Office Plants at Work — Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comNeed to add some character to your workplace? Houseplants, or in this case office plants, help promote well-being and create natural space and separations in an office climate.

Easy care, low light and low cost make traditional foliage plants a bargain, and gosh darn it, they make you feel good in a concrete jungle. The right plant in the right location will bring you years of enjoyment.

Plus, they’ll make you work smarter. Texas A&M University research demonstrates that workers’ idea generation, creative performance and problem solving skills improve substantially in workplace environments that include flowers and plants.

In addition, the NASA Clean Air Study  proves plants’ abilities to cleanse our office and home air of pollutants and toxins. Thanks, Mother Nature for your green gift of health working in an office scenario, filtering 24/7.  

Pothos — Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.comHere are five of the easiest care office plants that will benefit your workplace, ranked by lowest to tallest:

  1. Pothos is a popular beginner’s choice. It is forgiving if slightly neglected. It likes bright, indirect sunlight, and looks great on desk tops and bookcases. 
  2. Spathiphyllum, aka, Peace Lily, is a floor plant or desk plant that blooms in low light with minimal care. It will not just survive; it thrives in office environments. It droops when it craves water, then bounces right back. 
  3. Chinese Evergreen, with its shades of green and various leaf shapes and textures, is fun and versatile. You’ll look like a plant expert because it’s so easy to keep nice. Snake Plant — Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. www.lafayetteflorist.com
  4. Snake Plant, aka Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is native to tropical West Africa and does great in the office environment. It even looks great after some neglect and is almost care free. It comes in many different patterns and types to give you great variety and style. Use it to brighten up that dull corner near the coat rack. 
  5. Dracaena, aka Corn Plant, likes bright, indirect sunlight. This tall and stately plant enjoys dry spells in between watering, and does not like to sit in water so good drainage is a must. 

Other great office plants are rubber plant, Areca palm, Boston fern, English ivy, ficus alii, and lady and bamboo palms. 

It’s easy to care for these workplace gems. They need good drainage — never let them sit in water. Wipe dust off the leaves monthly. Keep them away from drafts and direct sunshine. Add a light feeding of fertilizer, and pot them in colorful containers of ceramic, clay or plastic.  

Your boss, co-workers and clients will appreciate you going green in the office.

What is your favorite office plant?