Green plants are an ideal way to brighten up the office and bring color and nature into the corporate workplace. Working in an office may be boring and stressful, to say the least. Moreover, indoor plants not only relieve stress, lift spirits and create a nice atmosphere in the office but also improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide. No wonder, there are so many professional plant hire companies specializing in the greening of corporate workplaces.
The problem is, green beauties not just do excellent work purifying air but they also need light and maintenance. Anyone who goes to work early in the morning and returns late at night is often away on business trips or travel, and just leads an active lifestyle, with no time to replant, fertilize, protect plants from drafts, and wipe the leaves with a damp cloth.
For those, who look for unkillable indoor plants with low maintenance we’ve picked out the top 8 best office plants below and listed some of their varieties that are perfect for indoors. By the way, plants from this list are also suited for any other places with low light (for example, a bedroom or gaming room in the picture below) and are ideal for people who don’t have much time to take care of indoor plants.
Cacti and succulents
If nothing but professionalism has grown in your workplace up to this day, choose a cactus. This novice plant grower’s joy is fine with infrequent watering. In spring and summer, it only needs to be watered once a week, and in fall and winter, it needs to be watered once every three weeks.
Succulents are also a good choice for the office. They keep moisture in their leaves “in reserve”, so it is enough to water them once a week. They also like sunlight and dry air. Both cacti and succulents are ideal to liven up a smaller workspace. Here are some examples of succulents with a reputation for being very easy to care for and stylish good looks: jade plant (Crassula Ovata), haworthia (Haworthia fasciata, Haworthia cymbiformis Haworthia attenuata f. caespitosa), echeveria (Echeveria elegans), houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum, Sempervivum arachnoideum), aloe vera, moonstone (Pachyphytum oviferum).
Ficus (Ficus Benjamina, Ficus Elastica)
Ficus is the fastest growing and most decorative plant among tropical plants in offices and premises as a greenery plant in rooms. They are characterized by an evergreen crown with stiff, shiny leaves. But if the air temperature drops or the pot with the plant is moved to another place, it may drop its leaves. As a floor tree, Ficus blends seamlessly into any office space, large or small in size. Ficus is a low maintenance plant: the only thing that should be avoided if you want the focus to thrive is a cold draft from windows or doors.
Monstera (Monstera Deliciosa, Monstera borsigiana)
Monstera can reach a fairly large size and features beautifully carved leaves. The plant is unpretentious, tolerates artificial light well, and does not need frequent transplants. The only thing this liana needs is annual replanting of the soil. If you give it enough attention, feed it, and moisten the leaves, it will please you with flowering. At the same time, it does not emit any pungent odors.
Monstera needs moderate watering and a well-lit place without draughts – providing all this you can enjoy its blossoms for a long time. Also violet smells, but quite faintly – it usually does not annoy anyone. The plant requires attention to itself, for example, needs frequent transplants, but all its advantages reduce the disadvantages to zero.
There is an interesting fact: although the yucca looks like a palm, it belongs to the agave family. Unpretentious, and bright in appearance, the plant has long been a guest in the landscaping of office environments.
Chlorophytum Comosum, or spider plant
The original decoration of wall pots is chlorophytum. Its abundant greenery and numerous rosettes look very spectacular and do not require much attention from the florist. It grows quickly, adapts well, and multiplies, creating airy rosettes on long shoots. It is recommended for clearing air and greenery.
It does not require watering and needs 1-2 times a week, once a month you can bathe, sprinkle the leaves and remove dust. Living in a shady place is not a problem for it, the same applies to the composition of the soil.
Sansevieria (Sansevieria Trifasciata, Sansevieria Cylindrica), or snake plant
Another low maintenance indoor plant is sansevieria. This simple resident of the hot tropics is very ornamental, it looks very attractive and grows well even in poor soil.
Sansevieria is a plant with mottled elongated leaves that actively produce oxygen around the clock. It should be watered once every two weeks, it grows well in the shade and does not require any special conditions. It gives good roots: it is enough to put one leaf in water and forget about it for a couple of weeks.
Dieffenbachia, or the dumb cane
A plant with active energy is ideal for an office or school. According to feng shui, Dieffenbachia should be placed in the northeastern part of the room, it will be more productive there and will grow faster. Under the right conditions, it will grow to 150-200 cm in a year and the bushes will thicken thoroughly, but despite the positive properties, does not grow home because of the poisonous sap. When transplanting or pruning, wear gloves, as otherwise the sap gets on the skin and leads to redness or dermatitis.
Commonly abbreviated to the ZZ plant, zamioculcas is a pretty herbaceous plant with thick petioles and shiny oval leaves. It is capable of storing water and tolerates drought well. It should be watered abundantly, but rarely, in winter you can do without this procedure.
There are no special requirements for the soil, the main thing is that it should be loose enough, and good drainage is needed at the bottom of the pot. The main care procedure that the zamioculcas needs is to get rid of the dust regularly. It can be wiped off with a rag, or broom, or washed off under the shower. This plant can also tolerate prolonged periods of low light.
So as you can see many low maintenance indoor plants will brighten up the office, and survive in the office environment, but won’t require much from you. If you are looking for more plants that are suited for offices, think about Dracaena Lisa, Bamboo Palm, English Ivy, phalaenopsis (Phalaenopsis orchid), Nolina (Beaucarnea recurvata), philodendron (Philodendron scandens), pomegranate tree, cyperus (Cyperus Zumula), the ouster plant or
Tradescantia spathacea, ponytail palm or Beaucarnea recurvata. Ready to liven up your office space with one of these beauties? And remember each of the plants in the list has plentiful beautiful varieties to grow indoors – you must just pick the right one!