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How to Care for Lucky Bamboo

Growing Bamboo in Water and Rocks

  • Usually, lucky bamboo is grown in water, but also grows well in soil. When growing a plant in water, place small marbles, pebbles, or stones in the container to give the stalks added stability.

Water Your Bamboo Plant

  • Use filtered, bottled, or rainwater for your lucky bamboo plant. This keeps the plant healthiest.
  • Add fresh, clean water to your bamboo plant two or three times each week.
  • It is important to keep several inches of water in the container, making sure to keep the roots of the plant wet.
  • Change the water every seven to 10 days to keep your lucky bamboo in top condition.

Watering Lucky Bamboo in a Vase

  •  If you keep your bamboo plant in a vase, keep the water levels low. The roots of a lucky bamboo plant grow wherever it contacts water.

Provide Proper Lighting

  • Indirect light at moderate levels is best for a lucky bamboo plant.
  • Never place your plant on a sunny windowsill as the direct sunlight is too strong and the leaves will scorch.
  • Preferring low light, lucky bamboo plants are even happy with artificial light from a lamp.
  • If the bamboo leaves are fading to a light green color, the plant is not getting enough light.
  • Insufficient light also causes slow plant growth. In many cases, the plant will not grow in height or produce any new leaves.
  • To remedy these problems, simply move the plant to a location with more indirect light.

Maintain an Ideal Temperature

  • The optimum temperature for a bamboo plant is between 65 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Lucky bamboo plants may not survive in temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit and should never be placed in front of an air conditioner. Just as direct sunlight should be avoided, extreme heat should also be avoided. Never place your plant near a heat source such as a heating vent or wood stove.

Provide Humidity

  • If it’s particularly dry, consider spritzing your bamboo leaves with a little distilled water occasionally to keep the environment more humid.

Fertilizer Is Optional

  • Lucky bamboo does not require any regular fertilizer and can survive for years in nothing but clean water. If you do choose to fertilize your plant, use only fertilizers made for lucky bamboo. A plant food called Green Green is popular with many growers of lucky bamboo plants.

 

How Long Does Lucky Bamboo Live?

  • If you care for your lucky bamboo plant properly, it can live a very long time.

Care of Bamboo Plants

  • When you take good care of your lucky bamboo plant you are rewarded with a plant that attracts positive energy and adds beauty to your home. Follow these tips and care instructions to ensure you get years of luck in your home.
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Meet the ‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

Common Names

‘Bird’s Nest’, ‘Good Luck Plant’, ‘Golden Bird’s Nest’, ‘Golden Hahnii’, ‘Dwarf Snake Plant’, ‘Birdsnest Plant’, ‘Bird’s Nest Sansevieria’, ‘Hahn’s Sansevieria’, ‘Dwarf Mother-in-Law Tongue’

Scientific Binomial Name

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

Description of Bird’s Nest, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’ is a smaller cultivar of the well known Snake Plant. This succulent has a cacti-like appearance with interesting variegation.  The ‘Bird’s Nest’ grows in tight rosettes with oval green-golden leaves that have a wide central stripe that is green. It has whitish mottled horizontal bands of different widths across the leaves.  The vase-like rosettes have spirally arranged broad elliptical leaves.  This succulent never grows over a foot (30 cm) tall.

The ‘Bird’s Nest’ succulents naturally propagate from underground rhizomes which eventually form into clumps

This is a very hardy and easy plant to grow. It remains small which makes it ideal is some indoor areas of a home or office.

  • Mature Size:  height 7”; spread 8”
  • Outside Spacing:  6 inches.
  • Pot Size:  These are small and slow growing so they can be grown in terrariums and dish gardens.
  • Uses:  This plant is used outside as a groundcover and for edging.  It is drought resistant so it is suitable for xeriscaping. It is grown indoors as a houseplant. Since it maintains a small size it is often used in terrariums, dish gardens and as one of the best office plants.

Growing Conditions for ‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

  • Light:  Tolerates low light and partial shade. This is a popular office plant because it is one of the top plants that grow in fluorescent lights.
  • Soil:  Use a general purpose cactus potting mix.
  • Flowers:  Creamy tan flowers bloom in mid-summer.  Bird’s Nest will not die after it flowers but it will stop producing new leaves.  The flowers apparently have a sweet aroma although we have never smelled them.  Some of these plants, depending on the growing conditions, rarely flower.  Even very healthy plants may be stubborn and not produce flowers.

General Care for ‘Bird’s Nest’, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii’

  • Water:  Water deeply but only when you are sure the soil is totally dry.
  • Fertilizer:  Use a one-half strength diluted fertilizer if needed. This plant is sensitive to over fertilizing so only use sparingly.
  • Propagation:  Propagation can be done by dividing the rootball, from offsets and from leaf cuttings.

Signs of Stress and Poor Health

These plants are very prone to rotting when they are over watered.

Medicinal and Other Uses

None

Cautions

This is a poisonous plant when ingested.

Native Distribution

West Africa

Patent

The patent has expired.

Other Tips

The Bird’s Nest looks great and grows well with other small sized succulents.

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How to Grow Jade Plants

The jade plant is an extremely popular succulent houseplant with fleshy, oval-shaped leaves. Sometimes called the money plant or dollar plant, these plants were once thought to bring good luck to their owners so were often given as housewarming gifts.

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Jade plants belong to the Crassula family and are generally undemanding. Several species are sometimes seen labeled as jade plants in garden centers, but they share cultural requirements. They need an even hand with water and plenty of light to develop their full potential. Given proper conditions, the jade plant will produce white flowers in the late winter, making an attractive and mildly fragrant display.

Growing Conditions
To keep your jade plant in the best of health, use these guidelines:

Light: Jade plants prefer full sun and like four or more hours of sunlight each day. They are best in a room with south-facing windows.

Water: During the summer and spring, jade plants should be watered often so the soil is moist but not wet, making sure drainage is immaculate. Reduce watering to monthly in the winter.

Temperature: Jade plants prefer average summer temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, cool to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soil: A well-drained succulent mix is best, with an ideal pH of around 6.0 (slightly acidic).

Fertilizer: Many people underfeed their succulents during the growing season. Feed with a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the season or weekly with a weak liquid solution. Use a balanced 20-20-20 fertilizer at one-quarter strength on mature plants, and a fertilizer with less nitrogen on young plants.

Jade plants are easy to grow, but they are susceptible to mealy bugs and fungal diseases. As with all succulents, overwatering is sure to be fatal, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet. Never let your jade plant sit in water. If you water from beneath by letting the plant sit in a saucer of water, make sure to pour off any excess water after a few minutes.

Propagation
Jade plant is known for its ease of propagation. Plants can be easily propagated from a single leaf. Sprout leaves by placing them into a succulent or cacti mix, then covering the dish until they sprout.

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How To Take Care Of Cacti and Succulents

 

1. Start with cheap cacti, get used to caring for them.
You can get common plants at our online shop or at any other plant store. Get used to caring for these plants. This way, when you move on to those more expensive plants, you already know how to care for them.

Generally, succulents easier to care for. Cacti are more challenging.

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2. Give them as much sunlight as they need
Cacti are desert plants so they definitely need sun! However, depending on where you place them, the topical sun can sometimes be too much. Make sure your plants aren’t burning.

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3. The medium is important!
The medium is the soil mix used for your plants. The basic mix is 50 % pumice, 50% soil. This is tweaked depending on other factors like the type of plant (example: for succulents, there should be more soil than pumice; cacti, on the other hand, need more pumice than soil).

For cacti, specifically, you have good medium if water it today and the next day the soil is almost dry.

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4. Water cacti!
The general rule is: water when dry. For plants that have already grown a stable root system in their pots, it is best to water until the water runs through the pot hole. It takes cacti 4-6 months until they are stable.

Succulents, on the other hand, are easier to establish. You can water them like normal plant as long as the root system is already stable.

Usually, you can water your cactus once a week duirng summers, and succulents 3x a week. When in doubt, conduct the stick test! Similar to the stick test in baking, you can poke a stick through your medium to check if there is still moisture. If dirt sticks to the stick, it’s still wet at the bottom, even if the top seems dry.

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5. Handle with care!
Plants don’t like being moved around so much. You may repot a plant when it gets too big for its pot. Succulents are handled like any other plant. For cacti, however, it is best to use a towel when handling the plant so that you won’t hurt yourself with the spines in the process.

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Meet the Aloe Aristata!

Common Names
Lace Aloe, Guinea-fowl Aloe, Torch Plant, Bearded Aloe, Hardy Aloe, Bristle-tip, Torch Aloe

Scientific Binomial Name
Aloe aristata

Description of Lace Aloe, Aloe aristata
The Lace Aloe is a wonderful stemless succulent with soft lanceolate leaves growing in rosette patterns. It has soft green triangular succulent leaves with raised white spots that dominate especially on the underside. Depending on the growing environment some leaves show cream colored mottled zigzag markings. They often have a bristle-like growth on the tips of the leaves. The edges of the leaves are minutely or finely saw-toothed. In time the offsets will form a clump with interesting architectural patterns.

This succulent is considered a dwarf in the Aloe genus.

Mature Size: Height 6”; Spread 6”

Outside Spacing: 12”

Pot Size: These are commonly grown indoors in 6” pots but can do fine in smaller or larger containers.

Uses: It is commonly grown outside as a garden plant and in xeriscapes. It is also frequently used as a houseplant in smaller containers. Since it is drought tolerant and easy to care for it is ideal as one of the best plants for an office.

Growing Conditions for Lace Aloe, Aloe aristata

Light: It thrives in bright light and struggles in low light.

Soil: Gritty dry well drained soils work best. Cactus soil preparations can be used.

Flowers: Sometimes orange-red flowers will bloom in the fall. Healthy plants in ideal environments will flower every year. This succulent will produce more flowers if you “rest” it during the winter. Keep the plant below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) and do not fertilize it during the winter.

Hardiness Zones: 9 – 11

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General Care for Lace Aloe, Aloe aristata

Water: Water only to keep the soil moist. Let it dry completely before watering again.

Fertilizer: Needs very little if any fertilizer.

Care: These plants require very little ongoing maintenance. During the coldest weather they should be brought indoors.

Pests and Diseases: Scale insects and rarely affected by mealybugs.

Signs of Stress and Poor Health
Overwatering will cause the leaves to turn yellow and may start the base of the plant to rot.

Medicinal and Other Uses
Some people use Lace Aloe juice diluted with water to wash their whole body. It is reported to have a refreshing tonic effect. Similar to the Aloe vera, the Aloe aristata is used for wound healing.

The Journal of Medicinal Plants Research published a study that thoroughly examined the A. aristata’s ability to enhance wound healing and other skin conditions, “Plant materials (leaves, stems, bulbs and roots) of many species of medicinal plants are used in the treatment of skin conditions and wound healing. Indigeneous people are known to widely use the crude extracts of many plants. A large number of plants have been identified for their antimicrobial activities for various medicinal ailments particularly for skin conditions and wound healing. Plant extracts of Aloe arborescens, Aloe aristata, Bulbine natalensis, Bulbine frutescens and Scilla natalensis were tested for antibacterial activity against 5 strains of Gram positive (Bacillus subtilis, Micrococcus kristinae, Bacillus cereus,Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis) and 4 strains of Gram negative (Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Enterobacter aerogenes and Shigella sonnei) bacteria and antifungal activity for 6 fungal cultures: Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis,Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus glaucus, Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Trichophyton rubrum.”

Native Distribution
The Lace Aloe grows up to 7500 feet (2300 meters) in the grasslands and mountains of South Africa. Harvesters and collectors have caused the Aloe aristata to become rare to find in the wild.

Patent
The Aloe aristata is not patented.

Other Tips
Synonyms are Tulista aristata, Aloe ellenbergeri, Aloe longiaristata and Aristaloe aristata.

The Aloe aristata plant is good at attracting hummingbirds and bees.

This is an ideal starter plant for beginners and children.
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Seven benefits of having deskplants in your office

Numerous scientific studies have proven the positives of having more greenery in your workspace. Here are the top seven benefits for employees – and their employers

Humans have an innate desire to be connected with nature, which scientists call ‘biophilia’. Unfortunately, the spaces we tend to spend most of our days – workplaces – tend to be stripped of much of their connection to the natural environment.

Studies have shown that simply adding some greenery in the form of indoor plants can have major positive benefits for employees and their organisations. The same goes for remote or home workers, too. Here are seven reasons why you should invest in some plants for your own desk, or your wider workplace.

1. They help to reduce stress
A 2010 study by the new University of Technology, Sydney, found significant reductions in stress among workers when plants were introduced to their workspace. Results included a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility; and a 38% reduction in fatigue.

Although the study’s sample size was small, researchers concluded: “This study shows that just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance.”

Proponents of colour psychology argue that the colour green has a relaxing and calming effect – so decorating offices with this shade could potentially have a similar affect to introducing plants to the workspace.

2. They help to increase productivity
Employees’ productivity jumps 15% when previously ‘lean’ work environments are filled with just a handful of houseplants, according to 2014 research by the University of Exeter. Adding just one plant per square metre improved memory retention and helped employees score higher on other basic tests, said researcher Dr Chris Knight.

“What was important was that everybody could see a plant from their desk,” Knight told The Guardian. “If you are working in an environment where there’s something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better.”

Of course, another great way to boost organisational productivity is to invest in HR software – which will help staff, managers and HR users alike manage their data more efficiently and effectively, and free up time that would otherwise be spent on labour-intensive administrative tasks.

3. They help to reduce sickness and absence rates
The 2015 Human Spaces report, which studied 7,600 offices workers in 16 countries, found that nearly two-thirds (58%) of workers have no live plants in their workspaces. Those whose environments incorporated natural elements reported a 15% higher wellbeing score and a 6% higher productivity score than employees whose offices didn’t include such elements.

Some experts argue that adding plants to the work environment can help to reduce the risk of sick building syndrome, although evidence to back up these claims is hard to come by.

A small study by the Agricultural University of Norway in the 1990s found that the introduction of plants to one office was linked to a 25% decrease in symptoms of ill health, including fatigue, concentration problems, dry skin and irritation of the nose and eyes.

“The presence of plants can probably result in a positive change in the psychosocial working environment,” commented professor Dr Tøve Fjeld in a 2011 blog post. “The resultant feeling of wellbeing also affects how the individual assesses his/her state of health. Against the background of the psychobiological identity and mankind’s positive reaction to nature we can assume that plants have a particular effect on the sense of wellbeing. This is evidenced by the fact that the occurrence of symptoms linked to the indoor atmosphere was reduced.”

4. They make workspaces more attractive to job applicants
Commenting on the 2015 Human Spaces report when it was released, organisational psychology professor Sir Cary Cooper said: “The benefit of design inspired by nature, known as biophilic design, is accumulating evidence at a rapid pace. Looking at a snapshot of global working environments, up to one in five people have no natural elements within their workspace, and alarmingly nearly 50% of workers have no natural light. Yet a third of us say that workplace design would affect our decision to join a company. There’s a big disparity here and one that hints at workplace design only recently rising to prominence as a crucial factor.”

5. They clean the air
While humans need oxygen to survive, plants absorb a gas we don’t need – carbon dioxide – and combine it with water and light to produce energy in a process called photosynthesis.

In the 1980s, scientists at NASA discovered that plants were adept at removing chemicals such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air, making it cleaner for humans to breathe.

More recent research led by Dr Fraser Torpy, director of the University of Technology Sydney Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group, has found that indoor plants can help reduce carbon dioxide levels by about 10% in air-conditioned offices, and by about 25% in buildings without air conditioning.

“We found palms beat everything else for carbon dioxide,” said Torpy. “But when it comes to volatile organics everything is the same – it doesn’t matter… A medium-sized plant (anything above about 20cm) in a room will make really big reductions to those particular chemicals.”

6. They help to reduce noise levels
By absorbing sounds (rather than insulating against noise pollution), plants help to reduce the distracting effects of background office chatter. Positioning larger plant pots, in multiple locations in the edges and corners of a room has the great positive benefit, according to a 1995 paper by researchers at London South Bank University.

7. They can boost creativity
The 2015 Human Spaces report also found that employees whose offices included natural elements scored 15% higher for creativity than those whose offices didn’t include such elements.

Attention restoration theory suggests that looking at nature – and even just images of nature – can shift the brain into a different processing mode, making employees feel more relaxed and better able to concentrate.

So which deskplants do best in an office environment?
Not all plants will love to live in your workplace – you need to consider restrictions such as the availability of daylight, and how often they can and will be watered. Those that will thrive in workplaces include succulents (which include aloe and cacti), rubber plants and peace lilies.

This article was first published in August 2013. It was updated in February 2018 for freshness, accuracy and clarity. If you want to reproduce all or part of this article, you must credit CIPHR as the originator and link back to this webpage.

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How Not to Kill Your Succulent

Sunshine
Succulents love sunshine, so I leave mine on a sunny windowsill most days. If you would rather show off your succulent on your not-so-sunny coffee table or bookshelf, then play musical chairs with placement and let it hang out in a sunny spot for at least 6 hours a day.

Water
Less is more. In the summer, you’ll want to water your succulent about once a week. In the winter, you can get away with once every two weeks. The top half of soil should be dry every time you add water. Look at the leaves for your cue—firm and plump leaves are good to go, soft and pliable could use some H2O.

Soil
Succulents love well-draining soil. Opt for soil varieties that mix in gravel or sand.

Space
Keep it cozy—smaller pots are ideal since succulents like to keep their roots tight and close to each other.

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Meet the Sansevieria!

What’s in a name?

The Sansevieria is also known as a “Snake Plant” or “Mother In Law’s Tongue” due to how sharp the points are at the end of its spear-like leaves. This plant is perfect for anyone who finds it hard to remember to water their plants.

These plants thrive in drought-like conditions, so you’ll want to make sure you’re only watering once every month or two. Snake plants require minimal pruning or fertilizing, making them ideal for the office.

Desk Plants offers four varieties of sansevieria: the smaller Birds Nest Sansevieria, the taller Sansevieria Laurentii, the Black Coral Sansevieria and the strikingly unique Sansevieria Cylindrica.

 

History

Snake plants are native to tropical areas of Western Africa. They were first recorded in the 1700s by European explorers but the plant has long been used for various medical, textile, and ornamental purposes.

Notable Features

Snake plants are easily identified and loved for their structured, modern aesthetic, which allows them to blend seamlessly into any interior space. As snake plants grow, pups (new growth) come out of a central rosette just below the soil. This circular rosette produces fleshy rhizomes that store water during droughts. While snake plants grow slowly, you will want to re-pot them after a couple of years, as they tend to grow faster and wider once the spears reach tall heights.

Fun Fact

Snake plants are number one on the list of air cleansing plants produced by our friends at NASA. They are especially effective at removing formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and nitrogen oxides from the air while producing high volumes of oxygen, especially at night (breathe that fresh, morning air). For those with allergies, Snake Plants are very good at taking a number of common allergens out of the air as well!

Bringing Your New Frond Home

First, give your snake plant a name. It makes it easier to remember to care for your plants when they have names. Second, find a spot away from the window that has access to bright, but indirect light (don’t put them right in a window or they might burn). Look at your Desk Plants care card and set a watering reminder using youriPhone’s custom reminders, Siri, Amazon Alexa or your Google Home.

Remember to gently wipe your snake plant down regularly with a damp cloth or paper towel as this will help to remove dust that can clog up the tiny holes that let the plant exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.

Troubleshooting

If your plant friend is having issues, contact us on instagram @deskplantlk or via email hi@deskplant.lk and add a photo. Otherwise, you can use the chart below to try to diagnose your issue.

What I look like when I get:

Not EnoughToo Much
WaterShriveled leaves, especially at the tipsLeaves drooping or slumping

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Leaves turn from yellow to brown, especially near the soil

Light / SunPlant may stretch out vertically, and may fall over (this is the plant “reaching” for more light)Crispy leaves, and sun spots
TemperatureKeep me away from cold drafts!The hotter it gets, the better I feel

 

Pro Tips for Advanced Plant Parents

You can grow new friends for your snake plant by simply dividing up the plant once it outgrows its pot.

Division

To divide your snake plant you’ll want to move it somewhere that can handle getting messy. Slide your plant out of the pot, and try to separate the plant into sections at the roots. If you have been a good plant parent, your Snake Plant may have filled its pot with roots and rhizomes, therefore, you may have trouble getting them separated. Don’t be afraid to cut it apart with a clean pair of scissors. Once you’ve separated the plant into more manageable sections, put the larger one back in the pot and backfill it with well-draining cactus or succulent soil. You can pot the smaller section into a new pot to take home, or you can give it to your envious work friends.

This plant is toxic to pets and humans! Please keep it away from particularly hungry individuals or pupperinos.

 

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Meet the Haworthia!

My full name is Haworthia fasciata, but you can call me Haworthia for short. At Desk Plants, I come in two different forms, the Zebra Haworthia and the Haworthia Coarctata. I am a Hard-to-Kill plant because I can survive in artificial medium light and only need to be lightly watered about 1-2 tbsps once a month! Over-watering is the main reason they die.

History

Haworthias are native to South Africa and they thrive in drought conditions. These plants are often mistaken for aloe because of their similar shape (fun fact; they’re related). Haworthias are often found in sunny or partial shade conditions where they may be without water for months at a time.

Notable Features

Haworthias are succulents and store water in their bodies which allows them to survive longer periods without fresh water. They tend to grow slowly so they won’t invade your desk space. The white spots on their leaves are commonly referred to as “pearls,” and give the plant its zebra-like stripes. As these plants grow, they will form “pups” or new offshoots which can be separated, put into new pots and survive on their own as new plants.

Bringing Your New Frond Home

First, give your Haworthia a name. It’s easier to remember  to care for your plants when they’re a part of your family. “Harry the Haworthia” is a great option, but feel free to come up with your own! Second, find a spot that gets a good amount of indirect medium light, whether that is fluorescent or natural sunlight. Look at your Desk Plantscare card and set a watering reminder using your iPhone’s custom reminders, Siri, Amazon Alexa or your Google Home.

Troubleshooting

If your plant is struggling, DM us on instagram @deskplantlk or via email hi@deskplant.lk and add a photo. Otherwise, you can use the chart below to try to diagnose your issue.

What I look like when I get:

Not EnoughToo Much
WaterLeaves curling inward and dry tipsSoft Mushy leaves, Yellowing or brown leaves at base
Light / SunLeaning toward light sourceDarker red or brown color
TemperatureNot cold hardy, keep away from drafts!I can handle some pretty hot temperatures
Pro Tips for Advanced Plant Parents

Given enough light, Haworthias will flower in the summer.

If your Haworthia has an offset that’s grown large enough to live on its own, you can consider repotting it as a gift to your work friends. Use a clean, sharp knife to cut the offset as close to the parent plant as possible, making sure to include any roots that may have already formed (there may be none). Let the offset chill in the pot for a few days to prevent rotting, and then move it to its own pot filled with well draining cactus soil. Water once, and wait to water again until new growth appears. Enjoy your new Haworthia!

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The Very Real Benefits of Desk Plants

The Benefits of Having a Plant on your Desk

What’s on your desk right now? If I had to guess, I’d bet there’s a computer, a notebook, a pen — perhaps a lone wrapper from yesterday’s mid-afternoon snack or maybe even a framed picture of your pet. And, if it’s anything like mine, a thin layer of dust coating everything.

Was I right? Doesn’t matter, because if the first thing that came to mind when you pictured your desk wasn’t a vibrant, leafy cubicle companion, you’re missing out on some serious benefits. From cleaner air to sharper focus, to better quality-of-life, research shows that the effects of becoming a plant parent at work can not only improve your wellbeing during the hours of 9 to 5 (or 6, or 7…) but extend into every aspect of your life.

So, if you’re looking for a better deskmate, look no further. Here are some of the science-backed benefits of having a desk plant.

 

You’ll lose your case of the Mondays…and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays too.

Plants can’t extend your deadline or give you a longer lunch break, but according to a 2010 study from the University of Technology Sydney, adding plants to your office can help make your time spent there a more positive experience. Though their sample size was small, their findings included a 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety; a 58% drop in depression or dejection; a 44% decrease in anger and hostility and a 38% reduction in fatigue, leading the researches to conclude that “just one plant per workspace can provide a very large lift to staff spirits, and so promote wellbeing and performance.” Of course, you don’t want to replace the stress of your workday with the stress of trying to keep a plant alive, so be sure to look for a Hard-to-Kill plant that will thrive in your specific space.

 

You’ll move from procrastination to purpose.

We’ve all fallen victim to the recap rabbit hole (or the social media sinkhole)  but adding a potted pal to your workspace can help you step away from the mindless distractions and find more meaning in your workday. In 2015, a study from The Human Spaces studied 7,600 office workers and found that while nearly two-thirds of workers have no live plants in their workplaces, those who did report natural elements in their work environments had a 15% higher wellbeing score and a 6% high productivity score than those whose offices did not.

And they are not alone. According to the American Society for Horticulture Science“individuals who worked in offices with plants and windows reported that they felt better about their job and the work they performed” and that “offices that had plants or windows reported higher overall quality-of-life scores.”

 

You’ll breathe easier.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that more plants equal better vibes. But if you did want to know their thoughts on the matter, you’re in luck. NASA discovered that plants were adept at removing chemicals and known human carcinagens such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air, making the air cleaner to breathe and cutting down on the negative health effects these compounds can cause. Based on this information, NASA studied and created a list of the top indoor plants that filter Volatile Organic Compounds (aka VOCs) from the air. By the way, all of our plants here at Desk Plants are on that list — feel free to spread the word next time you’re at the office watercooler.

It’s worth noting that while any plant can add value to your workday, some bring more to the table than others. According to another study from University of Technology, Sydney on Air Quality, indoor plants can help reduce carbon dioxide levels by about 10% in air-conditioned buildings and about 25% in buildings without air conditioning. But before you reach for that pocket-sized succulent, they also found that while all indoor plants improve air quality, medium-sized plants – or plants above 20cm – stand out when it comes to reducing volatile chemicals found in the air.

Better vibes, better work, better air — if adding a plant to your workspace is starting to seem like a no brainer, that’s because it is. And before you spend your entire lunch break scouring the internet for the perfect plant, let us help you out. Like we mentioned, every one of our plants here at Desk Plants is hand grown, Hard-to-Kill, medium-sized and on NASA’s list of top air cleansing plants. On top of that, each of our plants comes with instructions on how best to care for it, so you’ll be able to find the right plant in no time. Which means there’s plenty of time to Swiffer off that layer of dust and throw away the wrapper rolling across your desk like a tumbleweed.

Or, go down the social media sinkhole one last time before all that plant-based productivity starts…we won’t tell, I promise.