Indoor Plants for tough conditions
Hi, We're trying to give ourselves more green life in our research lab. We'd like to find plants that will thrive in the following sets of challenging conditions: 1) Next to a large (probably dirty) Northwest-facing window, in a room that averages 70-90 degrees F, perched over a radiator. 2) In a windowless room with fluorescent lighting that averages 70-80 degrees F, with a very light, but regular dusting of sawdust. We're eager to do something, and we're happy to alter the conditions however we can (lighting, blocking heat near the plants, cleaning, etc). Are you up for the challenge!?
Here are a couple of choices that can handle low-light situations:
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria) -- one of the toughest plants around!
- Pothos Vine (Scindapsis)-- handles office lighting where you don't have windows
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)--prefers bright, indirect light but can handle low light as well.
In general, foliage houseplants grow best between 70° and 80°F during the day and from 60° to 68°F at night.
Here on our website, you'll find more information on houseplants. http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/houseplants-seasonal