Low-Light Plants for the Office

One of the best ways to decorate your office is by adding potted plants. Many offices are areas of low light, and not all plants can survive in such conditions. Low-light areas receive only general illumination and are more than eight to 10 feet away from a window. Foliage plants are typically suited to these low-light areas.

Parlor Palm

Parlor palms are one of the most popular houseplants. This slow-growing plant is ideal for container gardening. Fully mature parlor palms can reach a height of three to four feet, according to the Guide to Houseplants. The palm consists of arching fronds with green leaflets. Leaves are green in color, but they can gain a yellowish cast if the plant is receiving too much sun. Soil should be kept slightly moist, and it is recommended that you mist the foliage regularly. Parlor palms thrive in temperatures from 65 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is a versatile indoor plant. It is low growing; mature Chinese Evergreen plants can reach a height of two and a half feet. It does produce flowers, however they are greenish in color and are often removed since they are not as attractive as the foliage. Leaves are oval-shaped, and dark green with silvery green or white variegation. Keeping the soil too moist will stunt the growth of your Chinese Evergreen and can also cause the stalks to rot. For best results, allow the soil to dry between waterings rather than keeping it constantly moist. It should be kept at temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, according to EverGrowing.com.

Cast Iron Plant

The Cast Iron Plant is a member of the Lily family, but produces only modest flowers that protrude about an inch from the soil. It is slow growing and has shiny dark green leaves that grow directly out of the soil. The stems are hidden below the soil's surface. Cast Iron Plants reach a height of about two feet. It is a hardy plant, and can tolerate cooler temperatures, wet soil and extremely dry soil. While your Cast Iron Plant can tolerate neglect, Plant-Care.com recommends you keep the soil moist and keep the plant between temperatures of 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

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