Best plants that can survive in an office space with no windows
Do you work in an office with no windows? If that’s the case, then you may be wondering what type of plants will do best in such a space. Luckily, there are a number of plants that can thrive in an environment like this.
Here are some of the best plants to consider for your office desk with no windows.
01. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Spathiphyllum, also called the Peace Lily, is a shrub-like plant native to Central and South America. The flower consists of a white bract (which has a petal appearance) and a cream inflorescence.
The plant tolerates dark rooms very well, requires simple, trouble-free care, and can thrive even in artificial light. For this reason is a great choice if you work in an office without windows.
Care: In summer, it is recommended to water regularly, approximately every 2-3 days and the soil must be allowed to dry between waterings. Spraying the leaves is also recommended as the Peace Lily loves humidity. In winter, the plant only needs to be watered every 4-5 days.
When the roots have covered the entire pot, the plant needs to be transplanted in a slightly bigger container. From spring until fall, you should fertilize the Peace Lily to ensure optimal growth and abundant flowering.
Original from South and Central America, Bromeliads come in numerous varieties that enjoy a wide array of light conditions. Several of these, like Guzmania and Vriesea, can do well even under artificial lights, so they’re a good choice for rooms without much (or any) natural light.
An interesting fact about Bromeliads is that most only flower once in their life. The colorful leaves in the middle that look like a flower are actually called bracts.
Care: Bromeliads are usually fairly easy to care for. They tolerate well draught, but don’t really like being over-watered, so make sure you wait until the top 2 inches of the potting soil is dry, before watering again. They also don’t require a lot of fertilizer.
03. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)
Aspidistra elatior or the Cast Iron Plant is as its name suggests, quite tough and can survive even if it’s being neglected or grows in difficult conditions, like low-light environments. For this reason, it is excellent as a companion in an office with no windows.
Native to Japan and Taiwan, the plant produces small cream and purple flowers near its base when it grows outdoors. Indoors, however, it usually doesn’t bloom, so its best asset is its glossy foliage.
Care: The Cast Iron Plant requires extremely simple maintenance to keep it alive. Just water it when the soil dries out and fertilize it once a month during spring and summer. One thing you should never do is putting the plant in direct sunlight, as it will burn its leaves.
04. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
The Snake Plant is easy to grow and similarly to the Cast Iron Plant, it’s pretty hard to kill. It tolerates a variety of light conditions including dimly lit spaces, making it a great choice for a windowless office.
Care: It is really easy to care for snake plants, just make sure you wait for the soil to dry before you water it as they suffer more from overwatering than from the lack of water.
You can fertilize it every two months or so from spring until summer. Other than this, there’s not much you need to do in order for your plant to grow.
As you can see, if you’re looking for some greenery to spruce up your office but don’t have any windows for natural light, there’s no need to despair – there are a few plants that will do just fine in low-light conditions.
I hope this list of the best plants for offices with no windows has given you some inspiration for adding a bit of nature to your workspace.