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Sat Sep 3, 2016, 11:29 AM

Office plants help


I like to have interesting plants in my office and I'm now in an office that I will be in for the next 8 years.

It has one tall window (6 feet H x 4 feet w x 1 foot deep sill) that gets afternoon light. The building is set at 74 degrees and very constant.

I need suggestions for something interesting and by interesting I mean I'm open to unusual, but the climate is limiting.

Any suggestions?

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aikoaiko Sep 2016 OP
ret5hd Sep 2016 #1
aikoaiko Sep 2016 #6
hlthe2b Sep 2016 #2
aikoaiko Sep 2016 #4
GoDawgs Sep 2016 #3
aikoaiko Sep 2016 #5
GoDawgs Sep 2016 #7

Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 11:33 AM

1. Poison Ivy.

It will keep visitors to a minimum.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #1)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 07:00 PM

6. I was thinking about an ivy or a creepy jasmine


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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 11:57 AM

2. what direction does window face (due west? northwest? southwest?)

Heavily filtered with tree cover or shrubbery outside?

My current low light favorite is Aglanema (chinese evergreen) that now comes in lots of variants, like my all time favorite below



If you want something that will bloom but is likewise somewhat "forgiving", I'd go for kalanchoe, which is in the succulent family, so it will be more water forgiving. Best of all, it will start blooming in lower light right after Christmas and (at least in Colorado), continues through much of spring/summer. It comes in several varieties with different color blooms. For example

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 06:39 PM

4. The window faces west and is direct until the last 2 hours of daylight



Those are beautiful.

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Response to aikoaiko (Original post)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 02:35 PM

3. 2 nice foliage plants with easy care & accepting a wide range of conditions

I have both types, they are old and still vigorous and attractive. Easy to care for. If your water is hard and heavily fluoridated, it can turn the very tip points of the leaves brown.

Dracena 'janet craig'




Dracena 'Dorado'

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Response to GoDawgs (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 06:58 PM

5. Does the Dorado get tall?


I think it would be nice to have something to grew tall like the first one?

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #5)

Sat Sep 3, 2016, 07:31 PM

7. Both will continue to get taller as long as they grow

But only the top 14- 18 or so (dorado) and top 22-26 (deremensis-janet craig) will have leaves. The oldest(ie: bottom) leaves eventually die and leave behind a textured trunk sort of like a skinny palm tree.

If it gets too tall, just cut off the top below the leaves and plant it in a new pot, it will start a new plant. The old trunk will stop growing and will sprout 1or 2 new small trunks below where you cut it and then continue growing upward

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