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Houseplants for my office

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bensmom98 blog photos
Joined: 7/26/2006
Location: Lake Champlain Valley
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Posted: Feb/05/2008 10:58 AM PST

I am trying to brighten-up my office with houseplants. I have no natural source of light. My window looks out on an enclosed courtyard. What are some houseplants that will do well under these conditions?
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Posted: Feb/05/2008 12:14 PM PST

http://www.gardenersnet.com/hplants/

Try this website, there are lots of plants good for low light rooms.
LB
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Joined: 10/29/2007
Location: Michigan
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Posted: Feb/05/2008 7:45 PM PST

I love my Chinese Evergreen. It likes low light so its happy with no direct light. (And very little natural light this winter in MI)

Its kinda big for an office. I say its about two foot tall and over three wide, but you can find much smaller ones.

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Joined: 10/03/2007
Location: West Michigan
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Posted: Feb/06/2008 7:26 AM PST

I got a planter given for secretaries day two years in a row and have left them in the office. I do have a window, but one of the other girls does not and her plant basket looks just like mine. I guess I don't know what kind of plants they are but they do good under florescent lighting.

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Posted: Feb/06/2008 7:32 AM PST

I can get a better picture if you want me to
lilmac442 blog photos
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Posted: Feb/06/2008 2:24 PM PST

Thats a beautiful collection of plants, jm! I would probably have more if I had window exposure. My only southern windows are shaded by a covered porch. Out of all those plants, someone would be ticked off and croaking on me.
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Location: Lake Champlain Valley
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Posted: Feb/08/2008 7:59 AM PST

Thanks for all of the suggestions. If I ever dig out and get something I will post it.
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Joined: 9/12/2007
Location: Sunny Nthn NSW Australia
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Posted: Feb/14/2008 2:42 AM PST

The good old spathiphyllum (Peace Lily) would suit such an environment, as would a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) which likes to be fairly dry, so if not watered for some time, will forgive you. There are many house plants that thrive in offices with little light.
CountryKitty
Joined: 12/30/2007
Location: SW KY/zone 6
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Posted: Mar/02/2008 8:49 AM PST

If you look in the lower right corner of justme's photo there is an arrowhead plant--they are OK in low light and there are several varieties--the one in hte photo is white, I have pink and there is a chocolate lookin one at Walmart lately.
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Joined: 3/06/2008
Location: Northeast, Alabama
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Posted: Mar/09/2008 11:56 PM PST

Peace Lily and bamboo. My bamboo plant loved the office and many other women there had them also that were just thriving! I quickly learned though that the trick to bamboo is good water. NO TAP! Bottled only! They are very sensitive to all of the various chemicals in tap water.
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