Easy Plants for the Office
The short, dark days of winter don’t have to be dreary – now is the time to celebrate the ‘indoor season’ with some easy and favourite plants. Not all offices have ideal light, but some plants can do very well under fluorescent lighting. These popular houseplants will transform your office from stark white to instantly appealing and comfortable. Each does well in low light or under fluorescent lighting, but keep in mind that all plants need some natural light to stay healthy and beautiful.
Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
One of the best plants for removing formaldehyde released from carpet and other materials in our homes and offices. It likes bright indirect light; preferably a northern exposure. This plant is perfect for the office because it does very well under fluorescent lights.
Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron scandens) also known as the Sweetheart Plant. There are two kinds of philodendron, the upright and the trailing. For the office I recommend the trailing variety. They don’t mind being kept in a small pot and they are very lovely hanging in a north facing window or sitting on a bookshelf.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
I have mine hanging over the hutch on my desk. It is quite full and lush and has really cool spiderettes hanging down. They prefer natural but not direct sunlight.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
This elegant plant is at the top of the list for removal of toxins such as formaldehyde, ammonia and carbon monoxide from indoor air. The foliage is attractive with long dark-green, deeply veined leaves. It grows up to three feet tall and will do well in medium to low light.