Offices tend to be dull, gray, stuffy places where uniformity and mundanity make working hours feel endless. Desk plants can add a bit of colour to your workspace, along with lowering stress levels and improving both your mental and physical health. Air quality and productivity can be improved by even the smallest plant.
Take a moment to think carefully before rushing out to get greenery for your desk. What kind of light does the plant require, for example? Does it take up too much space? Are you able to take care of an expensive plant? In addition, be considerate of company policy and your colleagues. Some people may be allergic to certain plants, so please ask before decorating your desk.
The following article will explore 7 types of desk plants, including some that produce flowers and others that have fascinating foliage. In spite of their delicate appearance, the vast majority of our choices are extremely durable while requiring minimal maintenance. Therefore, no matter if you are an expert green thumb or a complete novice, we will find the right plant for you.
Oxalis, also known as Wood Sorrel, is a colorful little plant that will liven up even the dreariest of places. It’s commonly regarded as a weed in the wild. In the weeks leading up to St. Partick’s Day, garden centres are filled with cultivars, sometimes called “false shamrocks.”.
There are many types of oxalis. Its deep purple leaves and yellow flowers make the “Zinfandel” variety particularly appealing. In contrast, “Pink Sorrel” has delicate pink leaves. The plant will do well in conditions with low humidity, but will need bright light for its most vibrant colors.
A plant commonly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue”, snake plants (Sansevieria) are resilient and easy to grow. When planted in well-draining soil, they can survive up to a month without water, poor light, and dry air. As a result of their hardiness, these desk plants will likely survive long after you retire.
The sleek, glossy spikes of Sansevieria reach high into the sky. It is an evergreen perennial. Therefore, it won’t spread out over your desk. Choose a dwarf variety such as “Whitney” or “Futura Superba” unless you have a large space to fill.
A line of snake plants makes a great living divider for an open office, as well as taking pride of place on your desk.
You can grow Tillandsia, aka “Air Plant”, without soil, so it adds interest to your workspace. You can also plant them in tea cups, shells, driftwood or other unusual containers.
Tillandsias are available in several hundred varieties, all of which have distinctive silver, green, and rosy-spiked leaves. You are almost certain to find one that suits your taste.
The plant doesn’t need much light to grow, but will produce a flower spice if it is in a sunny environment. The desk plants should also be misted weekly.
Philodendrons grow in hanging baskets, but can also be trained to grow up a trellis or stake. You just need to water them regularly to maintain their glossy greenery. This is a low-maintenance desk plant.
In indirect light as well as bright lighting, Philodendrons do well. Low humidity and cool temperatures are also ideal for their growth. As the “Brandi” variety has distinctive leaves with an interesting silvery pattern, and as the “Imperial Green” variety has deep-green leaves that thrive in shady locations.
Money trees (Crassula ovata) are commonly referred to as jade plants because they’re believed to attract money and prosperity. Mozambique and South Africa are home to these interesting succulents.
Your desk will not be cluttered with these small plants. They also tolerate harsh conditions well and don’t require as much light as other plants. In fact, they do not like to be watered regularly. Wait until the soil is dry before planting. A general-purpose liquid houseplant feed should be applied to jade plants every six months.
The fuzzy-leaved African violet (Saintpaulia) thrives in average humidity and temperatures. Consequently, they are ideal for use as houseplants or office desk plants.
In order to flower, African violets require light, either from the sun or from a lamp. Choose miniature varieties that are less than 6 inches in diameter if you have a small space. Even though they don’t take up a lot of space, they still add color to your workspace.
African violets grow and flower better when watered with cold, black tea.
The Rex begonia is a distinctive jewel-like plant that is often overlooked. The foliage of this begonia is more important than its flowers as opposed to some desk plants.
Colorful and diverse, these plants are available in a variety of varieties. Enhanced by pewter rims and dark red veins, “Stained Glass” boasts ruby-red leaves. “Marmaduke Rex” is distinguished by its chocolate speckled golden leaves. In addition to its name, Escargot is so named due to its olive-green leaves that are patterned with silvery snails.
There is a wide range of Rex Begonias available, so you are sure to find something that suits your space. Low light conditions are good for them, as long as humidity levels are appropriate.
A plant from the following list could be the perfect addition to your desk. You might get creative and add two or three different plants to liven up your workspace.