Are you a plant murderer? 3 tips to keeping office plants alive

Plants are an amazing addition to any office that seems lifeless and drab. Whether you keep them outside or inside, these have an almost magical effect on ambience and work wonders as noise suppressors.

However, like all living things, your office plants also need nourishment and care to survive. It’s not as hard as you think. Besides looking up information on plant care, there are businesses like theplantman.com.au that will look after the plants they have rented to you. If you are hell bent on DIY’ing this, here are 3 tips that can keep them alive and thriving:

Tip 1 – Choose and care for potting soil wisely

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot use dirt from your garden in indoor plants in your office or anywhere for that matter. These plants are grown in a particular kind of soil which is quite different from the one you can find outdoors. For example, succulents and cactus grow well in coarse soil that drains well and contains less sand. Orchids can grow in only sphagnum moss or fir bark.

Irrespective of the type of indoor soil you use, make sure to pack it loosely around the plant so that it has room to grow and retain water. Plus, check it every year or two for nutrients and consider replacing it with another variety if your office plants aren’t thriving.

Tip 2 – Water your office plants as needed

Contrary to popular belief, not all plants need to be watered each day. Some do but others need to be watered every 2 weeks or even on a monthly basis such as the cactus. Before buying plants for your office, look up how much water they need to remain healthy.

Most people think that if they give their plants enough water, it can last for days without it. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, you might just kill your plants by overwatering them. It will drown them so you need to be careful how much you use and how you water them.

Tip 3 – Find the right spot

When you bring a plant to the office, don’t move it around too much and find one spot for it. Believe it or not, even plants can get ‘traumatized’ if they are relocated too many times. Just like people, these adapt to their environment and get used to the temperature and light they get from there. If you move your plants, it can upset that balance leading to a withering plant.

Try not to place them on a table if you can help it. These are areas that are designated for work in your office and someone will eventually move them. Create a space that is solely for them such as a shelf where no one can touch them or be bothered to touch them. If they require a lot of light, place your office plants on a window sill so they can get plenty of it.

Placing plants in the office is a good way to introduce some colour in that space, but if they are not taken care of, they will die. There are a number of resources you can look up to see if you are doing a good job with them.