Picking the Right Indoor Plant

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Having plants in the office brings many benefits to your employees. They brighten up the workspace, reduce stress and increase productivity, so it’s natural that many businesses have chosen to decorate the office with them.

But offices aren’t the only places that benefit from keeping plants. They can cheer up any space, including homes, classrooms and doctor’s offices. Selecting the right plant, however, is not as straightforward as it may seem, because if you want to take full advantage of the benefits they provide, you should take into consideration:



You may want to choose a plant because you don’t have access to a window and want a bit of colour in your eyesight, but you should also consider if that plant needs sunlight or not. Some plants, such as succulents (aloe, for example), need plenty of direct light, which means they won’t flourish in dark corners. Plants like philodendrons are easy to grow and suitable for a wide range of indoor conditions, including lack of direct sunlight.


Some plants, like the spider plant or the rubber tree, don’t require a lot of maintenance, so they can be perfect for busy spaces. Others, like the Calathea Ornata and the elephant’s ear, might be pretty but are also extremely sensitive to temperature fluctuations and need a lot of water, respectively.

This means that it’s not just the amount of light you need to consider when purchasing a plant for the indoors, but also how easy or hard they are to grow.

People Sharing the Space

If there aren’t a lot of people in the same office, classroom or shop, small potted plants that don’t grow much will probably work well indoors – especially if it’s a small room, because the plants don’t occupy much space and are enough to add colour and warmth.

For large spaces shared by a lot of people, you can opt for plants that grow tall and, therefore, make for pretty decorative objects, like a Ficus Benjamin – some, such as cypress style privets, don’t even need much maintenance. These types of plants can even work as a natural divider between sections in open offices.

Another thing you might want to consider is that other people that come in contact with the plants may suffer from allergies. So, if you do end up choosing plants for the indoors, it’s important to address pollen and mould issues. A way to reduce mould is to use indoor potting soil, which is more resistant to that problem, and pollen won’t be an issue if the plants don’t grow flowers.


Choosing the right plant can be an art in itself! As specialists in office flowers in London, we understand how to choose the perfect plants to brighten up any space, so if you want to order any of our beautiful plants, feel free to contact us or give us a call on 0208 968 8190.

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