Whether you have your own corner office with a view of the city, or you work in a more open design concept, keeping a little greenery around can have all kinds of benefits. From natural perfume, to cleaner air, to a splash of color, plants offer you all kinds of benefits as co-workers. But which ones should you keep near your desk? Well preference will vary, but some solid options you should keep in mind include…
#1: Devil’s Ivy
Despite its sinister name, this evergreen vine is ideal for office conditions. With large, heart-shaped leaves, this ivy comes in a variety of colors, allowing you to pick the one that best suits your workplace, and your personal preference. Not only that, but it can be kept in a small pot if you only have a little bit of room, or you can get one trained up a pole as a kind of standing plant if you have more room and space. Flexibility is key, and it’s one reason this plant is so commonly found indoors.
#2: Spider Plant
With its long, spindly leaves, it’s easy to see where the spider plant got its name from. While it might seem like something of a stereotypical choice for an indoor plant, though, Earth 911 points out that it offers a slew of benefits. It thrives in partial sun or shade, for example, which is great if you don’t have a window view. They’re one of the top plants for cleansing the air, and they can cut down on the dust in a room by increasing the moisture in the air as well. While they might not be thought of as prize-winning beauties, spider plants are certainly work horses when it comes to your office environment.
#3: Rubber Tree Plant
While the joke of having a rubber plant in your office may take a while to get old (Is that a real plant? No, it’s rubber!), these plants are great companions for any office. They are extremely low maintenance, which is ideal for most workaday people. During the rubber plant’s dormant season, you can even get away with watering it no more than a few times a month (though when it’s more active it will be much thirstier). It’s also an easy plant to read, so there’s no green thumb required in order to take proper care of it.
If you want a desk plant that sends a clear message that you don’t have time to be bothered, then a cactus is ideal for you. With varieties that are sharp, and some that are almost cuddly, House Beautiful recommends them as ideal office plants. They don’t take a lot of care, but they do require a fair amount of natural light. They don’t use all that much water, and they can keep going in the face of serious adversity. And, like many other office plants, they come in all shapes, sizes, and styles to fit your particular wants and needs.
#5: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
A plant with a name that’s far harder to handle than the plant itself, the ZZ plant is an ideal one for a lot of indoor situations. Able to survive, and even thrive, with long periods of no light, it doesn’t need much in the way of fertilizer, and has very few pest problems associated with it. Even better, it stores large amounts of water in its thick roots, meaning that it can go for some time between waterings. This one is about as close to a stress and maintenance-free plant as you’re going to find, and as long as you do the very basics for care, it will last for some time.