Flowering plants and trees don’t always do well in an office environment because many commercial facilities lack the natural light required to produce healthy blooms. Although many types of green plants do well with limited amounts of light, it is much more difficult to find flowering varieties. Adding plants to your office has many known benefits, most notably the positive psychological effect they have on your staff. Plants also help purify the air and take the edge off the sterile feel that’s common to many facilities. If you would like to add flowering trees or plants to your business, consider the following varieties.
The Peace Lily
Peace lilies are known for their ability to clean the air around them, filtering it of formaldehyde and carbon monoxide, as well as for producing dramatic white blossoms and shiny, dark-green leaves. As long as the soil stays fairly moist, the peace lily can tolerate even the dimmest of office spaces.
One of the hardier blooming plants, the shamrock produces delicate white flowers from green, purple or silver foliage. The shamrock plant’s most notable feature is that it is virtually impossible to kill. If it doesn’t get enough water, it simply goes dormant. If that happens, remove any dead leaves, repot the plant and water it regularly.
Freckle Face or Polka Dot Plant
Although this variety does not truly produce flowers, it does feature brightly-colored pink spots on its leaves. The main advantage to the polka dot plant is that lower amounts of light produce more color on the leaves. In a windowless office, all the foliage may turn bright fuchsia.
This is a great plant for the office environment because spending several hours in darkness each night will keep it blooming. The Christmas cactus comes in pink, white and traditional red varieties and requires little water.
Much like the Christmas cactus, African violets do best when they are neglected. These petite plants are highly adaptable and produce flowers that range from pale blue to vivid purple. New varieties are available with pink, white or variegated blossoms.
Bromeliads are becoming popular for both indoor and outdoor use, thanks to their easy care and low water requirements. These beautiful specimens come in a vast array of sizes and colors, producing blooms that range from yellow to burgundy.
Although each of the plant species listed here is relatively easy to grow, business owners may not care to invest the time, money and effort required to keep indoor plants healthy and blooming. One alternative is to engage the services of an interior landscape company. For a modest monthly fee, these companies will not only stage your office with plants, they will also make weekly visits to water and maintain the plants. This way, you won’t have to worry about killing your plants or spend any time on their upkeep. If a plant becomes distressed or starts to die, the plant service simply removes it and replaces it with a healthy specimen.
Because their technicians are trained in all matters related to plant care, they know exactly how to prune, fertilize and care for the plants they provide. The results are impressive, and your staff will benefit in a variety of ways. Whether you choose to do it yourself or hire a plant service, consider adding flowering plants to your office this year.