Your Office Plant Deserves Better Than Basic Terra Cotta

Planters and accessories worthy of your fern.

Succulents like a lot of brightness. Give them enough water to soak the roots, but wait for the dirt to dry completely before watering again. From left: Bassano ceramic watering can; Tinted glass plant mister; Ambienta table lamp.

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Bassano ceramic watering can by Paola Navone
The Bassano, designed by the legendary Milanese architect for the Venetian furniture house Lando, comes in seven versions. It’s glazed on the inside and matte on the outside, making it a decorative addition to your office or home.

Tinted glass plant mister
To give a shower to your terrarium—plus ferns, orchids, and other plants that thrive in humidity—and a touch of nostalgia to your desk.

Ambienta table lamp by Daniel Pouzet
A polycarbonate lamp and planter in one. The base hides soil or rocks; you water the plants through an opening at the top of the shade. A toggle on the cord allows for different light settings.

Yuccas (left) can handle wide temperature swings. They’re also drought-tolerant, so don’t let them sit in water, which can cause root rot. Wandering Jews prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Don’t be afraid to prune in the summer, if volume becomes an issue. From left: Vayu ceramic floor planter; Modern pink cork planter; Stainless steel watering can.

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Vayu ceramic floor planter by Light + Ladder
Designer Farrah Sit took inspiration from midcentury sculptors such as Isamu Noguchi for this stoneware planter. She says she aimed to make it “interesting with the least amount of detail.”

Modern pink cork planter by Melanie Abrantes
It may seem counterintuitive, but this naturally porous material is ideal for keeping plants hydrated.

Stainless watering can
The elongated spout comes in handy for hanging plants.

Rubber trees (left) are a little finicky. Curling leaves indicate underwatering; yellow, brown, or falling ones mean you’ve gone overboard. The rabbit’s-foot fern (top) gets its name from the furry rhizomes growing under its leaves. Keep it out of direct light, but make sure it’s still somewhere sunny. Snake plants are for forgetful caretakers. They don’t need much water or light. From left: Limbo watering can; Wire planter by Norm Architects for Menu; Brass fertilizing syringe; TaoTronics LED grow lightbulb; Glisan gray hanging planter; Power planter (short) by Chen Chen and Kai Williams.

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Limbo watering can by Blomus
A stainless steel and plastic objet d’art that holds 1.5 liters of water.

Wire planter by Norm Architects for Menu
A visit to a Japanese garden with plants displayed at different heights influenced the design of this free-standing planter made of powder-coated steel. It comes in three sizes (great for grouping) and has a removable plug for drainage if you want to move it outdoors.

Brass fertilizing syringe
Fill with the liquid fertilizer of your choice. Inject. Bonus: Its dramatic design makes for a fun desktop accessory, plant or no plant. 

TaoTronics LED grow lightbulb
Unless you’re in the corner office, your light situation probably isn’t ideal. Fake it with this bulb, which uses nine red and three blue LED lights to create a purple wavelength that’s ideal for helping plants grow.

Glisan gray hanging planter
A faceted pattern on this stoneware pot adds a touch of unexpected texture. But it’s not all about looks: The electroplated brass chains won’t rust.

Power planter (short) by Chen Chen and Kai Williams
The top ring of this deceptive double-decker porcelain planter holds the soil; the bottom ring catches runoff.

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