Our Easy to care for houseplants for your home office...
The world's pandemic has forced many of us to merge our office and personal spaces together and now that the novelty of working from home has passed for many of us. What better time to add some green into your workspace, especially as winter digs her wellies in...
Create your own green environment!
Our environment impacts our experience, our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, as well as our general health and well-being...it's amazing what adding a few plants can do for your mood. (Check out our top 5 mood-boosting houseplants)...Not only that, you can also use plants to divied your workspace from your home life. They will also increase your air quality and have been proven to increase work productivity!
With this in mind, we have come up with a shortlist of easy office plants to add to your space, as well as some simple tips that are easy to put into practice and help you carve out your own little jungle to keep you feeling motivated.
Easy plants for your office...
The Chinese evergreens - Aglaonema
It’s amazing what a bit of colour and life can do for an environment and the Chinese evergreen family is a perfect choice for any new plant lover. Also, know as Aglaonema the Chinese evergreen has to be one of the easiest plants to care for and they come in all different shapes and sizes and can be very vibrant. Aglaonema's have also been proven by NASA studies to remove nasty toxins from the air, boosting air quality.
How to look after me...
Water me about every 7-10 days letting the top part of the soil dry before each watering - If the soil is still wet the next time you water hold back a little longer.
Light as long as you don't give her hot direct sunlight she will be a happy plant! These work well in many light conditions, the more vibrant and colourful ones need a little more light.
Feed 1-2 times a month this will increase her growth rate and keep her happy!
The Aglaonema maria awesome camouflage foliage! Just £17.99
Aglaonema's are a great choice if you want to add some colour into your home.
Easy trailing houseplants for your office
For me, this planty trio looks ace together! And are all super easy to look after. You could have these scattered around your office, the perfect desk plant! or you can group them together to create a wall of green, which is what I have created in my home (see below). They will trail stretching towards the light source or you can train them to climb up a pole or even a wall.
How to look after us...
Water me about every 7-10 days letting the top part of the soil dry before each watering!
Light: Not fussy at all when it comes to light perfect office plants! Just keep these out of hot direct sunlight.
Apologies for the naughty word ;)
Create that instant tropical vibe with these big plants!
Any larger plant will create that instant jungle feel, perfect for adding some life into those gloomy corners of your office. In my home, I have a mix of larger plants and smaller one's, placed on the floor. This creates a beautiful green frame around each room. I also lack surfaces in my home so having these placed around the room allows me to have more plants together. Take a look at our selction on large easy to care for plants here.
Why not create a beautiful green frame around your office?
Ceropegia Woodii variegated
The string of hearts is one of our top selling houseplants here at the jungle. I actually have 4 in my home and since working with me have Hayley and Ashlee couldn't resist taking a few home. These will trail down creating a fountain of hearts and look great perch on a shelf. They are very easy to look after as long as you don't overwater them. They won't need repotting for some time and work well in bright and low light! What more could you ask for? oh and they are also none toxic!
Water: Only water once the soil is dry in the winter months once a month should be enough really, let he sit in water for about 5 mins (no longer) or gently water around the edge of the pot. The roots are so weenie so too much water will cause root rot. (These are succulents and can hold water in the leaves for a while)
Light: Bright light to low light The variegated varieties will benefit from a little more light as this will keep her foliage nice a pink.
This is a picture of one of our lovely customer's snug office space features our Ceropegia Woodii 'variegated'
This is a new variety of Peperomia that has been specially grown with easy care in mind. Tall, soft to touch and elegant and will really stand out from the bunch. I would place these on your desk on a windowsill. The Peperomia Hovaria only need watering every 2 to 4 weeks so so easy!
Care: Water 2-4 weeks Let her sit in a shallow tray of water for 10 minutes, no longer this way she will take what she needs and will store water in her plump leaves! As we head into autumn/winter I would water every 4 weeks
Light: Bright light to low light.
The Calathea Family
The Calathea family has such a vast choice of colour and leaf pattern really like no other houseplant. These naturally grow all over the jungle floor, underneath the tropical jungle canopies so only require dappled light. This means that they do very well in a home environment and are a popular choice. Some can be a little tricky for beginners but the Calathea is definitely worth the extra effort.
Calathea Orbifolia X-large...Super cool foliage! The Calathea Orbifolia is native to Bolivia with beautiful large silvery green leaves. It’s one of the largest Calathea with leaves that can get 30cm across, great air purifier and a perfect statement plant for home or office and pet safe! Available in two sizes X-Large Pot Diameter 27cm - Total height is approximately 80cm £85 or 10.5cm only £16.66. View all our Calathea
Calathea sanderiana This Calathea has the most incredible glossy foliage. The leaves are a deep purple colour with pink pinstripes. A really special plant!
What else can you do to improve your workspace?
Crafting a healthy work environment can help you and your work reach new heights adding plants to your space will certainly boost your mood but here are a few other options to mix up working from home.
Change is a good thing!
If you have been stuck working from home for a long time, maybe it's time to move your office about? Even if it's a small change like moving your desk in front or closer to your window may help. This will give you a sense of change and enjoyment as you walk into "work" giving you that much-needed boost!
I've only recently started to buy myself flowers after not really being that interested in them. It was when lockdown first happened and I think I wanted to perk my self up...we all need a bit of self-love now and then!
I was surprised to feel such joy every time I walked in the room or glanced at them. I always go for bright coloured flowers I find the mix of colour infused with allot of green in the background really pulls the room together. Please support and have in mind your local florist rather than a big chain supermarket, especially as winter kicks in...They will need your support as much as any small business in these challenging times.
Philodendron verrucosum with some Orange Roses creates a nice contrast.
Add some Botanical aromas
Set the mood by adding any different senses/smells to a room such as a candle or incense can really help boost your space and mood.
That wraps it up for today if you have any further questions on what plants would work for your home office please get in contact with us. We are always here to help! If you have any further tips on working from home please comment below.