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All That You Want To Know About Pomegranate

The pomegranate is a naturally dense, deciduous, bushy, multi-stemmed shrub that typically grows to heights of 10 to 12 feet and bears highly coloured fruit with many juicy seeds inside.

Pomegranate

HEALTH BENEFITS OF POMEGRANATE

  1. Pomegranates have been found to cut the risk of prostate cancer.
  2. Eating pomegranate seeds can help fight inflammation and the related inflammatory disorders.
  3. Pomegranates work wonderfully well in strengthening the gums and fastening loose teeth.
  4. Pomegranate Seeds Boost Digestive Health

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF POMEGRANATE

Common name: Pomegranate, Granate Apple

Botanical name : Punica granatum

Category: Edible Fruits and Nuts, Trees

Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Height: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing: 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Colour: Red-Orange

Bloom Time: Mid Summer

Foliage: Evergreen, Deciduous, Good Fall Colour

Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings, from hardwood cuttings, from seed;

direct sow after last frost, By simple layering.

Seed Collecting: Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing, Seed does not store well;

sow as soon as possible.

Word Of Caution: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

USES OF POMEGRANATE

Pomegranates are used in cooking, baking, meal garnishes, juice blends, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such as cocktails and wine.

Pomegranate can be used to give a glistening effect on the skin. It can fight against nasty pigmentations, dark spots and ageing effects that imparts dullness to your skin.

Here are 5 types of quick masks that you can make at home to invigorate your skin.

 

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What is tuberose?

Do you like scents? If yes, then this is the flower for you! Tuberose has a fragrance that is rich, sultry and seductive. If you are figuring out a gift that you need to gift your lover, then you must go for this! Not only is the fragrance a delight to your senses, but its appearance is pleasant and gorgeous too. Tuberose has long, narrow, light green leaves, and the plant grows about 25-30 cm tall. The flowering stalk is about 75-100 cm  in length land has 25-50 florets spike.

BENEFITS OF TUBEROSE

  1. Tuberose oil can relieve a person of stress and anxiety. It can calm down the agitated nerves by giving a soothing sensation.
  2. The oil extracted from tuberose can also help in reducing inflammations relating to respiratory and nervous system.
  3. This essential oil also stimulates and increases blood circulation throughout the body.

NAMES OF TUBEROSE

Common names: Tuberose

Indian names: Rajnigandha, Sugandraja

Botanical name: Polianthes tuberosa

CHARACTERISTICS OF TUBEROSE

Life-Cycle: Perennial/annual (depending on growing conditions)

Height: 2 to 3 feet

Width/Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Flowering Season: Year round

Flower: Tuberose

Varieties: Calcutta Single, Mexican Single, Phule Rajani, Prajwal, Rajat Rekha, Shringar, Khahikuchi Single, Hyderabad Single, Pune Single, Arka Nirantra, Calcutta Double, Hyderabad Double, Pearl Double, Swarna Rekha, Suvasini, Vaibhav.

Design Ideas: Containers or Hanging baskets

GROWING DETAILS

Sunlight:  This requires full sun but can be grown indoors with bright light.

Water: As tuberose grows, provide roughly 1–1.5 in. (2.5–3.75 cm) of water once a week. Tuberose prefers this to more frequent watering in smaller amounts.

Sowing season: Tuberose bulbs are best planted in early spring , but this requires a warm climate with a growing season at least 4 months long

Sowing method:

Care: Plant in soil that drains well and has a pH of 6.5-7.5

Pests: Thrips and aphids are usually disrupt the plant. Use general pesticides to fight them.

Harvest: – For loose flowers, individual flower is plucked regularly which are used for various purposes whereas for cut flower the spike is cut from the base so that longer spike is available.

Propagation: Bulbs are used for propagation.

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All About Cornflower

Cornflower is a common wildflower that has been cultivated as a garden flower for centuries. Originally a native of the near East, cornflower now grows wild over much of Europe and the temperate regions of North America. The cornflower gets its formal name from a minor goddess, Cyanus, and its genus name from a mythical Centaur whose name was Chiron.

DIFFERENT NAMES OF CORNFLOWER

  • Common name: Cornflower, bachelor’s button, bluebottle, hurt sickle or cyanic flower.
  • Botanical name: Centaurea cyanus

 

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS

  • Varieties: Popular varieties of Cineraria are Gold Center, Hansa Dwarf, Stellata Single, Nana Compacta, Early Favourite , Master, Maxima Grandiflora, Maxima Nana, Nana Multiflora and Copaenhagen Market
  • Design ideas: Borders, cut flowers etc.
  • Height: 24-36 inches
  • Flowering season: They generally bloom in the late Spring and early summer.
  • Flower: The flowers are most commonly an intense blue colour, produced in flower heads, 1.5-3 cm diameter, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets. The blue pigment is protocyanin, which in roses is red.
  • Foliage: Cornflower has clearly narrower leaves.

GROWING DETAILS

  • Sunlight: Full sun around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight.
  • Water: Regularly whenever topsoil turns dry. Keep the soil moist but not soggy, to avoid rot and fungal diseases due to overwatering.
  • Sowing season: So cornflowers from early to mid spring for early summer bloom. Also sowing fall in climates with mild winters.
  • Sowing method: Plant seeds in soil or in containers about 2 inches apart and 1-1/2 inch deep. Thin to 8 inches apart in all directions
  • Pests: Aphids and powdery mildew can be a problem attimes. Remove aphids manually with a hard spray of water. Powdery mildew is identified by a white coating on the leaves and wilted, brown foliage. Remove infected plants and burn them to prevent the disease from spreading.
  • Harvesting: Cornflower make good cut flowers. Pull up the plants in mid to late summer when they no longer look attractive.
  • Propagation: The best way to propagate cornflower is to sow the seeds directly into your garden or lawn during fall or as soon as the weather allows for spring germination.

IMPORTANT TIPS

1.Cornflower seeds need complete darkness for germination to occur.

2.Allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering. Do not allow the soil to become too dry, or the plants may flop over. However, cornflower is drought tolerant and will easily spring back from under watering.

3.Feed cornflowers once per month during the spring and summer months using a balanced flower fertilizer. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for proper dosage, and apply half the recommended dose. Cornflower can be invasive if the soil is too fertile, so avoid over-fertilizing.

4.Remove spent flowers as they fade to encourage the growth of new flowers, prolong the blooming period of the cornflower plants and decrease the number of self-sown seedlings.

USES OF CORNFLOWER

1.Dried flowers are used to make medicine.

2. You can make cornflower tea to treat fever, constipation and chest congestion.

3. Women can take it to treat menstrual disorders.

4. Cornflower can also act as a tonic for puffy eyes. Here’s how.

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When life gives you lemons – make lemonade!

We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavours and furniture polish is made from real lemons. Lemons are a favourite all over the world and an essential food in kitchens everywhere.  In this blog, we will talk about the benefits of lemon, its characteristics and some home made remedies that you would surely love.

lemon

BENEFITS OF LEMON

  • Lemon is a good source of vitamin C.
  • The juices in lemon greatly improve your skin tone and quality.
  • For all the fitness lovers, lemon is the “it”thing.
  • It aids digestion and makes your tummy feel wonderful
  • It freshens breath and can make you feel rejuvinated the entire day
  • This also helps prevent kidney stones.

 

SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF LEMON

Common name: lemon

Botanical name: Citrus limon

 

Varieties: Bonnie, Eureka, Femminello, Meyer, Ponderosa

Design ideas: Can be grown outdoors and indoors.

Height: 10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing: 6-8 ft.

Sun Exposure: Full Sun

Danger: Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Colour: Pale Pink, White/Near White

Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage: Evergreen

Other details: Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic),6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods: From seed; winter sow in vented containers, cold frame or unheated greenhouse.

Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seed, Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible.

 

HOW TO PICK A GOOD LEMON

Picking Lemons

 

  • Heavier lemons will have the most mineral content and sugar, thus thick-skinned lemons will be lighter than thin-skinned lemons and will have less sweetness and fewer minerals.
  • The ones with the most juice will have finely-grained texture peels.
  • Lemons should be fully yellow; the ones with green tinges have not fully ripened and will be very acidic.
  • Over-ripe lemons will have a wrinkling look, soft or hard patches and will not be a vibrant yellow.
  • Lemons stay fresh kept at room temperature (not in sunlight) for about seven to 10 days; or store them in the refrigerator crisper for about four to five weeks.

HOW TO USE LEMONS?

Lemon Juice

  • “When life gives you a lemon… squeeze it, mix it with six ounces of water and drink twice daily.
  • A bowl of fresh lemons will add fragrance and colour to a room for days.
  • To reducing sodium intake, squeeze fresh lemon on salads, steamed vegetables, soups and stews.
  • Roll a lemon on the counter a few times before squeezing to maximize the amount of juice.
  • Lemon juice can be stored for later use by putting freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays until frozen, then store them in containers in the freezer.
  • Dried lemon zest should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight glass container.
  • The zest of fresh lemon is a wonderful addition to cakes, cookies and in vegetables.
  • Finally…try a Lemon Facial Cleanser

Lemon has dual benefits. Not only does its juice have so many benefits, its peel also can be beneficial in many different ways. Watch the video below to know!

 

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All About Beetroot

Deep colour and a whole lot of crunch define beetroot.  Its overpowering colour can turn any recipe shocking pink. The vegetable owes its colour to a pigment called betanin which is often extracted to create natural food colouring and dyes. Interestingly, beets were also used to add colour to wines back in the day.

 

Beetroot

Benefits Of BeetRoot

1.Helps in detoxification: Beetroot is reckoned to be a great purifier. It detoxifies your body by pulling the toxins into the colon from where they can be evacuated.

2 It is low in fat and calories: Although it has a high sugar content, it is low in calories and almost fat-free. Since it is loaded with fibre it makes you full without consuming too many calories.

3. It is rich in antioxidants: The antioxidants present in beetroot reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol, protect the artery walls and guard against heart disease and stroke.

4. Its good for hair: Beetroot is actually one of the best home remedies to fight the flakes and an itchy scalp.

Important Information About Beetroot

  • Common name: Beetroot
  • Indian names: Chukandhar(Hindi) and Beetrroot(Kannada)
  • Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris
  • Vegetable type: Taproot
  • Varieties: Ooty 1, Detroit Dark Red, Crimson, Globe and Red Ball.

Features Of Beetroot

  • Life-Cycle: annual
  • Height: up to 35cm
  • Width/Spread: 25cm
  • Flowering season: Nil
  • Flower: Nil
  • Foliage: Heart shaped

Plant Growing Details

Sunlight:

It requires direct exposure to sunlight for around 6-8 hours

Water:

It needs to be water regularly especially when the top-soil turns dry. It is important to keep the soil moist but not soggy. This is required to avoid rot and fungal diseases that can happen due to over-watering.

Sowing season

July & August are the best seasons to sow beetroot.

Sowing method

Line sowing is required for this vegetable.Sow beetroot seeds at 2cm depth and each seed should be sowed at an interval of 5 to 10 cm.

Pest Management

There are some pests and diseases that attack beetroot. We will speak about them and also the methods to prevent them.

Pests:

Leaf miner and flea beetle

While not usually threatening to plants, leafminer control is often necessary to manage the highly visible tunnels in leaves that can reduce crop value.

Flea beetles are small jumping insects (similar in appearance to fleas) that can damage plants by chewing numerous small holes in the leaves.
Flea Beetles

Leaf miner and flea beetle can be controlled by spraying Malathion 50 EC 2 ml/lit.

Diseases
a) Cercospora leaf spot

This results in significant losses, particularly in late summer when conditions are favourable (high temperatures, high humidity, longleaf wetness periods at night). Beetroots fail to grow to full size when the disease is severe.
Cercospora leaf spot can be controlled by spraying Mancozeb at 2 g/lit.

Cercospora Leaf Spot

Rhizoctonia root rot
b) It can kill and stunt plants to result in significant yield losses. This can be controlled by spot drenching with Carbendazim at 1 g/lit.

Harvest

Harvest Beetroot

 

Within 60 days, the roots are ready for harvest. The Beetroots are harvested by digging the sides of the roots and by loosening the roots from the soil and then it is pulled out from the soil. In 4 cm apart from the crown, the leaves are twisted and removed from the roots.

Propagation

 

Propogation Of Beetroot

Place the disk, stem side up, into a bowl or saucer of shallow water. Refill the water if it gets too low. The water level should be just under the stems. When they grow to the size you like, use beet greens for salads, stir-fries, quiches, or anywhere you would be using spinach, chard, collards or kale.

 

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All About Celosia

Flowers of celosia are known as wool flowers or cockscombs. They have unusual flowers that can bloom up to 10 weeks. These flowers can have red, pink, purple, gold or bicoloured blooms. When many celosia flower blooms are next to each other.

They collectively resemble fire, which is why their name Celosia, which means burning in Greek was chosen.

The common name of cockscomb comes from the bloom’s resemblance to a rooster’s comb.

Celosia

Different Names Of Celosia

Common name: Cockscomb, Brain Celosia, Wool flower, Red fox

Botanical name: Celosia.

Varieties Of Celosia

varieties-of-cockscomb

The varieties of this plant come in many sizes, from only a few inches up to about 5 feet high. Celosia plants are classified into three groups: a crested type (Celosia cristata), a plume type (Celosia plumosa) and a spike or wheat type (Celosia spicata).

Plant features:

Life cycle: Annual

Height: 24-36 inches

Width: 6-8 inches

Flowering season: Mid-summer or mid-fall.

Foliage: Blue-green, shiny/glossy-textured.

Planting details:

Sunlight: Full sun locations allow cockscomb Celosia to grow taller. But cockscomb may grow in only partial sun, so it can happily exist when partially shaded by taller plants.

Water: Celosia loves moist soil. Although the plant can tolerate short periods of drought but it grows much better when soil remains slightly moist. While watering, remember not to overwater plant to avoid leaf spots, stem rot, root rot and other fungal diseases.

Sowing season: Cockscombs like warm weather. The seeds will typically not germinate unless the ground temperature is at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  If you live in an area with cool springs, start the seeds indoors four to six weeks before the expected last frost. If your area has longer summers, plant the seeds directly in your garden after the last expected frost.

Sowing method: The pretty looking plant thrives in most of the soil types, but it is better to use soil that is rich in organic matter and drains well. The pH level of the soil required should be around 6 to 7.

Care: Caring for this plant is simple and easy, with slight maintenance you can get prolifically blooming celosia flowers in your home and garden.

Pests: Spider mites and aphids are commonly found in these flowers. To avoid infection keep your plant healthy, water in limit and ensure good drainage. Spray with organic pesticide and fungicide if necessary.

Propagation: This plant drops its seeds and will quickly take over a container. To propagate this flower, collect the seeds and start the seeds indoors. Thin out the celosia sprouts so they are about 8
inches apart and plant young flowers outdoors after the last frost has passed.

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Know All About Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd is actually not a vegetable but fruit.  The fruit of bitter gourd is used for consumption and various medicinal purposes. Bitter gourd consumed as juice also offers many medicinal benefits. Bitter gourd contains iron, magnesium, vitamins, and potassium. The calcium and potassium content in it is twice that of spinach and banana.

Bittergourd

Different Names of Bitter gourd

  • Common names: bitter melon, papailla, melao de sao caetano, bittergourd, balsam apple, etc.
  • Indian names: Hindi- Karela, Kannada-Hagalkai
  • Botanical Name: Momordica charantia

 

Benefits of Bitter gourd

  1. Helps in maintaining blood sugar levels – Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin which has been shown to control diabetes naturally.
  2.  Lowers bad cholesterol levels – It maintains the blood pressure of the body as it is rich in potassium, which absorbs excessive sodium in the body. This lowers heart risks.
  3. Improves skin and hair: Bitter gourd juice has powerful anti-oxidants along with vitamin A and C which prevent premature skin ageing and diminishes wrinkles.

 

Bittergourd juice

 

 

Varieties:

Bittergourd comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. The cultivar common to China is 20–30 cm long, oblong with bluntly tapering ends and pale green in colour, with a gently undulating, warty surface. The bitter melon more typical of India has a narrower shape with pointed ends, and a surface covered with jagged, triangular “teeth” and ridges. It is green to white in colour. Between these two extremes are any number of intermediate forms. Some bear miniature fruit of only 6–10 cm in length, which may be served individually as stuffed vegetables.

 

Plant Features:

  • Life-Cycle: Annual
  • Height: tendril-bearing vine grows to 5 m.
  • Width/Spread: It bears simple, alternate leaves 4–12 cm across
  • Flowering season: spring
  • Flower: pale yellow
  • Foliage: Bitter melon leaves are vibrant green and are attached to a vine with long thin stems. Leaves are made up of 3 to 6 veined lobes and have jagged edges.

Planting/Growing Details:

  • Sunlight: It grows best under full sun, therefore requires around 6-8 hours of direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Water: It should be watered regularly especially when the top-soil turns dry. It is important to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Over-watering can cause rotting and fungal diseases.
  • Sowing season: Bittergourd plant care dictates planting when there is no danger of frost and temperatures have warmed.
  • Sowing method: Grown as an annual crop, seeds can be obtained from a number of suppliers and direct sown in almost any soil type, although growing bitter gourd seeds do best in deep, well-draining, sandy or silt loam.

 

Care:

Bittergourd is susceptible to most of the same diseases and insect attacks that plague squash and cucumbers. Bittergourd should be stored between 53-55 degrees F. (11-12 C.) at a fairly high humidity with a shelf life of 2-3 weeks. It is important to keep the bitter gourd fruit away from other ripening fruits to avoid hastening the ripening process.

Pests:

Mosaic virus and powdery mildew afflict bitter gourds are common pests. For this, commercial producers often cover the developing fruit with paper bags.

Propagation:

Propagation is through direct seeding and transplanting. The best medium for the seeds is a fertile, well-drained soil with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 6.7, enriched with organic matter, such as compost or dried manure. But it will tolerate any soil that provides a good drainage system. The soil must be prepared well by adding organic matter before planting.

 

 

So, with this we have come to the end of our blog. Hope this enhanced your knowldge on bittergourd, and you would now run to your kitchen to experiment with it.

All About Guavas

Guava is a sweet-tasting fruit grown in tropical climates. This seasonal fruit has a delicious taste and a pear-like appearance. It is usually light green, yellow or maroon in colour when it ripens. It has a white or maroon flesh, depending on its type, and has tiny small hard seeds surrounded by a soft & sweet pulp. It is usually consumed in raw farm and also taken as juice, jams or jellies.

Guava is also termed as the powerhouse of nutrients. It contains dietary fibre, vitamins, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin. It also contains essential minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and potassium.

 

Health Benefits Of Guava

Acts as immunity booster: Vitamin C in guava helps improve immunity and provides protection against common infections and pathogens.

Treats diarrhoea and dysentery: Guava has astringent properties that help treat a number of digestive disorders like diarrhoea and dysentery.

Provides dental care:  Guava juice from its leaves has been known to cure toothaches, swollen gums & oral ulcers, and it speeds up the healing process of wounds when applied topically.

The image below explains many more benefits of guava. Check them out as well

 

Different Names Of Guava

Common names: Guava

Indian names: Amarūda, Sībe

Botanical name: Psidium guavaja

Different Varieties Of Guava:

Guava has many different varieties such as Tropical White, Tropical Pink, Tropical Yellow, Red Malaysian, Lemon Guava

Plant features

Life-Cycle: Perennial

Height: 25 feet (when mature)

Width/Spread: 15 feet (when mature)

Flowering Season: Early to late spring

Flower: White coloured blooms.

Plant Growing Details

Sunlight: Partial sun

Water: Moderately

Sowing season: Spring

Sowing method: Guavas are generally started in nursery pots and then transplanted into soil.

Care: Guava benefits from regular fertilizing, especially before pruning. Guavas can withstand heavy pruning so they are ideal as hedges.

Pests: Thrips, Fruit flies, Root-knot nematodes are pests that are most attracted to guava. These can be eliminated by use of general pesticides.

Harvest: Harvest is usually possible during late summer.

Propagation: Seeds

Hope this brief article gives you knowledge about guava.

All About Bananas

Bananas are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world for good reason.  Today, bananas are grown in at least 107 countries and are ranked fourth among the world’s food crops in monetary value.

 

Bananas

 

Benefits Of Bananas

They are considered to be extremely healthy because of their nutritional value. They contain considerable amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, potassium and are also good sources of dietary fibre and protein.

Owing to the nutritional constituents, they are recommended by doctors to treat various ailments and prevent many diseases.

Anti-inflammatory properties

The compounds inside bananas are anti-inflammatory in nature, meaning that they can reduce swelling, inflammation, and irritation from conditions like arthritis and gout.

Treats Piles

Piles are characterized by having difficulty in passing stools that may lead to bleeding. It is believed that bananas help in effectively treating piles.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Bananas have low salt content and high potassium content, and these properties contribute to making it ideal for those undergoing this condition.

Bananas & Their Names

Common names: Banana
Indian names: Kēlā, Bāḷe
Botanical name: Musa acuminate, Musa balbisiana

Plant features

Life-Cycle: Perennial
Height: 16 to 10 feet, depending on the variety
Width/Spread: 2 feet
Flowering Season: Year-round
Flower: Dark purple-red blossoms

Planting/Growing Details

Sunlight:  Banana plants grow best with 12 hours of direct, bright sunlight each day. They can still grow with less (more slowly), but you should determine where the yard receives the most sun.

Water:  Bananas require a lot of water, hence they need to be watered regularly. But, bananas are also prone to rotting if the water does not drain adequately. So keep in mind the balance.

Sowing season: Warm climate is considered to be suitable for sowing banana seeds.

Sowing method: Seedless bananas are propagated by shoots or bulbs directly onto soil.

Care: The yellow fruits require a lot of water and a nutrient-rich soil in order to grow healthy. So it is important to keep the bananas in moist soil and to apply organic fertilizers regularly.

Pests: Banana aphid, Banana flower thrips, Banana fruit caterpillar, Banana rust thrips, Banana scab moth, Banana weevil borer, Banana-silvering thrips are some common pests that cause diseases in Bananas. Application of general pesticides keeps these pests away.

Harvest: They can be harvested all year round.

 

So, with this, we have come to the end of the article. We hope you found it useful.

Happy Growing Bananas!

Top 5 Plants To Make Your Workspace Alive

Adding a touch of green to your work space carries proven wellness benefits, apart from boosting productivity and purifying the air. But windowless cubicles and wacky watering schedules can bring most plant varieties to an early demise. Avoid getting stuck with a sad plant cemetery on your desk by choosing one of these air-purifying, mood-boosting varieties that are also nearly impossible to kill.  We will talk about top 5 plants for your office that can give it a makeover!

Peace Lilies

Peace-Lillies

This elegant lily is a common sight on office desks. Its popularity stems from the plant’s easygoing nature. It bears a tolerant nature and is well suited for typical office conditions such as low humidity, air conditioning, and fluorescent lights. They only need to be watered once or twice a week and can be left up to two weeks without water. They produce beautiful white spathes and flowers in bright light and look like traditional foliage plant in case of dimmer light conditions.

 

Cacti

Contrary to common belief, cacti do not need full sunlight to thrive – they are perfectly content with fluorescent office lighting. They have a very shallow root system, so can be kept in a small pot and won’t take up much space. Ideally, you should make it a point to water them once in a week, however, due to their biological structure they can actually survive up to a month in your office space without watering.

African Violets

African Violet Plant

These East African beauties come in a variety of colors. They are compact and neat, making them ideal for a small, crowded desk. African Violets do well under fluorescent light, but aren’t suitable for offices that don’t switch the lights off overnight – they need at least eight hours of darkness a night to produce flowers. Watering needs to be done from the bottom till the top. This can be done by keeping the pot in a water-filled bowl or a tray.

They symbolize loyalty, devotion, and faithfulness. Also, Violets are one of the February Birth Flowers, so a potted African violet can make a bright gift for a February birthday.

Devil’s Ivy

Contrary to its name the plant has nothing evil about it. It only does good deeds. It oxygenates your surroundings and removes the harmful substances in the air through the stoma in its leaves.

It is heart-shaped and has satiny leaves that are marked by a silver, pale green, yellow or white spots or a flame pattern. The leaves are on long tendrils which can either climb or hang so that you have plenty of options.

The best part is that it can tolerate low light and dry air, and only needs to be watered twice a week. Its trailing vines with marbled leaves makes it a perfect adornment for a cabinet or bookshelf.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads

Add some color to the dullness of your work-station with these vibrant South American jungle plants. Not only do they come in a variety of colors, but they also have innumerable textures to showcase.Bromeliads grow on rainforest tree branches, so they prefer fluorescent office lights over natural direct sunlight. This plant needs a little more care than others on this list – it prefers frequent watering.

But this plant that provides an exotic touch to your office deserves a tad bit more care. Doesn’t it?

Whether your concern is air quality or simply a bit of visual appeal, there are a variety of choices for office plants. We hope the list above starts you thinking about transforming your office environment.