Looking to jazz up your workstation?
Pantone’s colour of the year was, in fact, Greenery and I for one am very on board with this bringing-the-outdoors-in trend. In fact, if I had my way my home would pretty much be a greenhouse.
This plant-love has now started to carry through to my working life and slowly they seem to be taking over my desk. With this in mind, I’m pretty pleased to inform you that the addition of a few little plants on your desk may actually be good for you.
Sitting inside, cooped up behind a desk all day can be pretty damaging to our health but fear not, by creating a small jungle across your workstation not only will have it looking like a Pinterest board but it could help with your physical and mental wellbeing too.
So what health benefits can a desk plant offer?
- Reduced stress levels
- An improved mood
- Reduced stress levels
- Increased productivity
- Improving indoor air quality
Some scientific studies have even shown that plants can give you a greater attention span. According to the RHS, ‘As placing indoor plants in rooms is one of the simplest changes that can be made to enhance the environment, it stands out as a practical and affordable support for human health.’
For the cost of your morning coffee, you can improve your workstation visually, as well as gain some extra bonus benefits for your health. So what are you waiting for? I’ve rounded up some of the best plants to adorn your workstation.
So what are the best desk plants for your office?
There are many plants that thrive on moisture and humidity, but not succulents. These plants, which thrive in desert-like conditions, are perfect for office desks.
Succulents need little watering and are hardy against the awful office air-con. They do require a lot of light, however, so make sure you pop it on a windowsill to bask in the sun.
Able to grow in pretty dark spaces, the Peace Lily is a great office plant and is renowned for its air-purifying properties.
It’s a lush looking, space-filling plant that only needs watering around once a week. If it gets too dry it will let you know as the leaves droop, just feed it a bit of water and it comes bouncing back in no time.
Cactus are great plants for an office climate as they don’t need tending to daily. However, they can often be under-watered so make sure not to forget it!
April – August you need to water your cactus frequently, allowing any excess water to drain away and allowing the soil to dry a little between watering. Come September, during the cactus’ natural dry season, water it less allowing the soil to dry out between watering. Mimicking the natural seasons should mean that your cactus flowers.
If you really want to treat your new desk plant, water your cactus with rain water. The minerals in tap water may affect the vitality of it.
4. Snake Plant
Potentially one of the hardiest of plants, the snake plant is the perfect desk companion if you have little light and think you might be a bit absent minded when it comes to watering.
The snake plant’s ideal situation is to be in indirect sunlight and to be watered very little. During winter months reduce watering to around once a month.
Ficus plants are a great bit of luscious green to add to your desk. They enjoy bright light but not direct sunlight and hate drafts and cold conditions. You may find that they drop a lot of their leaves if they get a bit cold.
Water weekly over summer months and reduce during winter. If you have a rather dry office give your ficus a bit of a mist.
A ficus doesn’t like to be moved, so if you have to move desks maybe leave it as a gift to the new desk owner.
Any other great plants that should be on my desk? I’d love to know!