The Judges consider the short list for FOP

on Monday, 22 June 2020. Posted in News

Our team of judges are currently considering the four short listed plants for this year’s Favourite Office Plant of the Year which will be names during National Plants at Work Week 13 – 17 July.

As this year’s NPWW occurs as we are coming out of lockdown following the Coronavirus pandemic, we are focusing on the mental health of mainly office workers including those working from home. Our slogan is #plants are good for us wherever we work.

Apart from the evidence that nature is a must-have component of our lives (biophilia which includes plants), there has been much research done into how plants improve stress levels in the workplace. Two such studies both say that even one plant makes a difference.

The first is a study conducted by Margaret Burchett and her team at the University of Technology in Sydney back in 2010. The second is a study carried out in Japan and California in 2019.

The Australian study found that being able to see even one plant made a difference to stress levels.

Similarly the Japanese/American study found that a plant on your desk which you looked at in 3 minute breaks and cared for made a big difference to stress levels.

This makes judging quite personal but we are looking forward to their choices. We will publish the results during NPWW.

The Judges

Thiis year's panel of judges are The team at Pro Landscaper, Matthew Appleby at Horticulture Week, Claudiia de Yong, Greg Redwood, Head of RHS Judges, Chanel de Kock, Flower Council of Holland, Jane Perrone, Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, Michael Perry (Mr Plant Geek) and Joe Zazzera of Plant Solutions (USA).

The plants

Crassula or Money Plant/Lucky Plant
Part of the succulent family
This succulent retains water in its leaves, allowing it to go for long periods without water, making it ideal low-maintenance for a desk plant or a larger scheme

Money plant

 

Scindapsus aurem or Devil’s Ivy
Can survive in darker corners
Vigorous climber
(Poisonous to cats – so not for #homeworking where the favourite creature is a moggy)

Scindapsus 2

Calathea aka Maranta
Beautifully patterned leaves
Needs daily misting especially through the summer months

Maranta 2

Sansevieria - Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or the bedroom plant
The Sansevieria thrives in a dark corner and needs minimal watering

M I L tongue  Snake plant