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Add Green to Your Work Life With These 3 Desk Plants

by Kimberly Jokela 10/10/2021

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Plants are an excellent addition to any living space but especially good for home offices. Whether it’s a fully furnished and dedicated room, desk in the bedroom or even just a laptop at the kitchen table, your workspace will benefit from some greenery. Luckily there are some great indoor plant options that are both compact enough to live on a desk and easy enough to care for that you won’t even have to worry about occasional neglect.

What Are the Best Plants for a Home Office?

Here are 3 suggestions for plants to add to your home office:

  • Snake Plant - The snake plant, also called mother-in-law’s tongue, is a popular choice of houseplant because of how easy it is to manage. These plants come in multiple sizes and some larger varieties can grow several feet high. The smaller or ‘dwarf’ snake plants can live happily in a small pot on your desk. Because of their long, vertically pointing leaves you won’t have to worry about them taking over your workspace. You can also have the peace of mind knowing that these plants can tolerate going without water for as long as a month before it will show signs of distress. They also grow well in low light, so they make a great plant option for an office anywhere in the home.

  • ZZ Plant - The ZZ plant (full name Zamioculus zamifolia) is a type of succulent that thrives indoors. While succulents are generally great low-maintenance options for indoor plants, the ZZ plant is especially suited for a home office because it can thrive under fluorescent lights. If you don’t have a window or the area you’re working doesn’t get very much natural light during the day, this plant will be happy to get its energy from fluorescent bulbs. Like other succulents, ZZ plants can grow with only occasional watering.

  • Cactus - When it comes to small and low-maintenance indoor plants, cacti are excellent candidates. Unlike the snake plant and ZZ plant, however, a cactus will do best in bright light. They are perfect plant for a sunny windowsill or shelf and your desk even if you only get moderate light during the day. Being native to desert climates makes cacti extremely efficient at retaining water so you can rest easy even if you forget to water them frequently. There are many varieties of small cactus and as plants go they are fairly inexpensive and easy to find.

Why Have Plants in Your Home Workspace?

Plants have a profound effect on our daily lives and often without notice. For many of us, working from home has included a radical readjustment of our daily routines. It can be uncomfortable, so whatever you can do to improve your home work environment is worth consideration.

Plants improve the air quality by filtering toxins and providing extra oxygen in the home. They can also help ease anxiety and stress by keeping you connected to nature no matter how “stuck” inside you might feel. With so many options for small and low maintenance house plants, why not try it? Consider adding a bit of green to your home office and experience the benefits for yourself.

About the Author

Kimberly Jokela

Meet Kimberly Jokela:

With a genuine passion in people Kimberly loves helping her clients make their real estate dreams or needs come to life!

Born and raised in the midwest in a family with a strong work ethic, filled with creativity & dedication.

Her determination lead her to attend college at the "Philadelphia Performing Arts" where she had the opportunity to follow her passion in the Arts & to travel. Living in California with her husband Rick for 15 years together they built a successful business. After the birth of her beautiful daughter Brittany in 2003 & seeking a "small town” coastal lifestyle, they took a trip to Naples Florida & fell in love with all it has to offer and made the jump!

With now over 13 years experience as a licensed Realtor serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Estero & Fort Myers.

A great listener, negotiator & connector, Kimberly is dedicated to helping her clients looking to BUY find their ideal property! .

Her warm & friendly personality is present in everything she does on her clients behalf!

Kimberly’s creativity & "out of the box" thinking gives her clients the extra leverage they need when SELLING a property.

Her well organized marketing includes professionally produced photography, video, drone imagery, media presentation in print, numerous online websites & social media!