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Best office plants for a cold office

Aglaonema in a white pot

Few things make an office feel more like a home than a healthy plant giving off an enticing aroma.

Unfortunately, many plants for the office fare poorly due to cold temperatures, poor lighting, and a general lack of care – especially when left alone for weekends and holidays with no water.

Thankfully, there some plants can flourish under such circumstances, survive on less water, and brighten the office environment for all.

Here are some of the best office plants for cold office rooms that won’t require a lot of time, effort, or maintenance and still look great.

Cast Iron Plant

It has a simple name that suggests hardiness and durability, and that’s exactly what you get with the Cast Iron Plant, whose scientific name is Aspidistra elatior. The green, leafy plant tolerates poor growing conditions, including cool temperatures, poor lighting, and a general lack of water, and still looks good. It’s long, wide, flat leaves grow about a foot in length with an elegant bend near the top as the weight of each leaf causes it to bend. Noted for tough, leather-like foliage, the plant was a favorite in royal chambers and is one of the best office plants you could choose.


Dark green leaves and vibrant red flowers that bloom all year make begonias among the best plants for the office. Although known as an outdoor plant, their waxy leaves come in many varieties, and its red flowers continuously will bloom throughout the year. The plant can tolerate temperature variations but doesn’t grow well in very hot or very cold weather, which makes them ideal indoor plants for the office. Begonias grow best indoors when you place them near a window, where they can soak in even more of the sun’s nutritional rays.

Norfolk Island Pine

If you enjoy larger plants and the scent of pine, the Norfolk Island Pine is one of the best office plants that grow larger and provide a pleasant outdoor aroma while indoors. The Norfolk Island Pine is more fern-like than the pine trees you typically might envision, and it does not dry out and shed needles, like a traditional pine would. The plant should be kept near windows to get as much natural light as possible and rotated weekly to keep it from leaning toward the light. The Norfolk Island Pine will withstand cold temperatures and thrive inside your office all year.