Tall plants, asides from adding a fresh burst of colour to the office, create the illusion of an enlarged interior. Here we’ve listed seven of the best low-maintenance tall office plants, perfect for those who wish to create a focal point in the working environment…
Norfolk Island Pine
Although the Norfolk Island Pine resembles a pine tree, this variant is much smaller in size. In its natural habitat, this incredible species can grow to an astounding 100 feet tall.
However, the indoor version grows between two and three meters in height, which is the perfect height for the office. For best results, keep the soil slightly moist and place the plant near a bright, sunny window.
Care: It’s important never to prune a Norfolk Island Pine. The only reason you will need to prune this specie is if the tips turn a shade of brown. These plant species don’t like to be moved, if you can, only repot them every three to four years.
This action should be completed in the spring. When transferring them to a new container, water thoroughly before doing so. Opt for a commercial, fast-draining, sterile soil mix for best results.
This hardy plant is a great option for the busy office as it requires little maintenance and can survive for several weeks without water. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors and grows quickly when sufficient light is provided.
Avoid overwatering this plant, and allow the soil to completely dry out before watering again.
Care: When establishing these plants indoors, light fertilization is a great idea as it can help to inaugurate the plant. The soil quality won’t affect the plant’s health, you will however need to place a good amount in the container, as this will ensure the plant stands upright.
The Kentia palm
This species of tree is native to Lord Howe Island in Australia. It’s said to be one of the hardiest houseplants in existence. It’s extremely easy to maintain, which makes it the perfect tall office plant.
To grow this plant successfully, make sure the soil is moist throughout the summer months. In winter, it’s important to reduce its water intake. This plant is quite happy when placed in a spot that receives indirect sunlight.
Care: The Kentia Palm is extremely forgiving and asides from being able to withstand low light conditions, it is also able to tolerate heat, dust, and general neglect.
The Philodendron family boasts a long line of tall plants, offering a great option for the office environment. To ensure this plant thrives, place it in a spot that receives indirect sunlight. This plant seldom requires water, although it’s important to not let the soil completely dry out.
Care: These species can withstand neglect, in fact, they’re pretty hard to kill! They do however help to remove toxins from the air – another reason they make ideal office plants.
Polyscias (Ming Aralia)
This low-maintenance, picture-perfect plant guarantees to brighten both the home and office. It’s able to thrive in the shade and requires occasional fertilizing but infrequent watering.
Care: This plant requires very little fertilizer and too much water can result in root rot. They prefer temperatures between 60°F to 85°F (15°C to 29°C) but are less fond of humidity. If the office you work in is humid, you’ll notice the leaves begin to drop.
Even when indoors, it’s a good idea to look out for pests. Aralia Plants are more pest-resistant than a number of other indoor plants, however, they can still be attacked by the likes of scale, spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. To get rid of these pests, simply spray the plant using biodegradable soapy water.
If you wish to promote new growth, trim the tips of the Aralia every now and again. Even though these plants can grow to some size, they actually prefer a smaller container, as this encourages the soil to dry out faster.
This popular indoor plant boasts foliage that varies greatly in pattern and colour. It can grow to an astounding 10 feet tall, which means it’s a tall office plant for larger workplaces. If you can, place the plant next to an east-facing window, where it will receive bright morning sun and indirect light.
When placed in a dark place, it can lose its trademark leaf markings. For best results, ensure there are no cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
Care: Use soil that is good quality and rich – a mixture of peat moss and compost is a great option for the Croton plant. Good drainage is also important, so when selecting a container you should keep this in mind. When watering, don’t allow the soil to fully dry out, however, don’t saturate the plant either.
This species enjoys its food, and investing in an acidic fertilizer will ensure healthy growth. It’s a good idea to feed the Croton plant regularly throughout the summer months and less regularly in the winter months.
Plants from the Ficus family can grow to an impressive one thousand years old and they can also reach some astounding heights. This hardy species is a great tall office plant and one that requires little care. The best variants for indoors include the Weeping Fig, the Fiddle Leaf Tree, and the Rubber Tree.
Care: For best results, place in an area that offers bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sun can scald the leaves, causing them to drop. Avoid drafts and low temperatures and they’ll last for many years!
As you can see there are a number of tall office plants that could be used to enhance your workplace. The majority are relatively easy to care for and can provide plenty of colour to otherwise dull spaces.
If you’ve come across any other plants that have really improved your offices we’d love to hear from you so that we can share the species with our readers.