Interior Office Plants for Different Environmental Conditions

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When considering which interior office plants you want to use throughout your business it is important to think about the environmental   conditions within the chosen areas.  Indoor plants will only do well if they are kept in conditions that are suitable in both light and temperature, therefore getting it right, or indeed wrong can dramatically affect whether or not they survive. Many offices and businesses are closed during weekends but any office plants inside those premises need to be able to survive during these periods, therefore acceptable climate levels need to be maintained 24/7 in order for these plants to flourish.  Conditions during the winter months may also cause problems, as not only do temperatures drop, but light levels may also become much lower.  Office plants that can tolerate lower environmental levels may be advantageous if constant temperatures and luminance cannot be maintained.

It must be remembered however that some plants are incredibly tolerant to changes in light and can adapt between the light levels found outdoors to those indoors.  The level of light a plant needs to survive is based on Lux, which essentially is the amount of light, or luminance it needs to survive.  For instance, a tree that might normally be found outdoors or in a field may normally require 40,000 Lux may well adapt to tolerate as little as 1500 Lux when moved indoors.

There are many different types of businesses, all with their own environmental conditions.  So whether you are looking for office plants for atriums, large open spaces such as a showroom, narrow and dimly lit corridors, a shopping center, a regular office building or even a swimming pool, it is important to understand which types of foliage will be best suited to these incredibly different environments

When choosing office plants for an atrium or other large open areas it is important to ensure that there are sufficient levels of light.  It is a common misconception that all atriums are light and airy spaces, which is not necessarily the case.  In many cases, the many roof beams and walls absorb a lot of the incoming light therefore a lot of unnatural lights may be needed to keep the area bright.  Temperature is another point for consideration too. Seasonal changes as well as variations between day and night play a part in any office plant choice.

Office Buildings are probably one of the most popular areas for indoor plants.  Obviously, in these areas constant light and temperature levels need to be maintained in order for humans to survive therefore correct plant choices are essential.  Some office environments have luminance issues especially where artificial light is relied on.  In these instances, extra lighting or perhaps even artificial plants may be the solution.

Planting in shopping centers can often lead to office plants suffering because of the low levels of humidity.  This provides an ideal environment for both insects and diseases, which can be harmful to interior foliage plants.  Another problem with shopping centers is that they can often lack suitable Lux levels for the well-being of plants; therefore, additional lighting may well be needed.

Show Rooms often consist of large open spaces, which are needed to showcase a specific range of products.  Fronted by large glass windows, showrooms can tend to suffer from high temperatures and unless the windows are tinted, high luminance levels.  During working hours, air conditioning devices may regulate the temperature but when not in use, office plants may suffer from large changes in temperature, for instance, a showroom will retain heat and therefore be hot during summer months but will seem very cold during winter.

Swimming Pools, with their high humidity levels may seem ideal when it comes to planted displays.  However, when you take into consideration chemicals such as chlorine and standing water in the planted displays, it is easy to see why in many cases, artificial plants and displays are favored.

One universal factor across all of these areas is that modern innovations in artificial plants have led to them becoming a real alternative to live office planted displays.  Technological advancements in the look and feel of replica plants have dramatically enhanced their appeal to a wider audience and are gaining in popularity.

In conclusion, live-planted foliage offers a multitude of health and visual benefits to both customers and workforce alike.  However, in sectors or areas where live plants are simply not a viable option, replica plants may well provide the answer. It would still be a better option to install an air conditioner to get similar benefits of purified air, you can read more from Hicken Air. For more information on office plants or to inquire about  a free consultation for plants in your facility just email us at

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