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The Best Desk Plants and Why You Need Them in Your Office

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The pandemic has forced many of us to work from home this year. For some, it has been a joy, while others are itching to get back into the office to see friends and colleagues. With no end in sight for the virus, it’s time to consider your home office space and how you can make improvements. 

House plants are growing in popularity, especially with younger people, as they bring an element of nature to our homes and also boast several health benefits. 

Here, we explore the best desk plants for your home office and why you need to introduce them. 

The Best Desk Plants for Your Home Office

Peace Lily 

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We all need a bit of peace in our home office, so what better plant to help us achieve this than a peace lily? Peace lilies are renowned for their wide, broad, and deep-green leaves. Once fully grown, beautiful white flowers bloom and are sure to brighten up any room. 

Peace lilies are low maintenance, and they require little light to be happy. They’re also forgiving if occasionally over-watered (it happens). This plant is an efficient air purifier, helping to clean the air and remove contaminants from your room.

Snake Plant

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Snake plants are a firm favorite of house-plant lovers. Their uniquely shaped leaves and impressive silhouettes make them the perfect desk plant. A snake plant won’t look as friendly as the peace lily above, but it’s a unique focal point. 

If you’re looking for something exciting and odd, a snake plant is the perfect choice. Snake plants are also extremely low-maintenance — they can survive for up to a month without water and thrive in low-light conditions. 

If you’re looking for a tough desk plant that looks great and requires little attention, you can’t go wrong with a snake plant. They also clean the air much more efficiently than most house plants and can absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide.

A snake plant can also emit oxygen and filter other air pollutants, such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.


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Bromeliads are fantastic-looking plants that are sure to spice up any home office. They will require a bit more maintenance than the plants listed above, but they’re well worth the extra effort. Notorious for taking their time, Bromeliads are slow to develop, but once grown, they produce a beautiful red flower that is worth the wait. 

Bromeliads only need the odd watering now and then to stay healthy, and they don’t require fertilizer, which means watering alone is enough for them to thrive. Bromeliads only need some sunlight throughout the day, making them perfect for your home office as long as you have a window. 


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This plant both looks and sounds mythical. Dracaenas are big, bold, and unique in their looks. They’re also one of the toughest plants out there, and they are highly efficient for removing pollutants from your room. 

Dracaenas are easy to maintain and can survive in drought-like conditions for an extended period. They benefit from a relentless root system, which makes them extremely tough to wilt and die. As a desk plant, they’re unique, and if taken care of, their leaves will produce several dark shades of green over time.  

They make for a stunning focal point for your home office — if you’re looking to add a bit of excitement to your working space, this is the plant for you. 

Why Introduce Desk Plants to Your Home Office? 

Plants will give your home office some life. Working at home can be dull and isolating. All you need is a touch of nature to brighten the place up. Using the plants listed above and some indoor planters, you can create stunning and unique plant arrangements to brighten up your home office in no time at all. 

As well as being aesthetically pleasing, office plants are functional too. Plants are natural air purifiers that help remove nasty toxins from the air, keeping your house fresh and clean. 

If that isn’t enough, studies have shown that plants can boost your mood, reduce stress, improve productivity and concentration, and even reduce your risk of getting sick. 

If you’re locked down and working from home this winter, why not add some plants to your office? Not only do plants beautify your workspace, but you can reduce your stress levels just by looking at them. Plants are a truly worthwhile addition to your home and office. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.