Happy Home Offices Have Houseplants

Donna Fossum

Houseplants don’t need a lot of water, they help clean and purify the air around us and they brighten up the dreariest of spaces.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been working from home for almost five months now. And while I do enjoy it, sometimes it can get a little lonely.

I miss the chatter of coworkers and the buzz of copier machines running. There are no meetings to go to or lunch outings to local haunts. Of course, it is wonderful to have my loyal Labrador around, checking up on me now and then, even more so when I have something tasty to eat.

But thanks to a recent chat with a coworker, I was inspired to add a little happy to my home office with a houseplant!

In general, houseplants don’t need a lot of water and they help clean and purify the air around us. They also brighten up the dreariest of office spaces; I know my home office could use a little cheerfulness.

There are a few things to consider before choosing your plants. Think about the kind of lighting in your space? Is it natural via window or just artificial? Also, be sure to check the plant’s watering requirements and how large the plant will be at full growth. You’ll want to make sure the container is large enough to accommodate it.

After you’ve considered all that, it’s time to go shopping for your perfect office companion! Here are a few choices that might work for your space.


Snake plant — Sometimes called mother-in-law’s tongue, this is a top choice for purifying the air. It can absorb 100 pollutants and at least four major toxins through their leaves, and it a great allergy fighter, too.

Spider plant — One of the easiest houseplants to grow and also goes by airplane plant. It prefers bright light. Bonus: spider plants sprout “babies” that can be planted and rooted in other containers.

Peace lily — The best flowering houseplant and needs only low light and weekly watering to keep it happy. Not recommended for households with pets: peace lily is toxic to cats and dogs.

Heartleaf philodendron — If you have a spot for a hanging plant this is the one to choose. A great versatile plant for the novice home gardener, it does well in abundant or low light.

Desert rose echeveria — Just for succulent lovers. Easy to care for, needs very little water and comes in a variety of colors and textures.

Chinese evergreen — One of the best plants for beginners and those too busy for plant maintenance. Tolerates low-lit rooms, but also thrives in rooms with some sunlight.

Phalaenopsis orchid — One of my favorites, these require indirect light and bark-like potting medium. Treat it right and it will bloom beautifully in shades of pink, white, yellow and lavender.

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