Best Plants for Home Offices, According to Horticulturists

Best Plants for Home Offices

If you’re working hard at home then you need to choose home office plants that are going to thrive in low light conditions with as little effort as possible.

With that in mind, we’ve found some indoor plants that will serve as excellent office plants and which won’t drive you crazy by creating even more work for you.



This is the one exception in our office plants list because it does require work.

However, we include it anyway because in addition to being an office plant taking care of a bonsai is also something of a soothing hobby.

They can take up to 10 years to mature from seeds but they’re worth the wait.

Everybody loves to look at a bonsai tree.

The Japanese know that a miniature tree is awesome and so should you.

Snake Plants (Low Light Specialists)

Snake Plants

Snake plants need very little light, indeed, and are happy with just a bit of indirect light.

That, along with their need for only the most infrequent watering, makes these among the easiest office plants to grow and take care of.

It can also be known as mother-in-law’s tongue.

Find out just how much light a snake plant needs and then learn how to water your snake plant too.

Peace Lilies

Peace Lilies

These office plants have a beautiful white blossom that really brightens the place up.

They only need monthly watering which makes them super easy to maintain.

We’d leave them in a medium-light for the best results but peace lilies can deal with low light levels if they need to.

Aloe Plant (Natural Light Wonder)

Aloe Plant

If you want to fill the empty space in your office with plants that just don’t care about the conditions then the ultimate low-maintenance plants are aloe plants.

They’re originally from the desert and basically, as long as you leave them in direct sun, they won’t care about a missed watering or two.

We’ve got a guide to watering aloe vera plants here.

Spider Plants

Spider Plants

One of the most popular office plants for bigger office spaces is the spider plant.

That’s because these plants are a type of air-purifying plant which is not only hardy but capable of extracting things like carbon monoxide and formaldehyde from the room.

We think that you’ll agree that the fewer poisonous gasses that you have to breathe, the better, right?

Water Lettuces

If you want something creative then water lettuces look great floating on water in a jar or vase.

They’re very unique and enjoy bright indirect light to really stay healthy.

And as you’d expect this low maintenance houseplant contributes to the office greenery without requiring a lot of looking after.



A terrarium is simply a glass chamber filled with plants that are suited to home office life.

Terrariums are just plain charming.

They allow people to briefly escape the mental confines of the home office space for a moment or two.

Neon Pathos (Hanging Basket)

Neon Pathos

If you have the room for a hanging basket then this indoor plant is robust and attractive and won’t take up too much space.

It has a leafy green appeal that only requires a little natural light to maintain.

Rubber Plants

Rubber Plants

Keep the soil moist and rubber plants are happy, pretty much anywhere.

They’re the best office plants if you want to make a substantial visual impression with the greenery.

Rubber plants (Ficus elastica) are large, evergreen trees that originate from the tropics of Southeast Asia.

They are characterized by their glossy, elliptical leaves and thick, rubbery bark.

Rubber plants can be an attractive addition to any home or office but are also known to be excellent air purifiers, capable of removing harmful toxins from the air.

As a result, rubber plants can provide both aesthetic and health benefits. (not a doctor!)



If you see it drooping, just pop on some water, and the Agalonema which is happy in indirect sunlight will perk right up again.

For some reason, a lot of people like to talk to these plants and interact with them.

English Ivy

English Ivy

English ivy not to be confused with Devil’s ivy is said to be one of the best clean air plants that you can buy.

It purifies toxins to keep your breathing healthy.

English ivy is a fast-growing, woody evergreen vine that is often used as a groundcover or decorative element in gardens.

It’s prized for its beauty, but English ivy can quickly become invasive, smothering other plants and causing ecological damage.

Be careful with your planting and English ivy is lovely!



This smaller plant is great for adding a splash of color to your space.

As they bloom in winter, you can add tropical vibes to your home office when people might not be getting enough sunlight in their own lives.

Final Notes

The good news is that it’s easy to find low maintenance office plants and a low maintenance plant is one that thrives in low light situations and where you don’t need to keep checking if the soil is moist every five minutes.

This keeps the office environment healthy with office plants cleaning the air and ensuring there’s always fresh oxygen in the room and looking good too.

You do need a little light to grow these plants but no bright light and even in small spaces, they will boost morale in the work environment.

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