Working in an office all day every day can really suck the life out of you. But, if your job requires that you sit at a desk, you just have to find little ways to restore your vitality. One of those extra-little ways is to adorn your desk with actually living things. Enter the perfect desk plant.
Plants can transform your workspace into a more peaceful, tranquil and engaging place, but if you’re not very green-thumbed, your nice new desk plant could suffer an early demise. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of the best plants for your desk.
If you’re a plant novice, pick up a cactus. These plants thrive in natural light and only have to be watered once a week during the spring and summer, and every three weeks during the fall and winter.
These spidery guys don’t even need soil to survive. All you have to do to water them is dunk them in water for two or three hours every 10 days, a perfect activity while you labor the afternoon away crunching numbers.
Aloe plants are easy to grow, as long as they are supplied with one essential ingredient: lots of bright light. If a desk is near a sunny window, plant it, and forget about it, as these succulents only need watering every couple of weeks.
Also known as Devil’s Ivy, this sprawling plant is incredibly easy to take care of. It can tolerate the darkest cubicles and the brightest, window-filled offices with ease, and will still survive when you forgot to water it every once in a while.
These plants only require medium light for a few hours every day, so they can sit just about anywhere in your office. Since the soil should dry out before you water them, we recommend taking a second to test the moisture when you walk in every morning.
Whether an office is flooded with natural light or tucked in a cozy corner, the carefree philodendron will add cheer with its glossy green leaves and trailing habit.
Oxalises, or wood sorrels, are fun houseplants that add a splash of office color whether or not the plant decides to bloom. The plants are decidedly shamrock-like in appearance.
These waxy plants actually store water in their thick leaves. Therefore, they typically only require weekly watering and enjoy sunlight and dry air.
These Tim Burton-esque plants require brighter light to keep their bolder color, but they should be kept out of direct sunlight. They prefer higher humidity, so misting is key.
Arriving at the office before the sun rises and leaving at dusk can cause a real sense of deprivation for those who love the outdoors. Using a light therapy lamp or light box can help, but adding plants may be the missing nature link needed to improve productivity and satisfaction on the job.