There are so many benefits of having plants in your home office, like decreased stress and increased productivity, improved air quality, increased job satisfaction, and improved sense of well-being.
But what plants are best? What plants should I add to my space?
I was really happy to hear that ferns are wonderful at cleaning up the air. More specifically, Boston ferns clean up formaldehyde as well as other toxins. We’ve got a ton of ferns (not sure what kind) growing outdoors all around us, and I just adore them. They look so lush and lovely. Luckily, the Boston fern is the common fern seen in plant stores and hanging baskets. They like their environment cool, humid, and with indirect light according to Garden Know-How. I’ll be hanging, at least, one of these babies. I feel like these would make a splash as a gift too. If anyone knows how to propagate these, I would love to hear how. I stuck a leaf in some water once to see if it would grow roots. It just looked pretty for a while and then died.
(For more on plants that clean the air, check out this article from TipsBulletin: 17 Amazing Houseplants that Clean Air.)
Another star in the healthy air department is the “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” AKA The Snake Plant. This one cleans up a bunch of toxins. I also think these are gorgeous and add some interesting architectural elements to a space. This one is super low key in the care department, apparently tolerating all sorts of light conditions and temperatures, just don’t let the roots get too soggy.
Spider plants are fantastic for the air quality, easy to care for, not hard to propagate, and the fill lots of space! I can’t wait to have a bunch of these hanging all over the place though I might have to limit myself to just one in the office. These like average temperature and humidity, sunlight, but not too direct, and to be kept moist, but not drenched, according to the Almanac.
I have a philodendron that I’ve had for TEN YEARS! I don’t have a black thumb or anything, but I don’t particularly have a green one either. These plants are magic. In my experience, they seem to tolerate all kinds of conditions and are another one that is easy to propagate so that you can have lots of philodendron babies! For more official information on their care, check out this article. They also seem to do a great job of removing air pollutants from their environment and can be beautiful in hanging baskets or in regular pots.
Finally, I plan on adding succulents, air plants, and maybe a little cactus or two around my desk and on the windowsill to add some extra cheer and interesting textures. I think that’s about all I’ll be able to comfortably fit though I know there are so many fantastic options.
Here are some great accessories for your new plants in your workspace. Or, if you simply have zero light (or are so not a green thumb) and can’t have plants, maybe a vase of fresh flowers or a coloring book will do the trick. I’m a little obsessed with the copper watering can.
Clockwise from top left: Similar: Forest Tapestry // Similar: Hedgehog Planter // Similar: Macrame Planter // Urban Jungle Book // Watering Can // Magical Jungle Coloring Book // Similar: Hare Vase //
Do you have plants in your office or your home?
Which ones worked out best for you? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear suggestions!
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