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What’s a must have item for people that work long hours at a desk?(r/AskReddit)
It sounds dumb, but having a plant at your desk or workstation can significantly improve your mood and happiness. Are you breathing in all that nasty-ass recirculated, stale air? Plants can help with that. There are even plants that are specifically suggested for improving air quality (aloe plants, for example).
It’s also so gratifying. Start with a tiny pothos sprout (looks kind of like ivy) or spider plant clipping. Give that a few months and BOOM, it’s taking over half your office. You did that! You made that little guy grow up into the big, strong, leafy thing he is today!
Don’t know what you’re doing? Do ten minutes of research on the internet and give it a shot. You can get plenty of plants for free or cheap. I’ll bet someone in your office already has a plant they can make you a clipping of and give you suggestions on how to raise it. Plant dies? That’s okay. Just try again.
No windows? No problem. Lots of plants do well on minimal or artificial light. Pothos is a creeping vine that doesn’t need much sun. Peace lilies are big dark green plants with white flowers that are pretty easy to take care of.
Out of town a lot and can’t water it frequently? Get a succulent! Most cacti are succulents, as is aloe. They need very little care.
Plants, man. Plants will improve the quality of your deskspace by leaps and bounds.
EDIT: A lot of people have been asking for recommendations for a plant. I don’t know everything there is to know about plants, but I can give a few suggestions:
First thing’s first: before you bring any plant into your house, check to see whether it’s toxic to your pets or humans. Poinsettias typically aren’t allowed at nursing homes because they’re toxic to humans and sometimes people with dementia will try to eat them. A LOT of plants are toxic to dogs and cats. Make sure the plant you get won’t kill the ones you love!
(Note that plants that are toxic to humans are still okay in most offices since most people don’t just go around eating plants)
What’s a good plant for my desk that gets no light?
For no/low light areas (north-facing windows, offices with no windows, etc), some good bets are:
Pothos: A very low maintenance vine that will grow without much help. Pothos actually don’t like direct sunlight, so low-light areas are great for it. Note: Pothos is toxic to cats, dogs, and I think children.
Sansevieria, aka Mother In Law’s Tongue or Snake’s Tongue: This requires minimal water and light, so it’s good for someone who isn’t around often. Sansevieria is especially good for cleaning the air as well, so it’s nice to put in an office or bedroom or wherever you breathe for several hours a day. Mildly toxic to cats and dogs.
Where can I buy plants?
You can buy plants online — you can even get Pothos for under $10 on Amazon! — but I’ve only ever bought seeds online. For live plants, a nursery is a good option if you can find one in your area. Stores like Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, and other big stores usually have a nursery. I actually really like the plants I’ve gotten from Home Depot. Smaller, dedicated nurseries are also really good places to go if you know you want a plant but don’t know much else. People there can help you find something that fits what you need.
Honestly though, most of my plants I got for free. It was strange: the first plant I ever brought into my office was a peace lily. A week or so later, a coworker dropped by and asked if I wanted a cutting from his spider plant. After that the floodgates opened. People just started bringing me plants that they had extras of or didn’t want any more or didn’t know how to take care of. I probably have twenty or thirty plants in my office, including an enormous jade plant that lives in a garbage can because it got too big for everything else, and the only one I bought was the peace lily. Talk to coworkers with plants. They’ll probably give you a trimming to start your own if you ask.
Edit 2: I can’t word good.