In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly important for companies to provide their employees with enjoyable and engaging workplace environments. Businesses both big and small around the world rely on office plants to help create peaceful ambiances that promote collaboration and creativity. Decades of research has shown that indoor plants can reduce stress levels, increase productivity and lower noise levels in offices.
But how does a business go about choosing the right plant for their office? To help professionals answer this question, we’ve created the below interactive infographic.
Click any leaf to view the plant species that are recommended for your office size.
Dracaena – Song of India
Originating from Madagascar, Mauritius and Southern India, this vibrant desktop plant will give you a sunny disposition with its golden edged leaves.
They require a minimum temperature of around 65 F and need to be kept evenly moist throughout the leaves, roots and stem.
Whether you’re a brand new start-up or an experienced partnership, desktop plants such as the “Song of India” are perfect for any small office.
Aglaonema Silver Bay
Aglaonemas deal well with shady areas, so feel free to use to brighten up those forgotten corners. The large spear-shaped leaves are decorated with bright silver and become darker towards the base.
They are tough indoor plants and are not difficult in a typical domestic environment.
Scindapsus – Silver Satin
A rare, hard to find plant that possesses a lot of beauty, the Scindapsus Silver Satin comes from the Araceae family and is known for its thermogenic qualities.
But, although it produces some heat, we wouldn’t advise swapping it in for a radiator!
This popular plant is also known by the name of Devil’s Ivy. Its botanical name is a matter of debate. Some call it Scindapsus and some call it Epipremium aurem. Its name comes from its leaves, which are a bright lime green.
Philodendron – Imperial Green
Philodendrons have been a mainstay as indoor plants since their discovery in the late 1800s in South America. The Imperial Green is a man-made hybrid with large, lush, deep-green leaves with a glossy coating and can maintain this sleek appearance in the shade.
Preferring a low humidity and temperatures of around 65 F, they are ideal for this office size as they can be used as part of a large display in the corner of the office, either with other Imperial Green’s or other different plants, giving your office that tropical feel.
Philodendron – Swiss Cheese Pole
Monstera deliciosa has shiny, cordate leaves that are deeply incised and may reach 50 centimeters or more in length. The lobes are perforated with large holes and are either deep green or variegated with patches of cream and white depending on variety.
Spathiphyllum – Viscount
If presented in the right pot, the Spathiphyllum Viscount can provide a highly sophisticated feel to your office, helping to add a touch of professionalism to that all-important first impression of clients and customers.
They require a bit more maintenance than most indoor plants; they cannot be left in the shade for long periods, avoid placing them near cold drafts and ensure they are watered regularly and evenly with warm water.
The Peruvian Apple, apple cactus, column cactus or correctly Cereus peruvianus. Peruvians pick up the common name, apple cactus because of its 1-2 inch fleshy, red apple like fruit.
The stems or trunks have a gray-green coloring along with 6 to 8 vertical ribs. When the flowers emerge they are typically 2-4 inches and white.
Epipremnum (Pothos) Jade
For this large of an office, several Pothos Jade’s could be placed across partitions or desks, depending on the decor of the office. If planted and placed correctly, they can be trained to grow up totems, pots or even the office partitions themselves! Their dark green pigmentation gives a tropical feeling to the office but they will need regular watering to maintain their color and life.
Euphorbia ingens can complement the Pothos ‘Jade’ well by offering a contrast in climates with the Euphorbia’s arid desert style. The plant is often mistaken to be in the cacti family due to its sharp spines and irritating sap – so just make sure to mind your elbows as you’re walking past. Euphorbia ingens is a very close relative of the Poinsettia.
Cypress Style Privet
The cypress-style privet is one of our magnificently stylish replica plants and is ideal for big offices. Their tall, elegant spires would be perfect for separating walkways instead of the standard office partitions. The best thing about them is that virtually no maintenance is required and they can be placed anywhere in the office without the restrictions of living plants.
Sansevieria – Zeylanica Superba
Sansevieria ‘Zeylanica Superba’ would go well next to the cypress style privets as their spire like leaves grow upwards to make a similar shape to the privets. They could be placed adjacent to each section of the office, or to divide different departments in a more natural way. Go easy on watering Sansevieria.
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