The Best Indoor Plants to Brighten Up Your Office Desk

The Best Indoor Plants to Brighten Up Your Office Desk
  • If you’re tired of looking at the same plain desk every day, add indoor plants to the mix!

  • Indoor desk plants make your office space more inviting, boost productivity, and promote overall health.

  • Read this to learn more about 4 gorgeous, easy-care houseplants that are perfect for your desk.

Indoor plants for the desk pothos plant

If you work 40 hours a week in an office setting, you spend most of your waking moments at the job. Make the most of your work environment by bringing the garden to your desk. There are lots of reasons to decorate your desktop with indoor plants including these proven outcomes:

Ready to green your workspace? The following plants will energize you and turn your desk into a charming green refuge:     


 Indoor calathea plant for office desk

An exceptionally gorgeous indoor plant, the Calathea is beloved for its variegated leaves and shade tolerance. Turn your desk into a Calathea sanctuary and place a Pinstripe, Freddy, and Roseoptica side by side for a combination of deep emerald, neon green, and rosy blush.

How to Care for a Calathea Plant:

  • Water – Water your Calathea plant once every two weeks, or when the top inch of potting mix is dry.
  • Sunlight – Place your Calathea plant in indirect bright light. Calathea plants are used to growing on jungle floors beneath canopy shade.
  • Nutrients – Use a balanced fertilizer during spring, summer, and fall.

Snake Plant

indoor snake plants for office desk

The Snake plant’s broad vertical, multicolored leaves make an elegant addition to any interior’s aesthetic. Given its shade and drought tolerance, it’s no wonder that this beautiful plant is such a popular desk companion.

How to Care for a Snake Plant:

  • Water – Wait to water your snake plant until the first inch of soil is dry, about 7 to 10 days.
  • Sunlight – Place in indirect bright or low light. Snake plants are very adaptive to different light settings but can dry out when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Nutrients – Feed your snake plant with a balanced fertilizer. 


Indoor Dieffenbachia plant for the office desk

Add a dramatic splash of neon to your desk with a Dieffenbachia plant. The Camille’s vibrant foliage is defined by large splashes of yellow through each leaf’s center, while the Tropic Snow offers a slightly subtler smattering of lime drops down the middle of its long, forest green leaves.

How to Care for a Dieffenbachia:

  • Water – Water your Dieffenbachia plant once every 7 to 10 days, or when the first inch of potting mix dries out.
  • Sunlight – Dieffenbachia plants prefer to be placed in medium to indirect bright sunlight.
  • Nutrients – Use a balanced fertilizer to keep your Dieffenbachia well fed.

Jade Plant  

Indoor Jade plant for office desk

The adorable, plump shamrock-green foliage of the Jade plant makes it a lovely and interesting addition to your desk décor. The succulent is incredibly easy to keep alive, especially if you tend to forget to water your indoor plants. In fact, the most common problem Jade plants face is overwatering.   

How to Care for a Jade Plant: 

  • Water – Be careful not to overwater your Jade plant. Most Jade plants can be watered about once every two weeks, or when the top inch of potting mix is dry.
  • Sunlight – Jade plants do best when kept in direct bright light, or an area that receives 5 to 6 hours of sunlight each day.
  • Nutrients – Feed your Jade plant with a balanced fertilizer once every 6 months.

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