The Best Plants for the Office

Office plants need to be able to take being container bound and lacking natural light. Indoor plants that can work in partial shade can be some of the best plants for the office. Make sure you know whether your office plant is going to get direct sun or whether it is going to be out of any sunlight before buying.

Blunt Leaved Peperomia

The blunt leaved peperomia (Peperomia obtusifolia) is from the pepper (Piperaceae) family. It is an evergreen perennial, vine like, with thick leaves 6 to 9 inches above surface and 1 to 6 inches long. Flowers are tiny and greenish white. Leaves can vary in color by cultivar. Plant a blunt leaved peperomia in light organic soil in filtered light or medium shade. Prop in an east window for indoor use. Propagate via division, leaf cuttings, or by stem cuttings.

Cut Leaf Philodendron

The cut leaf philodendron (Philodendron bipinnatifidum) is from the arum (Araceae) family. It is a fast growing evergreen perennial. Leaves can get up to 3 feet tall with a 1-foot inflorescence and tiny flowers. Indoor plants will not flower. Plant a cut leaf philodendron in moist well drained soil in dappled or partial shade. Have indoor plants in filtered light through a blind or curtain. Propagate via cuttings.

Common Asparagus Fern

The common asparagus fern (Protasparagus setaceus) is from the lily (Liliaceae) family. It is a perennial evergreen with feathery foliage and tiny white flowers. It is not a true fern. Plant the asparagus fern in partial shade with regular watering. Propagate via seed or spring root mass division.

Spider Plant

The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is from the lily (Liliaceae) family. It is a fast and easy to grow perennial, grasslike, with 8- to 16-inch long leaves. White flowers are tiny. Plant in bright light but will survive shade. Indoors, make sure the plant can receive 400 foot-candles of light a day. Propagate via root mass division or "plantlets" at tips of shoots.

Bengal Fig

The Bengal fig (Ficus benghalensis) is from the mulberry (Moraceae) family. It is a drought resistant evergreen that grows huge (100 feet tall and an acre spread) outdoors and indoors can be very restrained. Leaves are leathery 5 to 10 inches long with red figs. For indoor use, repot the plant every 2 to 3 years. Plant the Bengal fig partial sun to partial shade outdoors, and indoors for half shade or some bright light. Propagate via eye cuttings or tip cuttings.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.