8 of the Best Low Light, Low Maintenance Plants

Apple Computer with Low Maintenance Plants

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This is a list of plants great for a busy person, or for an office. Plants are a proven morale booster, improves the air, and watering them is a nice break in the day. Unless you work at Etsy and have living walls, you could probably use some plants.

 

The majority of people have less than ideal conditions when it comes to light, especially in an office. Most people don’t have their own window at work. Maybe your desk is in a middle of an office and have no light at all. Not to fear, there are options! You can also opt to buy an LED grow light for your plants if this selection is too small.

 

Plants for the office should be resilient, which means probably low light, and not sensitive to low humidity, or irregular watering patterns. They’ll probably not be getting watered on the weekend, or on holidays. If you buy a plant that needs low light but high humidity (such as ferns), chances are it won’t survive very long (considering your office’s humidity is probably too low to survive not being watered weekend after weekend). If you buy a light that needs high light, but lower humidity like a cactus or succulent, it will probably live pretty long with the right care. But it will either not grow or may stretch out and start to look sad and gangly over time. Plant’s stretch out to find light sometimes, this is called “Etiolation”. So you are usually left with a small handful of reliable plants:

 

Our Favorite Low Maintenance Plants:

Marimo Moss Balls – Cute moss balls that live in water.

  • Looks great with some rocks, and a small piece of drift wood.
  • Prefers colder temperatures, but room temperature is fine.
  • Fill the container with cold water. Change the water every two weeks or so.
  • The more light the larger they’ll grow.
  • To keep them round swirl them around, so the different sides can get light and grow evenly.

Marimo Aquarium kit on Amazon.

 

Lucky Bamboo – This is possibly the easiest plant to take care because of how it’s usually grown. Most people keep these in water (which drastically reduces how often you have to “water” or in this case fill up the glass vase/container/etc).

  • It will appreciate filtered or distilled water
  • From time to time you’ll have to rinse out any funky stuff that gathers in the water.
  • Indirect bright light of a west or east window will be best (although they can survive even in dark corners of a room)
  • Looks great in a glass vase with some rocks.

One Piece of Lotus Lucky Bamboo in a Square Glass Vase. on Amazon 

 

Snake Plant or Sansevieria – These are amongst the easiest to take care of.

  • They are fine in a wide range of light and water/moisture which is what makes them resilient.
  • Water when the soil is fully dry (kind of like a succulent, but lean towards watering more)
  • Indirect bright light of a west or east window will be best (although they can survive even in dark corners of a room)
  • Great for air purification
  • Very resilient

Sansevieria Trifasciata in 4″ pot on Amazon

 

Heart-leaf Philodendron

  • Should be watered a few times a week. Water when the top inch or two are dry.
  • They are tolerant of an occasional short dry spell. The leaves will curl if it really needs water. If you leave for a long vacation (over 1 week):
    • Have someone water it
    • Wrap it in clear plastic (like a dry cleaning bag)
    • Purchase one of these self-watering planters which will keep the soil moist.
  • Indirect bright light of a west or east window will be best. The more light the lusher they will be.

Heart Leaf Philodendron in a 6″ Hanging Basket on Amazon

 

ZZ Plant

  • Water ZZ plants when the soil is completely dry, almost like a succulent or cacti, but lean towards watering more. Regularly watering them will make them grow bigger.
  • Yellow leaves mean you might be giving it too much water.
  • Indirect bright light of a west or east window will be best (although they can survive even in dark corners of a room).
  • Very resilient

ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas zamiifolia in a 6″ Pot on Amazon

 

Spider Plants

  • Keep the soil somewhat moist, water when the top few inches are dry.
  • If it continuously looks droopy, you might be overwatering it.
  • Great for air purification.
  • Looks great in a hanging planter.
  • Will make lots of pups which you can plant in their own pot creating many new plants!

Bonnie Curly Spider Plant – in a 4″ Pot on Amazon

 

Peace Lily

  • Great for air purification
  • Water when the top inch or two are dry.
  • They are tolerant of an occasional short dry spell. The leaves will curl if it really needs water. If you leave for a long vacation (over 1 week):
    • Have someone water it
    • Wrap it in clear plastic (like a dry cleaning bag)
    • Purchase one of these self-watering planters which will keep the soil moist.
  • Indirect bright light of a west or east window will be best. The more light the lusher they will be.
  • If it isn’t flowering you may need brighter sun.

Peace Lily Plant – Spathyphyllium – in a 4″ Pot on Amazon

 

It is worth searching around and finding rarer species of these plants, if these don’t suite your fancy. Ebay is a great place for this. Check out this Sansevieria masoniana or “Whale fin” Snake plant

 

Steer away from variegated plants! (Plants with partially white leaves). These plants need brighter sun then their entirely green counterparts.

 

 

Want to learn the basics of indoor gardening? Check out these posts:

Everything You Need to Know About Water

Everything You Need to Know About Light

Everything You Need to Know About Soil

Everything You Need to Know About Fertilizer

Everything You Need to Know About Plant Pots

How to Repot Plants

How to Get Rid of Pests Naturally