Do you work in an office or have indoor space in your home that receives minimal natural light?
Consider adding plants to your dimly lit areas. Those drab and somber spaces could especially use the warmth that plants provide. Just by adding a Sansevieria trifasciata(Snake Plant), your dingy hallway will exude a bit of life and your cubicle or office space will be more tolerable. I'm sure there is some scientific study about the correlation of plants in the office and productivity!
The following article will give you ideas on low light plants for your home or office. These are plants which will thrive without natural sunlight, require minimal maintenance, and are usually considered as non-flowering foliage plants.
Here are some of my favorite species:
ZEEZEE PLANT (Zamioculcus zamiifolia)
The "ZZ" plant is one of the more hardy low light plants and will adapt to nearly any light condition. Your neglect might actually make it grow better! The thick and fleshy stalks of the ZeeZee plant are excellent at storing water so ensure the soil is dry before watering.
FLAMING KATY (Kalanchoe)
Flaming Katy is a succulent that blooms in cluster of pink, red, orange and yellow flowers that will last for several weeks. To prevent root rot, do not over water, however, do not let the soil dry out completely. For a more comprehensive care strategy, visit this website dedicated to house plants.
PEACE LILY (Spathiphyllum spp.)
Another rare low light flowering plant, the Peace Lily offers more than a pretty flower. It also acts like a filter by cleaning indoor air of pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. Leave the soil moist and water before you notice the soil becoming dry.
SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria trifasciata)
While lacking the flower of the Peace Lily, the Snake plant also has excellent beneficial properties in an indoor setting. Also known as the Mother-In-Law's Tongue, this plant converts cO2 into oxygen, making it a perfect fit for a bedroom or a crowed office. For more information on this plant, watch this YouTube Video.
CORN PLANT (Dracaena)
Similar to the Snake plant, various species of Dracaena make perfect indoor plants. This plant can reach sizes of 6ft in ideal conditions, but will also do well in a dim climate. Remember not to over water this plant as well. Instead, let it show you when it is thirsty.
Philodendrons look best on the edge of a table or shelf, where the trailing heart-shaped leaves are able to cascade down. To look for other species of Philodendrons, visit The Garden Helper.
CAST-IRON PLANT (Aspidistra elatior)
As the name suggests, the Cast-Iron plant is one of the more hardy houseplant choices. More light will mean more variegation on the dark green leaves which sprout from underground stems. There are many other varieties of Aspidistra, see them all here.
AFRICAN VIOLET (Saintpaulia)
Although this plant can tolerate less light, a brighter indoor area will be much more suitable for this genus. The most popular species, S. ionantha, has purple flowers which can bloom throughout the year based on how much sunlight the plant is exposed to. African Violets are a bit harder to maintain than the other plants, but they will reward you with beautiful blooms. Learn more about this houseplant here.
With over 30,000 species, finding an Orchid which will thrive in your environment shouldn't be a problem. I suggest the Jewel Orchid for the low light conditions we have been discussing. A humid room will provide the most ideal conditions for this species of orchids.
AIR PLANTS (Tillandsia)
While they don't technically grow in air, these unique plants certainly have different growing methods. Air plants do not require soil to grow, only moderate light and a weekly soaking. They are perfect plants for terrariums and can add a modern decor to your home. Visit www.airplantsupplyco.com to browse their selection of air plants.
Perhaps you want a different option for your dim lit areas? Terrariums are a great choice! This post is all about building your own terrarium.
Hopefully this article will help you decide on what plant to buy for your home and office. There are many other choices out there so the best thing to do is visit your local nursery and see these plants in person. Thank you for reading!