7 Desktop Plant Ideas for Your Home Office
Spring is coming! In just a few weeks, the days will be longer, brighter, and warmer. Flowers will bloom and trees will grow a lush green--but how will you enjoy all this when you’re inside working at a desk?
While some people can work from home with a gorgeous view right by their desk, some of us need to bring the greenery to our desks. Indoor plants are a great addition to any office, and what better time to grow plants than in spring?
Indoor plants are also an ideal foliage alternative if you’ve got allergies to pollen that flies through the air in the spring.
When you’re working at your standing desk, it’s nice to have a bit of greenery with you so you have a place to rest your eyes between tasks. Green is known to be a calming colour, which is something to keep in mind when you’re decorating your home office. Plants also make great decor because some species can clean the air!
Make sure you pick the right size of plant for your home office or desk. If you want a plant friend that sits right by your monitor, make sure it’s a sturdy one that won’t topple easily when you adjust your desk up and down.
Today, we’ve gathered our 7 favourite plants that you can keep right on your desk! Bring a little springtime in to enjoy as you work.
(Note: Some of these plants can be poisonous if ingested. Keep them out of reach of your pets or children!)
7 Popular Plants That You Can Keep Right On Your Office Desk
These little plants are great desktop decor, as they come in a wide range of colours and sizes! They’re great beginner plants, too--they don’t need to be watered more than once a week. With a well-draining pot and bright, indirect light, they’ll thrive.
2. Compact Snake Plant
You’re probably already familiar with the snake plant, which is another plant that does well with very little water. But unlike succulents, snake plants can grow in low-light offices as well! This is what makes the compact snake plant a perfect addition to your desk. These mini plants have the same beautiful colouring as the full-size plants, but on a smaller scale.
Perfect for St. Patrick’s day, the shamrock (or oxalis) makes a very fun office plant. The leaves (which can be green, burgundy, or even purple) open in the morning and fold up to “sleep” once it gets dark. It’s a very hardy plant, too. Even if the stems die, the plant’s bulb will put out more shoots--just give it a week or so!
4. Lucky Bamboo
If you often have trouble with overwatering your plants, why not have a plant that thrives in water? A bamboo plant’s main requirement is constant moisture. You can grow them in soil, pebbles, or just a jar of water! They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can pick one that fits your style best.
5. Moss Balls
An unconventional and eye-catching desk plant, moss balls require basically no maintenance whatsoever! Also known as “marimo,” these little plants just need moderate light and a bowl of fresh, cool water every week or two. You can decorate the tanks with pebbles or other plants, and moss balls get along quite well with fish if you want to add them to an aquarium.
6. Green Onions
This one is less of a springtime desk plant and more of a kitchen hack, but we thought we’d include it anyway! If you use green onions (scallions) in your cooking, don’t throw the ends away! Simply stick them in a glass of water and they’ll root and grow in less than a week. Cool desk plant and more scallions for your food? That’s a win-win.
7. Air Plants
If plants with roots are a little tricky for you, you’re in luck. Air plants don’t have roots, and instead absorb moisture through their tendril-like leaves! These plants just need a well-ventilated area and a light misting of water every so often. Plus, they come in a variety of shapes and colours!
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