Even if you usually leave your brightly colored succulents at home each morning to go to the office, it can be depressing to go in to a drab office environment. Isn’t it nice if you could add some greenery to your office?
There are lots of succulents and cacti to choose from if you want to! You will enjoy these low-maintenance succulents and cacti even in low-light work environments. They will help cool you off on those long days at the office.
Schlumbergera truncata ‘Christmas Cactus’
Because of its low light requirements, the Christmas Cactus is a popular choice for indoor gardens. During the winter months, it actually needs a considerable amount of darkness to bloom. The long stems of this plant are essentially flattened segments that produce white or pink flowers at the ends.
Propagation requires cuttings as small as 2, 3, and 4 segments. Because the Christmas cactus grows best in partial sunlight, it prefers cooler temperatures and well-draining soil. It does well in sunlight.
Gasteria ‘Little Warty’
An Aloe-like plant that prefers low light, the thick, tongue-shaped leaves have a green hue with a bronze hue at the tips. It can grow up to about five inches in height at maturity.
It thrives in low light conditions and is remarkably easy to maintain. It requires good drainage, and during the cold season, it must be brought inside. Due to its non-toxic nature, Gasteria is a perfect choice for a pet-friendly office space.
Aloe aristata ‘Lace Aloe’
Unlike other succulents, the Lace Aloe has long sword-shaped leaves with a dark green color and small white spots. This plant can reach up to 12 inches in height. Lace Aloe produce a stalk up to 20 inches tall in the fall that is covered in branches of cylindrical, orange-red flowers.
Although Aloe aristata is hardy, it will grow better if placed near a window, if possible. It thrives in normal room temperature and will tolerate dry air of an office. It needs only infrequent water, but during the winter it needs very little water.
Sempervivum ‘Mona Lisa’
This variety of Sempervivum has green and red leaves covered in white webbing in a rosette pattern. It is often referred to as hen and chicks because of the offsets they produce.
Sempervivums can live in low-light conditions, but if allowed to adapt to the change of light over several days or weeks, they are also able to thrive in full sun. If you want to share your love of succulents with your coworkers, Sempervivums can be easily propagated by removing the offsets produced by the main plant.
Hoya kerrii ‘Sweetheart Plant’
Sweetheart Plants get their name from their thick, heart-shaped leaves. The leaves can grow up to about 2.5 inches in width and about a quarter of an inch thick. They are ideal for hanging pots or containers set on a high shelf. The Sweetheart Plant produces a stalk of white flowers with pink or purple centers that are petite and star-shaped when in bloom.
Plants of the Hoya kerrii family require little care, such as well-draining soil and only occasional watering. They thrive in low-light conditions. Growing Sweetheart Plants from cuttings is easy and can achieve easy propagation since repotting is not needed often. Propagating through cuttings can accomplish propagation as well.
Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Snake Plant’
The tall, cylindrical leaves of this plant stand upright or slightly curved with solitary stems. They are native to Madagascar. Leaves can grow up to three feet in length and approximately one inch in diameter. In the spring, they produce a stem about six inches in length that separates from the leaf. On the stem end, white tubular flowers appear.
Even though Sansiveria cylindrica thrives in low-light environments, it prefers partial sun. More light will make leaves grow tall and strong as well. Standing water must be avoided at all costs, so a well-draining soil is essential.
Parodia schumanniana is the perfect office plant if you prefer a pricklier plant. The cacti can grow up to six feet in height and one foot in diameter under suitable conditions. Thankfully, it’s a slow-growing plant, so you won’t need to repot it often. In summer, bright yellow flowers may appear. The bristly spines start out yellow, then age into brown and gray.
A healthy cactus, Parodia schumanniana will do well out of direct sunlight and likes a little more water during the winter. But keep it out of standing water to prevent root rot.
Small in stature, this cactus is ideal for small gardens. At maturity, it reaches about two inches tall and about two inches wide. There is a small cactus native to Bolivia, named Rebutia heliosa, that grows in tight clumps. The cactus produces vibrant, orange funnel-shaped flowers in spring.
The Rebutia heliosa thrives in well-draining soils with little water. Although it blooms best in full sunlight, it can survive in low-light conditions. It can be propagated by removing offsets, or it can be grown in a cluster, which looks quite lovely when it blooms.
Crassula ovata ‘Hobbit Jade’
Because Hobbit Jade thrives in many light conditions, it is an excellent indoor plant. In full sunlight, it develops bright green leaves with red tips. At maturity, it reaches a height of up to three feet and a diameter of up to two feet. During blooming, the tiny star-shaped flowers of Hobbit Jade are predominantly white or pink with a slight white flush.
The Jade Plant is considered a successful symbol, hence it is perfect for corporate environments. Care for the Hobbit Jade doesn’t require much luck. This gorgeous succulent needs well-draining soil, infrequent watering, and as much sun as it can take. Propagation is easy with either stem or leaf cuttings.
Most succulents prefer bright light, but there are still some that thrive in low-light environments. Thanks to their adaptability, you have plenty of choices for office plants.
This collection of succulents and cacti is sure to add a touch of home to your workplace. Take a few of them to work and you’ll be the envy of the office.
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