Increase Your Creativity at
Your Professional Creative Ability With
Unusual Foliage Plants
Looking for a different strategy at work for improving your creative ability? Find it
difficult to create literary master pieces because of stress and/or fatigue? Try interiorplantscaping to
create a sense of comfort! I recommend placing 2-5 unusual plants in your work
environment, depending on how much space you have.
Research suggests that the visual presence of plants may help with recovery from
mental fatigue. For example, the recovery rate
of participants working in a room with plants was greater after a five minute break compared to participants
working in a room without plants (1). Another study found that participants were more productive, less
stressed and felt more attentive when working in a room with plants present (2). The attention restoration theory may help explain why we achieve
these benefits. This theory involves focusing "effortless attention" on "soft fascinations" such as plants
Allowing your brain to focus on plants gives your working brain a break, helping it to
Below is a list of plants recommended for creative professionals working in
an office space. These plants will catch your attention with their unusual qualities.
They can tolerate neglect and are quite forgiving. Try growing one of them to test
out your ability to nurture them and challenge yourself by adding more when you feel confident growing
TOP FIVE UNUSUAL PLANTS THAT ARE EASY TO GROW IN THE OFFICE:
1. Lacy Tree Philodendron
Do you have a lot of space at work? Is there room to spare? If you said yes then this exotic plant is for
you. It can tolerate a variety of light conditions but partial sun would work best since it naturally
grows below the tree canopies in jungles. The unusual thing about the philodendron are the aerial
roots. You might confuse these roots with a stem or flower
stalk. Don't try to bury them in the soil or cut them off. This plant uses these roots to
absorb moisture from the air or ground surface. These roots also have the ability to stick to things
making it possible for the plant to grow up a wall.
Allow the soil surface to dry in between
waterings. This plant would also greatly benefit from misting with water at least
2. Pony Tail Palm
This is a great plant for smaller spaces. I've seen people put this on top their desk shelves close to a
window. This plant grows more vertical than horizontal making it ideal for little counter space. It
doesn't need a lot of light (partial sun) but can grow in full light conditions. Allow the soil to dry out
in between waterings.
My favorite thing about the croton are the bright beautiful colours and the unusual leaf patterns.
This plant does need more sun than the previous two. A west facing window would be suitable but it would also
tolerate an east facing window. Don't allow the soil to dry out completely in between waterings.
Keep the soil fairly moist but not wet. Check once in a while for mealy bugs on the underside of
the leaves. Mealy bugs are white and appear fluffy. I use a damp cloth to remove the bugs and dust the
plant while I'm at it.
4. Boat Lily
Take a close look at the leaves on this plant. They are a reach green colour on
top and a deep purple underneath. Part of the flower structure looks like a boat with
a little white flower inside. The more sun you can give this plant the better but it can
also tolerate cooler east facing light. Allow the soil to dry in between waterings.
This plant comes in hundreds of varieties consisting of unusual colours, shapes
and sizes. I really enjoy the wrinkly varieties as well as the striped varieties. East
facing windows are ideal but it can tolerate a warmer west facing window. Allow the soil
surface to dry in between waterings.
1) Shibata, S. and Suzuki, N. Effects of Indoor Foliage Plants on Subjetcs' Recovery from Mental Fatigue. North
American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 3, No. 3. (2001), pp.385-396.
2) Lohr, V., Person-Mims, C., and Goodwin, G. Interior Plants May Improve Worker Productivity and Reduce
Stress in a Windowless Environment. Journal of Environmental Horticulture. Vol. 14 pp. 97-100
3) Kaplan, S. Restorative Benefits of Nature: Toward an Integrative Framework. Journal of Environmental
Psychology. Vol. 15 pp. 169-182 Iss. 3 (1995)