A Gardener’s Guide to Plants For Your Desk and Office

Plants Desk HipLatinaMy job requires me to spend countless hours at a desk—a large wooden table that houses not only my computer, but also notepads, books, mechanical pencils, mountains of business cards, other electronics, and a plant.

I added this indoor plant just a short while ago, since I spend the rest of the day on the patio with my vegetables, which need to be in direct sunlight.  Since I added this snake plant to my office, the transformation in my workplace has been pretty immediate. It definitely helps to keep me motivated.

A few months ago when I visited the central offices of Costa Farms in Miami, the most important garden center for houseplants in the United States, I met the gardener Justin Hancock. Like all plant lovers and professional gardeners he had practically his entire workspace and desk covered with plants. An image definitely worthy of admiration and inspiration.

Justin wrote a very matter of fact article on his blog about plants recommended for the office, and among them was the “mother-in-law’s tongue.” The article highlights some advantages that I’m sure will end up convincing you to bring a plant to your workspace and place it on your desk.

  • Plants, as we have already mentioned, personalize your space. Hancock told us that if you work in an office consisting of many cubicles, the colors in the office are probably very neutral. In this kind of environment, a plant will stand out immediately.
  • Plants help to improve your concentration and ultimately your productivity. (I can assure you, as I’m now typing non-stop).
  •  Many plants have the ability to purify pollutants in the air, which are becoming more and more common in indoor spaces. By introducing plants in the office, you and your colleagues can breathe cleaner air.

Here are three recommendations so that you can start to transform your cubicle or desk into your home office. All of these plants are ideal for indoor spaces, easy to maintain, and can be grown in small pots that don’t take up a lot of space:



Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant- This is a great plant that helps to purify the air so that you can breathe better. It can adapt to many different conditions. It grows straight up like a sword. Its leaves are colored various shades of green. They can be distinguished by their gray, silver or gold colored edges. Office lighting is perfect for these plants, and they don’t require a lot of water. It doesn’t need to be pruned, only requires fertilizer two times per year, and can be left to dry between waterings.













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