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Best Office Plants to Liven Up Your Workplace

You’re most likely spending at least 40 hours a week in your office. If you don’t have a thumb for decorating, it can get pretty depressing. It’s filled with boring walls, unnatural light, and uncomfortable chairs. Office plants can really make a difference. Indoor plants have been shown to: 

  • Improve concentration and productivity
  • Increase creativity
  • Reduce stress levels
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Uplift your mood

They add color and oxygen and overall will make your workplace feel homier. House plants remove toxins from the air and make the air your breathing in more healthy. Not all plants are good at surviving in an office setting though. It’s important to get the ones that do so you’re not left looking at a dead plant. Generally, the best indoor plants are those that only need low light and low maintenance. This is especially true for indoor plants that will thrive in an office setting. Plants that do well in an office tend to be tropical or subtropical plants that are used to warmth. 

Another important factor to consider when choosing your office plant is growth. You don’t want a plant that is going to quickly grow and expand all over your confined office space. Slow growing plants require less maintenance. You don’t have to worry about constantly trimming them while you are trying to get your work done. Let’s look at some of the best office plants. 

Peace Lily

Spathiphyllum

The Peace Lily sounds like the perfect office plant just by the name. It produces simple but beautiful white flowers. It is a spacious plant and is great at purifying your office air. It barely needs any light so it’s perfect for an office even without many windows. It can even be damaged if it is receiving too much light. If you notice your Peace Lily dying, moving it to a darker room will usually nurse it back to health. It does need a decent amount of water to keep its soil moist. 

English Ivy

Hedera Helix

The English Ivy is an evergreen vine known for filtering air. It reduces airborne fecal particles and filters out formaldehyde. If your office lacks fresh air, this plant will be a welcome addition. Like the Peace Lily, it doesn’t necessarily like natural light so it does well in dark spaces. When it is growing, it needs water consistently. However, once grown, it can survive without water for a while. 

Philodendron

Philodendron

Philodendron

Philodendrons come in many different varieties. They have big oval leaves. The two main categories of philodendrons are climbing and non-climbing. They are low-maintenance. If you have a climbing Philodendron, they can grow quickly. It’s best to put them near a wall or bookcase to climb if you are partial to the climbing variety. They need bright, indirect light. One of the best things about Philodendrons is they show early signs when they are not thriving. If the leaves are drooping, it needs more water. It’s best to water your Philodendron when the top of the soil gets dry. You may need to add fertilizer in the Spring and Summer, particularly if you notice the leaves are pale. 

Boston Fern

Nephrolepis Exaltata 

Boston Ferns are on the finicky side of office plants. They don’t like dry or hot spaces. In the right environment, these Ferns add a beautiful touch of green to your office. They like humid spaces so it is good to mist them weekly. They need a lot of water to stay healthy as well. They won’t do well in very dark spaces, but indirect light is enough for them.

Parlor Palm

Chamaedorea Elegans

This small palm tree is great for creating a natural barrier in your office. Perhaps between cubicles. It doesn’t need a lot of light and gives your office a tropical vibe. It can also purify the air and is known for being very affordable. It needs more light than some other common office plants but it doesn’t have to be direct light. The Parlor Palm doesn’t require much water, just any time the soil dries out. It prefers a warm office temperature to grow. 

Snake Plant

Sansevieria Trifasciata 

Snake Plant

This beautiful plant has tall vertical leaves with bright yellow bands on the outside. It is one of the most low maintenance plants making it a great first plant for your office. They remove toxins from the air like formaldehyde and benzene. They don’t need a lot of sunlight or much water. The best way to ensure your Snake plant lives a long and full life is to keep it in well-draining soil. 

Chinese Evergreen

Aglaonema

The Chinese Evergreen is a beautiful two-toned plant with big leaves. Like the Peace Lily, it is great at removing toxins from the air. It thrives in low light and is low maintenance, making it a perfect addition to any office space. The only thing to keep in mind about this office plant is that it does not do well in cool conditions. It’s best if your office temperature always remains in the 60’s or above. It doesn’t need too much watering as it likes its roots to dry out. 

Jade Plant

Crassula Ovata 

Jade Plant

The Jade plant is a type of succulent. They are shrub-like with thick branches and puffy, small flowers. Jade plants need minimal watering and are resilient, making it an easy office plant. There is also an old Japanese folktale associated with this plant. They are known as the money plant and said to bring financial success. This plant is clearly a must-have in your office. Jade plants need more light than some other office plants, so consider putting it by a window. If you notice your Jade plant browning, it most likely needs more water.

ZZ Plant

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia 

Similar to the Parlor Palm, the ZZ plant is low maintenance and immediately produces a tropical feeling to your office. And like the Snake plant, it is very resilient. It can go months without care and light. However, it does prefer a moderate amount of indirect light. It’s perfect for dark windowless offices, as it doesn’t need natural light. It needs barely any water, only when the soil completely dries out. One of the only ways you can kill a ZZ plant is with too much water or light. The ZZ plant is perfect for a busy workspace lacking natural light. 

Aloe

Aloe Vera

Aloe plants are often an office favorite. They are perfect as a desk plant. They remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air. And, if you go to the office after a long weekend at the beach, you can use your Aloe plant to treat your sunburn. It does need a fair amount of sun for an office plant so try to have it near a window in the direct light. It doesn’t need much water and does best in a wide pot.

Conclusion

Plants are very important for the home and workspace. They remove toxins from the air and make the air your breathing in more healthy. But if you want to make the life of your employees or household members even better, you definitely need planting in the nearby area. Earth Development can help you with this. We have been providing landscape renovation and lawn maintenance services for over 20 years. Make your life even better and contact us!