The Q&A Archives: Office Plants

Question: We have parts of our office that do not have any sunlight in them. Is there any kind of plant that would stay alive there at all. I thought there was but I was unsure. I want plants but not if there going to die, I'll just get fake ones. Please help.
Jennifer Pruett

Answer: Few plants will actual flourish is poorly lit areas. One suggestion might be to grow a variety of plants and move them from one location to another so that you have color and foliage in all areas, but not the same plants in the same places all the time. Most plants will tolerate 2-3 weeks in a poorly lit location without too much harm. By rotating the plants, they will get the environment they require, and still provide you with color in your northern-exposure site.

Low-light foliage plants include Aspidistra, Philodendron scandens, Sansevieria, Dracaena fragrans, Dracaena marginata, Fatshedera, Fatsia, Maranta and Tolmiea. Flowering plants that will tolerate short periods of time in low-light include Chrysanthemum, Impatiens, Azalea, Begonia, Cyclamen and Fuchsia.

The list can expand if you choose to provide artificial lighting such spotlights with gro-lite bulbs.

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