Judy, I want to get my husband a big tree for his new office. Can you suggest something that doesn’t need much care, doesn’t make a mess (no ficus tree), and might have to get moved around as they get more furniture and employees. Oh & hopefully not too expensive.
I think the best plants for offices are dracaenas. They thrive on neglect, are very upright so they can fit almost anywhere, do not shed leaves like ficus trees, and some can even survive in very low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron.. Compared to many large, hardy indoor plants, like a kentia Palm, they are relatively inexpensive. Here are some suggestion, you can read more about each of these plants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.