Plants & Herbs That Grow Well in an Indoor Office

Thanks to their jobs, many people spend the majority of their time indoors stuck in an office or worse, a cubicle. Bringing plants and herbs into the office is an easy way to brighten up the space, adding a little greenery and fragrance. There are plenty of plants and herbs that grow well in an indoor office with just a little care.


Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) are a grass-like herb that's native to Eurasia and North America. Besides offering edible leaves to use in the kitchen, chives also boast attractive bushy flowers in shades ranging from pink to purple. Chives can easily be grown in a container in a cool location in the office. The plant should be kept in bright, indirect sunlight coming from the south or west if possible. A general purpose potting soil will work fine for the plant, provided it is well-drained. For best results, fertilize chives with a water-soluble fertilizer every month during the growing season. Keep the soil consistently moist for optimum growth.

Sweet Basil

Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) offers a delicious aroma along with edible leaves, which, during lunch break, can be thrown into a pasta dish or a sandwich. The easy-to-grow small plant boasts vibrant green leaves. The plant will grow well in full sunlight coming from the east, west or south of the office, in moist, good quality potting soil. Keep the soil consistently moist with warm water.


Resembling a palm tree that's missing its trunk, the coontie plant (Zamia pumila) is a small perennial that produces deep green, fern-like evergreen leaves. A native of Florida, coontie does well in sandy, well-drained soil. The plant is versatile; it grows in both bright sun and full shade--though as with most indoor plants, light should be indirect. Coontie will thrive in containers indoors, and can even be grown as a bonsai. Coontie can be watered infrequently--more often during the hot summer months.

Keywords: indoor plants, office plants, herb types

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.