We’ve put together a list of the best office plants! A little greenery in the office goes a long way. Not only do plants make an office space look great, they also help improve air quality, reduce stress and increase productivity by keeping us in touch with nature.
We’ve rounded up five plants that thrive in the average Adelaide office conditions of low light, overzealous AC and limited water.
Snake Plant ( Sansevieria)
Also, affectionally known as Mother In Law’s Tongue, this plant really is a winner for forgetful office managers. It can go for weeks without watering and thrives in low lit conditions.
According to a recent study by NASA, the snake plant filters a chemical called formaldehyde, which is commonly found in nasty cleaning products (not the ones we use!).
Devils Vine (Epipremnum aureum cultivar)
Aptly named for its difficulty to kill, this vibrant green plant grows into a cascading vine. It looks great on a shelf above a desk and can even be trained to grow up the wall. This vine loves medium to low light and needs a little water once a week.
Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamifolia)
This native African plant truly is a gem when it comes to thriving on neglect. In its wild habitat it survives droughts by almost completely disappearing and re-sprouting underground when the rain eventually comes. In your office environment, it needs hardly any light or water despite its thick glossy leaves. Be sure to allow the plant to dry out well between watering.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
These lovely plants not only brighten up an office space, they also clean the air by breaking down and neutralising toxic gases like benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide. A Peace Lily will thrive in medium-low light and are far more tolerant of under watering than overwatering so our best advice is to only water when the soil is dry or the leaves are wilted. Warning – if you have an office pet, it may be best to leave this off your list as they are poisonous is consumed by cats and dogs.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
Finally, the Fiddle Leaf Fig, a relatively newcomer to the indoor plant scene but in recent years it’s become an office staple. It’s too large to sit on your desk (they can grow over 2 meters tall in a bigger pot) and instead, will work better in a well-lit corner on the floor. Water regularly during growing season and let the soil dry out between watering during winter.
If in doubt, head to your local plant shop or nursery with a few snaps of your desk space and they’ll be able to advise what’s best for you.
Here’s a few Adelaide based plant sellers: