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Dracaena Rikki is named UK Office Plant of the Year 2009

Dracaena Rikki has been named the inaugural UK’s Office Plant of the Year 2009.

Like all green plants, Dracaena Rikki is good for our health, cleaning the air indoors of toxins and refreshing it with oxygen, whilst helping to keep us calmer.

A body of scientific and academic research has shown that houseplants are not only good for our health and well-being, but that they are good for employers too.  Why?  Because they help to keep staff motivated, aid focused concentration, enhance creativity and so improve productivity and the bottom line… anything that helps in these financial times can’t be bad!

Interior landscapers were invited during the year to name their top plants and Dracaena Rikki was in the top six, which also included Spathiphyllum and Sansevieria.

Alongside its many health giving benefits, Dracaena Rikki also proved a good choice for office planting because of its toughness, light tolerance and general ease of maintenance.

These attributes coupled with its good growth – up to one foot a year – and its attractive leaf structure ensured it got the winning votes from the judges: Adam Pasco of Gardeners World Magazine, Matthew Appleby from Horticulture Week and Ian Drummond representing eFIG and Indoor Garden Design.

“It’s adaptable and easy to maintain and offers a modern feeling with its pleasant textured, flexible leaf and architectural appearance.  It’s tolerance of low light levels and its toughness together with its interesting leaf variation and fast growth make Dracaena Rikki a winner,” commented Matthew Appleby.

Plant short list
Six plants were shortlisted for UK Office Plant of the Year:

  • Chlorophytum ‘Mandarin’
  • Sansevieria
  • Spathiphyllum
  • Chamaedorea seifrizi
  • Dracaena Rikki
  • Dracaena steudneri