Plant for North Facing Office Window

Sterling, VA(Zone 6b)

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?

- Brent

(Zone 6a)

You could try Dracaena. They're great office plants, they can take hot, cold and dryness. Just don't over water.
They would be very happy in a north window! Heres a few links to them in PlantFiles...

Hope this helps,

Blyth, ON(Zone 5b)

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.


Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

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

West Orange, NJ(Zone 6a)

Terrestrial (jewel) orchids can grow there too, but keep the medium moist.

Sterling, VA(Zone 6b)

Thanks for the tips gang. You have at least given me someplace to start.

- Brent

Blyth, ON(Zone 5b)

You're quite welcome Brent :-)


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This message was edited Jan 25, 2007 8:36 PM

(Zone 6a)

Your Welcome Brent! You'll find houseplants quite easy once you start.......and addictive :D


Belfield, ND(Zone 4a)

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.

Buffalo, WV(Zone 7a)

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.


Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Found this on back pages. Now i know where i'll put my Christmas cactus and Snake plant. Seems like i never have enough south facing windows.

Plymouth, PA

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.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

On my desk (which used to be in a North facing window) now I am not next to a window; I have 3 spider plants, one draceana (not sure of variety yet - it's new) and an artillery fern.

Wilmer, AL(Zone 8a)

I have a Janet Craig (Dracaena) and Scheffelera that thrive in my north facing window...

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

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....

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

dipsydoodle, What is an Artillary Fern? Sounds like something i need.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Sorry it's taken forever to reply

Artillery fern is (it may not be the exact correct name but its the correct plant) - ours came from Trinidad :)

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