Indoor Plants for the Office

The environment found in many offices is bland, dull and sterile. One way to brighten up a lifeless office space is by adding a variety of interesting looking plants and greenery to the office. Decorating with plants brings a sense of warmth and relaxation to any office atmosphere. Low-maintenance plants that thrive in low-light conditions are the best choice for an office space.

Chinese Evergreen

The hardy, low-maintenance Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) is a good choice for decorating a low-lit office space. The Chinese evergreen has an attractive, variegated, oblong-shaped leaf that is dark-green and streaked with silver. The plant grows to be 1 to 2 feet tall and spreads about 1 to 2 feet in width. Chinese evergreen produce a white, leaf-like flower and nonornamental, red berries. Water plants every other day, postponing by a day if the soil has not dried out. Saturate the soil when watering, but don't overwater the plant.

Snake Plant

One of the more interesting looking indoor plants is the Snake plant (Sansevieria). Often called Mother-in-Law Tongue; snake plants reach heights between 2 and 3 feet. Each leaf is normally 1 1/2 inches wide, dark-green in color and marked with white or silver stripes. NASA research indicates that the Snake plant is helpful in cleaning the air and will help keep office spaces smelling fresh. Snake plants thrive in low light and require little moisture. Water Snake plants twice a week, less if the soil remains soggy.

Heart-Leaf Philodendron

The easy-to-grow Heart-Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) is a common, indoor house plant that is widely used in offices. Philodendrons thrive in indirect or filtered lighting conditions but tolerate low light as well. As the name indicates, the leaves of the Heart-Leaf philodendron are heart-shaped, they are glossy and dark-green in color. Water philodendrons frequently; enough to keep soil moist, but do not let the plant stand in water. Philodendrons are spreading plants and sometimes their vines reach lengths of 3 to 4 feet. Train longer vines or prune them if there's insufficient room for growth.

Corn Plant

The Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans) is an appealing addition to any office space. Corn plants are tall, 5 to 15 feet in height, and have a trunk and branches. They thrive in low-lit areas and are relatively low-maintenance plants. The Corn plant has a variegated leaf-blade that is 18 to 36 inches long and it produces a highly fragrant white flower that only opens at night. Water Corn plants regularly, saturating soil once every other day, but allow soil to dry between watering. The NASA Clean Air Study states that the Corn plant removes formaldehyde from the air.

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Amy Deemer has been writing since 1992. Her articles on family life and pets have appeared in the family section of "The Herald Standard" newspaper. Deemer has an Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies from Westmoreland Community college.