Why office plants?

These days, it can be difficult to meet all of the needs of your employees. How can you possibly replace that annual company picnic? How can you, as an employer or manager, demonstrate that you care?  Your team may be back in the office, trying to navigate a new normal–or they may be working entirely from home–or it may be some combination! Office plants can be a relatively low maintenance, portable, and virtual experience that can keep your team active in areas outside of the spreadsheets.

The Research

Research shows that nature in the workplace makes for a preferred work environment. Even if that work environment is at home. Positive job satisfaction, job commitment, and lower work stress are just a few of the benefits that researchers have connected office plants to. Having green in your space, especially during a time where our activity outdoors is so limited, can have a positive effect on mental health and morale. Plants are a straightforward way for a company to give back to employees and care for their wellbeing.

The Solution 

Employees can take their desk plants along with them for those days when they’re working from home–all while staying active and connected. Now, interaction between employees is even easier with our networks. Every member of your team can belong to your team’s network–it’s a platform where they can post, share photos, find plant care info, and bond over their green friends. Want to see how a coworker’s plants are doing? Need to read an article on the best way to feed your plant? It can all be found on your network. Every enterprise network is custom to your office. The teambuilding possibilities are endless.  

Individual members of your organization can get their very own plants for their desks, or can collaborate with others to care for your office’s greenery. The plants can be named and cared for, without requiring a huge commitment. We do most of the heavy lifting by keeping track of the timeline in which plants need to be watered and fed and letting you know when that time comes. Many plants that we recommend do not need constant care or sunlight. To top it all off, any direct questions about a plant or its care can be directed at our gnome coach, who is always there to serve you. Most of your time with the plants can be spent just enjoying their presence.  

Get Started

With Gnomesy, caring for plants around the office is easy and affordable. We start by matching you with the perfect plant fit for your space. Then, we set you and your employees up on the network so that everyone can have access to plant care info and updates. Your team members can choose to receive text reminders to care for their plants–no more marking the calendar to remember when to water! If anyone has any questions, the gnome coach can be easily reached via text to answer it. We make it simple for everyone to be able to enjoy the calming and focusing aura of a desk plant. Simply contact us to fill out our Plant Match survey to get started!  

Propagation: Spidey the Curly Spider Plant

Heisann! Tonti here. Plants are the gifts that keep on giving, and today we are going to learn about the safe and effective ways to propagate the Curly Spider plants you receive from Gnomesy.

Spider plants grow quickly, and when happy, produce plant spiderettes (babies) abundantly. This makes the whole process pain-free and an easy way to grow your own greenspace, or gift plants to friends and family.

Step 1: Identify the babies

The babies you are looking for will look like small versions of the big plant, growing off of shoots that burst up from the plant. When you identify these little plants, simply cut off the little guy, leaving a bit of the original twig it was growing on, on either end.

Step 2: Place in a small water container. And keep an eye out for the roots that will sprout!

A glass container works best so that you can see when the roots grow. They are little white nubs that will only take a day or two to develop. Keep these glass jars near the original plant, so the babies are getting the same kind of light and environment as the big plant.

Step 3: Once roots have sprouted, plant in small potting containers. 

(Supplies needed for this step: black form pots, and soil).

You will want to choose a container that has good drainage. Black form pots are an effective choice, and can be purchased online, or at your local greenhouse or hardware store. Any kind of potting soil will do. Repot in the way of the gnomes by adhering to the following steps:

Step 1: Fill form pot ¾ of the way with potting soil.

Step 2: Make a little hole in the center of the soil with your finger.

Step 3: Take the plant babies with freshly sprouted roots, and put root-side down into the freshly dug hole. Leave all the leaves aboveground.

Step 4: Gently pack the soil around the roots, to the nape of the plants neck (where the leaves begin to sprout).

Step 4: Watch your plants grow! The soil should be very moist the first day that you pot your plant babies. Afterwards, the freshly potted plants should be kept on the same watering schedule as the momma plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you water, and water so that the soil is moist, but not soggy. If you do overwater, just let the soil completely dry out before watering again.

Keep an eye out for your little plants outgrowing their britches (containers). There will be some sure signs: the roots are growing out of the bottom of the drain holes or the form pot is bulging at the sides. When this begins to happen, simply repot using the method described in Step 3 above, but with a bigger, more attractive container.

When they begin to look too big for the form pots, simply repot into a bigger, more attractive container.

Step 5: Give your new plants to friends and family, or keep them to build your own greenspace!

Remember…keep calm gnome matter what. . .

-Tonti