The 5 Best Office Plants to Boost Your Productivity

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Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos. Image Source: Flickr/Forest and Kim Starr

5. Golden Pothos

Golden pothos was also noted by NASA researchers as a top air-cleaning plant, and it’s famously low-maintenance to boot.

Its lovely heart-shaped leaves removed up to 73 percent of VOCs and other pollutants from sealed chambers as part of the NASA study, and the plant experts at Better Homes & Gardens called the variety “one of the best indoor plants for low-light situations” – making it perfect for your desk.

Care instructions: Plant your golden pothos in a size-appropriate pot or hanging basket, and keep the soil slightly on the dry side. Don’t worry about re-potting as the plant grows. This pick actually enjoys being slightly root-bound.


Succulents. Source: Flickr/Paul Saad

Plant at Your Own Risk

Unless your workplace provides ideal growing conditions (and you have plenty of time to care for your plants), you may want to skip these picks at the office to avoid a sad floral fatality.

  • Succulents: Succulents need very little water, so they may seem low-maintenance at first. But these babies require plenty of sunlight for healthy growth. So, unless you’re lucky enough to have a window office, you may want to save this pick for your windowsill at home.
  • Tropical flowers: Tropical flowers like hibiscus and passion flower need bright, sunny conditions and plenty of water to thrive – making them a bit too fussy for most workplaces.
  • Wax plant: Wax plants are known for being low-maintenance, but they also require plenty of sun. So, they’re likely not ideal for your dimly-lit cubicle.
  • Butterfly palm and other dwarf palms: As tropical plants, these picks like plenty of water, lots of sunlight and high humidity – meaning they’re likely to brown in the office.

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  1. Found this article while looking for ways we can help our customers spruce up their cubicles. We’ll pass this information along in our blog at , thanks!

  2. Succulents actually need lots of water. Loads of the stuff. They do need full sun though so agree not desk-appropriate.

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