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Dracaena fragrens

Q: My office staff just gave me an indoor corn plant but I have no windows in my office. Will this plant survive?

Q:  My office staff just gave me an indoor corn plant but I have no windows in my office.  Will this plant survive?  Do I need to purchase special lighting for it?

A:  The good news about receiving a large indoor plant for the office is these plants are accustomed to being in a controlled environment with low lighting and consistent, ambient temperatures. In addition, the newer fluorescent lights are now offering the broad spectrum lighting plants prefer. These light bulbs will be essential especially when no direct or indirect sunlight is available. Fortunately for you, the corn plant, Dracaena fragrans, is quite comfortable in office environments.  It has become so adapted to low light we recommended keeping it at least 8 feet from the direct sunlight exposure of windows.  In most offices, overhead lighting is generally on eight hours or more which provide sufficient light for house plants. If any house plant begins to grow spindly and tall, then you know it is not receiving enough light and will need to be moved to another area, preferably near a window.