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How do I select Indoor Plants for my Office? Science and art of office plants- explained.

Posted by Vitthal Bhosale on

  1. Office Plants / Indoor Plants
  2. Understand Plants and analyze your spaces accordingly.
  3. Best Plants for Offices
  4. How to select Plants?
  5. Pots, Planters and Media
  6. Accessories
  7. Installations
  8. Maintenance

 

    1. Office Plants / Indoor Plants

Office Plants add both aesthetics and utility values to an indoor office environment with fresh soothing colours and providing clean air. It has more health benefits than any other office productivity products and label claims. Most of the offices have now realized that employees, collogues and clients loves to work in the healthy and natural environment rather than cramped, un-organized and artificial beautified offices. Plants not only add aesthetic values to indoor spaces but also improves spaces by setting cool and mild look, it sets the mood and doesn’t attract any negativity.

       2. Understand Plants and analyze your spaces accordingly.

The plant needs a few basic things for its growth and development. Apart from soil and water, it needs a good amount of sunlight and a good set of temperature. Plants can be classified on the basis of light requirement like Sunlight Loving plants, Semi-Shade/ Filtered sunlight loving plant and full shade-loving plants. If light intensity or availability is not taken care it shows drying of leaves, slow growth and burning of tips, it occurs due to low or no photosynthesis with an absence of light. Today most of the offices are having glass wall and windows if plants are arranged near to it causes burning injuries due to high light intensity and increased temperature by light reflections.

Another factor is temperature, temperature plays important role in biosynthesis and plant metabolic activities. Both lower and higher temperatures can be detrimental to plants health and metabolism. Plants can be classified on the basis of temperature like tropical, sub-tropical and temperate plants. Talking about office spaces and temperature, offices prefer to keep the air conditioning at human body temperature. Temperature can range 210 C to 240 C in general and in summer it can be 240 C to 280 C to minimize indoor and outdoor temperature discrepancy.

    3. Best Plants for Offices:

Plant Type

 

 

Light Conditions

 

Table Plants

 

Floor Plants

 

Vertical Tower/ Wall

 

Direct Sunlight/ Sunlight Loving Plants

Hibiscus, Adenium, Petunia, Pot mums, Cactus, Succulents, Euphorbia millii (Dwarf), Ixora (Dwarf),

Bougainvillea, Plumeria, Ficus benjamina, Ficus panda, Ficus allii, Allamanda, Jasmine, Yucca, Lantana, Cycus, Nolina

Zaid Plant, Spider Plant, Schefflera, Ficus, Wodelia, Verbena

 

Semi Shade/ Filtered Sunlight

Anthurium, Orchid, Spathyphyllum, Guzmania, Geranium, Kalanchoe, Pentas, Ajwain,

Zamia, Croton, Poinsettia, Dracaena, Palms, Asparagus, Araucaria, Sansevaria, Nolina

Rhoeo, Tradescantia, Alternanthera, Zaphranthus Lily,

 

Shade Loving Plants

Philodendron, Money Plant, Syngonium

Dieffenbachia, Ferns, Agloenema, Moss-Stick Plants, Philodendron, Aralia, Alocasia,  

Philodendron, Money Plant, Syngonium,  Philodendron

 

Moss Stick Plant Varieitis @ Teleplants

Different types of Moss-stick plant varieties used as floor plants

 

      4. How to select Plants?

Media: Plants may be available in the soil and soil-less media. Most of the shrubs, trees and hardwood plants are planted in soil. Most of the nurserymen prefer either loam/ poyta/ alluvial or red/ laterite soils. Poyta/ Loam soils are nutrient rich but gets stickier and develop hard pans as it gets older while red/ laterite soils last long and keeps a good balance of water, air and solids due to its porous nature. The herbaceous/ Foliage plants have aerial or fibrous root system which sustains without soil also as it can draw nutrients from water and air. These plants can grow well in coco-peat or peat moss if good support is provided to it. 

Plant Health Parameters

Roots: It’s difficult to inspect the roots but one can easily guess if roots are in good conditions or not by inspecting plant media, pot and type of plant. If soil or media is hard and old it affects aeration and water intake, If the roots are bare in upper side or dangling through potholes it means it either need more space/ media or needs repotting in the bigger pot.

Stem: Stem not only defines plant stature but also gives support for growth and development. Most of the trees and palms have a single stem, Shrubs may have two or three stems while foliage plants, ferns , grasses, seasonal plants may or may not have well-defined stem.

Leaves: Leaves shall be free from any physical damage, pest and disease infestations or any physiological disorder. All the dried, broken and diseased leaves shall be removed before installations. Leaves define overall plant health as it produces and assimilates and supplies food and energy to the plants.

Flowers: If you are buying flowering plants it’s always advisable to buy it in bud stage or early flowering stage. Flowering plants bought in foliage or post-flowering stage may not add to aesthetic values and its flower characteristics may be in mystery for a time.  You shall well aware of flowering seasons, type/colour of flowers and life of flowers before buying it.

Stature: Type of foliage, stem and branching pattern defines stature of plant. Analyze and understand your spaces before selecting plants. See if plants are spreading, semi-spreading or vertical growing type to avoid space related problems.

 

Pot Plant Preparation as per clientele need. Once pots are ready it is kept for delivery.

Pot Plant Preparation as per clientele need. Once pots are ready it is kept for delivery.

 

     5. Pots, Planters and Media

Types of Pot & Planters: There are many types of pots and planters available in the market and one always get a good chance make choices which suit best for their personality. The basic difference between pots and planters is that pots are used for direct planting and growing of plants while planters are mainly used for keeping potted plants in it. Sometimes planters can be used as a pot but pots never used as planters. Both pots and planters are available in clay, metal, plastic, fibreglass or wooden materials. They are available in different shapes and sizes and colour combinations.

 

Different types of pots and planters available in various shapes, sizes and colours.

Different types of pots and planters available in various shapes, sizes and colours.

 

Source: Sink Balance: Pots plays a vital role in giving plants physical support by holding media and supplying nutrients through media. It is very important to analyze plant root system, plant canopy and strength it requires to stand firm on the ground. Small pots for plants with large canopies or for vertical growing plants always invites problems. Size and shape of the pots determine the source and sink balance by controlling root growth and development.

Media: Plants need good media to grow which is a pest and disease free, rich in nutrients, good water holding capacity and drainage. Ideal media contains 50% Solids, 25%Liquid and 25% Air. For healthy root development and efficient water and nutrition, intake aeration is very important, it also helps in lowering the chances of root decay and controlling harmful microbes which grow under anaerobic conditions.

     6. Accessories

Apart from planters’ interiorscape can invite different type accessories like pot holders, pebbles, sphagnum moss, art installations etc… Choose accessories wisely and neatly. For potted plants, pebbles can be of good choice if you have enough space and wants to create some with pot plants you can use plant holders which are designed in different material and shape.

 

     7. Installations

Idea book: Ask your Interiorscaper or nurseryman for plant, pots, planter and accessory catalogues or brochures. Ask for visits to your office and get spaces analyzed by professional for selecting right plant, pot and planters at right places. Visit to plant nursery or garden centre is advised to avoid any ambiguity in plant selection appropriate pots and planters for your office needs.

Estimates: Draw estimates on paper on the basis of your requirements, personal choice and budget for office plants. You can either buy plants or take it on rent if an option is available. For small offices of 1000 sq.ft. area 10 to 15 plants are sufficient and number of plants can be varied according to office areas like reception, meeting room, number of desks, office passages, marginal areas, window boxes etc.

Office Plant Rough Work

Estimation put on rough paper and final order created with plants and costs estimation.

 

    8. Delivery & Installation: Keep your office administrator and attendants informed day before plant delivery and installations. Keep estimate/ quotation/ order copy with you to keep check on plants, pots, planters and other deliverables. Keep your office people informed day before installations to avoid work disturbances.

 

Office Plants Installation by Teleplants

Final Plant installation at the client site with or without planters.

 

Post Installation: Clean pots and planters, check if pot saucers/ plates are placed, check the pot and plant orientation, clean and prune damaged plant parts during transportation or installation process. Water plants with mug and bucket. Brief clients and office attendants about a schedule of watering, replacement and special care it needs.

Maintenance: Plant needs constant care to keep it in good health. Take a brief note on watering, plant nutrition and plant protection. Keep professional and supplier contacts in case you need help.

You can manage plant maintenance in-house or outsource it to a supplier who can schedule plant maintenance services. 

For office plant requirements, vertical walls/ towers call on +91 9665811359 or mail vitthal@teleplants.in

 

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