Biophilia Expert Explains How to Pick the Right Office Plants | WSJ

Biophilia Expert Explains How to Pick the Right Office Plants | WSJ

– [Narrator] This is
your sad, lifeless desk. And this is Rebecca Bullene. – Hi there. – [Narrator] She’s an expert
in bring the outdoors, indoors. And an expert in biophilia. – It sounds scary, right? – [Narrator] It’s basically
just interior design using plants. Research shows that exposure
to nature, even indoors, helps reduce stress and promote wellbeing. Rebecca is gonna explain
how to choose and care for your office plants for
sustainable good morale. (playful music) (bells ding) – The first thing you need to do when you decide you wanna
bring plants into the office is to assess your light conditions. I’m a big fan of the Light Meter app. You can use it on any iPhone or Android and be able to assess how much
light you have in your space. Oh, we’ve got about medium light here. One of the best ways to
measure light is footcandles, and it’s one of the easiest to understand. Low-light plants are plants that usually get about 30 footcandles. Medium plants are plants that need about 50 to 100 footcandles. And high-light plants are usually plants that need 150 footcandles and up. – [Narrator] What if my office
has more light than that? – Well, you might need to put
some sunscreen on yourself, not on the plants. (bell dings) Once you’ve determined how much light you have in your space, you should really start to
think about the care needs of the plants you’re interested in. You don’t wanna choose plants that are gonna need a ton of care if you know you’re going to be out of work or taking weekends off. So it’s good to focus on plants that have low-maintenance needs. The ZZ in particular
is a really great plant because it’s so versatile. It can take high-light and low-light, and it really survives
in drought conditions. The sansevieria is also
a really great plant for the office space. It can also be in high-light and low-light and it’s also one of the
best air-purifying plants. So if you’re in an open office plan, it might be a great plant
to keep on your desk. When you’re thinking about where to actually place your plants, be sure you’re thinking through how you’re going to take care of them. Hanging something over
a lot of electronics where you’re gonna have to
get on a ladder and water probably isn’t a good idea. (bell dings) Choosing the right vessel for your plant is equally as important
as the plant itself. You can choose a plant
that has a drainage hole on the bottom and it
usually comes with a saucer to make sure you don’t
spill water on your desk or you can choose a planter that doesn’t have drainage on the bottom, but it’s really important
if you’re choosing a planter that doesn’t have drainage,
you need to include some kind of drainage
material, like aeration stone. One of the best planters
you can use for your plant is actually one that’s subirrigated. By that, I mean that instead of watering at the top of the planter, you’re actually gonna
fill the bottom with water and so the plant can drink from
the root system down below. (bell dings) The single biggest issue for office plants is how to take care of them longterm. If you’ve chosen the right plant for the light conditions that you have, then it’s really all about the watering. What you wanna avoid is
what we call blind watering. That’s when you look
at a plant and you say, “Hmm, it kinda looks thirsty,”
and you just water it. That’s not really the way to water. You need to use more of your
senses to figure it out. You really need to get
comfortable touching your soil. It’s also how you’re gonna get some of the best benefits of biophilia. You really need to engage with your plants and their environment. – [Narrator] So when can I expect the stress reduction effect to kick in? – As soon as you start
appreciating your plants. (playful music)

43 thoughts on “Biophilia Expert Explains How to Pick the Right Office Plants | WSJ

  1. What I thought biophilia meant:

    Bio-: Life
    -philia: Love

    Love for life.

    0:54: I'm more of a lumen kinda guy, but okay.

  2. Where are the plant names? Didn't see them written in the video or description. Hard to make out the names when she says them 🤷‍♂️

  3. Did you know:

    Genghis Khan was the direct registered bloodline descendant of Edward III, King of Britain, of Roman Gucci ancestry?

    Genghis Khan was the son of Kublai Khan. Khulan was the wife of Genghis Khan. Kuan Yin was the daughter of Genghis and Khulan. Oghedi Khan, son of Genghis, inherited the throne of the newly founded Mongolia.

    The career of Mongke Khagan was mistaken for that of Kuan Yin's husband, Marco Polo.

    All of this took place in the 15th century.

  4. Easiest and laziest way is to plant a Pothos. Thrives in medium lighting condition and versatile in either soil or water potting for its semi-aquatic attribute. Just have a transparent half cut plastic bottle, fill it with water and place the plant stem in it. Give groundnut shells as added nutrients. You get to see the water level and fill it when needed. Finally watch it grow.

    For an even low maintenance plant, get a Tillandsia (air plants). Sits nicely on a wire spiral or terrarium. Only needs to be fed with a spray or two of nutrient mix water from a misting bottle.

  5. ! PLANT NAMES ! in order (right to left):

    -ZZ Plant: This plant will do well in low light*, day light** (luminous enough for you to read a book without turning on light), office/artificial lighting, bright light*** (luminous enough for you to shave or put on makeup without turning on light), or even filtered sun*** (shaded or passing through a curtain).

    -Variegated Ripple Peperomia (not sure what variety): This plant needs bright light**, filtered sun****, and direct sunlight**** indoors

    -Arrowhead Philodendron: This plant needs bright light*** or filtered sun****.

    -Sansevieria/Snake plant (Not sure the specific variety, aerial view makes it look like the birds nest variety): This plant will do well in low light*, day light**, office/artificial lighting, or bright light***. (ANY KIND OF LIGHT BUT DIRECT SUN, it will fry in the sun)

    -Jade Pothos (or another variety of Pothos): This plant needs day light** at least, bright light***, or filtered sun****.

    -Variegated Arrowhead Philodendron: This plant needs bright light*** or filtered sun****.

    *Low light – (office lighting with no sun or anything that falls lower than day light)
    **Day light – (luminous enough for you to read a book without turning on light)
    ***Bright Light – (luminous enough for you to shave or put on makeup without turning on light)
    ****Filtered Sun – (sunlight that is shaded or passing through a curtain)
    *** Full Sun – (exactly what it sounds like, full blasting sun that is not filtered)

    Hit my line for plant questions, [email protected]
    Please don't trust most advice without meeting it with healthy skepticism.

  6. HEY @WallStreetJournal @WSJ how about you bring someone on who knows these plants and how to take care of them, not just what looks pretty. If the roots absorb the water and nutrients from the soil, why are you going based off the soil and not the roots?? For those about to spam a comment saying "well it has to be completely dry" or something like that its all in the leaves. Feel the difference in between when your plants need water and when they're firm and full of body, thats the only way to gauge, cleaner than touching soil on an office desk too.

  7. 0:10 Peperomia: Extremely slow growing medium to high light

    0: 11 Satin pothos: Medium to high light

    0:16 Pothos: SUPER EASY. Low to high light. Can grow in water.

    0:51 Chinese evergreen aglaonema: low to medium light. Avoid sunlight.

    0:58 Snake plant: Low light is ok but high light is better.

    1:35 Arrowhead: Not recommended for beginners. It doesn't like being relocated; drops leaves fast. Likes high humidity, root rots if kept moist too long.

    3:09 ZZ plant. Slow growing. Likes 2-4 weeks of dry soil per month. Avoid keeping it wet. Low to high light. Get this plant.


  8. Really? There is nothing new. Didn't your parents teach you how to care about plants? Does tomatoes grow on Walmart shelves?

  9. plant mom tip: every now and then, poke aeration holes in the soil around the plant with a chopstick- this helps the soil from getting too stuck together, and will make sure water goes all the way to the plant's roots.

  10. The last time I remember my boss was putting plants in her office with no air conditioning and in our country it's 32°C outside, even when watered they still die… Amd there little to no amount od sunlight just heat…

  11. How do you choose an office plants that can withstand cold AC? Sansevieria & even pothos has perished within a month.. I watered them once a month as the soil were moist & cold but dry on the top at the same time… Help!!

  12. What about the light itself? How do you know if the plants will grow under fluorescent lights, LED lights?

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