House Plants for an Office Desk

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House Plants for an Office Desk
African violets do well in offices and other busy environments. (African violet image by Tatiana Belova from Fotolia.com)

House plants brighten up your office and offer a splash of greenery on your office desk. To flourish in an office environment, the house plant that you choose needs to be a hardy plant that does not have highlight needs and that can get by with minimal care. Choose a house plant for your office desk that thrives with little care.

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Pothos

The pothos plant is also known as devil's ivy, and it is highly tolerant of low humidity and low light. It can also put up with dry conditions, meaning that you can leave it alone for several days at a time without watering it. This plant produces long, trailing vines that can fall attractively over the edge of a desk, softening the sharp corners. It is a prolific grower, so cut it back regularly to restrict the growth.

African Violet

There are many varieties of African violets, and they range in colour from white to deep purple. African violets tend to be short plants with velvety-looking leaves and petals. They prefer bright light that is heavily filtered, but they also thrive under fluorescent lights. They are highly drought tolerant and put up with little water better than they deal with too much water. When watering an African violet, water the soil and avoid getting water on the leaves.

Cactus

Cactus are very slow-growing plants with a compact profile. Their size makes them an advantage on a cluttered office desk, and their general hardiness makes them an excellent office plant. They require very minimal care, and they thrive on neglect as long as they have been placed in a good area. Choose a bright corner that gets at least some natural light and for the best results, choose a location that is free of drafts.

Peace Lily

There are many types of peace lily, and while some grow very large, most varieties are small enough to comfortably live on an office desk. The peace lily produces long-lasting white flowers that are surrounded by green, glossy leaves. This plant prefers to be pot-bound, and the soil should be kept at least slightly moist.

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