Plants are all the rage. We live in the age of Joanna Gaines and Farmer’s Markets. Pinterest is full of non-stop boards all about being a proper “plant lady”. I’m guilty too, y’all.
However, incorporating greenery into our daily lives is a must, not just for the sake of being trendy.
By now, you’ve probably heard about a study determining that plants in a workplace increases productivity and morale.
Forget the science, we know it’s true. Plants give you something to take care of, something pretty to look at and brings a little bit of the outside world into your cold and creaky cubicle.
But WOW, they are hard to take care of, right?
Plants can be temperamental, yes. I have killed many (R.I.P.) But there are several plants that thrive in a workspace environment.
I am about to list ten plants that you CAN take care of. I have every single one of these plants. Most are in my home but I just took a few to my new job just last week. Some I have had for a few weeks but others, I have had for years. Nearly all of these plants were picked up from Walmart.
First, let’s look at the super easy plants – the ones that require low light.
Spathiphyllum aka the Peace Lily
Found at Walmart, this little guy has thick leaves and clearly resistant to your neglect. Of all the plants, this is the one with the deepest green color. The Peace Lily grows fast so I am expecting to change her to a larger pot soon. This is definitely a good plant to get at the start of a job and see how big she grows during your time at that company.
Fittonia aka the Nerve Plant
You can tell this plant from all the rest quite easily. As you can see, the veins of the plant are very pronounced. Mine is pink and is noted as “Juanita” on the plant marker but you’ll see these in several other colors. They do best in a humid environment but do not like direct sunlight. Think of Juanita as your super pale friend who burns on the patio during happy hour. Dis her.
Dracaena deremensis aka Warneckii
There are a couple variations of the D. Deremensis and this one so happens to be the Warneckii. These plants are originally from Africa and have been used as household plants since your Great Grandma. They are still popular because guess what? They are hard to kill. If you notice the tips of the leaves turning brown, it needs more water.
The following plants require “medium” light.
Dieffenbachia maculata aka Camille or Dumb Cane
This is one of my oldest plants and she sits proudly on my coffee table. Camille stands about a foot tall and I am considering repotting her to help her grow even more. She has tried to die on me more than one time, usually because I neglected to keep her near a window sill. After a good water and some time in the sun, she always perks back up.
Nephrolepis Cordifolia aka the Lemon Button Fern
Isn’t this just the cutest little fern you ever did see? They are sometimes nicknamed “the fishbone fern” because of the little leaflets that line the stem. This plant will stay fairly small and is noted as “drought tolerant”. So even if you are a bad plant mom and don’t water for a week, she’ll probably be okay.
You can find these little guys just about anywhere nowadays. They are pretty easy to maintain. They decorate my bathroom currently which doesn’t have windows. I just make sure to put them in a window sill every once in a while and they do great. I have a little antique spray bottle that I water them with every few days.
Hedera helix aka your standard English Ivy
The key to the ivy is water. As long as you water it, you’ll be good to go. The leaves feel almost waxy and the color is beautiful. It’s not one to “stay put” as you’ll see it start to climb across your desk. I suggest keeping it in a small plant to stunt its growth. The larger the pot, the more the roots can grow, resulting in a larger plant.
Hedera colchica aka the Persian Ivy
The Persian Ivy might be the most popular ivy as it is seen all over the United States as a ground cover ivy. Like its sister above, it stretches far and wide. Be prepared for it to branch out. It’s a great one to put in a hanging basket. The leaves are tough and need plenty of water. It can easily go between indoors and outdoors if it does start to grow out of hand. It handles winter well too.
Epipremnum aureum aka the Pothos Ivy
This is the long plant you see hanging above me in the featured image. I have had this plant for over a year and absolutely love it. It brightens up the room. It’s my largest plant and has grown a few feet since I first got it. It hangs in the corner and is as happy as it can be receiving indirect sunlight. I just make sure I water it every couple of days.
The following plant needs a lot of light.
Hypoestes phyllostachya aka the Polka Dot Plant
Of all the plants listed, this one will be the most difficult to keep alive. The leaves and coloring are delicate. Don’t water enough and it will definitely let you know. It not only needs a lot of water, it also needs plenty of light. If your desk is not near a window, don’t consider this plant an option. Even though this plant can be quite the challenge, it’s so cute and cheery, don’t you think?
Well, how do you feel about taking care of an office plant now? Hopefully you have a little more confidence. Stick to the top of the list with the more friendly plants and work your way down as you see success. We will make a plant lady out of you in no time.
Already have plants at work? Let us know!