Bringing the Outdoors In

Let’s talk greens. 

As we’re well aware, plants give us life–Without plants, we wouldn’t be here. Indoor plants provide benefits to our health as well in the form of psychological well-being; the only downside–we have to give them their life in return.

If you’re thinking you can barely keep yourself alive at work, let alone another living thing, consider a Pet Rock.

However, for those of you that want some life on your lifeless desk, but are wary of commitment (raises hand), find below my top  options for dummy-proof, low maintenance greens.

Number 5: Aloe Plants

Aloe Vera, Succulent and Cactus Variety Pack

If you don’t have a window in your office, you should skip this guy. While they don’t require constant sunlight, they will not survive well without being set in the light for a few hours a day. However, if you have a sun patch in your office, Aloe Plants are one of the hardiest plants out there, and even those with the blackest thumbs will have trouble killing these.

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Water once daily; allow soil to dry.

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Number 4: Brussel’s Bonsai Dwarf Hawaiian Umbrella Tree

Umbrella Tree

Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing option, the Umbrella Tree is also one of the easiest plants to care for. This forgiving house plant comes with a ceramic pot, soil, and care instructions making it perfect for the lazy decorator.

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Keep soil moist.

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This plant does well in low-light.

Number 3: Pothos Plant

Pothos Plant

This plant will thrive in your windowless office. These versatile little guys will grow in dry soil, or even water vases. However, the best thing about these plants is that they will rid the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde; literally bringing the fresh, outdoor air inside.

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Requires watering.

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Number 2: Snake Plant


Snake Plant

Another plant that requires no sunlight, but is arguably more durable than the last. Also referred to as Mother in Law’s tongue, these office plants will survive the longest vacations. Another benefit, NASA research has shown that they will keep the air in your office or home clean.

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Can survive a drought.

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Thrives without sunlight.

Number 1: Spider Plant

Spider Plant

Sticking with our theme of clean air, the Spider Plant is my favorite indoor house plant, both for it’s durability, and it’s physical qualities. This beautiful plant thrives in artificial/florescent lighting, i.e. every office ever, and does best in cooler temperatures.

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There you have it: a no-excuses list of plants that you, yes you, can grow in your office.

 

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Why Tiny Desk Plants?

Here for those in the windowless offices who’s idea of work-space personalization  is a rubber stapler and a mason jar full of highlighters. 

I know I don’t have to tell you how boring an office desk can be. If the only thing making your work-space feel like your own is the purse you stash underneath, then listen closely:

Studies show, time and time again, that an office devoid of that “touch of yourself”, make for miserable, and consequently, unproductive employees. More than 85% of an average person’s life is spent indoors. If you, like so many others, work a traditional 8 hour workday in an office, that percentage could likely be more. Being constantly engaged with a computer screen rather than the environment can cause a great deal of stress.

However, this is a problem that is easily solved. By decorating your office, you are then more engaged with your environment, and thus you will feel more comfortable and less stressed.

This website will assist you in an effort to create a work-space/home environment you actually enjoy instead of one you just exist in. Also, plants–they’re the best.

Send your office-inspo on Pinterest and I’ll try my best to recreate the “look” in my blog post! 
#loveyourgreens