Let’s face it—most offices are pretty drab. Boring white walls, harsh fluorescent lighting, and cubicles are fixtures in many offices, and they don’t make for the most inspiring work environment!
Don’t you want to be creatively inspired by the environment around you?We sure do!
Luckily, there’s a way to spice up your cubicle—office succulents! There are plenty of indoor succulents that are small enough to be grown on your desk, and today we’re going to give you a big list of them.
Here are five office succulents that will brighten up your workspace and help you get through the workweek!
Aloe plants have long, pointy green leaves, and are known throughout the world for their healing properties. The gel inside is great for soothing sunburns and has been used to treat all kinds of skin conditions for centuries, which you could try out here!. Rumor has it that it was even part of Cleopatra’s daily skincare routine!
Regular Aloe plants grow slowly indoors and don’t get to be too large, but you may still want to get a dwarf variety like Aloe descoingsii or haworthioides. They make great office succulents because they don’t get to be more than a few inches tall or wide.
Aloe plants do pretty well indoors as long as they get enough sunlight. If you have a reasonably bright office, your plant should be just fine! But watch out for signs that it’s not getting enough light, like droopy leaves leaves that grow downwards instead of upwards.
If this happens to your plant, you may have to set up some artificial lights at your desk. Bringing a grow light into the office isn’t too extra, right?
Are you loving aloe vera plant yet? You can buy them on Amazon, here!
The Christmas Cactus is known for its bright, beautiful blooms. They flower right around Christmas, which is how they got their name. Their flowers may be red, pink, orange, purple, or cream.
Surprisingly, the Christmas Cactus is native to the tropical rainforests of Brazil, not the desert! It grows on trees branches in the canopy and loves the humidity of the rainforest.
You probably don’t have a tree growing in the middle of your office, so you can plant your cactus in regular container soil, like this, and it’ll do just fine! Just remember to water it more often than you water your other cacti, because it likes a more humid environment. Once a week should be enough, but watch your plant for signs of dehydration like limpness. Here’s a perfect- sized watering bottle we found that’ll fit right in your desk drawer!
As far as light requirements go, this cactus doesn’t need much, which is why it’s a perfect office succulent. It likes partial shade better than bright sunlight, so it should do well on your desk even if it isn’t near a window. Get your own Christmas Cactus on Amazon, right here.
Jade Plant—Crassula Ovata
Jade plants are said to bring good luck and prosperity, so they’re a great plant to keep on your desk! They’re known as the dollar plant and are often kept near the entrances of offices, restaurants and shops in China to attract customers and profits.
Jade plants, available to buy here, are the best office succulents not only because they bring good fortune, but also because they do well in low light conditions and stay small, especially if you prune them. They don’t take up too much space and you won’t have to haul a grow light into your office to keep them healthy… score!
They’re super pretty, too, which is a bonus! Take a look in our Jade Plant article here for more photos and an in-depth guide on caring for these beautiful plants. They look like tiny trees because they have woody stems and glossy green leaves. Some Jade plants have round leaves and others like the ‘Gollum’ variety have beautiful tubular leaves. Any variety would look adorable sitting on your desk, especially if you plant it in a cute planter like this one!
Snake Plant—Sansevieria Trifasciata
Is your office kinda stuffy? If it doesn’t have great air quality and circulation, you may want to think about getting a snake plant.
Snake plants, which are available on Amazon, remove harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene from the air. Really? Yes, really!
Your office probably has some of these and other toxic chemicals floating around in the air—they’re found in everything from aerosol sprays, like Lysol, and cleaning products to carpets and flooring.
The good news is that snake plants are very effective at removing these toxins. NASA put it on a list of the best air purifying plants, so you’ll be safe from harmful chemicals as long as this plant is on your desk!
Snake plants are beautiful, so you won’t mind them being there on your desk one bit, especially in a trendy planter like one of these 12! They have gorgeous green leaves that stand nice and tall. Some varieties have different colors along the edges of their leaves, which just adds to their prettiness! Check out our article devoted to the snake plant to learn proper care and to see some additional photos of this beautiful plant!
Some varieties also have a more compact growth habit, which makes them perfect office succulent plants! Try to find a Whitney or Futura Superba snake plant. They both have beautiful variegated leaves and won’t get too large for your desk. Try putting them in some adorable color block planters like these to make them look even more beautiful!
Haworthias are the perfect office succulents because they’re so small and cute! They’ll never get to be too big for your workspace—the biggest ones are only 12 inches in diameter and a few inches tall.
We love this plant’s dark green, pointy leaves. They’re usually covered with white dots or stripes, which makes them so visually interesting, and why the Haworthia Fasciata is referenced as the Zebra Plant! Maybe we can’t keep Haworthias on our desk… we might never stop looking at them, which would really hamper our productivity! But if you believe you’re strong enough to handle it, try potting yours in this gorgeous two- toned ceramic pot!
Haworthias are pretty low maintenance, so if you have a brown thumb, this is the plant for you. They do well in low light conditions and don’t need a whole lot of water, so they’re a great no-fuss plant for your workspace.
To learn more about the proper care for Haworthias, where to find them, and propagation tips, head over to our article here!
Gasteria is derived from the Latin word for stomach. This rare succulent got the name Gasteria because people think it’s shaped like a stomach! We don’t really see what they’re talking about, though.
We think that Gasteria plants look a lot more like tongues because of the shape of their leaves, so their nickname “Ox Tongue” makes a lot more sense to us!
If you can get your hands on one of these uncommon succulents, which are (shockingly) available on Amazon here, it makes a great office plant! It tolerates low light conditions and is pretty low maintenance overall. Plus, its unusual shape will probably be a great conversation starter with your coworkers!
For some more helpful hints on caring for indoor succulents, make sure you read up on this article here!
Are you concerned your office environment may or may not be ideal for succulents? We’ve shared a helpful guide for you! Head over to our article, Can Succulents Survive in My Work Environment to find out.
Those are the five best office succulents! Now that you’ve seen them, are any of them on your wishlist? Gasteria plants are on ours… we think that their asymmetrical shapes are pretty fun and cute!
Let us know which succulent was your favorite in the comments below!
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Happy planting! 🌿