Are you looking for a way to spruce up your workspace? Whether you work from home or in an office building, you need some type of decoration to brighten your day and help you unwind while in the daily grind. You need to feel comfortable where you're working, and make your space your own. Plants are awesome decorations, and if you take good care of them, they last a long time. Here are 16 plants for your office that will totally Zen you out.
16 Money Tree
Also known as Malabar Chestnut (or Pachira Aquatica), the Money Tree is known to bring prosperity and good luck. The braiding of the tree is what's said to be the symbol of money and luck locking together. Depending on the pot it's planted in, this awesome plant can grow up to seven feet tall. This plant will grow while in indirect sunlight, but if you notice it starting to wither, you may need to place in a better lit area. Money Trees thrive in humid weather, and need to be watered every six to ten days. They are great for those who need a little more luck in their lives. Plus, it's beautiful. I wouldn't mind looking at this plant while working! Who knows, maybe it'll bring some extra money your way, too!
15 Juniper Bonsai
Junipers are coniferous trees within the Cypress family. They are gorgeous and come in many different shapes and sizes. When Junipers are young, they have tiny needle-like foliage. The foliage becomes scale-like when they're older. Junipers are known to create deadwood, due to live veins getting trapped under dying branches. This tree thrives better when you mist the soil, and needs humidity in order to grow. If you heavily water the plant, it will become stressed out and grow tiny needle-like foliage again. (Super shocking, right? Who knew a plant could become stressed to the point of re-growing itself?) As long as you read up on how to care for Junipers, they'll last a long time for you! Junipers are gorgeous, and many people decorate the soil with painted rocks to add that extra Zen.
Terrariums are perfect for those who love getting creative with their plants. When you choose your container, the smaller you go, the more humid it'll be. You could use fishbowls, clear birdhouses, coffee pots, even lightbulbs! When planting, it is best to use coconut husk fiber. It doesn't get too soggy when wet and won't decay. However, some people use pebbles, shells, sand, or limestone for the base of their Terrarium (it's okay to mix pebbles with coconut husk fiber, but mixing anything else will clash with the PH balance of the fiber). Next, choose which small plants you'd like to see grow in your Terrarium. Make sure you don't detach the stem from the roots, as the roots are needed in order for the plant to grow. There are so many plants you can choose from, and so many ways to show off your creative side. Plus, it's nice seeing something thrive that you put so much work into!
Orchids (also known as Orchidaceae) have been around for millions of years, and are still one of the most beautiful flowers (if I do say so myself). There are over 25,000 different types of Orchids on the planet right now. Their smell is sweet enough to attract bees, but rancid enough to keep those pesky flies away (which is great, since you don't want flies around your workspace)! The Orchid is known to be a symbol of love, beauty, and luxury. Some myths even claimed to have used this flower in love potions! These plants thrive best when they're kept moist. Make sure to keep Orchids in indirect sunlight—be careful to not let too much light shine on these beauties or their leaves will become scorched. Orchids usually need to be re-potted every other year, too!
12 Triple Lucky Bamboo
Lucky Bamboo (also known as Dracaena Sanderiana) comes from West Africa. These plants attract luck and positive energy! Lucky Bamboo plants are able to grow in water, as well as soil. It's best for these plants to not be placed in direct sunlight, because their leaves will scorch! However, not enough light will cause slow plant development. Lucky Bamboo plants would be happy with an artificial light, such as a lamp. They cannot survive in temperatures colder than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. They thrive best in a room where the temperature is around 65-90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you take good care of your Lucky Bamboo plant, it will thrive and prosper for a long time. After all, who wouldn't want to care for a plant that has luck in its name?
The Philodendron is known as the most common office plant. They are part of the Arum family and there are over 900 species of this plant that grow in North, South, and Central America. These beauties can be found on the ground in rainforests and swamps and are able to survive in low light conditions, which makes them perfect for office spaces! They can grow anywhere from 3-6 feet, and have a normal lifespan of two years if you take good care of them. Make sure the temperature stays between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit, too! Anything colder could kill your plant.
Philodendrons also create a sugary liquid that attracts ants. If you're skeptical about ants getting into your workspace, I'd pick up some ant traps from the store. Interestingly, it is known as the "Love Tree" ("Philo" is Greek for love, "Dendron" is Greek for tree).
10 Venus Fly Trap
Venus Fly Traps can be quite tricky to care for! They require a lot of work and dedication. In order to have one of these plants, you need to have access to a lot of sunlight. Venus fly traps need to be in direct sunlight for over four hours each day in order to flourish. However, if you're afraid that you don't have enough light, you can always place it under an artificial lamp for proper lighting and heat. They need to be watered with pure water as well. Strangely enough, you have to hand-feed your Venus Fly Trap!
If you plan on hand-feeding them, you should purchase some freeze-dried blood worms (which can be purchased at any local pet stores). If the thought of feeding a plant gives you the creeps, maybe this isn't the best plant for you. However, if this doesn't make you cringe; I suggest getting one of these beauties for your work space. They are truly amazing plants to watch, and add life to your space (not to mention get rid of the flies)!
Ficus trees are one of the most popular office plants. They're quite easy to maintain, and will flourish beautifully if taken care of. Ficus trees can survive in medium, filtered light. Be very careful not to place these trees in direct sunlight as their leaves will scorn! Ficus trees also need to be kept in temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, but will thrive mostly in temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cold drafts from windows and doors will harm them; make sure you place these in a corner where drafts won't be an issue. Also, Ficus trees are fast growers, but will need lots of nutrients in order to grow well. When your Ficus isn't feeling the best, you'll notice leaves starting to fall. This is a way that your Ficus is saying, "I'm stressed!" The most common stress-causing factors are low humidity, under-watering, and too little light. When taken care of, these trees will flourish and leave you feeling satisfied.
8 Yucca Plant
Yucca plants are very attractive plants to add to your workspace. They flourish beautifully, add a nice focal point, and look super classy. There are over 20 species of Yucca plants; some grow on canes instead of stems! Yucca plants will survive in shaded areas, but do need some indirect sunlight in order to flourish.
Frigid temperatures can kill Yucca plants, so it's important that you maintain temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants can be rapid growers—they range from 36 inches to eight feet tall! The best part? They're one of the few plants that are insect-free! Many bugs (spiders included) HATE this plant and will steer clear of them. If you're afraid of bugs and insects, this might be the plant for you!
7 Psychotria Elata
Look at this luscious plant! I had to do a double take; those petals look like real lips! The Psychotria Elata (also known as Hot Lips), is known to attract butterflies and humming birds. These plants grow as shrubs at first and can turn into a small tree. They can be found in Costa Rica, South Africa, or any tropical rainforests.
In order for these plants to flourish, you'll need to treat your office like a rainforest. You'll need temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit, lots of humidity, and bright lighting. For these reasons, a lot of people only collect these plants. They don't intend on caring for it for a long time. It's a lot of work, but if you're willing to show this plant some steamy love, it's the right one for you!
Cacti are quite difficult to take care of. If you treat cacti like a normal plant, you'll end up killing them. Before you decide to get one, you should definitely brush up on your cacti skills! They should be watered once a week—just enough to keep their leaves from shrivelling. These beauties love sunlight—if you had a ledge by your window for them to sit on, they'd love it! If you don't, however, they will still be happy in mid to light lighting conditions.
Cacti are really cute plants, and they'll make your office space look sophisticated and Zen-like! They look awesome when next to different types of cacti, too, so consider getting them in batches. Just be careful when moving them around as those spines can poke you and they hurt!
5 Spider Plant
Also known as the Chlorophytum Comosum, the Spider plant is one of the most adaptable plants you could have. Spider plants can flourish with indirect light, and love cooler temperatures around 55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They need to be watered well, but not enough to be super soggy. The only "problem" this plant will give you, is browning at the tips of its leaves. Don't worry, though! The only reason your Spider plant will get brown leaves is if you're feeding it water mixed with fluoride. Rain water is the best kind of water to give your Spider plant, though no one really expects you to collect rain water every time it rains in order to feed it. Distilled water works just as well as rain water, and is something you can get anywhere at anytime!
4 Aloe Vera
I'm sure by now everyone knows about the awesome benefits Aloe Vera has to offer. It helps with sunburns, comes in drinks, and is great for skincare. Who wouldn't want this amazing plant sitting on their office desk? Aloe only needs to be watered once or twice a week. In between watering, let your plant dry out for a day—too much watering will kill it. If your Aloe plants leaves start to brown, it means it's getting too much sunlight. If you're looking for a plant with a two-in-one bonus (you can use it for sprucing up the office as well as its medicinal benefits), this is the plant for you! Watch it grow, then harvest it for your own needs! If you take good care of your Aloe Vera, your Aloe Vera will take good care of you.
Hyacinths are sweet-smelling flowers that linger throughout the air. Their scent is quite strong, so if you're sensitive to smells, I wouldn't suggest this plant. These flowers require as much sunlight as possible in the summer and winter months. The soil should remain damp, in order to keep these plants flourishing. Hyacinths come in many colors from white to blue and pink to purple. If you take care of them, they will continue to grow throughout the whole year. Some people say that their Hyacinths never stop growing! These plants would look awesome on an office desk, and they look (and smell) quite inviting. Make sure that you leave the window open, though! Otherwise the smell will give you a headache, and that isn't something you want when you're working.
2 Deluxe Peace Lily
Peace Lilies can grow anywhere from 16 inches to 6 feet, depending on how large their pot is. These plants are known to cleanse the air, which would come in handy when in an office space of your own. Because Peace Lilies cleanse the air, they will also collect dust on their leaves. When this happens, you'll want to place the plant in a sink and gently rinse off the leaves with cool water. If you're not able to access a sink, you can take a damp towel and handwash the leaves yourself. You'll have the satisfaction of knowing that the air is clean, and have a gorgeous plant to thank for that. These plants flourish with medium to low light, and only need to be watered once a week. Peace Lilies look amazing no matter where in your office you put them. They're great plants for beginners!
1 Red Bromeliad
Bromeliad plants are simple, classy plants that look amazing on an office desk. They're easy to care for, and don't require a lot of work! Bromeliad plants would rather be in low light conditions. If they're getting too much light, they'll let you know by showing yellowish to pale leaves. Keep in mind that if their leaves get too green, it means they're not getting enough light. These plants love temperatures between 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit, and will die if left in temperatures under 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Bromeliads come from Florida, and love humidity. Make sure you mist these plants daily to keep their humidity levels up! They don't require a lot of water, so if you forget to water them, it's okay! They're known to survive long periods of drought. As long as you water these beauties once a week, they'll be good to go!