Introducing plants in new or used cubicles is a great way of brightening up the working space as well as freshening up the indoor air. Not all plants can survive indoors because the natural conditions like light, temperature and humidity necessary for plants are available in limited quantity. Hence, it is important that you choose plants for your cubicle after considering the following points.
How much light does your cubicle get?
You have to consider how much light your used cubicles get during the day. Is your working space near a window? Is there only artificial lighting or is there a skylight above your cubicle? Requirement of light for plants is expressed in terms of full sun, partial sun or shade and shade tolerant. Evidently, plants that prosper in full sun or partial sun will not be suitable for your office cubicle.
Plants for partial sun
If you have access to a window that gets indirect sun like a south facing window, plants that can live in partial shade will do fine. You can have the following plants in your used cubicles:
Croton: It has thick stems that grow out into large and colorful foliage. You will find many varieties of croton with brilliant multiple colors.
Sanservieria: This plant is also known as mother in law’s tongue. It sends out long broad foliage with spikes shooting upwards. It is very easy to take care of this plant, as this does not require frequent watering.
Little cacti: You can have cactus plant like Christmas cacti or Thanksgiving cacti in your cubicle. Alternatively, you can place bowls of mixed cacti plants. Cacti can tolerate extreme neglect.
Caladium: It has large rounded leaves with shades from white to dark pink and sometimes red. Caladium loves humidity. Hence, you will have to mist it often.
Plants for partial shade
If your cubicle gets only artificial lighting then you should get plants that can survive in low light conditions.
Jade plant: Apart from keeping it well watered, you do not have to do anything for it. It is a very strong plant. It has dark green succulent leaves.
Pothos: These plants can tolerate neglect. Drying out of soil is required before watering. It has dark green leaves and it does beautifully under low or artificial lighting. It has habit of climbing. Hence, it requires regular pruning to stay in shape.
Keep co-workers’ preferences in consideration
Since cubicles are not enclosed spaces, you have to keep in mind health concerns of your co-workers in the neighboring cubicles also. If somebody nearby is prone to mold or pollen allergies, you will have to address these issues carefully.
Do not use the same soil that came with the plants that you bought for your cubicle. Repot the plants using soil specially meant for indoor use. Though plants in your cubicle will rarely flower, if they do, you should snip the buds before they get a chance to flower.
Finally, if you are moving out of your cubicle, do not leave the plant behind. Your co-workers may not appreciate the idea of watching a plant die due to neglect after you have left.
Plants can liven up new as well as used cubicles magically. They are a symbol of growth. Breathe new life into your work with office plants. Used Cubicles.