Bring the Outside In

March 22, 2010

For many of us it was a long (okay, LONG) winter. If you’re lamenting that spring is in full bloom outside while you’re spending most of your time in your office, why not bring a little of that new growth and color inside with you?

Some plants and flowers thrive better indoors than others so it’s wise to do your homework before deciding which to add to your office space. You’ll also need to know how to keep the plant happy in its new home so that it will provide once a year or even continuous color.

Proper care of a flowering house plant is not time-consuming or complicated but a few basic details warrant attention.

  • Place your plant in the brightest spot in your office. Most flowering plants appreciate several hours of direct sun each day. If you don’t have a window or skylight in your office, no problem. Most plants do well in artificial light and, in fact, some actually seem to prefer it.
  • Water the plants regularly, making sure that the soil is evenly saturated. It’s also important to verify that excess water can drain unimpeded from the soil.
  • Plants that flower year-round tend to prefer cooler environments so, to the extent that you can, remember to open windows and /or set the thermostat at a lower temperature.

Flowering plants that do well indoors include begonias, geraniums, gerbera daisies, peace lilies, and small cacti.

Good luck and may you find the green thumb that presumably has been granted to all of us!