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Top 10 Best Desk Plants for a Greener Workspace

A lot of us have been there… We’ve decided to add a bit of life to our workspace with a few desk plants; next thing you know, it’s not looking much better off.

The truth is that you’ve probably just chosen the wrong plants for you and your environment! There are lots of impressive plants out there that are perfect for offices and can easily stay pristine on your desk with little maintenance.

Here are our top choices, from the green experts here at Plant Plan.

Our Top 10 Choices for Office Plants:

1. Crassula Ovate

AKA the Jade Plant

The Jade Plant is super easy to look after, even for those in the office who are not so green fingered! It offers thick, shiny green leaves but a striking look. In terms of maintenance, it requires very little watering, can tolerate bright light (good for windowsills) and is suitable for normal room temperatures. Easy peasy, right?

What’s more, this plant is also known as the ‘money plant’ in Japanese folklore because the plump, round leaves look like coins and are rumoured to bring financial success –  why wouldn’t you want this in your workplace?!

2. Spathiphyllum

AKA the Peace Lily

The Peace Lily is one of our top choices for those wanting an attractive desk plant yet one that requires very low maintenance.

Keep the soil just a little moist, out of bright light and it’ll work a charm to add some life into your workspace.

3. The Sansevieria Trifasciata ‘Laurentii’

AKA ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’ or ‘Snake Plant

Proven to be one of the most effective toxin-removing plants on the planet, according to NASA, Snake Plants rid the air of 107 air pollutants. Putting 2 potted mature Sansevieria can clean the air pollution of a 100 sqft room. What’s more, this plant is easy to grow, very hardy, and has a long life time. Read more on the benefits of the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue Plant on our blog.

4. Dracaena Janet Craig

If you have low-level light conditions in an enclosed office space, this is the desk plant for you. It’s makes an impact but does very well in any dry environment, much like the modern offices of today.

5. Aglaonema Maria

Perhaps this is just a personal favourite of ours, we’ve used this plant in a number of different office installations as it always looks so striking. These small plants are tough and can withstand lower light levels. We recommend putting these in mono-painted interiors to make the best impact and give a modern feel to your desk or office space.

6. Epipremnum aureum

AKA Devil’s Ivy

Don’t let the name fool you, this plant species is an angel to look after! Indoors it rarely exceeds 8ft and adapts well to a variety of office conditions. Ideally it should be placed near a window but out of direct sunlight.

It has a distinctive look too, with large heart-shaped leaves in a number of different shades making a great addition to any desk.

7. Codiaeum variegatum ‘Petra’

AKA Croton Petra

If you want to bring some vibrant colour into what may be a dull office space, then the Croton Petra is a great plant. With enough light this will remain a colourful plant. Just make sure to water it when it dries out. You’ll know when this is as it’ll droop and drop its leaves.

8. Warneckii Dracaena

AKA Dracaena Lemon and Lime

The cousin of the Dracaena Janet Craig, this is another distinctive plant option. This is still low-maintenance, however it isn’t as tough. It will need a bit more TLC to keep it looking its best.


9. Ficus Lyrata

AKA Fiddle-Leaf Fig

The Fiddle-Leaf Fig is a classic and has always been a popular plant choice for offices. Last year saw it become the go-to plant for interior designers wanting to create a stylish and impressive planting scheme indoors. An oldie but a goldie!

10. Monstera Deliciosa

AKA the Swiss Cheese Plant

The famed Cheese-Plant renowned by its 70’s fame, it’s still use as a popular plant choice in offices of today. Its combination of large glossy leaves and unusual shape makes it a stand-out option. Plus, like all the plants in our top 10, it’s super-easy to look after!

Would you like some advice in choosing the best plants for your workplace? Or need some help with your office plant maintenance? Get in contact with the team at Plant Plan here.

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