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Office Plants - Beginner to Advanced Guide

Office Plants are a great way to bring life into your workspace, but starting off can seem like a daunting task. Most people don’t know which plant to choose, how to maintain it and end up giving up.

For this reason, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of office plants, and we categorized them into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels so you’ll know exactly where to start. Keep reading to brighten up your workspace today!


These beginner plants are perfect for those who have never owned a plant before, as they require very little maintenance and also look great.

ZZ Plant (Zaioculcas Trifasciata)

This is a great plant for beginners and has been described as “unkillable” in the past because they require very little maintenance. These plants require very little water, and overwatering is a problem for this plant. It also requires indirectly sunlight only, making it perfect for an office or cubicle environment.

Maintenance: Requires very little water and light, and most commonly dies because of overwatering or direct exposure to sunlight. Water it once every 2-3 weeks and keep it in indirect sunlight.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)

The Spider plant is a stunning plant with long thin leaves that look amazing. This plant can also be classified as a beginner plant, because it can be kept in partial shade. A low maintenance plant, it requires slightly moist soil.

Maintenance: Water it once a week, and avoid direct light, as this can cause sunburn on the leaves. It’s great as an indoor office plant and looks excellent.


These next plants are for those of us who have previously owned a plant, and are willing to expand our green fingers. They require a little more maintenance than the Beginner plants, but are well worth it, as they are some truly beautiful plants.

Gerbera Daisy

Very elegant and beautiful, the Gerbera Daisy is not for novices. The blooms of this plant are vibrant, with reds, yellows and oranges the possible options, however getting to bloom might be a long road.

Maintenance: Often grown outdoors, this plant requires bright sunlight during its growth season, and requires indirect sunlight during winter. Water it once over 4 to 5 days, and trim it regularly if you’re keeping it indoors.

Aloe Vera Plant

This great plant is quite easy to maintain, as it requires very little water, being used to an arid environment. The Aloe Plant has fleshy, waxy leaves that contain aloe juice, which has many health benefits, just don’t ingest it!

Maintenance: A great indoor plant, direct sunlight will cause sunburn on the leaves, so keep it in a place where it will get indirect sunlight. Watering should only be done once every week, as overwatering can cause complications.


Finally, we have the best of the best. These plants require a lot of maintenance but offer a very high reward when executed correctly. Take time to thoroughly research these plants before purchasing one, and make sure you speak to the florist before moving forward.


The Bonsai was made famous by the movie, “The Karate Kid” and have been popular ever since. They require a lot of maintenance, but are some of the most beautiful plants when you get them right. You should go for a smaller Bonsai for your office space, and one that requires indirect sunlight.
Maintenance: Watering your Bonsai has to be done as needed, and can be as often as daily. They also require trimming and pruning, as well as structural pruning to keep the shape and look, but this is a calming activity and turns owning this plant into a quick and easy hobby.

Peace Lily

This beautiful white and green plant is sure to warm up your office space, and is a great office plant because it can be kept in low-light or artificial light, and doesn’t require daily watering. They can be used as a floor plant in your cubicle or office, as they can grow quite tall, with large, wide leaves, or as a desk plant if kept in a small container.

Maintenance: Keep it shaded or partially shaded. It requires watering once a week. Don’t let your pets ingest them as they can be toxic.


This stunning flower brings a great fragrance to your space, while looking amazing, and once you know how to take care of it, will be a great addition to your workspace. Light is a big factor when getting your orchid, so make sure you can provide it with adequate indirect light.

Maintenance: Orchids need plenty of light, but too much will cause it sunburn. They also require heavy watering once or twice a week, and require special soil.

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