Even if you don’t have a good track record with keeping plants alive, don’t worry: we’ve complied a list of 10 great plants to put on your desk or around your office that don’t require a green thumb and will instantly create a healthier, livelier space for you to work in.
Air plants are the perfect option to bring a little bit of the outdoors inside without taking up any space on your desk. These plants don’t require constant watering and just need dunked in water for about 2 hours every couple of weeks which makes them a low maintenance solution. The terrariums average around 3 inches around and with the wide variety of ways to set it up, these Air Plant Terrariums offer a nice pop of color to your workspace!
Succulents are the perfect option for people who want to add natural elements to their space but are lacking a green thumb. These plants like indirect light, take little to no space, and require little water. Group two or three together for a trendy addition to your desk and remember to water it lightly every other week!
3. Zebra Haworthia
These hardy succulents can survive in almost any indoor environment. They do well in any light condition and like to be watered every 2-3 weeks. Under-watering this plant is better as over-watering can cause root rot.
4. Jade Plant
Commonly known as jade plant, lucky plant, money plant or money tree, this plant grows very well in bright indoor settings but does need an attentive eye to keep the ideal watering balance. Be careful not to let a jade plant dry out completely, but also, don’t water a jade plant too often, as this can cause root rot. Instead of watering your jade plant on a schedule, water it when the top of soil is just dry to the touch.
5. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
A favorite for people who are guilty of killing their plants, the ZZ plant can tolerate prolonged periods of low light and light watering. This makes it the perfect candidate for a desk plant since the winter season can be quite dark. All in all, Zamioculcas makes for a great, easy-to-care for office plant that will lighten the mood during tense time and spur creativity in the workplace!
6. Snake Plant
The snake plant is super low maintenance, and a top choice for being a naturally effective air purifier. Luckily, the snake plant can last up to a month without water and survive in varying light conditions, so although it prefers lots of sunlight it can also do great in lower lit rooms.
7. Peace Lily
Peace Lilies are popular because they don’t need a lot of light, plus, they are also forgiving of occasional over-watering. These plants are also known for cleaning the air, helping to remove toxins and create a nicer environment in which to work. It’s tolerant of low light and a vigorous grower too. These plants work well for focal interest and screening.
8. Devil’s Ivy
Devil’s Ivy leaves are large and come in a wide variety of light and dark colors. This species adapts well to a variety of office conditions, from low light levels to brighter ones. This easy-to-care-for plant makes a lovely addition sitting on a desk, shelf or table.
9. Golden Pothos
Beyond their easy care qualities, Pothos are highly effective at filtering airborne toxins and replacing them with oxygen, thus they are great to keep around for your health! Water them every 2-3 weeks or when leaves begin to droop and the leaves will straighten up in a matter of hours. Any indoor light is fine but bright, indirect light promotes faster growth.
10. Majesty Palm
Majesty palms are beautiful indoor plants that purify the air and remove toxins while providing a tropical escape to your office space. They’re native to wet areas in Madagascar so keep it well watered and next to a sunny window to ensure it stays happy and thriving.