I have no windows in my office but I would love to bring in some living (not silk) green things. I have fluorescent lights and I work M-F 8am to 5pm. Any ideas for low/no natural light plants? I could rotate them home where I have access to sunshine.
There aren’t any I know of that will do anything like “thrive”, so the idea of rotating them home periodically is a good one. There are certainly some that will be reasonably happy in your office environment for a few weeks or a few months at a time, depending on the plant and the season.
Aspidistra, cast iron plant. Excellent.
Pothos varieties, although many variegated ones will gradually go green
Many kinds of Draecena (I know compacts and ‘corn plants’ do well)
Many kinds of Peperomia (the smooth-leaved ones do better)
Ledebouria socialis, silver squill or leopard squill (cool plant!)
I’ve heard that Aglaonemas, Spathiphylums, and Dieffenbachias are supposed to be good in low light, but I have never had luck with these. True, they don’t die. But they start looking very unhappy after a week or two. Not worth the trouble.
Before they start getting leggy or color gets a little grayed out, rotate them home and bring others to the office.
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