Plants have the beautiful ability to transform a drab office into a creative and engaging space and are often a great solution for workspaces that don’t have natural light. However, if you don’t choose the right plants, you can quickly end up with a space filled with dying, foliage that does more harm than good. This is often because a lot of plants aren’t suited to harsh temperature conditions such as cycled air conditioning, or rooms without direct sunlight. As popular as succulents and Fiddle Leaf Figs are, they don’t make the best office plants due to their uncompromising and temperamental nature.
However, there are several beautiful, low maintenance plants that make terrific additions to the office. We take a look at some of the best plants for windowless office spaces, and the level of care needed to keep them thriving.
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Best plants for office desk with no windows
Characterised by its beautiful dark green leaves, the Snake Plant is a highly versatile plant that’s perfect for beginners. Requiring only a quick watering when the soil feels dry, the Snake Plant is a strange breed of plant that seems to thrive on neglect. It’s quite happy to tolerate both the indoors and outdoors, and only needs a small amount of sunshine to keep it going strong. It will also do well in high humidity environments such as a patio garden, or dry and dark office spaces pumped full of circling air. Whatever you throw at it, the Snake Plant really doesn’t mind.
The Cast Iron Plant
When it comes to choosing the best plants for office desk with no windows, you can’t go wrong with a plant named after one of the strong metals known to man. Recognisable for its deep green, leathery like leaves, the cast iron plant is a favourite amongst households and office spaces as it’s virtually indestructible. It favours low light and low humidity but can easily withstand fluctuations in temperature – which makes it one of the best office plants.
Bromeliads are great low maintenance plants in the office that only requires watering once a week. They come in various shapes, sizes and colours and perfect way to add some much-needed pops of colour to the office space. Though they don’t require much sunlight or watering, they are a little more temperamental when it comes to changes in temperature and air flow. If you have an office space that relies heavily on air conditioner, a Bromeliad might not be the best choice. But for smaller office spaces that are a little more ecofriendly, a Bromeliad would no doubt thrive.
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The Rubber Plant
Unlike its cousin the Fiddle Leaf Fig, the humble Rubber Plant is easy to care for office tree that can thrive and flourish with minimal input. Rubber plants suit regular watering (a simple soil check is key) and prefer indirect sunlight as too much sun can scorch the leaves. With care and repotting, they can easily grow to impressive heights in a short span of time which makes for a spectacular focal point for your office. If you’re looking for an office tree that makes a statement, the Rubber Plant is a winner every time.
The Peace Lily
The Peace Lily is arguably one of the most beautiful plants in the office as it offers stunning deep green foliage and a white spathe. As it doesn’t like direct sunlight and can tolerate fluctuations in temperature reasonably well, the peace lily makes a suitable addition for a windowless office space. If you’re looking for a plant that adds a little bit of beauty to the workspace, a Peace Lily is the perfect choice. These plants are also proven to absorb air pollutions and can improve air quality up to 60 percent – so much so NASA rates them as one of the best air purifying plants.
We hope we’ve given you some good ideas for the best plants for windowless office spaces. If you’d like more inspirational office plant ideas or to incorporate some green office design in your next office fitout, contact Future Fitouts and a member from our team will get touch as soon as possible. Or check out our blogs on how to improve air quality in office work spaces and effective windowless office design.