Any desk, entry stand or conference table in the office looks better with a healthy, attractive container of colorful plants upon it. Fresh flowers make a mess and don’t last long at all, while some traditional houseplants need lots of maintenance. Consider a low-maintenance arrangement of unusual and colorful succulents for these situations.
These plants are virtually care-free. If a stream of sunlight or even artificial lighting is available to them, many can last for months with no other attention, especially in winter. Some will grow in this atmosphere and you might sometimes get a bloom from the well-established, easy-care succulent specimen.
Favorite Easy-Care Succulents
Succulent plant popularity is growing, so much so that phony plastic plants of this type are used for decoration. Don’t do it, no plastic plants when the real thing is so easy to grow! Consider an arrangement of sedum, Haworthia, and Aloe types to fill that special space. if there is no room for a container plant, add a vertical wall garden or a series of hanging baskets.
- Sedum: You may think of year-round, outdoor growers when you think of the sedum family. While some of these grow vigorously outside in many areas, you’ll find many specimens are perfect for indoor combos. With numerous types available, you’re sure to find a few that work perfectly. Waxy leaves, unusual shapes and adaptability make this the perfect primary plant for your container. Space them sporadically and leave room to fill in with other easy-care succulents, such as:
- Haworthia: A range of small succulents, these are often spiky and interestingly marked. Some feature pearl-like warts and bands, while others are called windowpane plants and appear almost translucent in some cases. Pinks, purples, and greens appear on hybrids and crosses. These plants pair well with sedum and Aloes. Colors are sometimes improved by limiting water.
- Aloe: While Aloe vera is well known and a favorite as a houseplant, did you know there are several other attractive types of this plant? Not always spiky and green, but usually undemanding in an arrangement situation, look for the different varieties of this plant to include in your container. Spiral aloe grows in an attractive, elevated circle while some others cascade. Some have leaves that turn red, like Arabian Aloe. Choose an unusual aloe plant for your office container or vertical planting.
Succulent plants, especially those growing indoors, are rarely plagued by pests. Pest control is normally not an issue. If you see small gnats flying around your container, limit your watering even more. Soil that is too wet can draw fungus gnats that look similar to fruit flies. If you appear to have a problem with either insect, use a diluted alcohol spray to keep them under control until the soil dries or the fruit is gone. Others offer these suggestions.
Soil and Water
If you’re planting the succulent container, start with a special soil mix that allows water to move right through and not linger on the roots. Some growers use a combination of cactus soil and coarse sand, while others add perlite, coir, and pumice to the mix. Watering of succulent plants should be extremely limited. They are drought-tolerant and too much water is lethal to these plants. Don’t let the office waterer sneak around and give them a drink. Particularly in winter, when some are dormant, too much water is the most common cause of rot. If you purchase a plant in soggy soil, remove it immediately, gently take off as much soil as possible, and let the roots dry out for a day or two. Repot into dry soil and wait a couple weeks to water.
If you’d prefer to just enjoy the ambiance created by a few well-placed, easy-care succulent arrangements, you can leave the planting and care of your containers to us. Cityscapes is the expert on just which plants to choose for your conditions and what is needed for their care. Contact us for a consultation and add living color to your winter office décor.