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The Best Office Plants For Your Low-Light Office

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Creating a vibrant and healthy office environment doesn’t have to be difficult, even if your workspace lacks natural light. As someone with a self-proclaimed “brown thumb,” I’ve found success in maintaining a selection of low-light plants that thrive despite my less-than-perfect plant care skills. These resilient plants not only brighten up my office but also bring a touch of nature indoors, making my workdays more pleasant.

Beyond their aesthetic appeal, having plants in your office offers several benefits. They can improve air quality, reduce stress, and boost overall productivity. Studies have shown that the presence of plants can create a more calming and inspiring work environment, leading to better focus and creativity. Here are some of the perfect plants for your low-light office that are easy to care for and can survive with minimal natural light, helping you enjoy these benefits without the hassle of intensive maintenance.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

The snake plant features striking vertical leaves that add a modern touch to any space. Its architectural look makes it a standout piece in any office. Snake plants are also incredibly low maintenance. Seriously, I once didn’t water mine for 3 weeks, and it was fine (although I don’t recommend this). Do water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Snake plants will do great in low light conditions, but they do like indirect light if you can give it to them.

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Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants have arching leaves and tiny plantlets that bring a lively and cheerful vibe to your office. They are perfect for hanging baskets or pots on bookshelves and windowsills. To care for it, make sure the soil is always slightly moist, but don’t let it sit in water. Like a snake plant, a spider plant will do great in low light, but if you have indirect light, it will be happy for it.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies boast glossy green leaves and elegant white blooms, adding a touch of sophistication and calm to your workspace. To care for a peace lily, water it regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mist the leaves to maintain humidity — taking a little spray bottle to your plant can be a fun work break. For lighting, peace lilies prefer low-to-medium indirect light, so this is a good plant for the floor of an office with a window.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos is a versatile plant with trailing vines that can add a touch of greenery to shelves or hang from planters. Its heart-shaped leaves are visually appealing. It’s another winner for a bookshelf or windowsill in your office. To care for it, let the soil dry out completely between waterings. For light, pothos is easy: they do great in low light.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ plant features glossy, dark green leaves that add a touch of elegance and are perfect to complement the floor of a contemporary-style office. To care for them, water them infrequently, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. ZZ plants do well in low light, but it’s another one that won’t be mad at you if you give it some indirect light.

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston ferns have feathery fronds that add a lush, green feel to your office. They are excellent for creating a natural, forest-like ambiance. Keep the soil consistently moist and mist regularly to maintain humidity. This is a good low-light plant for you if you live in a more humid climate.

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastic)

Rubber plants are known for their large, glossy leaves and striking presence, making them a great statement piece for any office floor. To care for it, water it when the top inch of soil is dry and wipe leaves with a damp cloth to keep them shiny. Like many of these plants, it’ll do just fine in a low-light office, but to really see the best of it, find a spot with bright, indirect light.

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English ivy’s trailing vines are perfect for hanging baskets, if you want to add a touch of classic decor to your office. To care for one, keep the soil evenly moist and mist occasionally to maintain humidity. Yet another one: English ivy prefers bright, indirect light but can adapt to low light.

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii)

The bamboo palm has feathery fronds that bring a tropical feel to your office, making it a perfect plant for creating a serene environment. To care for it, water it regularly to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. This plant is more of a low-to-medium light type, so it will do best if your office at least has a window.

Incorporating plants into your work environment not only enhances its aesthetic appeal but also contributes to a healthier and more productive workspace. From air purification to stress reduction, the benefits of having plants in your office are numerous. Consider adding one or more of these best plants to your workspace to create a greener, healthier, and more vibrant environment.

What about the rest of your office? Check out my Essentials of a Great Home Office article where I outline the 9 key considerations for every office.

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