Plants are a great way to liven any space, but having a group of them together in your meeting room can help create a calm and productive space.
There’s plenty of research to show that plants help lower stress, reduce absence rates and increase productivity. Not only that, they clean the air and have help reduce noise levels.
People are often intimidated by having real plants in their office and wonder, if we don’t have a green fingered employee – will the plants survive?
Luckily, lots of plants can thrive without too much attention. Below we’ve listed the best easy-care plants for your meeting room and office.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Our top pick is a plant that thrives on low light. It will also tell you exactly when it needs to be watered, as it’s leaves will droop dramatically! A quick soak in a sink of water and it will soon perk straight up. Glossy and lush, it’s a great addition to your office greenery.
It’s worth noting that this plant is toxic to both cats and dogs. Therefore this plant needs to be kept higher up or avoided if you have a pet friendly office.
Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Another low maintence option, the snake plant or mother-in-laws tongue. Known for its long upright leaves and architectural prescence, it will tolerate lower levels of light and water well. It’s also slow growing and needs little in the way of maintenance. Just make sure you don’t over water it.
Another one that isn’t friendly for dogs.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
An architectural beauty, the cast iron plant has dark leathery leaves and can grow upto 2ft with minimal intervention. It can survive a wide range of conditions and can even be kept outside, as long as it’s frost free. Ideally positioned in bright but indirect light.
Safe for cats and dogs.
This plant does need some (indirect) light, but is otherwise easy going. Aloe is a succulent and has green fleshy leaves that fan out from a central point, with the leaf margins being slight serrated. As an added bonus, when leaves are mature they can be removed and the gel squeezed out and used to treat burns or sores.
Although it can be applied topically, Aloe gel should not be ingested by people, or pets!
Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa)
This plant is our favourite. Not mentioned on many of the low maintenance lists but in our experience, very easy to care for. Native to rainforests in Central America, and indoors can grow 1 to 2 foot a year. Its large distinctive leaves give a real wow factor. Found in many a designer space!
Being a jungle baby, Monstera enjoy a warm and humid environment. So keep in bright light, water every 1-2 weeks during the summer and give the leaves a regular mist.
Not pet friendly.
If you’d like some advice on adding greenery to your office, please send us a message or give us a call on 0330 332 0880 to see how we can help.