Office Plants You Won't Actually Kill


Nothing brings some life to your office quite like a happy plant. 

House plants come in all shapes, colors, sizes and unfortunately some of these cuties are destined for death. If you're struggling to keep plants alive in your work space, we've done some research to set you up with some (almost) indestructible plants for beginners.

While no plant is truly “indestructible”, these guys bring low maintenance flare to your desk, break room or reception area. Who knows, you might just develop a green thumb after all. 

Snake Plants

Behold, the most antisocial of all plants. The snake plant is the modern champion of low-light spaces and it’s casual attitude makes it the ultimate office plant friend. The snake plant requires some shady, indirect light and can thrive in artificial light too. It likes infrequent watering so if you’re a neglectful plant parent this is the child for you. If you’re looking to add some green to the routine, look no further.

Air Plants

What could be easier than an air plant? Air plants are strange, little spiny plants that don't require a pot or any dirt at all. In the warmer months, give your air plants a mist of water and once a day and during the winter, cut back to a weekly watering routine to keep them from getting sad.

These plants don't love a sunny windowsill and do better in partial shade where they can catch the occasional ray of sunlight. In the great outdoors, the air plant uses their roots to attach themselves to trees and rocks and usually prefer the shady side. They look awesome in glass containers or in creative spaces like statues, terrariums and shelves. The possibilities are endless.


You might be familiar with aloe if you've ever had a bad sunburn, but this office friendly plant is the low maintenance coworker you didn't know you had. Similar to it's cousin the cactus, aloe plants require minimal watering and you should only water them when the soil is completely dry. They're good at storing water and do best in partial to moderate sun. When your aloe starts to grow like crazy, support the weight of the leaves or prop them up against something sturdy.

Golden Pothos or Philodendron

The Philodendron or it's striped cousin, the Golden Pothos, are happy in an office space where they are free to hang and climb. Categorized by their subtle heart shaped leaves, they add a happy pop of green to the drab desk and love any kind of light you’re willing to give. These plants are happy in moderately sunny but indirectly lit environment and need a drink of water every few days or when the soil is dry to the touch.

Not to mention these boys like to climb and can add some drama if you plant them in a hanging basket.

At the end of the day, a low maintenance plant is a happy plant.

If you're looking for a plant that you won't struggle to support, these office staples will add a splash of green to brighten up your work space. They're not as needy as you might think. With a little bit of water every once in a while and a few rays of sun, these cuties are sure to survive.