It can be a challenge to find indoor plants that can thrive in commercial spaces. One of the biggest issues that people face is getting the lighting right. Inadequate light conditions can hinder the growth of indoor plants and even shorten their lifespan.
If you are looking for indoor plants for a bright sunny office, college or other commercial spaces, you have come to the right place.
Here are 10 indoor plants which thrive in direct, bright light.
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller)
A favorite indoor plant across the world and rightly so. These spiny succulents thrive in dry and sunny places.
If given adequate care, you can remove its offshoots and plant them in new pots. This is a great way to incorporate indoor plants in your space without having to purchase new plants. You can have a collection of aloe vera and go for a desert look.
Plant a red aloe (Aloe cameronii) beside your green one to add a splash of color to your decor.
It is also a very low maintenance plant. You have to water it only once every two-three weeks.
Pick the sunniest spot for your cactus. The south-facing window that gets sunlight throughout the day or the west side of the space where you get strong afternoon light. All you have to do is turn the cactus regularly for even growth.
Cacti are easy to maintain. They don’t need a lot of your care and attention. They don’t even need to be pruned and watered often.
However, cacti has many varieties. Some are more suited for indoors than others. Our favorite varieties are the old lady cactus, christmas cactus, bunny ears cactus and star cactus. All these varieties are perfect for a desert or semi-arid look.
Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Don’t have much time to care for plants? This succulent has your back.
The snake plant is easy to grow and hard to kill. You can even forget about it for weeks and still find it lush and healthy on your window sill.
This plant needs a lot of bright and indirect sunlight and can handle some direct sunlight as well. But, it can also tolerate low-light conditions.
The lush, slender foliage gives a jungle-like look to the space and also releases oxygen at night.
Note: This plant is toxic to pets. So, it’s not a good option for pet-friendly spaces.
Looking to add colors to a dull, inanimate space? We think five-petaled geraniums are your pick.
Available in vibrant shades of pink, red, white, orange and purple. These plants can immediately liven up their surroundings.
All they need is enough sunlight. Even better if you can give them some outdoor time in the summer.
Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
Who doesn’t love the fresh herbal smell around them? If you’re planning an indoor herb garden for your cafe, restaurant or canteen sweet basil plant should be your next addition.
Basil along with other herbs such as parsley and chives thrives in the sun. It is very easy to grow if you have the adequate amount of sunlight.
These plants require a little more care and watering. You have to ensure that the soil is moist. Harvest the basil before the cold weather as cold can destroy the plant.
Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)
Said to bring financial fortune, a money tree is the perfect addition to business spaces. It is often sold as a bonsai tree. So, you can start a bonsai collection for a unique decor.
They are easy to grow and low maintenance. You have to water them only once or twice a week.
They need bright, indirect sunlight. However, too much sunlight in midsummer can cause the leaves to burn. So, check the leaves regularly during the period and move it away when needed.
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
Everyone loves the mixture of colors that a croton plant brings to a space. What we especially love about the plant is that it brings color instantly. Meaning, you don’t have to wait for flowers to bloom.
This is because the foliage itself comes in different color combinations. You have a combination of red, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, and black. They can enhance any existing decor that you might already have.
The patterns of the leaves make the plants pop and catch the eyes of people. So, it’s perfect to place at the entrance of cafes and restaurants to attract passersby.
These plants require a lot of light and damp soil. So, check the soil moisture once a week.
White Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)
Empty room and tall ceilings? White bird of paradise can grow up to 6 feet indoors effectively filling empty spaces.
This is a great choice if you want the tropical look. The oblong and lush textured leaves makes one immediately think of beaches.
Give this plant a lot of bright, direct sunlight. The soil should be well-drained as the plant needs the top half of the soil to stay dry.
Yucca Plant (Yucca gigantea)
A low-maintenance option. Give this Yucca plant plenty of sunlight and water it only once every two weeks.
It can grow up to three feet indoors and adds a desert-look to your space.
Umbrella Plant (Schefflera actinophylla)
This tropical, lush indoor plant is perfect to plant alongside white bird of paradise to complete the topical look. It can grow up to 8 feet indoors.
The plant thrives in bright, indirect sunlight. However, to prevent sunburn, put it 5-10ft further from the window.
You have to water this plant only once every 10 days. Rotate the plant occasionally to ensure even growth.
These 10 indoor plants are guaranteed to thrive in high light conditions. There is a lot you can do with these plants. Add them as single pieces or build a thematic decor. The choice is yours, and the possibilities are endless.