There’s no escaping the fact that you could go to IKEA, grab some meatballs for lunch and then fill your car up with beautiful, deceptively convincing, artificial plants. They’d look great and require nothing much more than a quick dust and a spritz of Zoflora every now and then (Mrs Hinch taught us that).
However, the benefits of nurturing live plants instead far outweigh the convenience of synthetic imposters.
- Purify the air to remove toxins and therefore reduce illness
- Boost oxygen in the atmosphere to improve physical and cognitive function
- Have been proven to enhance mood, productivity and creativity
The best low maintenance house plants for a desk or office
The health benefits of real plants are all well and good, right, but as a new business owner or busy freelancer, watering, feeding and pruning are going to be bottom of your priority list.
Fear not though, for there are a whole host of indoor plants which require minimal attention and are perfect for those of you who can just about keep yourselves alive, nevermind your own botanical garden.
Here are ten of the most popular low-maintenance indoor plants for your humble abode:
Nickname: Snake Plant
What to ask for at the garden centre: Sansevieria
Characteristics: Tall, interesting leaves for an edgy look
Maintenance benefits: Survives in low light and lasts up to a month without water
Nickname: Swiss Cheese Plant
What to ask for at the garden centre: Monstera Deliciosa
Characteristics: Trendy, climbing plant with delicate leaves
Maintenance benefits: Likes indoor temperatures and shade; moderate water demands
Nickname: Devil’s Ivy
What to ask for at the garden centre: Epipremnum Aureum
Characteristics: Evergreen, heart-shaped leaves. Available as small desk plants or larger floor plants.
Maintenance benefits: Survives in low light conditions
Nickname: Chinese Evergreen
What to ask for at the garden centre: Aglaonema/Aglo
Characteristics: Rich green leaves, often with traces of red or silver running through them
Maintenance benefits: Likes warm indoor temperatures and staying out of direct sunlight
What to ask for at the garden centre: These guys need no introduction
Characteristics: On-trend and lots of different types to choose from
Maintenance benefits: Equipped to survive dry, harsh, desert-like conditions; retains a lot of water
Nickname: ZZ Plant
What to ask for at the garden centre: Zamioculcas Zamifolia
Characteristics: Tall leafy branches which don’t attract many insects
Maintenance benefits: Bulbous stalks and roots retain a lot of water so won’t need watering often and can survive long periods of low light
Nickname: Weeping Fig
What to ask for at the garden centre: Ficus Benjamina
Characteristics: Flowering plant on a delicate trunk – perfect corner plant
Maintenance benefits: Water only when top several inches of soil are dry
Nickname: Corn Plant
What to ask for at the garden centre: Dracaena Marginata
Characteristics: Delicate, colourful leaves which help eliminate air pollutants
Maintenance benefits: A rootless plant which can survive drought-like conditions
Nickname: Imperial Green
What to ask for at the garden centre: Philodendron
Characteristics: Large, rich green leaves which stay glossy even in low light
Maintenance benefits: Thrives in low humidity levels and indoor temperatures
Nickname: Peace Lily
What to ask for at the garden centre: Spathiphyllum
Characteristics: Large green leaves and white flowers; known to remove toxins from the atmosphere
Maintenance benefits: Resilient when over-watered and survives without a lot of light
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