Offices are abuzz with activity.
Feet scurrying towards meeting rooms, click-clack of keyboards, and chatter on the other side of the cubicle – it’s distracting. On top of that, you’re surrounded by the same four walls throughout the day. Most workplaces hence fall prey to demotivation.
And that’s the last thing you would want. But there are ways to boost morale and increase productivity. Adding Indoor Plants is one of them.
Want greenery without any fuss? Make sure to pick plants that can survive low-light conditions and irregular watering.
Some plants can be a lot of work. But not all of them.
Most offices are not brightly lit. Or have a lot of open spaces. If that’s your office, don’t worry.
Indoor plant care isn’t taxing. Many plants survive with slight to minimal upkeep.
Here are 10 low-effort plants for your office gallery.
1. Snake Plant
One of many sansevierias, the snake plant is as hardy as it’s pretty.
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, they have become relatively popular, and rightfully so. They love to grow at room temperature and can even survive drought-like conditions. As a bonus: they act as air purifiers to improve your office’s air quality.
It’s a beautiful plant that requires almost no sunlight, making it a perfect addition to any office.
2. Cast Iron Plant
The cast-iron plant is hardy and durable.
It can survive low-light, low humidity, irregular watering, and temperature fluctuation. Native to Japan and Taiwan, the native evergreen foliage plant can grow upto 3 ft tall.
It needs no direct sunlight and thrives in indoor spaces.
3. Golden Pothos
Did you know Golden Pothos is also known as “Devil’s Ivy” because it just won’t die?
This vining plant has stunning heart-shaped leaves. A fast grower and hardy, it can tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions.
Its beautiful leafy nature makes it an excellent indoor choice.
4. ZZ Plant
Officially named Zamioculcas zamiifolia, the ZZ plant is native to East Africa.
It is also called “the king of the indestructible plants’ as it tolerates drought, low light, and low humidity with relative ease.
They look so green and sturdy that people mistake them for artificial plants. But these beauties are natural and healthy.
5. Bamboo Palm Plant
Unlike other tropical palm plants, bamboo plants need little maintenance. Their name, too, is a misnomer. They are not bamboo but palm from the Araceae family.
They prefer medium to low light conditions and rarely need any pruning. Plus, they are listed on NASA’s clean air varieties list.
These inexpensive plants are as beautiful as they are beneficial.
6. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese Evergreen, one of the most austere plants, is also pleasant to the eyes. It comes in a list of varieties–with deep green leaves with silver patterns.
It is pretty tiny and can take up extra space on shelves, tabletops, or window sills. It is a slow-growing plant, so you need not worry about it going out of bounds.
7. Peace Lily
Peace Lilies are one of the most common indoor plants since they are beautiful and easy to grow.
With abundant light, these plants will also produce tiny white flowers. As they are drought-tolerant, you shouldn’t worry about underwatering them. The plants start to droop, indicating they are dry, so you know when to water them.
8. Spider Plant
In general, spider plants only need simple care to survive. Their adaptable nature makes them an excellent choice for any kind of environment. You can move them around as per your needs.
The spider plant gets its name from its spider-like leaves. Its variegated nature also adds a rich depth to the environment.
9. Dragon Plant
Dragon Plant or Dracaena Marginata can survive tucked away in unlit corners. These slow-growing plants can grow up to 6 ft, enriching your office space for years and years.
They come in a list of variations in leaf shape and color. And would take no time to become the focal point of any room.
10. Heartleaf Philodendron
Called the “Sweetheart Plant,” it is an absolute joy to grow. Its heart-shaped leaves emerge brown then turn green. They also come in various shapes and colors.
These plants are easy to keep healthy and cheerful for a long time with minor effort.
Plants are a valuable addition to your workplace. But Investing in natural greens is a commitment for the long haul. Consult a horticultural service if you’re new to plant buying and unsure where to begin. All you do is pick your favorite plants, and they take care of the rest.
Try to pick low-effort plants like ones listed above. They free up more of your time and allow you to concentrate on work. Hence, they improve productivity. Catering to fussy plants instead, might distract you.
Even science favors plants when it comes to productivity. A connection to nature makes for a more active workplace, and here’s why:
Indoor Plants Help Boost Productivity
A study conducted in South Africa in 2011 about Attention restoration theory (ART) states that contact with nature aids concentration.
More specifically, the researchers concluded that natural elements could affect overall cognitive performance in an office work environment.
Another study conducted in Japan with workers in a manufacturing company shows similar results. 60% of the surveyed workers felt refreshed by foliage plants.
There are many psychological benefits of introducing plants in your workspace:
- They reduce stress, fatigue, and discomfort.
- They spread positive energy.
- Increase levels of compassion and vitality
- Help in retaining information
- Enhance job satisfaction
A nature-enriched environment will help uplift the overall mood of your office. No matter the kind of space your workplace has, chances are you can find a plant perfect for that spot.
Convinced? Time to choose a plant to invest in. Make sure to save our list of no-fuss plants so you can come back anytime.