Office Plants South Africa

A Potted History of Office Plants

Plants have captivated man from time immemorial. Some of the earliest known records of office plants come from the artwork of ancient Egypt which depicts houseplants in urns and troughs.

During the epic exploration of the ‘New World’ in the 15th Century, Medieval European monarchs coveted exotic plants and would search far and wide to discover new species. They installed them proudly in their palaces, sheltered from the cold, unforgiving European Winter, unwittingly birthing an enduring culture of keeping office plants.

The trend later caught on in Victorian England, where the fashion for office plants developed to new heights. Ornamental glass houses were erected to keep increasingly delicate and rare plants like orchids which thrived on the abundant exposure to sunlight. Ardent lovers of nature, conservatories were used by the Victorians as places of leisure to sip tea and marvel at the heavens and natural world through the glass partitions. These early attempts at cultivating office plants have informed much of the knowledge we now possess on the care and maintenance of office plants.

Knowing where our office plants originally came from can be enormously helpful in providing for their unique needs. For example, did you know that the African violets we know so well come from mountains of Northern Tanzania where they flourished in the shadows of dense forest? Growing horizontally from the rock face, they are kept constantly damp because of water draining down the rock gradient. This explains the importance of good drainage in keeping African violets as office plants, and the difficulty of keeping them in upright pots!

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Employing your Green Strategy

We understand how to make your green strategy work for you. Actively showing your commitment to a greener future will impress consciously and subconsciously on your customers. 

Integrating plants, silks and canvases into your exhibition space will not only add the obvious aesthetic pleasure but will also improve your chances of drawing potential customers’ closer and encourage your current customers to linger. Research shows that this encourages customer retention, and increases sales opportunities. The bottom line is that going green provides a great return on your investment.

Breathe Life into Your Next Event

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Why use plants at your event?

  •  Create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere
  • Add beauty and balance
  • Contribute to a healthy and productive environment
  • Plants clean and improve the quality of the air
  • Make a “green” statement – it is planet friendly!
  • People linger in beautiful environments

Add interest to your exhibition by using plants in pots to create a look that reflects your identity. Hip and happening, or cool and classical ... choose from a wide variety of pots in different colours and styles to match your brand. Plants and pots create flow and visual symmetry.

Bring colour to your space with silk flowers. Playful, elegant, sophisticated or pretty. Choose from a range of silk arrangements to update the look in your key display areas and tables.

Set a theme for your event with a series of canvases. We give you a choice from thousands of photographs to make a selection just right for your event.

Make a statement at your next product launch or corporate occasion. Bidvest Execuflora provide a full exhibition rental service to ensure that the green aspects of your stand are delivered on time and in perfect condition.