Thinking of getting your first office plant?

Office plant - Karuna Nursery

Here is what you need to know.

Aspiring to own your very first plant? It can be quite exciting. But there are many things that you cannot handle in first place right away. Maybe you don’t have a garden or do not have the time or space to take drastic steps for the best of your plants. In such situations, you can always go and pick up a desktop office plant. These plants are suited for first-time growers and can really add a new atmosphere to the room.

Choosing the right plant

Office plant care is important and not as involved as one would think, provided you focus on the needs of the plant chosen. Various plants have different needs, so pay attention to watering, light and other possible desk plant maintenance that may be required. Peace Lily, Snake Plant, and African violet are some of the best choices for such an indoor closed off office environment. They can survive varying temperatures and truly add elegance to your workspace.

Watering it right

Most of these plants that you plan on growing inside do not require massive amounts of watering. One of the biggest reasons for the death of such plants is usually overwatering. Water office plants slowly, using lukewarm water, until water trickles through the drainage hole, but only when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. Never water if the soil still feels damp from the previous watering. The best way to keep them healthy is to follow a system of watering only when the soil is completely dry.

Allow the plant to drain thoroughly and never allow the pot to stand in water. There are a couple of ways to accomplish this. Either take the plant to a sink and water it straight from the tap, then let it drain before returning it to the saucer. If you don’t have a sink, water the plant, allow it to drain for a few minutes, and then pour excess water out of the saucer.

Lighting

The rule of thumb for any office plant is to place in near an east or west facing window. This means that the plant will be getting approximately 8 hours of full sunshine and that is more than enough. Some plants require special conditions. An example would be plants that are not big fans of direct sunlight. Such plants are more suited to moderate shade and filtered sunlight. Some plants, such as cast iron plant, can get by with very little light. Others, including most types of cactus, require bright light. If you don’t have a window, a fluorescent light near the plant is the next best thing.

Final Thoughts

Growing a peace lily or any such plants at your desk can be a rewarding hobby. You can really bring down unwanted stress and gift yourself some peace of mind. We at Karuna believe that taking care of a plant is some of the most relaxing things you can do. Do you have any thoughts that would like to share this blog? Do drop it down below in the comment section. Until next time.

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