5 Best Office Plants for Your Desk or Workspace
Buying office plants or a desk plant capable of thriving in low light conditions is an easy way to purify the air, improve your mood, and add beauty and grace to an otherwise bland office space. And you don't need a green thumb to grow one of the beautiful potted plants on our list of the 5 best office plants.
These hardy desk plants can thrive in well-lit, and dim work spaces, and can handle neglect if you travel a lot for work, forget to water them, or simply have a "black thumb."
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Golden Pothos, also known as Devil's Ivy or Epipremmum is one of the most versatile and easily grown indoor plants. It thrives as a potted office plant, can adapt to a variety of light conditions, and is hardy if neglected. Provide a pot with good drainage and water weekly for best performance. Pothos is available in most local greenhouses, and can be ordered from Amazon for a couple of bucks.
While any spider plant will thrive in an office setting, The Ocean Spider Plant is my favorite, as it features more white on its leaves and off-shoots and charming white flowers, creating beautiful contrast with the natural green color of its leaves. Spider plants will do well in partial sunlight, or under bright artificial lights, but you should not place them in full sun (this can burn their delicate leaves). Fertilize very sparingly as too much fertilizer will limit their production of attractive off-shoots (which will hang from the plant like little spiders). Most garden centers will sell spider plants, and the Ocean Spider Plant can be ordered from Amazon for a few dollars.
Some people may confuse the Goldent Pothos with this beautiful Heart Leaf Philodendron. Both offer beautiful, vibrant green leaves, and both plants are very easy to care for (they sometimes do better when you neglect them!). I recommend re-potting in a 2" larger pot than it comes in. Choose a clay pot with a drainage hole, and water sparingly once every 7-10 days. Any place in your office will do, but avoid full sun. Full sunlight and too much water are really the only ways you can possibly kill this air-purifying office plant. It's available for purchase from Amazon and can also be found at most local nurseries or garden centers.
Want to make a statement with an office plant (even if you have a black thumb)? Buy a Peace Lily, which will purify the air in your office while adding beauty and a lovely subtle fragrance. Big, lush leaves and graceful white flowers (when in bloom), make this an easy choice for workers who want to add drama and beauty to their work space. The only thing you really need to know about caring for your Peace Lily is that you should avoid direct sunlight at all costs. They love the shade, and their leaves will brown with too much sunlight. That's one reason why they're perfect for offices with little sunlight, or indirect sunlight.
Find your peace lily at your local garden center, or order this one in a 6" planter's pot from Amazon.
This beautiful Parlor Palm is one of the hardiest and most popular indoor varieties of palm, which has made it a staple in many office settings. It is drought tolerant (for the forgetful), grows well in low light, and can put up with neglect and abuse without missing a beat.
Your local garden center may have some in stock, but I ordered mine online and was really happy with the plant I received. It's in the corner of my office, and has done well there. Most plants that you purchase will be 12-18 inches in height, but they will grow to a few feet if you re-pot them to a larger growing container. This makes the Parlor Palm a great choice for office of any size (keep it in a small pot and it will remain small).
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