Studies have shown that office plants come with many benefits. They help reduce stress, increase productivity, and can even improve your health. Additionally, it’s impossible not to feel an emotional attachment to them – they’re your plants and you want them to thrive, after all. Although not as lively as a pet, plants can help you fight home office loneliness. In fact, various studies indicate that talking to plants helps them grow, so don’t feel silly if you end up venting to them about your boss.
To top it off, now is the best time to start honing your green thumb. Home plants are more popular than ever, and you can easily find dedicated social media profiles with inspiring plant photos. However, unlike these professional plant caregivers, you probably want to start off slowly. That’s why we came up with a list of some of the easiest home plants to keep that will look great in your home office.
Top 5 Low-Maintenance Home Office Plants
Before you bring your new plant home, there are a few factors that you should consider. Since different plants have different needs, you should get a plant that will thrive in your home office environment. Some of the most important things to keep in mind are your office’s natural light, space, humidity, and temperature. Moreover, if you have pets you need a plant that isn’t toxic to your furry friends. Considering all of this, here are the best indoor plants you can get:
Also known as devil’s ivy, pothos is known to survive in harsh environments. Not only do they thrive in nearly pitch-black conditions, but they can also withstand underwatering and overwatering. They usually grow downwards, which means they’re the perfect desk or ceiling plant. But unfortunately, they’re toxic to both dogs and cats.
Since jade plants retain water in their leaves, they can withstand high amounts of neglect and are able to survive without being watered for a month. However, they do enjoy light, meaning you’ll need to place them near a sunny window. Beware that jade plants are toxic, so you’ll have to go to your vet immediately if one of your pets eats them.
If you’re looking to give your home office that jungle vibe, spider plants are the ones for you. They just need indirect bright light and weekly watering. The best part about these spiky-looking plants is that they’re pet-friendly and grow quite fast. On top of that, they produce many ‘babies’ that you can repot, and they remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Peace lilies are perfect for working through the night, as they’re one of the few plants that produce oxygen when it’s dark. Although peace lilies withstand overwatering, the story is quite different when it comes to underwatering, so you’ll have to be careful. The best part is that when you place them in a well-lit space, they’ll grow white spade-shaped flowers throughout the year. Keep in mind they aren’t pet-friendly, though.
Ficus Bonsai Tree
You may wonder why we decided to include a bonsai tree on this list, as these Asian mini trees usually need extra care. Well, the Ficus bonsai tree is low maintenance. They need a warm environment and high sunlight but can survive the occasional over and underwatering. On top of that, it’s worth considering how relaxing tending a bonsai is. They’re highly poisonous to pets though, so make sure your four-legged friends can’t reach them.
How To Arrange Indoor Plants
Plants are excellent pieces of decoration and you want to make sure they stand out. There are several ways to do this, depending on the office space and plant size. For example, if you have a 6-foot-tall bird of paradise, it will probably stand out on its own. But the same isn’t true when you go for medium-sized plants.
Give Your Plants Space To Thrive
After you get your first plant, it’s easy to fall into the trap of buying the store’s entire stock. While we recommend getting several plants, it’s not the best idea to have them on top of each other. Instead, leave them space to breathe and remember that less is more.
Use Plant Holders
Another option is to use plant holders. You can get one that sits on the floor, but if your home office is small, you can also use either a wall or ceiling plant holder. This way, you’ll be able to place your plants in a location where everyone can see them without losing valuable space.
Tending plants is rewarding. The more they grow, the more you’ll feel like an expert gardener. They’re also the perfect solution to give your home office a refreshing and light environment. Happy gardening!