Although you can lower the risk of killing or damaging your indoor office plants by purchasing hardier plants in the first place – there are still steps you can take to keep your plants healthy. Slow-release fertilisers are available at most grocery stores and you aren’t required to apply them too often. Most fertilisers for indoor office plants are activated by watering.
- Light: Sunlight from windows is sufficient for many indoor plants. The distance from a window and the amount of sunlight a window receives during the day is something that must be taken into account when you decide where to place your indoor office plants. (Fluorescent lights in an office are also a sufficient source of light for indoor plants). You can usually tell that an indoor office plant isn’t getting enough light if it seems spindly.
- Watering: Leaves that are yellow or falling off are usually an indicator that your office plant is either being over or under-watered. Different indoor plants have different water requirements, and it’s a good idea to get a watering guideline before purchasing indoor office plants. For small office plants the weight is often a good indicator of whether the plant requires more or less water as dry soil is lighter than wet soil. When you water your office plants, water should only remain on top of the soil for a few seconds.
- Soil: Adding salt and perlite to the soil your indoor office plant is potted in helps add air to the soil and ensures good drainage which helps prevent over-watering. You can purchase pre-prepared soil mix for your indoor office plant, but be sure to specify if your plant is a large office plant or a smaller indoor plant.
- Temperature: The temperature an indoor office plant thrives in varies depending on the kind of plant you choose for your office. Most plants will be fine in an office if the temperatures remain between 15.5 and 24 degrees Celsius. Indoor plants that flower are quite popular as choices for office plants. A trick to keep flowers in bloom for longer is to keep the temperature cooler – although your staff might complain! If you prefer to keep your office warmer some plants are known to thrive in these conditions, these include the gorgeously named Tiger Aloe and Mother of Thousands (Aloe variegate and Kalanchoe daigremontiana respectively).Try to keep your indoor plants away from drafts and hot appliances.