People are often affected by a change in their environment; at one point you are enjoying nature and the lush green terrain as you walk or drive to your office, and then you find yourself sitting in an enclosed office space. The flickering lights, the wooden cubicle desks and chairs, the smell of the Xerox machines, and the computer screens flashing can cause an uneasy and claustrophobic feeling. One natural way to freshen up is by bringing in some plants to your cubicle.Studies suggest that office plants have been shown to reduce the likelihood of illnesses, reduce stress, and increase creativity, imagination, and productivity. These benefits highlight the need to keep plants in your office cubicle.
However, not every plant can survive in a closed environment; hence, here are five of the top cubicle friendly office plants which can make your work environment healthier and greener.
1. Jade Plants
Also known as the money plant, they are succulent and are able to survive in low light conditions, such as a windowless cubicle or in an office where the sunlight is not adequate. On its own, the plant is quite a spectacle to look at; its shiny and plump leaves are visually appealing and they grow at a much slower rate than the leaves of a regular plant.
Jade plants do not drape over the sides of the pot they are planted in, but do need a regular watering. Ideally, they can grow up to 24 inches.
2. Peace Lilies
They are some of the best indoor plants you can keep in your office cubicle, because of their ability to thrive in harsh conditions. They are perfectly capable of surviving under the light of incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps, and only need to be watered once every in a week or so. Unfortunately, their lilies aren’t real lilies, but are in reality modified leaves. They can reach a height of about 16 inches.
If a plant can grow at the bottom of rainforest where most of the sunlight and water is absorbed by the roots of the larger trees, it can survive in any environment. Ferns are plants that not only grow, but thrive on the floor of rainforests; they can be easily found in big cities like Melbourne, Sydney, and Perth.
They are tough little plants that add a different element of beauty to the office environment. They can grow from a height of 2 to 3 mm up to a height of 10 to 25 meters. But of course, you wouldn’t want a tall tree in your cubicle!
4. Aloe Vera
Some offices are able to get their fair share of sunlight and for employees who sit by the window and are able to receive a sufficient amount of sunlight, an Aloe Vera plant is their best bet.
It can be used for a variety of purposes other than improving the aesthetics in your office. The gel extracted from its leaves can be used to heal burns and sores, and it can be applied on aching joints to relieve them. The plant can grow up to a height of 1 meter.
5. Spider Plants
This plant is one of the few low maintenance plants that are able to thrive in an enclosed environment. It is an ideal choice when it comes to keeping plants in cubicles. They are quite majestic to look at and are able to reach a height of around 2 to 3 feet.
Therefore, it is best to place them on an elevated position such as a high shelf; for example, you can grow them in a hanging basket.
It is advisable to select an indoor plant for your cubicle, keeping in mind the level of care that the plant needs and your dedication and commitment in doing so.