Good Plants for an Office

Growing plants in an office environment may mean relying on artificial or low light conditions with little to no natural sunshine. When searching for good plants to grow under these conditions, consider the scale of your office space. Whether you work in a cubicle or a loft-sized room, your plants will need good air circulation and room to grow.


Philodendrons make good plants for an office environment as they grow well in artificial or low light conditions. You can hang a basket of philodendrons from the ceiling, or let one trail from your desk up and over shelving or wall art. Climbers will need some kind of support to cling to as they grow. Philodendron foliage may be bright green, dark green or variegated depending on the species. They prefer to be slightly crowded in the pot, with good drainage.

Silver Lace Ferns

Many ferns are good choices for office plants, but none have the grace and color of the Silver Lace variety. The foliage appears as silver-gilded fronds that are delicate and will move with the slightest breeze. Silver Lace ferns thrive in moderately low light to indirect sunlight and damp soil conditions. Plant these ferns in a pot on your desk or as a centerpiece on an occasional table.

Peace Lilies

Peace lilies enjoy low light conditions and generally do well in an office environment. The plant has glossy green leaves and beautiful white flowers that may extend up to 1.5 feet. Plant peace lilies in a container with good drainage and keep the soil moist but not wet. Allow the water to sit for at least 24 hours before adding it to your plant so that the chlorine can evaporate.

African Violets

African violets are good choices for offices' low to medium low light conditions and small growing areas. The plants are compact, with hairy green leaves and small flowers in shades of lavender, blue, white and pink. Mist your African violets often and keep the soil moist for the best results.

Lucky Bamboo

Stand a stalk of decorative lucky bamboo in a vase surrounded by colorful stones and water for an easy-to-grow plant that will thrive in your office. The tall slender stalks often curve at the top with leaves that measure 3 to 4 inches long. Arrange them in groups of three or more if you have room for a larger container.

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