25 Office Plants That Fit on Your Desk

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Want to add some plants to your office? There are plenty of options out there, even if you only have a small amount of desk space to work with. Here are 25 different options for office plants that should fit right on your desk.

Office Desk Plants

Air Plant Terrarium

25 Office Desk Plants - Air Plant Terrarium

For a pop of color at your desk, you could opt for a terrarium. Air plants don’t require constant watering, so it can make for a low maintenance solution.

Mini Succulents

25 Office Desk Plants - Mini Succulents

Succulents are fairly durable and don’t require much in the way of care. These mini versions also won’t take up much of your workspace.

Artificial Succulents

25 Office Desk Plants - Artificial Succulents

Or if you have a completely black thumb, you could opt for artificial succulents that still give you the look without any of the upkeep.

Bamboo Arrangement

25 Office Desk Plants - Bamboo Arrangement

For a unique spot of green on your desk, you could consider an arrangement of bamboo, a plant that represents luck in many parts of the world.

Potted Pen Stand

25 Office Desk Plants - Potted Pen Stand

This faux plant can actually serve a practical purpose at your desk. The potted faux grass can help you keep your pens and other writing utensils easily accessible.

Golden Devil’s Ivy

25 Office Desk Plants - Golden Devil’s Ivy

One of the most popular house and office plants, the golden devil’s ivy is small enough to fit on most desks and can survive with indirect sunlight and minimal maintenance.

Color Orchids

25 Office Desk Plants - Color Orchids

You can also add some color and visual interest to your desk space by adding some potted orchids, which are usually fairly tall but don’t take up much horizontal space.

Venus Fly Trap

25 Office Desk Plants - Venus Fly Trap

This tiny plant in a bottle won’t take up much room at all on your desk but will still add some unique visual interest.

Aquaponic Fish Tanks

25 Office Desk Plants - Aquaponic Fish Tanks

These contraptions actually serve as mini fish tanks and planters in one. And the fish help to fertilize the plants while the plants purify the water for the fish.


25 Office Desk Plants - EcoSphere

You could also buy an enclosed ecosystem with a plant and aqualife like this spherical model.

Dog Bonsai Potted Plant

25 Office Desk Plants - Dog Bonsai Potted Plant

For the dog lovers out there, this planter can make for a fun desktop decoration. And the bonsai plant can help to purify the air in your office as well.

Purple Amethyst Air Plant

25 Office Desk Plants - Purple Amethyst Air Plant

This air plant provides another colorful and unique desktop solution. The purple amethyst base can also serve as a paper weight.

Money Bonsai Tree

25 Office Desk Plants - Money Bonsai Tree

One of the most popular types of bonsai trees, this version is just over a foot tall and is said to bring financial luck.

Ficus Bonsai

25 Office Desk Plants - Ficus Bonsai

There’s also the ficus bonsai, another small tree plant that actually gives off a bit of a tropical vibe if that’s something you enjoy seeing in your workspace.

Bonsai Tree Kit

25 Office Desk Plants - Bonsai Tree Kit

Or if you prefer to actually put in the work and grow your own plants as a relaxing break from the work day, you could purchase a bonsai tree kit like this one.

Ocean Spider Plant

25 Office Desk Plants - Ocean Spider Plant

Spider plants like the one pictured can help you purify the air in your office. And the actual pot only takes up a few inches of space.

Globe Terrarium With Metal Stand

25 Office Desk Plants - Globe Terrarium With Metal Stand

You can also choose to keep your desk plants raised above your actual desk. This globe terrarium hangs on a metal stand for a different way of displaying air plants.

Hanging Air Plant

25 Office Desk Plants - Hanging Air Plant

You could also hang small planters from hooks or similar fixtures above your desk. This hanging air plant is a great example that can also help you save space on your actual desk.


25 Office Desk Plants - Philodendron

Philodendrons also make for great hanging plants. But you can also choose a cute pot and place it directly on your desk, letting the leaves hang off the edges. It’s also fairly easy to grow and maintain.

Peace Lily

25 Office Desk Plants - Peace Lily

Peace lily plants allow you to add some actual flowers to your space while also purifying the air in your office.

Aloe Plants

25 Office Desk Plants - Aloe Plants

Aloe plants like the varieties pictured can be fairly low maintenance, take up only a moderate amount of space and also provide healing aloe when needed.

Proverb Cacti

25 Office Desk Plants - Proverb Cacti

Cacti are extremely durable and easy to keep alive with minimal maintenance. And these mini versions also come in planters with proverbs and quotes perfect for staying motivated in the office.

Artificial Lavender

25 Office Desk Plants - Artificial Lavender

If you like the idea of having colorful flowers at your desk, but don’t want to actually cut and water real flowers, an artificial arrangement like this faux lavender might do the trick.

Zero Maintenance Orchid Bonsai

25 Office Desk Plants - Zero Maintenance Orchid Bonsai

This orchid bonsai kit is a mini plant that should fit on even the smallest of desks. And since it’s based in a gel medium, it actually requires zero maintenance to keep it growing.

Potted Air Plant

25 Office Desk Plants - Potted Air Plant

If you really have minimal desk space to work with, you could go with a very small potted air plant, which also requires very little maintenance.

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  1. Office plants somehow help with stress but my sister told me that it is bad for the plant.

  2. Oh, great thanks. I was planning to buy an office plant but I don’t know which one to buy. Good thing I came across this article!

  3. The fish plants are actually incredibly cruel to the fish. The tiny space is not enough for even a betta–betta fish should have at least 5 gallons of water in order to be healthy. Also, the plant does not clean the water. There is a complicated cycle (more information can be found if you look up “cycling a fishtank”), and there are many chemicals that it deals with, such as ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite. The lack of actual filtration in those awful tanks lead to a build up of all three chemicals. Ammonia, even in trace amounts, can kill a fish. And that is without taking into account that betas love heavily decorated tanks with specifically underwater plants and a sand substrate, as it emulates their natural environment. Bettas can get stressed easily, which can also kill them. Also, bettas need a water temperature of 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit. A standing bowl of water without a heater can easily drop below that temperature, sending the fish into shock and followed by death.

    In short, promoting those kinds of “tanks” is actually promoting animal cruelty. Death by ammonia is incredibly painful for the fish as it essentially chemically burns them to death. Stress deaths are also terrible, as the stress leads to infection and sickness. A well-cared for betta can live up to five years. The lifespan of a betta in these kinds of “tanks” rarely last beyond four or five months.

    Please rethink that item on your list. Everything else is wonderfully helpful, and I was very glad for the suggestions! But I implore you to take the time to remove the plant tank to prevent the spread of misinformation and hopefully keep people from killing more animals. There are many fish forums online that are populated by experienced aquarium owners; if you’re interested in what I’ve said, or even want to fact check me, please check them out! The information in incredibly helpful.

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