is dry, and should be kept in as much light as possible. Be sure to pay attention to any special instructions that come with your tree as some might have fertilizer requirements.
Jade plants are at the top of just about every list of plants that can thrive in an office environment. Jade plants are able to survive with very little care, which makes them a great choice for beginning gardeners. Be sure not to over water these plants, as they only need water when the soil in them has gone completely dry. In winter they require watering as seldom as once a month. A jade plant does best when it has a good amount of light.
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