Caring for a frond with benefits
As 2020 draws to a close, turn a new leaf in 2021 with the help of a frond with benefits!
Whether you’re the proud plant parent of a Zanzibar Gem, Monstera or Devil’s Ivy, with a bit of TLC, a new desk buddy will deliver some blooming brilliant benefits for years to come.
How to care for new plants: a guide for all thumbs
Launched this week, Fronds with Benefits is Adelaide’s first indoor plant delivery service.
Together, Amy and Todd have carefully hand-selected five varieties of plant for delivery – Bergonia, Zanzibar Gem, Maranta, Pothos (Devils Ivy) and Monstera – to brighten workplaces across Adelaide.
“In the range we’ve chosen, there are some varieties that are hardier, and a few that are a bit more temperamental,” said Amy.
“We see plants as having very particular types of personalities, with some having more specific needs than others!”
No matter the shade of your thumb, Amy and Todd have five simple tips to help your new desk buddy flourish.
1. Don’t overwater
“When it comes to caring for your indoor plant, the main thing is to not overwater them.
“If you water your plant too frequently, it can develop root rot which kills leaves.
“Give your plant a good watering when you receive it, and from there, aim to water it around three times a week.
“We’d recommend letting the plant dry out before watering, and consider investing in a water meter, which can be purchased from Bunnings.”
2. Remove dead leaves
“If some of the leaves on your plant do die, it’s best to remove them – otherwise, the plant will use all its energy trying to rejuvenate the leaf.”
3. Find the light
“I’d recommend taking your plant out of the office and placing it in a shady spot once a week to receive a bit more light, and some fresh air.”
4. Re-pot growing plants
“If your plant is growing, it will need to be re-potted. This is because if its roots and space is restricted, its growth will be impacted.
“Your plant is currently planted in a terracotta pot.
“When you re-pot your plant, choose another terracotta pot as they allow the plant to ‘breath’ better and also make it easier to tell when the plant is wet or dry (the terracotta goes damp or looks dry).”
5. Replenish nutrients
“The soil that your plant is potted in is packed with nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – all the good stuff that plants like to replenish!
“We’d recommend replenishing your plant with these nutrients in about six months’ time.”
More than just an Instagram trend
Over the past decade, there’s been a huge resurgence in popularity of the humble pot plant, largely thanks to plantfluincers – the social media stars of plant style, care, and tips!
But aside from just offering on-point content for the Gram, indoor plants yield a range of other benefits for workplaces, and people, too.
A study from the University of Technology Sydney found that indoor plants at work raised productivity and performance, improved job satisfaction, lowered stress and reduced the amount of time taken off as sick leave.
In an office in the UK, another study showed that employee productivity increased by a staggering 15% after indoor plants were introduced to the workplace.
These benefits all come down to the way indoor plants improve indoor air quality.
According to John Patykowski from Deakin University, air pollution levels are nearly always higher inside buildings than they are outside – even in busy city centres – and research shows any decrease in indoor air quality directly affects health and performance.
“Good indoor plants can positively affect air quality and reliably reduce Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) loads by up to 75%, and increase oxygen to carbon dioxide ratios, at least during the day while they are performing photosynthesis,” he said.
Aside from increased workplace productivity, there’s also research linking desk plants to improved mood, concentration and creativity.
“It’s well-recognised that indoor plants can have positive effects on mental and physical health,” said John.
This is the reason you commonly see indoor plants in places like hospitals.
“Humans have a natural tendency to prefer settings with natural elements, and the perceived attractiveness of indoor plants can induce stress-reducing effects.”
Interior designers use plants to not only bring colour and life to a space, but to make it feel more welcoming, calm, and open.
Finally, the simple act of taking care of a plant can deliver a sense of accomplishment, that can also make you feel a lot better – something we could all do with after a challenging year!
Indoor plants are just one way you can create a more green, sustainable and healthy workplace – and we encourage you to join us in creating a fresher future for generations to come.