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Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.
Hi Annie, Great article!
I love Ming Aralias. They are elegant plants. I got one in 2001 as a gift when I let my corporate employer, and it lived in a pot (repotted a few times) until 2013. Twelve years and it was gorgeous. I put it out on my deck during the summer months in a semi-shaded spot. I highly recommend them.
But the easiest to grow indoors has to be the Pothos. They will even grow in water for a time.
Thank you! I’m all about low maintenance so I pretty much stick to cacti and succulents. But I did learn a lot about some other good options writing this post.
That’s actually really interesting, Annie. I didn’t know some plants could clean the air. My friend has several plants in her kitchen. I recognise one of them as the first on your list.
There are a lot of them that can clean the air! It’s kind of amazing to think about.
I have had a Jade (Crassula ovata) plant in the past. I didn’t know it was called the money plant! 🙂
I have had several cactus plants and liked that kind of sticky style! 😉
How about a chile pepper plant?
I have a couple of jade plants too, and I actually didn’t know about them being called the money plant either until I wrote this. Hopefully it actually works 😉
Growing chile pepper plants lead to a potential money making idea that I have “planted” (pun intended 😉 ) to chile-head and owner of an orangery / hothouse. We will be marketing a new olive oil with chile peppers.
I have a jade plant that I’ve had inside for almost a decade. It now looks like a small tree. It can withstand a lot of neglect — not that I neglect my plants. 🙂
Nice article! However, I have always known the plant you call “Snake Plant” as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” …for obvious reasons!
I did too, until I got married.
If anyone is hoping to improve the office environment with live plants, they would be well advised to consult a professional. These can be found by searching “plant care companies”. Unless someone in the office happens to be especially knowledgeable about indoor plants, using a DIY approach is unlikely to be successful. For instance, some of the plants in this list – azalea, gerbera, english ivy, fittonia – would never be used by a professional interior landscaper (the actual name of the industry that supplies and cares for plants in offices, hotels, etc.) because they have been proved to fail rather rapidly, usually because they require more light than is commonly available, or because they don’t withstand the challenges of office life. Investing in live plants has many benefits. You’ll be happier with the outcome, however, if you use a professional service.
If it is your own personal cube or space like the offices of today I disagree – just replace them. It’s cheaper than a cut flowers. An orchid for 3 months is worth it even if it doesn’t live.
Don’t you love it when a “professional” comes out of the woodwork giving you all the reasons you should hire someone else to do your hobby right? Please, your advice would be helpful. But your sales approach is offensive. Why can’t you make comments about the right or wrong plants, or how to grow them without the sales pitch?
didn’t seem like a sales pitch to me. I actually thought what they said was very insightful, and just factual. I am a horticulture student currently and from what I have learned I have to agree with what this person said. if it’s for an actual office building it would be much more resourceful to hire a professional rather than waste money on possible poor planning and dead plants because of lack of proper care.
Just bookmarked it and try to find plants that more colorful to fill my desk.
Hi I just bought a ivy plant and a fern plant and would like to know if it’s ok to put in my small office space it’s like a room size 8 by 8 will it be ok to keep them there I am making like a yoga room is it ok to have them.there in a tight space
All of these are always in demand on our website… my favourite are the Gerber Daisies, they just add a great feel to the office! Plant and flower displays always look superb and we can also help with their upkeep. Plants take in carbon dioxide from the air, and emit oxygen through their natural growing process. Humans do the opposite. So when you have an office full of humans emitting carbon dioxide, they are going to need more oxygen in order to stay productive. Research suggests that those sitting at computer monitors will be 12% more productive when there are plants nearby. You simply can’t introduce a better method of making people more alert.
That’s so funny, I have both an aloe vera and a spider plant at the office. They certainly make the room more cheerful! I’ll look for a jade plant as well at my local garden centre. Thanks fore the article!
When I was in college, we grew spider plants and charlies because they reproduced easily and were hard to kill. Some call spider plants “airplane plants” because they put off so many babies.
There was one lonely Aloe Vera here when I moved in. I never saw him water it EVER and it got very little sun, but still thrived. I started repotting the babies it was throwing off and now there are dozens of Aloe Vera plants. I keep giving them to people, but not fast enough.
In the case of both spiders and Aloe Vera plants, if you want them to reproduce that happens when they’re pot bound (pot is too small for their roots). They are very good at keeping themselves alive through spreading to hopefully better soil (if they were outside).
Neither can take a killing frost, but an Aloe damaged by a frost can recover. Just cut off the damage.
Aside from increasing employees’ productivity, plants in the workplace can even reduce the mental fatigue caused by stress. Better yet, adding plants to your office can be really cost-effective. Once you have a budget in mind you can start looking into various options.
There is something about plants that simply take the stress away. Really interesting. Having a plant in the office just might be the missing element so that you can have lower stress in your location.
I went to art school and studied color theory and the reason your stress is relieved by these plants is their coloring. Humans were originally outdoor beings, so our natural instinct is to turn to the color green, and escape to sunny places (why most people go south for vacations!) for relief because we are predisposed to believe the outdoors provide all of our natural needs. Plants provide this effect by providing a “feeder” if you will, to our body’s natural tendencies! It’s been proven that when shown the color green our blood pressure naturally drops and our heart/breathing rate slows!
Hello – do you know of a formula or an online calculator that will tell how many plants is the right number of plants to have in an office? Perhaps per sqft or # of people? Some articles talk about 15-18 plants per 1800 sqft. It just seems that having 18 plants in an area of 1800 sqft seems little excessive, it will look like a jungle. Unless we are not talking of a plant being one pot. For example, english ivy or pothos, how many plants do you consider to be a normal pot? One? or the number of stems?
Very nice article!
hi, i am running a stationery shop since 6 years, but day by day i am goining in losses only, i am unable to improve it, please suggest me any good and small trees to put outside or inside the shop to improve my financial and health positions.
I was looking for some plants to decorate and improve my ofbit.in office environment. This guide helped me a lot. now I am interested in Snake Plant and African Violet.
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I just want to say that this article was really insightful- I love the idea of having plants in the office. I work on a small company myself and we have been looking for ways to improve our space. Thanks for posting.