Philodendrons also make for great hanging plant. You can also choose a cute pot and place it directly on your desk, letting the leaves hang off the edges. It’s also fairly easy to grow and maintain.
20. Peace Lily
The Peace lily plant allow you to add some growing flowers to your space that last longer than cut flowers. They also purify the air in your office. They’re fairly low maintenance — perfect for busy professionals.
21. Aloe Plants
Aloe plants like the varieties pictured can be fairly low maintenance. They take up only a moderate amount of space. They also provide healing aloe when needed. They’re easy to grow in windows that get lots of natural light.
22. Proverb Cacti
Cacti are extremely durable and easy to keep alive with minimal maintenance, whether you have moderate or low light. These mini versions also come in planters with proverbs and quotes perfect for staying motivated in the office. Make sure to not over water them.
23. Artificial Lavender
If you like the idea of colorful flowers at your desk but don’t want to cut and water them, consider an artificial arrangement. This faux lavender might do the trick. It comes in a sophisticated white vase.
24. Zero Maintenance Orchid Bonsai
This orchid bonsai kit is a mini plant that should fit on even the smallest of desks. It’s based in a gel medium. As a result, it actually requires zero maintenance to keep it growing.
25. Air Purifying Herb Combo
This herb combo includes lemon balm, mint, and rosemary. It’s perfect for those who want plants for the office that can actually serve a purpose. You can cut fresh herbs and bring them home. They also purify the air in your office.
26. Wooden Stand Terrarium
Those who want a retro-style plant setup for their workspace might like this wooden terrarium stand. It includes three glass bulbs for small plants like air plants or buds. It’s also compact and makes an amazing gift for co-workers.
27. Snake Plant
Snake plants include tall green leaves and can grow in both high and low light. They don’t require a ton of water or maintenance. This makes them perfect plants for an office with busy individuals.
28. ZZ Plant
This ZZ plant includes glossy green leaves and is easy to grow. The pot is just about 4 inches around. It’s compact enough to fit in a workspace but large enough to make a visual statement.
29. Wintergreen Weeping Fig Tree
If you’re looking for larger plants for offices, this weeping fig tree may be perfect. The pot is about 8 inches around, and the glossy green leaves really make a visual statement. It’s also easy to grow with little water and low light.
30. Bird’s Nest Nidus Fern
A nidus fern is a low light plant that is easy to care for. This one includes a maintenance guide. Just make sure to follow the easy instructions and it should last in your workspace for years.
Will Succulents Survive in an Office?
Yes, succulents are well suited to grow in a workspace because they need very little maintenance and sunlight. However, just make sure not to over water them and provide plenty of drainage.
Is a Cactus Good for an Office Desk?
Yes, a cactus requires little light or water. This makes it perfect for those who don’t want to spend a ton of time taking care of a plant.
Are there any Office Plants that Don’t Need Sun?
Most plants require some level of sun, but many are able to survive without much. You can always opt for artificial plants. However, if you want real versions, try the following:
- English ivy
- Snake plant
- ZZ plant
How do you Take Care of a Desk Plant?
Every plant is different. However, they generally need water, quality soil, and sunlight to survive. Check the care instructions that come with your plant so you can place it in the right environment and water it sufficiently.
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Office plants somehow help with stress but my sister told me that it is bad for the plant.
Oh, great thanks. I was planning to buy an office plant but I don’t know which one to buy. Good thing I came across this article!
The fish plants are actually incredibly cruel to the fish. The tiny space is not enough for even a betta–betta fish should have at least 5 gallons of water in order to be healthy. Also, the plant does not clean the water. There is a complicated cycle (more information can be found if you look up “cycling a fishtank”), and there are many chemicals that it deals with, such as ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. The lack of actual filtration in those awful tanks lead to a build up of all three chemicals. Ammonia, even in trace amounts, can kill a fish. And that is without taking into account that betas love heavily decorated tanks with specifically underwater plants and a sand substrate, as it emulates their natural environment. Bettas can get stressed easily, which can also kill them. Also, bettas need a water temperature of 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit. A standing bowl of water without a heater can easily drop below that temperature, sending the fish into shock and followed by death.
In short, promoting those kinds of “tanks” is actually promoting animal cruelty. Death by ammonia is incredibly painful for the fish as it essentially chemically burns them to death. Stress deaths are also terrible, as the stress leads to infection and sickness. A well-cared for betta can live up to five years. The lifespan of a betta in these kinds of “tanks” rarely last beyond four or five months.
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