Top 10 Desktop Plants

Waking up early in the morning, dressing up and leaving for office only to return in the evening is a routine that most of us are a part of. Spending majority hours in the office premises is something that we are already used to, but many few think of sprucing the office desktop to their personal liking. However, if there is anything that you are completely in control of at work, it’s how your desk looks and feels.

Top 10 Desktop Plants

It is true that the work environment can impact your productivity and ease your stress even when you are loaded with work and what makes it even better is if you decide on incorporating a little life into your space. Yes! It is desktop plants that we are talking about. Plants not only improve concentration but also remove toxins from the air, and add a touch of style to your workspace and above all fill in the missing nature link needed to improve job satisfaction. Don’t worry! We’ve done all the digging to find the best office plants. Read on to find more.

1. English Ivy

This trailing plant only requires medium light and average water to thrive indoors. You can also wrap your ivy tendrils around a trellis if it gets too exuberant. This living piece of art can tolerate dry conditions and do well in cooler temperatures. If you have a small office space, you can go for a dwarf variety like 'Pixie Dixie’ or ‘Silver Dollar’ and ‘Yellow Ripple’ that feature grey and gold variegation.

English Ivy

2. Peace Lily

Add some growing flowers to your office space that last longer than cut flowers. These are air purifying plants and are a fairly low maintenance species and surprisingly easy to grow and considered one of the best desk plants. If you are willing to keep Peace Lily Plant in your office space make sure that you keep the soil moist and mist its leaves regularly. Also ensure that you keep the plant out of direct sunlight.

Peace Lily

3. Jade Plant

In Japanese folklore, the jade plant is known as the “money plant.” Legend has it that the presence of this plant within your premises brings financial success which is why it is one of the best plants for office desk. These plants require only medium light for a few hours everyday and hence can be placed anywhere in your office space. Before you water the plant, ensure that the soil is dry for this plant does not require much water to grow.

Jade Plant

4. Snake Plant

Also known as the Sansevieria, this plant is meant to grow throughout its life. Choose a specimen that best fits your office space and you can also look for a dwarf selection like ‘Futura Superba’ or ‘Whitney’. Snake Plants do not require much attention and you can enjoy the sight of this slow growing desk plant even if you water this plant once a week. These vertical plants can survive low light levels and drought and are perfect for your space even if you have no time to take care of this little friend.

Snake Plant

5. Oxalis

Also known as wood sorrels, these fun houseplants add a splash of office color to your workspace. The plants have a shamrock-like appearance and add a different style to the interiors and hence are considered one of the best indoor office plants. Volcanic sorrel is a popular choice among people due to its purple leaves and yellow flowers. These plants grow well in low humidity but need bright light for the best color.


6. African Violet

Treat your eyes, the next time you walk into your office space to the sight of these beautiful African violets. Modern African Violet hybrids can thrive in the same conditions as humans and require average humidity and temperatures. The plant can also bloom in the light of a fluorescent lamp and is not picky about the source light. Miniature violets are less than six inches in diameter and can be accommodated even in the smallest spaces.

African Violet

7. ZZ Plant

This plant has tolerance to low light and also has an ability to grow with little water which has made it a popular choice among people. This is one of the best good luck plants for office and is native to Africa, and will do just fine with fluorescent bulbs as its only source of light. With laddered leaves, the plant is a pleasing addition to the office setting.

ZZ Plant

8. Philodendron

Add cheer to your office space with the glossy green leaves of Philodendron. The plant is fairly easy to grow and maintain and is often used for hanging baskets but grows equally well in a small trellis or totem pole. To obtain a lush green look, you must water your plant often as it needs regular moisture to remain healthy.


9. Spider Plants

These plants prefer to dry out between waterings and can survive without water for a few days. The plants like indirect light and will flourish even if you have a dark office premises. The plant is named because of its spider-like leaves which dangle down from the mother plant like spiders on a web. Spider plants are available in green or variegated varieties and often start as small white flowers.

Spider Plants

10. Tillandsia

With green, silver or rosy spiky foliage, this is an air plant and you need to think outside the pot to keep it growing. You can fix this plant to a piece of driftwood or fill a miniature terrarium with different varieties of air plants. These plants do not need much light and all you need to do is to mist the entire plant weekly to keep it healthy.


Whether you're lucky enough to have a sunny office or you're stuck in a dark corner cubicle, these great plants will thrive at your job—even if you feel like you aren't. From cacti and succulents to the trendy ZZ plants, these are the top 10 desktop plants for sprucing up your workspace.