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I know a bit about gardening outside, but I know almost nothing about growing houseplants. I recently moved my cubicle at work and I now sit next to a north facing window. I suspect that there are a lot of plants that would do well in this situation, but I really don't know where to start. Got any suggestions for plants that I should be able to find locally?
How about a Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus)? Mine does extremely well in a North facing window that is even shaded in the growing season by three mature maples. I also had good luck in the same window with Saintpaulia ionantha (African Violet) and Dieffenbachia.
Peperomia obtusifolia is indestructible. Every place I put it, it stays nice and green, grows slowly , never wilts.
Golden Pothos is a very hardy, vining type
Aglaonema (chinese evergreen) is the top one recommended by a local nursery guy with a radio show.
Janet Craig is another Dracaena, dark green stiff leaves
I have a north facing window at my work office. I have a philodendron and a hoya growing there pretty happily. The hoya is a start of my Krimson Queen from home. The one at home is in a south facing window and it blooms. The one at work in the north facing window hasn't bloomed yet, but it may not be root bound yet either.
Sanseveria "Snake Plant" does very well with low light and little water. I can send you unrooted cuttings from my golden pothos but it's a bit cold to ship right now. I have snake plant and mother-in-laws tongue(variegated snake plant) but don't plan on dividing them anytime soon.
I agree on the Sanservia/Mother-in-laws Tongue. No matter where I move this plant it is indestructible. It continues to keep growing and never ever wilts. It's such a tough, hardy, and beautiful plant that's easy to grow.
Seriously check out African Violets and their relatives (Gesneriads) and you will find a plethora of plants, that will not only grow but thrive in these conditions. And there are many more, that will love it there from Ferns to Orchids! Do a little research and you'll be surprised...