10 Best Office Plants For Productivity and Reduced Stress

Bringing nature indoors is always an amazing idea, especially with these 10 best office plants. They reduce stress, promote better productivity, and create an atmosphere where you’ll feel refreshed. In the South, plants are a huge part of a home, whether inside or out. That’s why it’s no suprise bringing plants into your office gives it life and soul. They create a calm space where you can slow down and enjoy a little nature. When you bring all of these benefits into your office, you’re setting yourself up for productive days ahead.

In this blog post, I’m sharing the 10 best office plants to choose from this year. You’ll learn simple care tips, individual benefits, and the best place to place the in your office. These plants range in all shapes and sizes. One of my favorite plants for the office is a flapjack succulent. I actually have one on my desk and love the way it looks. Without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Benefits of Office Plants

Plants in your office can do so many things for your mental health, physical health, and even the amount of productivity within each day. From reducing stress to purifying toxins out of the air. I’ll share a list of the most common benefits you’ll gain from bring nature to your work space.

Benefits of Office Plants

  • reduces stress
  • purifies air
  • reduces toxins and chemicals
  • boost productivity
  • promotes creativity
  • promotes a positive mood
  • creates a cozy refreshing environment

Things To Consider When Choosing Office Plants

When deciding on what office plants to bring home, there are a few things to think about. I’ll put them in a list below so it’s easy and simple to look through even at a glance.

  • sunlight amount
  • size of office
  • size of desk
  • allergies
  • pets that will be around
  • amount of care you’re willing to do

Each plant below has care instructions as well as the best place to put them in your office. Each of them are simple to take care of and don’t require much attention.

Plant Pet Safety Tips

When it comes to dogs and cats, plants can be poisonous if ingested. Don’t let this scare you out of getting the plants you love. Instead, do your research and if you choose a poisonous plant ensure it’s somewhere your pet can’t get ahold. Place it on your desk, in a hanging pot, or on a shelf. I’ll include a list of poisonous plants for cats and poisonous plants for dogs below to help you with your search. Do note that there are more plants than on this list but these are the most common ones. Before buying a plant, do a quick Google search to ensure it’s safe. You can also contact your veterinarian if you’re nervous.

Poisonous Plants for Cats and Dogs:

  • Lilies (of all kinds)
  • Jade
  • Onion
  • Milkweed
  • Tomatoes
  • Mistletoe
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinths
  • Azaleas
  • Aloe
  • Caladium
  • Chinese Evergreen
  • Desert Rose
  • Dragon Tree
  • English Ivy
  • Pothos
  • Poinsettias
  • Snake Plant
  • Weeping Fig

10 Best Office Plants

aloe vera
source: Plum Branch Home

1. Aloe Vera

Care Needed: water every 3 weeks in summer and every 4-5 weeks in winter. Make sure the soil is drying 1-2 inches down in between watering.

Benefits: use aloe for soothing burns, cuts, and even improving skin health with it’s natural antioxidant and antibacerial properties.

Best Place in the Office: best if placed on your desk in indirect sunlight (direct is okay for part of the day)

snake plant
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2. Snake Plant

Care Needed: avoid overwatering always, only water once a month or when the soil dries.

Benefits: boosts mental health, improves air quality, removes toxins in air, effective against allergies, enhances the “energy” of the space

Best Place in the Office: anywhere! This plant does great for all areas of an office with or without windows. I love keeping one on my desk.

christmas cactus
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3. Christmas Cactus

Care Needed: keep soil evenly moist, watering every 2-3 weeks or more often when it’s summer. During winter, watering once a month will be sufficient. Once flowering buds bloom, add a high-potassium fertilizer every 2 weeks.

Benefits: improves air quality in your home/office

Best Place in the Office: place near a window such as on a plant stand or on your desk for sunlight part of the day.

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4. Flapjack Succulent

Care Needed: water every once a month during winter and fall and every 2-3 weeks in spring and summer. It’s important to avoid overwatering, and allow the soil to fully dry between watering. Also avoid over fertilizing this plant, every 2-3 months is all it needs.

Benefits: creates a beautiful atmosphere in your office

Best Place in the Office: on your desk in a bright, indirect or direct sunlit area

a person holding the plant of chinese evergreen
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5. Pink Chinese Evergreen

Care Needed: keep soil moist but not soaking wet at all times. Water one to two times per week. In the winter months water less if soil is staying wet and not drying.

Benefits: cleanses and purifies indoor air of toxins

Best Place in the Office: this plant thrives with or without sunlight, perfect for offices without windows (place it anywhere)

spider indoor plant on wooden flower stand
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6. Spider Plant

Care Needed: (super easy care!) During spring and summer water once a week. During fall and winter wait for soil to dry out a little more, watering every 2-3 weeks. If you go on work trips or travel this plant will be just fine without water while you’re gone.

Benefits: purifies air and absorbs chemicals and toxins

Best Place in the Office: anywhere! On the desk, near a window, even in a shaded corner

plant with white flowers
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7. Peace Lily

Care Needed: water regularly to keep soil moist but not soaking wet. During summer months feed a plant food/fertilizer for better growth. Lastly use a damp rag to wipe off leaves once a month.

Benefits: purifies air, prevents mold and mildew, creates relaxing environment

Best Place in the Office: place on a plant stand to display or anywhere in your office out of direct sunlight

a close up shot of a potted plant
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8. ZZ Plant

Care Needed: water every 2-3 weeks, soil should dry between waterings to prevent root water

Benefits: filters toxins out of air also thought to bring good fortune and luck

Best Place in the Office: a bright indirect sun lite area of your office (avoid direct sunlight), such as beside desk, plant stand or on desk when it’s small (young).

ficus with lush green leaves in pot at home
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9. Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Care Needed: water when the top 1 inch of soil feels dry and once a month water until water pools at the bottom of pot to flush any salt levels in the soil. Every few weeks dust the leaves with a damp rag.

Benefits: elevates mood, boosts humidity for better respiratory health, helps lower blood pressure, and calms nerves

Best Place in the Office: anywhere out of direct sunlight, such as beside your desk

hand holding a white jug watering the jade plant
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10. Jade Plant

Care Needed: during spring and summer water each time the soil begins to dry out (this varies can be once a week or once a month). In the fall and winter, water only once a month (wait for the soil to completely dry out before watering)

Benefits: Said to be a good luck charm in Asian culture for financial stability and growth.

Best Place in the Office: on the desk by a window with indirect sunlight (south or west-facing windows are best)

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