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4 Reasons to Consider Indoor Tropical Plants and Succulents for your Home or Workplace

Posted on February 15, 2017 in House + Home, Indoor Plants & Care, Succulent Love

Written by Jason VanderMey

Brick, glass, steel and white walls are staple elements for trendy offices in Vancouver’s Yaletown and Gastown neighbourhoods. Here at West Coast Gardens we have seen the transformative power of adding tropical plants with striking silhouettes, warm hues, and air-cleaning power to industrial spaces to create friendly, and inviting environments for your employees, clients, and guests.

Here are just 4 of the reasons why I think tropical indoor plants and succulents are the way to go.

Leafy desk buddies keep stress levels down

Plants can improve your emotional well being and help trigger parts of our body that keep stress levels low. Because of this, adding tropical plants and succulents can improve well being in a very cost effective way. A recent study even saw evidence that staff who have plants in their offices saw a 30-50% reduction in stress levels! Not bad for a few leafy desk buddies or artfully placed succulent terrariums.

Healthy air for a healthier you

Increasing your office or home plant count can also have a positive effect on air quality. Volatile organic compounds and human-made toxins found in plastics, paint, furniture, carpets and cleaning products can be reduced by the introduction of plants.

Not as intimidating to care for as you think

While care needs vary by variety, light and water needs are the two basic pieces to learn for each of your tropical additions. One of the biggest factors to look at is amount of light your tropical needs. Some varieties like the Areca Palm do best in high light areas, while Aglaonema thrives better in low light. But really, you can manage quite effectively by just knowing how to water. Watering thoroughly and then leaving the plant to dry down is a good strategy to maintain.

Please also note that fertilizers should only be used when the plants are actively growing. For us here along the 49th parallel, growing season is typically between March-September for tropical plants, and after this they become dormant to cope with lower light levels.

Succulents can also be low maintenance wonders for the workplace. Many succulent varieties have leaves that act as little sponges, so maintain the same watering strategy with a good soak and dry-out period. However, don’t let them dry down too far as the leaves may fall off under stress. Keep your succulent plants happy with plenty of sunlight and a regulated watering schedule.

Play with shapes and colour to create ambiance

It’s simply no question — you just feel better around plants. Here at West Coast Gardens we have customers stop by just for the ambiance, but you can create a very similar ambiance in your home or office just by adding plants to the areas you spend the most time in.

Adding plants to your space can really soften a room or strike a mood. Hollow industrial spaces transform, and empty homes convert to become full of life. Striking lines of indoor tropicals like Dracaenas with their long, thin leaves and Aglaonema (also known as Chinese evergreen) that feature blotted, two-toned, pointed leaves on lifted stems are sure to bring some natural design into a space.


Whether you’re looking for an air-quality booster, workplace pick-me-up, or beautiful design elements, tropicals and succulents are truly an excellent choice. Thinking about picking up a leafy friend for your home or office? Check out our succulent options to find your favourite. Also, don’t forget to show us your updated workspace by tagging us at @WestCoastGardens on instagram!