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The COVID 19 pandemic has meant that working from home, either full or part-time, has become a reality for many people. Create a much healthier and more calming work space by including some indoor plants in your home office. In addition to helping purify the air, studies have demonstrated that plants can make you feel more relaxed, inspired and positive and help reduce stress and negativity. Plants make fabulous co-workers!

When it comes to choosing plants for your home office, first assess the amount of sunlight that comes into the room across the day. Most plants do best in a brightly lit room, out of direct sunlight, however some plants tolerate more dimly lit positions.

 

For low light areas, choose plants such as:

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

Hardy plants with attractive ribbons of variegated foliage. They even enjoy being pot bound!

Dieffenbachia

Large green and cream or yellow patterned leaves, which bring a lush tropical feel.

Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)

A neglect-loving plant with large, upright glossy green leaves.

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

lovely long dark green leaves combined with elegant white flowers


Then look at the space you have available. In tight spots, compact plants like these will still leave you enough room to work:

Zebra cactus (Haworthia fasciata)

A clump-forming succulent with striking horizontal white stripes on its pointed leaves.

Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)

Round, pancake shaped leaves develop on an upright central stem.

Air plants (Tillandsia spp.)

Fascinating plants in the bromeliad family that don't need soil and can absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves.

Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)

A low maintenance succulent with fleshy green upright leaves.

For shelves, plants with cascading foliage or stems are ideal, including:

Chain of hearts (Ceropegia woodii)

A delicate trailing plant with chains of small green and red heart-shaped leaves.

Devil's ivy (Epipremnum aureum)

A tough, low maintenance trailing or climbing plant that can be left to drape or grown vertically up a support.

Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera)

Interesting long, thin green stems spill out over the pot edge

Hoya (Hoya spp.)

Hardy vines with thick succulent leaves on long stems and clusters of waxy flowers.


Indoor Plant Health

Your leafy office colleagues need to be cared for, so they're healthy and grow lots of foliage and flowers. It doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. Here are three easy indoor plant care tips, that are quick enough to do in your stretch break!

  • Check the moisture levels in the potting mix by gently digging around in the top few centimetres of the mix with your finger. Some plants, such as chain of hearts and aloe vera, prefer to be kept on the dry side, others, such as mistletoe cactus, need more moisture

  • Feed your plants by inserting a Yates Thrive¬†Plant Food Spike into the potting mix. The spikes contain concentrated nutrients that feed plants for up to 2 months. They're easy to use and out of sight, no measuring or mixing required.

  • To break the fungus gnat lifecycle (the annoying black winged insects that can plague indoor plants), apply a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier granules over the surface of the potting mix. The abrasive granules deter the adult female gnat from laying her eggs in the potting mix.

Yates Top 50 Indoor Plants

For handy, easy to read information on growing indoor plants, check out 'Yates Top 50 Indoor Plants and how NOT to Kill them!'

Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns

Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns are specially designed to feed your plants and ferns where they need it most, at the roots.

Yates Gnat Barrier

Yates Gnat Barrier is made from natural abrasive pumice granules which provide an effective physical barrier against fungus gnats.


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