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« on: April 23, 2006 07:17:26 PM »

Help!  I have an windowless office that gets no sunlight and no air circulation.  In order to get some oxigen going in that stagnant cave, I've decided to bring in some plants.  However, what kind of plant could ever survive in an environment of only occasional flourescent lighting?  I've heard that ivy is hard to kill and I remember it growing in my basement when I was a kid.  Could this be the solution?  If anyone has had similar experiences or knows about plants that could survive such an environment, I'd really appreciate the help.  I should probably also mention that the flourescent lights that are in my office are motion-sensored and run on a timer.  This means that when the office is empty, the plants will have to undergo extreme darkness until someone enters the room: that could be days (on weekends).  Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2006 02:17:47 PM »

I think spider plants will survive anywhere... even with no light for a few days.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2006 02:22:07 PM »

Philodendron. They are really common in offices, and seem to agree to pretty much anything! Just keep it pruned if you want it full instead of long & stringy! They are easy to start from cuttings and hard to kill, just my kinda plant!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2006 02:26:11 PM »

I recommend a Boston fern...they like it pretty dim.  Ivy is good too.  Also, you know those plants that are always at banks?  They are tall, with long leaves growing from a woody trunk?  Bad description, I know, here is a pic:



They're called Dracaena, or dragon trees.  Anyway, they're lower-canopy rainforest plants, so they grow pretty well in dim light.   That's why you always see them in office-type locations.  They come in a bunch of varieties, too - I have three different varieties in my apartment, one in a very dim room, and they are all very low-maintenance.

Snake plants (aka Mother-in-Law's Tongue) are also almost unkillable and don't need much light (although they don't really grow if they don't get sun).  Pic:



Note:  since all these plants won't be getting much light, they will be dormant and don't need much water at all.  Let the soil dry out between watering.
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2006 02:30:17 PM »

Perhaps a bromeliad? I always see those in offices, too.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2006 05:29:36 PM »

Ah, yes, I have this problem also.  Well, my office does have a window from floor to ceiling...to the hallway, so I am effectively a fish in a fish bowl.  I tried many things in there, but nothing seems to do very well.  Finally someone in the office gave me a fake violet plant.  It looks very real, the dirt and everything.  So instead I take clippings from my yard all season long.  Tomorrow I am taking in a bunch of bright yellow tulips!  Could you possibly have one of those lights just for plants?   
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2006 07:43:42 PM »

 perhaps you could put a grow light in a desk/floor lamp?
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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2006 07:51:09 PM »

OOOOH! I was just wondering if a plant could possibly grow in the custodial closet of a classroom that I'm in. I wanted my students to plant something for Earth Day, but there is no place to put their plants so that they'd grow. I have no windows and it is frigid in my tiny room. This gives me an idea for next time. Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2006 01:20:53 PM »

Thank you all so very much for the tips.  I actually have a spiderplant in my bedroom, which is planted in a fishbowl.  I wonder if that could actually survive in my office.  My office does actually have a window that goes to the hallway.  I was thinking that since there's a skylight in the hallway, that perhaps my plant could soak up some rays from the very little ambient light that passes through the curtain on my office window.  I'll have to check it out.  The plant light sounds good, however, I don't really want to spend much money for spuce up the office that I might not be in for very long.  I'll check out prices.  Thanks craftsters!
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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2006 06:58:05 PM »

I have the same problem.  I will soon move to an office with no windows!  I am brining both of my "office gift plants" with me and will see if they survive or not.  They have a strong will.  They have both been with me over 5 years, hot, cold, humid.  They are a mix of plants in pots.  wish me luck!
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