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20 Best Office Plants in Australia – Benefits and Care Guide

Adding some greenery to your office space is never a bad idea. Not only can some office gardening improve the overall look and feel of your office, but it’s actually been shown to improve productivity all around.

Now, when it comes to the best office plants in Australia, there is a range of incredible options for you to choose from. Follow our guide to discover all the office plant benefits and how to care for your favourite picks.

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Benefits of Office Plants

Benefits of Office Plants

As humans, we have a deep need to feel connected to nature. It’s why many of us choose to grow beautiful, luscious gardens and cultivate indoor plants in our homes.

However, when you’re working a 9 to 5, cooped up in an office desk it can be hard to feel connected to any kind of nature. Of course, the same applies to those working from home.

Luckily, introducing some office plants are a great way to bring the feeling of nature into your every day – while offering a range of other benefits.

So, how can some office gardening help you in your work environment? Here are a few of the top benefits.

Plants Improve Air Quality

There’s nothing worse than a stuffy office, so plants provide a great way to clean office air and improve oxygen flow – in turn, reducing fatigue. Certain plants can even remove harmful chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde from the air.

Plants Increase Productivity

While it wouldn’t be your first connection to make, adding some plants to your office can actually improve office productivity. A range of studies has shown that employees are far happier, more engaged and productive when they work in a psychologically stimulating environment.

Plants for Offices Reduce Noise

Plants have a great quality of absorbing sound. This way, using a range of smaller and taller plants, you can help to reduce distracting or annoying office sounds.

Office Plants Can Help Reduce Stress

Office plants and more importantly evergreen plants can have a calming and relaxing effect

Studies have shown that plants, and more importantly evergreen plants can have a calming and relaxing effect. In fact, studies by the University of Technology in Sydney have found that even just one pot plant can lift staff spirit and promote overall well-being.

More so, environments, where plants were introduced, recorded a 47% reduction in tension and anxiety.

Office Plants Inspire Creativity

Do you know how writers escape to the country to write? It’s because natural elements tend to improve concentration and fuel creativity.

A 2015 report found that offices with natural elements had almost a 15% higher rate of creativity. So, now that you know all the reasons why you should look at adding a few plants for the office, it’s time to consider which plants. 

Before going to your local nursery and picking out any plants, it’s essential to note that you need a plant that will thrive in an indoor space. 

Luckily, a range of plants and Aussie natives are perfectly adapted for lower light, stagnant air spaces.

20 Best Office Plants in Australia

There is a range of desk and cubicle friendly plants that you can consider, many of which are gorgeously evergreen, some of which even bloom. Here are a few of our top picks:

1. Philodendrons

Philodendrons are popular office plants, prized for their large leaves and absolute tolerance for lower light levels

Philodendrons are popular indoor plants, prized for their large leaves and absolute tolerance for lower light levels. While they are tropical plants that thrive in warm environments, they seem to grow pretty steadily in temperature-controlled offices.

These plants are largely hassle-free, needing watering or misting once a week and fertilising every now and then. They’re not plants that need much pruning and only need to be repotted.

For a real striking choice, consider growing the Philodendron brasil or Philodendron Xanadu.

2. Bromeliads

Bromeliads come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours, making them perfect for the desktop

Bromeliads are always a stunning choice. They come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours, making them perfect for the desktop. Although they are usually grown outdoors, they enjoy plenty of warmth and humidity.

These plants don’t need much watering and prefer loose, well-draining soil. Which means they’re not a super picky plant. However, they do require a decent amount of airflow so consider keeping them near an open window from time to time.

Here is everything you need to know to grow and care for Bromeliads

3.  Anthuriums

Anthuriums are a great way to stimulate some creativity

If a flowering plant is what you’re after, anthuriums are a perfect choice. With broad waxy leaves and large flowers which come in a range of colours, they’re a great way to stimulate some creativity.

These plants definitely have some bright indirect light so be sure to pop them in the right spot. Fill your pot with some loose draining soil and water only when dry to the touch.

4. Peace Lily

Peace Lily are utterly stunning, evergreen with gentle white blooms that appear almost throughout the year

There is a reason that peace lilies are featured in almost every indoor plant guide. These incredible plants are utterly stunning, evergreen with gentle white blooms that appear almost throughout the year.

Peace lilies don’t need any direct sunlight, so a semi-shaded spot is ideal. They will require a good level of moisture so be sure to keep a mister on your desk and support your plant with a gentle mist in between meetings. 

Check out our comprehensive Peace lilies growing guide

5. Zanzibar Gem

Zanzibar Gem is a taller growing, evergreen plant that will thrive next to your desk

There’s nothing better than an office plant that can take a little bit of neglect. The Zanzibar Gem is a taller growing, evergreen plant that will thrive next to your desk.

These plants thrive with irregular watering and are happy with even just a little bit of indirect light. Be more equipped to grow and care for this plant with our Zanzibar gem grow and care guide

6. Sansevieria Moonshine

Sansevieria Moonshine is a quirky indoor plant that you often see grown in offices with strong, upright leaves

The sansevieria moonshine is a quirky indoor plant that you often see grown in offices with strong, upright leaves. These long-lasting plants thrive in a warm, dry environment and can also handle a little bit of neglect.

Sansevieria moonshine should be treated as most succulents. Give them loose, well-draining soil and water infrequently to avoid root rot. Here is everything you need to know to grow Sansevieria moonshine.

7. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Fiddle Leaf Fig are definitely on-trend and will only need a little bit of attention in the office

Another great choice for a taller growing plant is the fiddle leaf. These plants have a long stem and incredibly large, glossy leaves. These plants are definitely on-trend and will only need a little bit of attention.

Keep your fiddle leaf in an area with bright, unfiltered light. You’ll need to ensure a rich potting mix and a good amount of moisture throughout the growing season.

8. Yucca Plants

Yucca Plants are fuss-free, easy-care plants with exciting foliage perfect as plants for offices

If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, then there’s no better choice than Yucca plants. These are fuss-free, easy-care plants with exciting foliage.

Be sure to pick the right potting medium when it comes to these plants. You won’t need to worry about getting anything expensive, these plants are happy in low quality or cactus mix soils. 

Find out how to properly care for Yucca plants here

9. String of Pearls

String of Pearls are perfectly photogenic, but can sometimes be tricky to keep alive

Got an office with lots of shelves? Consider adding a string of pearls to the mix. This curious, cascading plant is perfectly photogenic, but can sometimes be tricky to keep alive.

With a string of pearls, it’s important to pick a moist, yet well-draining potting medium. Resist over-watering these plants and be sure to pick a pot with plenty of watering holes so the soil can drain adequately.

10. Devil’s Ivy

Devil’s Ivy is an ideal choice for those who don’t have the greenest thumb for office gardening

Another great choice on the shelf is the beautifully trailing Devil’s Ivy. It’s an ideal choice for those who don’t have the greenest thumb for office gardening. It won’t matter where you plant it, how little light it gets, you’ll have a thriving plant as long as you keep it well watered.

Keep an eye on your soil and be sure to water it regularly. Plus, once it starts thriving you can propagate plenty of smaller plants. Refer to our Devil's ivy growing guide for more info on how to grow this amazing houseplant. 

11. Tillandsia

Tillandsia is a gorgeous house plant that thrives in unforgiving deserts

Let’s talk spikey stunners, the Tillandsia is a gorgeous house plant that thrives in unforgiving deserts. So, as long as you protect it from frosts and cold drafts, you’ll have thriving, long-living plants.

In winter, you can almost forget about these plants entirely and in winter, only need an occasional spritz from time to time.

12. Calathea

Calatheas, also known as Prayer plants are an incredible genus of plants considered to be one of the best office plants

Calatheas, also known as Prayer plants are an incredible genus of plants considered to be one of the best office plants. They have differently patterned leaves, some with a dark ruby underside.

They thrive out of the sunshine, while still needing some indirect light. During the summer, you’ll want to make sure your plants stay well moist. Consider keeping a mister on your desktop for this one.

Here is an in depth guide on how to grow and care for Calatheas

13. Spider Plant

Spider plants are perfect desk companions

Don’t let the stringy foliage put you off, spider plants are perfect desk companions. They’ve got long, narrow leaves with white stripes that offer a lot of appeals.

You’ll want to pick a rich potting mix and will need a rich potting mix. Get to know all the details about easy-to-grow plant in our Spider plant how to grow and care guide

14. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera needs little attention and thrives in warm and dry environments

Succulents are a great choice for those not gifted with a green thumb. Aloe needs little attention and thrives in warm and dry environments. Be sure to pick a potting medium suited to succulents and avoid overwatering at all costs.

15. Aglaonema

Aglaonema also called Chinese evergreens, have fantastic deep green leaves, some with a gentle sliver of silver or red

Aglos, also called Chinese evergreens, have fantastic deep green leaves, some with a gentle sliver of silver or red. Believed to bring long life, these gorgeous plants.

These plants prefer a peat-based potting mixture and a moderate watering schedule.

16. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo have a range of varieties that are the perfect fit for a desktop

While most of us associate bamboo with a tall and towering plant, there is a range of varieties that are the perfect fit for a desktop, like Dracaena sanderiana commonly known as lucky bamboo. These plants are great for Feng Shui and thrive in dappled light.

Just be sure to give your bamboo sufficient clean water, and the right kind of container to grow in. In addition to this plant, another Dracaena variety you might want to look into is the Dracaena Fragrans 'Massangeana' or commonly known as the Happy plant which is also perfect for growing indoors. 

17. Ficus

Ficus are stunning little office companion

If you’ve got a corner office that gets a good amount of natural light, then the ficus is an ideal choice. Whether you choose to keep it small or let it grow large, you’ll have a stunning little office companion.

These plants prefer dry soil, so can be left to dry out for a few days.

18. Rex Begonia

Rex Begonias are a great option if you’re looking for something a little different and exciting for an office plant

Begonias are a great option if you’re looking for something a little different and exciting. Of course, the more light they get, the more vivid the colour, but they’re perfectly happy not getting any direct sun.

You will need to make sure your plants get the moisture they need, so regular watering and misting is a must. Interested in begonias? Head out to our Ultimate Begonia Growing and Care Guide where we tackled it's different types and how to grow each one. 

19. Succulents

Succulents are a great choice to create a little desktop terrarium for you to enjoy

Who doesn’t love a good succulent? There are so many varieties to choose from, from fuzzy to spikey, from tinged to a deep green. Plus, they’re a great choice to create a little desktop terrarium for you to enjoy.

Of course, it’s essential to pick a succulent potting mix and avoid overwatering at all costs.

20. Cacti

Cacti are the ideal option if you want a touch of something small, without having to worry about care

Coming a close second to succulents, are cacti. These are the ideal option if you want a touch of something small, without having to worry about care. Succulents almost completely take care of themselves.

Water them every now and then, or don’t. Your cacti collection is bound to thrive in an office environment.

Caring for Office Plants

Now that you’ve chosen the best office plant for you, it’s important to take care of it properly so you don’t suddenly have a sad, drab and dying plant on your desk.

Of course, every plant has its own needs when it comes to light, moisture and maintenance but there are a few common rules of thumb you can keep in mind.

Caring for Office Plants

Watering

Take special care when it comes to watering. Indoor plants definitely need the right balance to avoid issues like root rot. Watering is often the most common cause of office gardening failure. In general, allow your plants to drain properly and avoid letting your plants sit in water at any time.

Keeping a saucer under your plants is perfect, it’ll let you see if there’s too much water and protect your desk from nasty water stains.

Lighting

Certain plants get by with almost no light. Whereas others need at least a little bit of indirect light to thrive. Depending on which plant you choose, keep your plant near a window if you can. If all else fails, fluorescent light is almost just as good.

Pruning

Pruning isn’t always a problem with these plants, but for some removing, spent flowers and leggy growth will encourage prosperous growth in the future.

Don’t be afraid to grab those office scissors and snip where you see fit. Be sure to sterilise your scissors first to avoid infecting your plants. Or better yet, get a good set of secateurs for that garden feeling cut. 

Get Ready for Some Office Gardening!

So, there you have it, the perfect selection of plants to turn your office into a beautiful, naturally inspired space, helping you focus, relax and breathe better. Pick a plant from our list of the best office plants in Australia and get planting!

Best Office Plants in Australia Benefits and Care Guide

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