20 Houseplants that are ideal for the office space
Do not let yourself to be surrounded by dull pale walls at the office. Bring in some green to your work space. Houseplants have been shown to improve productivity and well being. These houseplants are perfect for the work office.
Live plants give a natural feel to every business environment. They allow us to break the monotony of the dull grey and tan tones of the office and liven up the office with color. A properly appointed office can increase employee productivity, decrease stress levels and increase levels of oxygen in the air. Plants naturally process carbon dioxide and keep the office fresh.
Houseplants that are ideal for the office
- Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)
- Heartleaf Plant (Philodedron scandens)
- Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
- Rubber Plants (Ficus elastica)
- Corn Palm (Dracaena fragrans massangeana)
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea erumpens)
- Areca Palm (Chrysalidocarpus lutescens)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
- Madgascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)
- Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)
- Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp)
- Snake Plant (Sanseveria trifasciata)
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema spp)
- Asparagus Fern (Asparagus plumosus)
- Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
- Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)
- Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
- Desert Cacti
- English Ivy (Hedera helix)
The colourful heart-shaped leaves of Pothos makes them ideal for adding a splash of color in the office space. They can be grown as a table-top plant or on a shelf or in a hanging basket; they are suitable for the small spaces. They can also be treated as trailers or climbers on a trellis or a moss-stick. Pothos are easy grow and care for and are good air cleaners.
Heartleaf Plant also called Sweetheart Plant is suitable for a hanging basket or can be grown as a climber. Its small size makes it suitable for a table-top plant. It is also known be a good air cleaner.Heartleaf Plant is easy to care for and will thrive in a wide range of conditions.
Swiss Cheese Plant is a popular choice for the office space. It is easy to to grow and easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions. The large perforated and deeply cut leaves clearly stand out in any space. This aspect makes it a suitable choice to cover large spaces. Monstera can also be grown as a climber where space is limited.
The shiny large beautifully colored leaves of rubber plants makes them suitable for large spaces as stand alone (specimen) plants. They are also good air cleaners. Rubber Plants are easy to grow and easily adapt to a wide range of growing conditions.
Corn Palm is a popular houseplant for the office space. The brightly colored foliage will add a splash of color to any space. It can be grown as a stand alone plant to provide a bold and attractive focal point. Corn Palm is easy to grow and does well under bright light but it can also grow in light shade.
Bamboo Palm is another popular houseplant that is ideal for the office space. This palm grows with a minimal outward spread which saves on space makes it suitable for small spaces. It is also a good air cleaner. Bamboo Palm is highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and will do well even in low light conditions.
Areca Palm also called Butterfly Palm is one of the popular indoor palms that is suitable for the office space. It is perfect as a stand alone (specimen) plant. The beauty of this palm emanates from its yellowish cane-like stems and from the gracefully drooping fronds. Areca Palm is easy to grow and easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions.
The large white flowers of Peace Lily against a dark green background of its glossy leaves makes a good choice for a showy plant. Its small size makes it a good choice for a table-top plant or for a plant-shelf. Peace Lily is easy to grow and is also a good air cleaner.
The colorful foliage of Madagascar Dragon Tree will brighten up any space in addittion to freshening up the air. It grows upright with a minimal outward spread making it ideal for limited spaces. Draceana marginata is highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions even low light conditions that are common in most office spaces.
Umbrella Tree is an excellent stand alone (specimen) plant due to its large size as it can grow upto 6 ft tall. It is ideal for occupying the well-lit, large, open spaces. Umbrella Tree is easy to grow if adequately watered and exposed to bright light.
The large and highly decorative leaves makes Dumb Cane a suitable choice for a stand alone (specimen) plant. It thrives in partial shade which is a common feature in most offices. Dumb Cane is easy to grow and is an excellent choice for adding a splash of color in any space.
Snake Plant also called Mother in-law's Tongue is suitable for the office space on account of its long beautifully colored foliage which matches very well with architectural features present in most offices. It is also a good air cleaner in addition to increasing oxygen concentration in the air. Snake Plant is a very hardy plant which can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions and a high level of neglect and is considered to be almost indestructible.
Chinese Evergreen is an ideal houseplant for the office space. The beauty of Aglaonemas emanates from their colorful large spear-shaped leaves borne on short stems. It is also known to be a good air cleaner.Aglaonema is ideal for the poorly lit spots but it will still thrive under bright light but away from direct sunlight.
Asparagus Fern is a hardy houseplant that easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions. It is ideal for a hanging basket or as a table-top plant. Asparagus Fern is an excellent addition to any office space on account of its beautifully drooping feathery foliage.
Bird's Nest Fern is large and bold enough to be displayed as a specimen plant for the large open spaces. The spear-like leaves sorrounding the fibrous 'nest' at the centre are unique and add an interest to any office space. Asplenium Fern is easy to grow and easily adapts to indoor growth conditions.
A hanging basket of Spider Plant is an excellent choice for the office space. It can also be grown as a table-top plant. Spider Plant is easy to grow and adapts well to a wide range of growing conditions and it is also a good air cleaner.
Kentia Palm also called Paradise Palm or Thatch Palm is an ideal houseplant for the office space. It grows tall and upright, which saves on space. Its large size and spectular foliage make it a suitable focal point plant. Kentia Palm thrives well in low light, a common feature in most offices and it tolerates warm or cool air well.
Pony Tail Palm also called Elephant Foot is an interesting houseplant to have in the office. The curly leaves and the swollen bulb are attention drawers. The swollen bulb stores water therefore occasional dryness at the roots will do no harm.Pony Tail Palm is easy to grow and does not require a lot of attention.
The Desert Cacti are excellent plants for the office. They are very hardy plants which easily withstand a high level of neglect. These plants are ideal for table-top plants or for a hanging basket for the trailing types. They thrive in well drained soil which is left to dry out between waterings. Desert Cacti hate to be waterlogged; monthly or fortnightly watering depending on existing temperatures is perfect for them.
English Ivy is useful as a screen for the unattractive spots or as a hanging basket plant or as a climber on a trellis or on a moss-stick. It is easy to grow and adapts easily to a wide growing conditions. The attractive English Ivy is a hardy plant that will thrive in a wide range of growing conditions and will not die from a few days neglect.