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5 Perfect Plants for the Home Office


Plants can transform your home office into a tranquil and engaging space, but if you’re lacking a green thumb, your sweet little desk plant could quickly be headed for the compost bin. To help you create an air purifying, mood-boosting green oasis that thrives, we've compiled a list of the best looking plants for your desk that are also easy to care for. What are the best plants for your desk?


Here are our quick picks for the top 5 home office plants that look great and are nearly impossible to kill:


1. Sanseveria

Also known as the Snake plant or Mother-in-laws tongue, the Sanseveria is definitely one of the "it" plants right now. It offers on-trend appeal while being one of the best air-purifying plants available- the perfect desk plant! One of the most common reasons people kill their plants is due to the inconsistent care they provide. If you're looking for an attractive low-commitment plant, then lucky you, your search is over! The Sanseveria plant can last up to a month without water and survives in very low light conditions. It also can be fully exposed to the sun for long periods, although this will lighten the markings a bit on the leaves.



2. Philodendron

These tropical beauties have been a mainstay as indoor plants for centuries, and it's easy to see why. Philodendrons have large leaves with a glossy sheen giving them a sleek appearance. They are also incredibly hardy as an indoor plant, which is unique considering they are a tropical plant. Because of their preference for low humidity and cooler temperatures, Philodendrons are ideal for indoor offices. So, if you're looking to surround yourself with a lush, green urban jungle at your desk- pick yourself up a Philodendron or two. Or five. :)



3. Devil's Ivy


Also known as Pothos, this plant is a type of evergreen vine. The leaves are large and adorably heart-shaped, they also come in a decent variety of light and dark colors making them a great plant to style with. Devil's Ivy is particularly gorgeous with trailing leaves down the side of your desk or placed on a shelf. This species adapts perfectly to a variety of office conditions, from lower light levels to bright ones. It's so easy to care for, and the delightful texture and color variety guarantees this plant will be a long-lived favorite.



4. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Commonly abbreviated to the ZZ plant, the hard to pronounce name isn’t an indicator of how hard they are to maintain. Their thick stalks and roots store a large amount of water, which means you don’t have to have to worry about watering often at all.

A trendy favorite for people with a black thumb, the ZZ plant can also tolerate extended periods of low light making it great for a home office without a lot of windows. It gets better- the ZZ plant hardly needs any fertilizer and is relatively pest free. Gorgeous greenery without the hassle!



5. Dracaena

Dracaena is one of the toughest plants out there and is an awesome choice for cleaning the air and eliminating pollutants. They can survive in drought-like conditions and have an intense root system making it difficult for them to wilt – perfect for a neglected desk plant. Not only are they sturdy, but their slender, often colorful leaves can make a bold statement and perk up an otherwise drab desk space.


Bonus picks!



Both Cacti and Succulents deserve a mention here especially when considering their compact size is perfect for any desk space. They also require VERY little watering- in fact, it's imperative that you don’t overwater! They are incredibly easy to care for with one caveat: they do tend to like a decent amount of light. So if your home office lets the sunshine in, you're golden. If not, you still may be surprised at how hardy these plants can be- why not give it a shot?



And let's not forget about planters! Why not have a chic home for your new plant buddy to live in? It's amazing what the right plant and planter combo can do to elevate your home office space. Here are a few of our favorites:






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