Plants can transform your workspace into a more peaceful, tranquil and engaging place, but if you’re not very green-fingered, your nice new desk plant could suffer an early demise…
Avoid getting stuck with a sad plant cemetery on your desk by choosing one of these air-cleaning, mood-boosting varieties that are also nearly impossible to kill.
What are the best plants for your desk?
We have picked our best plants that make great additions to your desk at work and they won’t require you to take a degree in horticulture in order to look after them properly – bonus!
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum), also known as Pothos (although that is actually a different plant) and is a type of evergreen vine. The leaves are large and sometimes heart-shaped and come in a wide variety of light and dark colours for the leaves.
This species adapts well to a variety of office conditions, from low light levels to brighter ones. This easy-to-care-for plant with heart-shaped white-splotched leaves makes a lovely addition sitting on a desk, shelf or table, and large specimens, trained around a pole or cane, look great in big pots on the floor.
Sometimes just called “aglos” or Chinese evergreens, Aglaonema are popular because of the colour that the leaves can attain. While many are deep green, they can also have traces of silver or red.
The scientific name is derived from two Greek words; ‘aglaos’ meaning bright and ‘nama’ a filament or thread, referring to the striking stamens produced within the flowers. It is a popular plant with the Chinese, to whom it symbolizes long life (hence “Chinese evergreen”).
African Spear Plant
Sometimes called the African spear plant, the Sansevieria cylindrica offers all the ease and durability of the popular snake plant and the appeal of lucky bamboo. The plant consists of stout, cylindrical spears that spring from the sandy soil. They can be braided or left in their natural fan shape. Best of all, they can be almost entirely ignored and still thrive
The perfect plant for beginners.
(Spathiphyllum) Peace lilies have very wide, broad, deep green leaves and grow beautiful white flowers that have given them their common name. They are popular because they don’t need a lot of light, they are also forgiving of occasional over-watering as well.
Peace lily plants are also known for cleaning up the air, helping to remove toxins and create a nicer environment to work in. It’s tolerant of low light and is a vigorous grower too. These plants work well for focal interest and screening.
Dracaenas can be some of the toughest plants out there and is a great choice for eliminating pollutants. It’s easy to care for and makes a unique focal point or screening plant.
Dracaena cincta (sometimes called Dracaena marginata), for example, can survive in drought-like conditions and has a relentless root system which makes them tough to wilt – perfect for a neglected desk plant. Not only are they sturdy, but they look attractive on your desk top with their thin, often colourful leaves. For darker area, or where a statement is needed, Dracaena “Janet Craig”, with its bold, green foliage is ideal – tough and forgiving.
Known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue” or “Snake plant”, it is possibly one of the more sinister, devilish looking things in your office – depending on your co-workers – this plant can offer a much-needed visual stimulus to your workspace.
One of the top reasons why people tend to kill off their plants is due to the irregular care they provide to it. But the Sansevieria plant can last up to month without water, survive in low light but can be fully exposed to the sun for long periods.
If you are still wondering what plant to put on your desk, contact eTree so we can help you design your workspace with our expert knowledge.