Many people enjoy splashes of lush, healthy green around the office, but worry that the maintenance involved in keeping indoor plants alive will be too much. That’s not the case! There are a multitude of plants and flowers that don’t require a lot of maintenance, and as long as they are in their preferred light condition and have good soil, they won’t need much more than water from you.
You’ll benefit from having plants in the office in a number of ways. Here are 5 creative ways to add plants to your office without taking up much floor or window space.
5 Creative Ways to Add Plants to Your Office
1. Create a terrarium
A terrarium is a unique and whimsical way to add plants to your office. Requiring minimal water and maintenance, once a terrarium is set up, it’s pretty well self-sufficient aside from occasional watering. All you’ll need for a terrarium are the following items:
- Clear glass or acrylic container (lid or no lid)
- Small bag of gravel, pumice, or charcoal
- Small bag of potting mix
- Plants appropriate for terrarium (African violet, mosses, etc.)
- Small spray bottle filled with water
To construct a simple terrarium for your office, start by placing the clear glass or acrylic container on a flat surface you don’t mind getting dirty. Place a 1-3″ layer of your gravel, charcoal, or pumice in the bottom of the container. This will serve as your drainage for the terrarium.
Plan the placement of the plants you’ve selected and decide how you’ll lay them out. Add the potting mix to the terrarium, leaving plenty of room for plants to grow and taking care not to fill the container with soil. Place the plants roots into holes in the soil around the terrarium and mist liberally with your spray bottle. Place in a window or somewhere that receives adequate sunlight and watch your plants grow!
2. Utilize shelving
Bookshelves, corner shelves, and shelves along a wall are a perfect place for plants and greenery in an office. It keeps the plants from taking up unnecessary floor space while still adding to the beauty of the room. Additionally, using shelves to display plants allows you to place plants at varying heights. This looks more visually interesting and can be the focal point of your office.
Plants that do especially well on shelves include trailing plants that can tolerate being indoors, like garland ivy, and small, eye-catching plants like succulents and cacti.
3. Hanging plants
If shelving isn’t possible or you want to go even higher with your plants, try hanging some around the office or even outside an office window. Hanging plants bring the eye upward and create a somewhat carefree and tropical vibe in an office. Trailing petunias, lush ferns, and even strawberries are great hanging plant options for the office. If you decide to hang plants, make sure you hang them in an area where they will receive the recommended amount of sunlight (and use a strong hook!).
4. Aquatic plants
A small display of aquatic plants is easier than you might think in an office. A small plastic fish tank can suffice, as can a biosphere. Placing a water lily and one or two bog plants in a tank with a couple goldfish will be visually interesting and bring you lots of enjoyment in the office.
The goldfish help keep the water and plants healthy and vice versa. It’s a creative way to bring more greenery into your office.
5. Interesting planters
Finally, interesting planters can be mixed and matched around your office to create an eclectic vibe or a set of matching or coordinating containers can be used to achieve a more symmetrical look.
Choose a variety of plant heights, colors, and textures and look for containers that look appropriate with your existing decor. You can place several planters on a small table to create a greenery nook in your office if you have the extra floor space.