Event Details

Plants for Green Offices

Category:Green & Healthy Campus Activities
Organised by:IFT Occupational Safety & Health and Green Task Force
Date / Time:2014/4/9  [09:30:00]  ---- 2014/4/9  [17:30:00]

In order to create a comfortable workplace with some green touches, IFT provided green plants for staff to decorate office on 9 April. Let's create a Green Office together!

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Please refer to the following the gardening tips for different plant care.  



 Nerve Plant


 China Berry

   Chest nut

  Anthurium       Basil      Mint



Syngonium podophyllum

Light: Bright light, but no direct sun. Can tolerate low light, but the leaves may lose their variegation. Turn pot regularly for even growth.

Water: Keep the potting mix moist in summer, allowing the surface to dry out before watering again. Water less often in winter, letting the top half of the potting mix dry out.

Humidity: Average room humidity.

Temperature: Normal room temperatures. 60-75°F/16-24°C

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks from spring through fall with a balanced house plant fertilizer diluted to half the normal strength. In winter, feed monthly.

Nerve Plant

Light: Low to medium light. Avoid direct sunlight. Grows well under fluorescent light.

Water: Keep soil constantly moist, but not soggy. Plant will collapse if it dries out.

Humidity: High humidity (around 70% relative humidity).

Temperature: Average room temperatures 65-75°F/18-24°C

Fertilizer: Feed every 2-3 months spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer.

Chamaedorea Elegans

Light: Low light to moderately bright light. If leaves are yellowish-green, it may be getting too much sun.

Water: Keep soil lightly moist. Provide good drainage.

Humidity: Mist the foliage regularly to increase humidity.

Temperature: Normal to warm room temperatures 65-80°F/18-27°C

Fertilizer: Needs more fertilizer than most palms. Feed monthly in spring and summer with slow-release fertilizer.

China Berry (Polyscias)

Light: Aim for bright light, though it will tolerate varying levels from low light to full sun.

Water: Water thoroughly and allow top 2 in (5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering is a sure way to kill it. Mings have fine roots and are prone to root rot, so when in doubt, keep it on the dry side. Also cut back on water in the winter when growth has slowed.

Humidity: Moderate to high humidity. If the air is dry, mist the plant every morning or stand the pot on a tray of wet pebbles. 

Temperature: Average room temperatures 65-85°F, 18-29°C. It can take warmer temperatures, but don't expose it to anything below 60°.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) diluted by half. Young leaves that are yellowish-green are caused by a lack of nutrients.

Malabar Chest nut (Money Tree)

Light: Bright light, but no direct sun. Thrives under fluorescent light.

Water: Money tree plant likes water in big gulps. Water thoroughly, until water comes out the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, then allow the top 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) to dry out between waterings. Avoid getting water on the trunk, which causes stem rot. Water less in winter.

Humidity: Moderate to high. Try to keep the relative humidity at 50% or higher. Set the pot on a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity around it.

Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C;

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.


Light and temperature: Anthuriums thrive when it is warm during the day (75-85 degrees) and about 10 degrees cooler at night. Higher temperatures will cause the flowers to fade quickly and will slow down growth. Anthuriums are a high light plant; but like most indoor plants will not tolerate direct sun.  When there is insufficient light, plant growth slows down and few flowers are produced.

Water:  Water an anthurium well and then allow it to dry out before watering again. Under -watering may slow down plant growth, but over-watering will cause permanent root damage. Yellow leaves, when temperatures have not gone below 45 degrees, usually indicates over watering.

Fertilizer:  Fertilizing is not as important with an anthurium as it is with other houseplants. Don’t fertilize until you see the plant start to produce new leaves; this may be several months after you have bought it or received it as a gift. When you do fertilize, we recommend diluting it to ½ or ¼ strength. Never fertilize any plant when the soil is totally dry, as this will burn the roots.


Make sure that the soil is moist. Basil plants like moisture. If you live in a hot area, use mulch around the basil plants (the mulch will help keep the soil moist).

Make sure to pick the leaves regularly to encourage growth throughout the summer.

After 6 weeks, pinch off the center shoot to prevent early flowering. If flowers do grow, just cut them off.

If the weather is going to be cold, be sure to harvest your basil beforehand, as the cold weather will destroy your plants.


Grow Mint Plants in Containers

Because it grows by underground root runners, mint spreads easily and quickly. To contain it, grow mint in a 12- to 16-inch-wide pot so it can't ramble through your landscape. If you like, tuck the container into the ground so the pot doesn't show but still keeps the herb in check.

You also can plant mint in a large half-barrel or plastic pot and leave it outdoors year-round. Don't keep ceramic pots outdoors during winter; they often crack during the freeze-thaw cycles that follow freezing temperatures.

How to Grow Mint Plants

Plant mint in full sun or part shade. It thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Mint adapts to many soil types, but develops the best foliage in soil that has been enriched with a 2-inch-thick layer of compost.

Frequent cutting keeps mint looking attractive. As with basil and other flowering herbs grown for their leaves, remove flowers as they appear, and pinch back the stems to encourage shorter, bushier growth. Keep the area around mint free of weeds and grass. Otherwise it looks untidy, and the weeds may reduce yields and affect flavor.