20 Best Plants for the Office | Low Light Plants for the Office


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Plants in the office have been shown to improve productivity and well being. Live plants give a natural feel to every business environment.

The presence of plants in the office space allows us to break the monotony of the dull grey and tan tones of the office and liven up the office with color.

An office that is properly appointed with plants can increase employee productivity, decrease stress levels and increase levels of oxygen in the air.

Plants naturally process carbon dioxide and keep the office fresh making it more pleasant for the inhabitants and visitors.

These low light plants are perfect for the office space to bring in some green inside. Do not let yourself be surrounded by dull pale walls at the office.

Best Low Light Plants for the Office

Our best plants for the office include; Pothos, Chinese Evergreens, Monstera, Philodendron, Rubber Plants, Bamboo Palm, Corn Palm among others. Keep reading for our complete list.

1. Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

Pothos, Devil's Ivy, Scindapsus aureus

The colourful heart-shaped leaves of Pothos makes them ideal for adding a splash of color in the office space.

Pothos can be grown as a table-top plant or on a shelf or in a hanging basket. They are also ideal for the small spaces.

The Devil's Ivy can also be treated as trailers or climbers on a trellis or a moss-stick. Pothos are also good air cleaners. Read more on how to grow and care for Pothos.

2. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodedron scandens)

Heartleaf Philodendron, Philodedron scandens

Heartleaf Philodedron also called Sweetheart Plant is ideal for a hanging basket and can also be grown as a climber.

The small size of Heartleaf Philodendron makes it ideal as a table-top plant. It is also known be a good air cleaner.

Philodedron scandens is easy to grow and will thrive in a wide range of conditions. Learn more on how to grow and care for Heartleaf Philodedron.

3. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera deliciosa

Swiss Cheese Plant is a popular choice for the office space. It is easy to to grow and easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions.

The large perforated and deeply cut leaves of Monstera clearly stand out in any space. This aspect makes Monstera an ideal choice for large spaces.

Swiss Cheese Plant can also be grown as a climber where space is limited. Read on how to grow and care for Monstera.

4. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber Plant, Ficus elastica

The large, shiny, beautifully colored leaves of Rubber Plant makes it ideal for the large spaces and the office space is no exception.

Rubber Plant comes in many variations there is a wide selection to choose a plant for the office. They are also known to be good air cleaners.

The stately Rubber Plant is easy to grow and easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions. Learn more on how to grow and care for Rubber Plant.

5. Corn Palm (Dracaena fragrans)

Corn Palm, Dracaena fragrans

Corn Palm or Corn Plant is a favorite plant and the office space is an excellent place to display this colorful plant.

The brightly colored foliage of Dracaena Plant will add a splash of color to the office space.

Dracaena fragrans can be grown as a stand alone plant to provide a bold and attractive focal point. Read more on how to grow and care for Corn Palm.

6. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea erumpens)

Bamboo Palm, Chamaedorea erumpens

Bamboo Palm is ideal for the office space. This palm grows with a minimal outward spread which saves on space.

The Bamboo Palm is easy to grow and care for. It is also a good indoor air cleaner and will do well even in low light conditions.

Chamaedorea erumpens is also highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Learn more on how to grow and care for Bamboo Palm.

7. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca Palm, Butterfly Palm, Dypsis lutescens

Areca Palm also called Butterfly Palm or Golden Cane Palm is a popular indoor palm that is perfect for the office space as a stand alone (specimen) plant.

The beauty of Areca Palm emanates from its yellowish cane-like stems and from the gracefully drooping fronds.

Butterfly Palm is easy to grow and easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions. Read more on how to grow and care for Areca Palm.

8. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii

The large white flowers of Peace Lily against a dark green background of its glossy leaves makes a good choice for a showy plant for the office space.

The small size of Peace Lily makes it a good choice for a table-top plant or for a plant-shelf.

Spathiphyllum wallisii is easy to grow and is also known as a good indoor air cleaner. Learn grow and care for Peace Lily.

9. Madgascar Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dracaena marginata

The colorful foliage of Madagascar Dragon Tree will brighten up any space in addittion to freshening up the air.

This Dracaena Plant grows upright with a minimal outward spread making it ideal for limited spaces in the office space.

Dracaena marginata is highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions. Read more on how to grow and care for Madagascar Dragon Tree.

10. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

Umbrella Tree, Schefflera actinophylla

Umbrella Tree is an excellent stand alone (specimen) plant due to its large size. It bears large outward growing branches and can grow up to 6 ft tall.

The beautiful Schefflera Plant is ideal for occupying the well-lit, large, open spaces in the office. It is a spectacular sight to behold.

Schefflera actinophylla is easy to grow if adequately watered and exposed to bright light. Learn more on how to grow and care for Umbrella Tree.

11. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia spp)

Dumb Cane, Dieffenbachia

The large and highly decorative leaves makes Dumb Cane an ideal choice for a stand alone (specimen) plant for the office space.

Dumb Cane thrives in partial shade which is a common feature in most offices. There are many varieties of DUmb Cane to choose from.

Dieffenbachia is easy to grow and is ideal for adding a splash of color in any space. Read more on how to grow and care for Dumb Cane.

12. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plant, Mother in-law's Tongue, Dracaena trifasciata

Snake Plant also called Mother in-law's Tongue is ideal for any office space on account of its long beautifully colored foliage. The foliage matches very well with architectural features present in most offices.

Snake Plant is also a good air cleaner in addition to increasing oxygen concentration in the air.

Mother in-law's Tongue is a very hardy plant which can tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. Learn more on how to grow and care for Snake Plant.

13. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema spp)

Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema

Chinese Evergreen is ideal for the office space on account of its small size and colorful foliage.

The beauty of Chinese Evergreen emanates from their colorful large spear-shaped leaves borne on short stems. It is also known to be a good air cleaner.

Aglaonema is perfect for the poorly lit spots but it will still thrive under bright light but away from direct sunlight. Read more on how to grow and care for Chinese Evergreen.

14. Asparagus Fern (Asparagus plumosus)

Asparagus Fern, Asparagus plumosus

Asparagus Fern is an excellent addition to any office space on account of its beautifully drooping feathery foliage.

Asparagus Fern is a hardy plant that easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions and the office space is no exception.

Asparagus plumosus can be grown in a hanging basket or as a table-top plant. Read on how to grow and care for Asparagus Fern.

15. Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Bird's Nest Fern, Asplenium Fern

Bird's Nest Fern is large and bold enough to be displayed as a specimen plant for the large open spaces in an office space.

The spear-like leaves of Bird's Nest Fern that sorround the fibrous 'nest' at the centre are unique and add an interest to any office space.

Asplenium Fern is easy to grow and easily adapts to indoor growth conditions. Read more on how to grow and care for Bird's Nest Fern.

16. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum

A hanging basket of Spider Plant is an excellent choice for the office space. It can also be grown as a table-top plant or on a pedestal.

Spider Plant is easy to grow and adapts well to a wide range of growing conditions and it is also a good air cleaner.

Chlorophytum comosum grows best in bright, indirect light, average warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Spider Plant.

17. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm, Howea forsteriana

Kentia Palm also called Paradise Palm or Thatch Palm is an ideal houseplant for the office space on account of its size and spectacular foliage.

The Kentia Palm grows tall and upright, which saves on space. Its large size and spectular foliage make it a suitable focal point plant for the office.

Howea forsteriana thrives well in low light and it tolerates warm or cool air well. Read more on how to grow and care for Kentia Palm.

18. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Pony Tail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata

Ponytail Palm also called Elephant Foot is an interesting houseplant to have in the office. The curly leaves and the swollen bulb are attention drawers.

Ponytail Palm is a hardy plant with a swollen bulb which stores water, therefore, occasional dryness at the roots will do no harm to it.

Beaucarnea recurvata is easy to grow and does not require a lot of attention. Learn how to grow and care for Ponytail Palm.

19. Desert Cacti

Cactus

Desert Cacti are excellent plants for the office space. They are very hardy plants which easily withstand a high level of neglect.

The Desert Cacti are ideal for table-top plants or for a hanging basket for the trailing types. They thrive in well drained soil which is left to dry out between waterings.

There is a wide variety of Desert Cacti to choose from. Read more on how to grow and care for Desert Cacti.

20. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy, Hedera helix

English Ivy is useful as a screen for the unattractive spots, as a hanging basket plant or as a climber on a trellis or on a moss-pole.

The English Ivy is easy to grow and easily adapts to a wide growing conditions. It will do well even in poor growing conditions.

The attractive English Ivy is also a good indoor air cleaner. Learn more on how to grow and care for English Ivy.

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