The Best Plants for Your Office

We’re no strangers to office plants. In fact, we’re unofficial experts at keeping our space full of happy and healthy greenery. If you find yourself killing more plants than you’re keeping, check out our list of low-maintenance options to bring a little green to your office.

 

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Snake plants are almost impossible to kill and are known for their ability to survive in unsuitable growing conditions (hello, fluorescent lights). They can grow anywhere from 8 inches to 12 feet high, but they grow very slowly. Indirect sunlight is the best option for this hardy plant, but it’ll survive in full sunlight and low light as well. The biggest killer of snake plants is overwatering ?– you want the soil to completely dry between waterings so that the roots don’t rot.

There are around 70 different species of snake plant, which all look slightly different. “Mother-in-law’s tongue” (aptly named because of its sharp, pointed leaves – genius) is most common for gardening, but we recommend the robusta species for offices. Its leaves are shorter and wider than other species of the snake plant, making it ideal for compact spaces. It is also lovingly dubbed the “bulletproof plant,” so that should be an indication of how impossible this plant is to kill.

 

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos, also known as Devil’s Ivy, is a really hardy vine that quickly grows green, glossy leaves. It is one of the easiest houseplants to grow, as it doesn’t need much sunlight or water – making it perfect for the neglectful plant-lover. The biggest chore with Devil’s Ivy is that it just keeps growing and growing.

If you find the vines of your plant getting too long, trim them, place the trimmed vines in water for a couple weeks until they grow roots, and then repot them. Endless plants for you and all your friends (or for yourself, we don’t judge).

 

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are favourite house plants. They are ridiculously easy to care for and, get this, flower in the springtime. They thrive in the shade, though some varieties can stand more light than others. In the summer, make sure you water peace lilies frequently. If you want extra happy plant babies, mist the leaves too. Slow down on your watering in the winter, but don’t let the soil dry out. You probably won’t underwater a peace lily; they are more prone to dying from overwatering.

The flowers on this plant last for a long time, and you can actually force your plant to bloom twice a year. Keep your plant fertilized and in the shade, and you could have flowers on your desk for several months of the year, and the peace lily will never whine about you not texting them back.

 

Air Plants (tillandsias)

Air plants are the most low maintenance plant – they don’t even need soil. How, you ask? Magic. They do best in areas with indirect sunlight, but really can survive anywhere. While air plants don’t need soil, you still need to water them. Depending on the type of plant you have, the watering methods will vary. A safe bet is soaking the plant in a glass of water around once a week. This will let the plant absorb water, or relax after a long stressful week. After you’re done soaking the plant, gently shake off the extra water, dry it off, and you’re good to go.

 

Plastic Plants from IKEA (fejka)

Did you kill even the most hardy of plants on our list? You must have a talent. May we make a suggestion? Maybe plants aren’t for you. Keep your space green without the hassle of ever needing to water a plant, ever. Bonus: avoid the humiliation of sneaking another dead plant out of your cubicle. ??