- How to Keep Office Plants Healthy
Using plants to help improve the aesthetics of your office is one of the best and healthy decisions you can make. The natural color and beautiful nature of plants, plus their ability to purify the air around us are among the main benefits you get when you use a live plant. Plants release oxygen into the air while absorbing carbon dioxide through photosynthesis. According to Jay Harper (from Harper’s Nurseries and Landscape Co), a few things need to be considered before hauling just any plant to the office. These include:
- Availability of natural light
Plants need natural sunlight for photosynthesis and other crucial processes to remain healthy. You, therefore, need to ensure your office has access to sufficient light to enable your plant to grow. Some plants are however capable of growing well in low-light areas, or under fluorescent lighting. Consider going for plants that require little to no sunlight your office does not have a window. Some of the best plants for low-light situations include dracaena, corn plants, pothos, peace lily or philodendron.
- Access to water for watering
Office plants need water to survive too. Although you may have easy access to water around your home, this may not be the case with your office. You may have to walk around in search of water, just to keep your plant alive this can be too much for many. Nevertheless, your plant will need enough water to keep it from withering or drying up. The good news about watering plants is that you don’t have to do it daily. Water the plant at least three times per week and it will be ok.
Always have a well-drained pot or vase for your plant. If there isn’t any drainage hole, make some. These allow excess water to drain, as well as ensure the soil is well aerated to support root functions. Coarse soil is mostly preferred for office plants since it drains faster.
- Caring for the plants
Plants too need to be cared for to thrive. Neglecting the plant will only cause it to wilt and eventually die. Should you take sick leave, or on vacation, make arrangements with one or two co-workers to help take care of the plant. Even the toughest of plants can die if neglected for too long.
- Fertilizer and Nutrients
Potted plants should be nourished with nutrients and fertilizer to prevent stunted growth. You could have fertilizer mixed with the soil to help release nutrients slowly and efficiently, or use foliage feed fertilizer which you can sprinkle or spray on the plant for nourishing. Only small amounts of fertilizer will be needed to promote healthy growth for the same.
- Transplant it after some time
Most plants get bigger after a period of time. Consider transplanting the plant to a larger container a few weeks after acquiring it. This should give it enough room to grow and for root development as well. Here are some nice planters from Outdoor Art Pros if you want some inspiration.
- Keep the plant protected
Some co-workers could start using the potted plant as a dustbin. Some will empty their soda cans or coffee cups into the same, while a few careless co-workers will want to uproot the plant. It would be advisable to keep the plant protected to avoid this from happening.
- Pick a nice place to for the plant
Where you keep the plant will also determine whether it grows healthily or not. Placing the plant on air conditioners, HVAC systems, registers, and even air vents will only result in a disaster. Keep the plant away from any equipment that radiates heat as well. This includes the water dispenser, computers, and printers. If possible, choose a nice quiet corner opposite the window for the plant. Less-trafficked areas are the most ideal for office plants.
Having a single potted plant in a crowded and stuffy office is enough to purify the air around. This is because plants take in carbon dioxide and other compounds we consider toxic while releasing oxygen in return. Having the plant in your cubicle or office can, therefore, contribute to better air quality, particularly during the day. Good air quality translates to better performance as no one will feel drowsy due to stuffy air. In addition to this, a healthy plant will make the office have a more natural and radiant look.