The Top 10 Best Office Plants
Office plants have grown in popularity over the last few years and it’s easy to see why.
Plants not only enhance the visual appeal of a space but have also been shown to contribute positively to our well-being and overall work performance. That means that, if you’re planning a commercial fit out and want your staff to get the most out of your workplace, office plants are a must!
When it comes to choosing plants for the workplace, we know that it can be a tough decision. You’ll want something that not only compliments your office furniture and decor but also requires little up-keep so that you don’t have to tend to them too often.
To give you a helping hand, we’ve come up with a helpful list of the best plants for offices. All of these options are easy-to-maintain and will look wonderful with your office interior design.
So, without further ado. Let’s get stuck in!
1. Invest in a Striking Jade Plant for the Office
Not particularly skilled with gardening? In that case, the Jade Plant is an ideal inclusion for your office plant collection. Compared to most plants, this striking succulent requires little maintenance and is very easy to look after, so watering can be kept to a minimum. With thick, shiny and durable leaves, it also has a timeless look that will stand out in any modern workplace!
How to store: If you’re planning an office refurbishment or update, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to include plenty of lighting to brighten the space and minimise eye strain for workers.
Fortunately, the Jade plant can tolerate bright light with ease and even thrives at normal room temperature, so it will be very happy to be placed anywhere indoors.
This is why it takes the top spot for one of the best office plants!
2. Calm Your Office With a Peace Lily
When choosing plants for offices, we want options that reduce tension and stress in favour of a more relaxing atmosphere. Because, let’s face it, we all want peace in the workplace.
The Spathiphyllum, or as it’s otherwise known as ‘The Peace Lily’, is a stunning addition to bring some life to a workspace and help you to find your inner zen at your desk. With its attractive white flowers and calming effect, your staff will feel soothed and restored while carrying out their daily duties.
How to store:
The Peace Lily needs very little watering and only requires a shady corner to add some beauty to your office interior.
3. Remove Toxins From Your Workspace With a Snake Plant
Employees grappling with symptoms like headaches, dry, sore eyes, and other discomforts often linked to Sick Building Syndrome highlight the urgency of addressing air quality in offices. Recognised by NASA as one of the most effective toxin-removing plants globally, the Snake Plant stands out for its capability to eliminate approximately 107 different air pollutants. This remarkable quality is among the reasons why we favour this plant for offices. By strategically placing just two Snake Plants in a 100 sq ft office space, you can effectively cleanse the air of any pollutants present.
How to store: The snake plant is easy to care for, tough, and lasts a long time. Normally, it only requires watering every two weeks and can survive in a range of light conditions.
4. Discover the Versatility of Dracaena Janet Craig
Named after a nurseryman’s daughter, the Dracaena Janet Craig is a great office plant solution, as it’s hardy enough to do well in places with low light or in a closed space. And it certainly can make a big impact wherever it’s placed.
Its large leaves stand proud in any area and can improve the level of greenery in a space immensely. Like the Snake Plant, the Dracaena Janet Craig is also able to purify the air, so is a great addition to a busy office space.
How to store: Janet Craig is able to handle a range of lighting conditions however, try to avoid placing in direct sunlight as this can cause bleaching of the leaves.
5. Add Some Aglaonema Maria Office Plants
Aglaonema Maria is among our preferred office plants, and we often incorporate it in office installations to make a significant impression (view our case studies to see real-life examples).
Its resilience and ability to thrive in lower light make it ideal for workplaces. The distinctive patterned leaves not only complement various office interiors but also add a touch of style and sophistication without the maintenance demands of more delicate plants.
How to store: These plants thrive in a well-lit environment so if you have plenty of windows, this is a great choice for you!
6. Go for a No-Fuss Zanzibar Gem
The Zanzibar Gem or “ZZ” plant is one of the best choices for biophilic design if you prefer your office plants simple and super low-maintenance. With waxy green leaves and a tall appearance, it will look beautiful in the corner of any office space and can work wonders as a divider in more open-plan office layouts.
What people love about the “ZZ” is that it is almost impossible to kill, so even the least plant savvy members of your team should be able to keep this plant companion alive!
How to store: The “ZZ” plant will thrive in normal office temperatures and is best positioned away from sunlight, in a shady spot.
7. Keep a Kentia Palm in Your Office Plant Collection
If you’re going to add some greenery to your workspace, the Kentia Palm is another fantastic choice. With its graceful, arching fronds and feathery, dark green foliage, the Kentia Palm exudes a timeless charm, making it a perfect fit for various office aesthetics.
This plant not only adds a touch of tropical allure to your workspace but is also celebrated for its low-maintenance nature. So, if you’re looking for a plant that requires minimal attention and still manages to thrive, the Kentia Palm might be your ideal choice.
One of the key features of the Kentia Palm is its resilience. It’s an excellent option for busy offices or for individuals who want to enjoy the benefits of having a plant without the stress of constant maintenance.
How to store: Place in indirect light, as the Kentia Palm prefers filtered or low-light conditions. It can thrive in typical office temperatures and should be kept away from direct sunlight.
8. Add Character to Your Workspace With a Spider Plant
With its arching, slender leaves, featuring a distinctive stripe pattern, the Spider plant can bring a playful element to the office and is yet another species with air-purifying benefits.
What makes the Spider Plant particularly appealing is its ability to produce offshoots, known as “pups,” which dangle gracefully from the main plant. This not only adds a unique visual element but also provides the opportunity to propagate new plants effortlessly. As a result, your office can have a continuous supply of these charming green companions!
How to store: This plant grows best when placed in indirect sunlight, although it can tolerate lower light conditions. It can also withstand a wide range of temperatures which is helpful if your staff often battle over the office air conditioning.
9. Add an Elegant Pothos Plant
The Pothos Plant (Epipremnum aureum), also known as Devil’s Ivy, is a classic and versatile choice for office greenery. Its heart-shaped, cascading leaves add a touch of elegance to any setting, making it a popular selection for both novice and experienced plant enthusiasts alike.
Renowned for its resilience and adaptability, the Pothos thrives in a variety of light conditions, from low to bright, indirect light. This makes it an ideal choice for offices with different lighting setups. It’s also another plant celebrated for its air-purifying qualities, so it will enhance the overall quality of your indoor environment.
How to store: This low-maintenance plant is forgiving of occasional neglect, making it an excellent addition to any office space. It’s best stored at normal office temperature and requires watering every one to two weeks.
10. Enliven Your Office With the Vibrant Rubber Plant
Last on our list of the best plants for offices is the Rubber Plant. Also known as Ficus elastic, it is known for its vibrant, glossy leaves and air-purifying capabilities.
The rubber plant is celebrated for its ability to emit moisture and elevate indoor humidity levels. This subsequently lessens the risk of respiratory allergies, inflammation, and asthma. What’s more, the plant’s leaves can capture dust and pollen, contributing to a decrease in indoor allergens.
How to store: For optimal growth, the Rubber Tree requires a minimum of six to eight hours of daily light exposure. While it can tolerate lower light conditions intermittently, it thrives best when provided with medium to bright light, preferably in the form of bright indirect sunlight.
Embrace Biophilic Office Design
Has our office plant blog got you feeling inspired?
If you’d like your very own green office space and need a helping hand with the design and decor, we’d love to help you out.
As experienced office fit out and design specialists, we’ve created countless plant-focused office spaces which help to keep employees happy and productive. We also have dedicated specialists on the team who know all about biophilic interiors, so they can support you in finding the best plant solutions for your business.
If you’d like to find out more about green design or want to get a quote, get in touch today.