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    Office Plant Care Guide

    Plants are awesome, and having plants in the office has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, increase productivity, reduce sickness, increase creativity, provide cleaner breathing air, and just create an overall more pleasant environment. Many of us, however, do not have green thumbs. This guide is for those people. We will go over five SUPER EASY, LOW MAINTENANCE plants and how to take care of them.



    1. The potting mix should be 1 part potting mix (NOT SOIL). 1 part washed sand and 1 part course gravel or pumas.
    2. Give it cactus food 3 times a year. No joke. Cactus food is a thing.
    3. This lil baby needs BRIGHT light.
    4. It probably only needs to be watered once a month, BUT sometimes they do need more if the environment is dry. Take a pencil and place it down through the soil to the bottom of the pot, when removed, if damp soil is on it…don’t water it.



    1. They need evenly moist soil, therefore water them regularly. You can double pot them and stuff well-moistened sheet moss between the containers to help maintain moisture levels.
    2. Groom your ferns occasionally.
    3. Keep your fern away from strong sunlight, especially in the summer. Position them for later afternoon sun. If they get too little or too much sun they will turn yellow, and you will know!
    4. Feed your fern liquid fertilizer every two to four weeks in the summer, but don’t feed them in the winter because they are sleeping.
    5. Repot your ferns in Spring, but only if the roots are filling the pot.



    1. It needs cactus soil mix and a wide pot, because those roots spread. The pot needs drainage holes.
    2. It needs a sunny spot to get 6-8 hours of bright light in the day. FUN FACT: SUCCULENTS CAN GET SUNBURNED. Make sure they aren’t getting really hot, direct sun.
    3. In growing season, AKA spring/summer, the soil needs to remain moist. In the dormant season, AKA fall/winter, they need to be watered around once a month.
    4. Sometimes little bugs eat your succulents, but that’s nothing a few drops of insecticidal soap can’t handle. Just mix it with water and apply it to the affected areas with a cotton swab! Bye-bye bugs!


    1. Water it when the soil feels dry. They do best when the water is somewhere between dry and moist. A self watering pot is probably the best solution. They soak up the water from the reservoir when they need it. Use room temperature water, and don’t get water on the leaves or flowers because it will leave rings and spots!
    2. Provide plenty of bright but indirect light. You can achieve this by placing plants behind lightweight curtains.
    3. Feed them 20-20-20 fertilizer which has equal quantities of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to ensure it flowers year round!
    4. The best temperature for them is between 75-75 F.
    5. Repot them in a bigger pot every year!


    1. This lil guy is a low light plant. Keep it out of direct sunlight, but in a well lit area. If no flowers are appearing it may not be getting enough light.
    2. They want to live in a place that is 60 F or higher.
    3. Keep the soil moist at all times, but do not over water.
    4. Fertilize every 6 weeks or so in the winter.


    That’s it! Now head over to your local plant shop, buy a new friend, and start working in a healthier and happier space!