Jazz up your coworking space with an office-friendly friend.
You’ve got the space. But it’s looking a little… bare. Why not dress it up with a little colour and personality, too?
A compact indoor plant will make your space your own. So it’s time to move over, stapler. Here are the best indoor plants for your desk while you work on your business.
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Is this your first office plant? Then it’s hard to go past a peace lily. These green, lush plants are super easy to care for. So, if your thumb is far from green, a peace lily is the perfect companion. They’re a great and simple addition to your desk space.
Peace lily care
- Light: Indirect light is fine for your peace lily. However, it may not flower in low light conditions.
- Water: Check the soil once a week and only water if the soil is dry.
- Fertiliser: Peace lilies don’t need too much attention. Fertilise only one or twice a year.
Venus fly trap
Here’s an indoor plant with personality. Native to the swampy climes of Carolina, the Venus fly trap is a quirky addition to any coworking desk. They’re small, easy to care for – and they’re actually not fussy eaters. The occasional fly is just a bonus. Plus, they’re a good talking point as visitors pass your desk.
- Light: Venus fly traps do not enjoy direct sunlight and will be fine in artificial light.
- Water: The soil should remain damp and your Venus fly trap will need regular watering. But don’t let it stand in water.
- Fertiliser: Don’t over fertilise, if at all. Air circulation in the soil is more important.
Cyclamens come in a rich tapestry of colours. From whites to pinks and reds, this bright indoor plant with add cheer to any space. The florists’ cyclamen, Cyclamen persicum, is a safe bet for an indoor plant. While they aren’t demanding plants, some basic care is needed to promote flowering.
- Light: Give your cyclamen bright, indirect light in the winter. But keep it out of bright light in the summer months.
- Water: Cyclamens are sensitive to both over and under watering so take extra care here.
- Fertiliser: You only need to fertilise once every one to two months with water soluble fertiliser.
New Guinea Impatiens
This tropical plant is native to the jungles of Papua New Guinea and makes for a stunning indoor plant. The New Guinea impatiens often have hard-to-find, brilliant colours. And not just the flowers, either. The foliage is often striking, too. It’s an enviable addition to any work environment.
- Light: Impatiens will tolerate moderate amounts of sunshine but will still thrive in the shade.
- Water: This plant prefers consistently moist soil. But like other indoor plants, take care not to overdo it.
- Fertiliser: Apply a water-soluble fertiliser at about every third watering.
If you have plenty of space for a bigger pot, then go for a walking iris. These plants, native to Central America, are still quite low maintenance. But if they’re in an indoor container, a pot at least 8 inches is best. Then sit back and enjoy this unusual plant’s stunning summer flowers and long, dark green foliage.
Light: The walking iris can easily work in a wide range of soil and light conditions.
Water: Prefers plenty of moisture, especially during the period of active growth.
Fertiliser: Feed your walking iris every two or so weeks.
Need something low maintenance? It’s hard to go past a succulent. These plump little plants come in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. And they grow just about anywhere, too. For extra points around the coworking office, add them to a compact terrarium.
- Light: Choose a location where the succulent can receive some indirect light.
- Water: Succulents are used to desert conditions and hold water in their leaves. Water only enough to keep the leaves from withering.
- Fertiliser: It’s easy to over fertilise these plants. Use about half what you would feed a regular houseplant.
Most will know about aloe’s curious properties in skin care. But these odd desert plants also make for great little indoor decoration as well. With long, thick leaves, this attractive succulent makes for a great office companion. And like other succulents, they’re super easy to take care of, too.
- Light: If you can, the aloe prefers bright, indirect light.
- Water: Aloe grows in desert climates. Overwatering a common killer!
- Fertiliser: Aloe plants don’t really need to be fertilised, but they may benefit from being fed very occasionally.
Prickly pear cactus
While they’re an invasive species out in the Australian wild, a small prickly pear can make for a simple and understated office plant. They’re hardy and grow in all kinds of odd shapes and sizes. Just choose a pot that’ll fit your office space and you’re away.
- Light: Prickly pears require a lot of sunlight to thrive. Only for sunny spaces.
- Water: These are drought-resistant plants made for the dessert. Too much water may make them rot.
- Fertiliser: These are hardy plants. A good potting mix is all that’s required.
Mammillaria senilis cactus
The mammillaria senilis is another desert plant for the office. They’ll stay small in their pot and will last for years. And when they flower, many species will bud a crown of pink flowers that surrounds the top of the plant. It’s a striking surprise that turns your prickly friend into an (almost) cuddly companion.
- Light: A desk with bright, even light will be the best for this little cacti.
- Water: Water thoroughly then allow the soil mix to become almost completely dry.
- Fertiliser: Fertiliser isn’t essential for this desert dwelling plant.
You’ve got the plant. Now find the desk.
Grab a permanent desk or office at a coworking space that matches your business (and your new indoor plant).