Office plants not only look pretty and add a touch of nature to the work place: they also increase humidity, remove toxins from the air, and can even improve your overall mood. Which plants are the right plants for your office, though? Check out this list of the best plants to keep on your desk, cubicle or office.
Also known as the Sansevieria or “mother-in-law’s tongue,” the snake plant is tough and resilient. They come in different varieties: some growing to several feet high and some staying at a manageable “dwarf” size. Best of all, snake plants only require occasional watering to keep them alive, meaning if you forget to water it for a week or two, it’s no biggie.
Spider plants, like snake plants, are very low maintenance and don’t require direct light or constant watering to thrive. The stringy spider plant gets its name from the tiny offshoots or “spiderettes” that grow from the mother plant. Spider plants grow quickly and are ideal for a low-light office space. They’ve also been shown to improve indoor air quality significantly and can even reduce stress-levels.
The philodendron’s beautiful wide leaves add some much needed greenery to any office space. Often used in hanging baskets, this plant is relatively easy to care for and does well in both indoor and outdoor settings. Philodendrons do best in areas with bright, indirect light, and would do well in an office or on a desk with a window nearby. Only water it when the soil begins to dry, and keep an eye on its large leaves for signs of over-watering or too much light exposure. Philodendrons are an excellent choice for cleaning the air and especially for reducing CO2 levels.
Similar in look to the philodendron, the golden pothos’ wide, heart-shaped leaves are notoriously easy to care for. They are perfect for low-light situations, making them one of the best choices for your office space. Golden Pothos can be planted in hanging baskets or in pots, and only need the occasional watering. It’s important to note that Pothos plants are poisonous if ingested by humans, cats or dogs, so keep out of reach of any pets or curious children.
This fuzzy-leafed plant thrives in bright light and has beautiful, purple colored blooms. The African Violet would do best in an office with a window to sit in, but can also do well with a dedicated fluorescent light. African Violets are picky about their watering, though, so read up on proper African Violet watering before adopting one for your office space.
Aloe is notoriously low-maintenance and, like many succulents, really only requires one thing to thrive: bright light. If you have a sunny spot in your office to place it in, an aloe plant can thrive for years with only very occasional watering. Plant them in cactus-mix soil to ensure proper drainage, as standing water can cause an aloe plant to wilt quickly. Many people are familiar with aloe’s medicinal properties. Aloe leaves can be used to treat minor burns and rashes and can also be added to your regular skincare routine as a natural moisturizer. What’s not to love?