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Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 3, 2020 10:09 AM CST
Hi Guys!

I'm new to plants as well as this forum! It makes me sad bc I kill all my plants so I'm looking for the right plants for the right environment. Right now, I'm interesting in plants for my desk space at work so let me give you some details on the environment.

I'm in a little cubicle with absolutely no windows and a whole lot of fluorescent light. The office tends to be cool and I am very cold all the time so I typically keep my space heater on, if that means anything. I'm interesting in small to medium plants. In particular, would a prayer plant be good for my desk? What other plants would work well in this climate and light? I'm open to any and all suggestions!!

Thanks much,
Rachel
Texas (Zone 8b)
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Galathiel
Jun 3, 2020 10:34 AM CST
Personally, I think a pothos (golden or jade in particular) would be happy in that space. I know that the ones at work that only get fluorescent lights and NO light on the weekends are growing and trailing and happy.

Prayer plants are beautiful, but fussy plants. I don't think I would recommend one.
Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 3, 2020 11:09 AM CST
Galathiel said:Personally, I think a pothos (golden or jade in particular) would be happy in that space. I know that the ones at work that only get fluorescent lights and NO light on the weekends are growing and trailing and happy.

Prayer plants are beautiful, but fussy plants. I don't think I would recommend one.


Galathiel,

Thank you so much! Thats very helpful. I actually just bought a pothos from the farmers market the other (not sure what kind), but I'm going to bring it to my office and see how it does! Smiling

I definitely will stray away from the Prayer Plant. I'll get it when I'm more experience because if it happens to die, I'll be super upset!

Thanks again Smiling
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WillC
Jun 3, 2020 3:19 PM CST
Other low light plant options that do well under office florescent lighting include Chinese Evergreen, ZZ Plant, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Philodendron, Parlor Palm, and Lucky Bamboo. All of them come in sizes small enough to fit on a desk.

Be sure to keep whatever you get in its plastic nursery pot so you avoid disturbing the roots.
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Texas (Zone 8b)
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Galathiel
Jun 4, 2020 3:38 AM CST
You're welcome. Smiling Be aware, that any of the ones you choose will probably not need watering as often as you think. Be sure to check the pot before watering and not water on a schedule. Some of the plants will use water more often. ZZ plants, snake plants, and aglaonemas prefer to dry out before being watered, particularly in lower light, at least that's been my experience having them in my office. I water my plants at work when they appear to be almost completely dry (based on dryness of soil and pot weight if they are in a nursery pot), or have started to droop slightly in the case of my pothos and philodendrons. I have about 15 plants in my office LOL
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oneeyeluke
Jun 4, 2020 4:41 AM CST
I have a indoor fluorescent light garden and I love it. I just use common 4 ft fixtures like in the office. In the Winter the room is full and I have no where to stand. Here some photos of my plants that stay in all year. Perfect place to make cuttings and nurse baby plants.
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NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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sallyg
Jun 4, 2020 5:18 AM CST
Great info already.
I have workplace plants and can attest that several of those named are the backbone, and do very well even in the dry air. after all, workplaces are often better lit, and for many more hours, than a home.
I keep them set inside cache pots or on good trays so they don't leak all over the table or books. When I water, I can watch for a trickle to know they had enough, but that trickle evaporates quickly.
TIme between water can vary with the season and the way the heat and A/C pump (or don't as the case may be in our crappy building)

i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
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Texas (Zone 8a)
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oneeyeluke
Jun 4, 2020 5:41 AM CST
I hope you don't mind me sharing my plants with you, because no one hardly sees them. These are my favorite plants for under office lights and so easy to care for too, Ficus benjamina, arrowhead, golden Ivy and rubber tree.. All these are from cuttings I made from mother plants. I have so much fun growing plants in my garden. Here are photos of my favs
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NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 4, 2020 7:15 AM CST
WillC said:Other low light plant options that do well under office florescent lighting include Chinese Evergreen, ZZ Plant, Peace Lily, Snake Plant, Philodendron, Parlor Palm, and Lucky Bamboo. All of them come in sizes small enough to fit on a desk.

Be sure to keep whatever you get in its plastic nursery pot so you avoid disturbing the roots.


Perfect! I'm going to look into all of those.

Thanks for the reply :)
Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 4, 2020 7:16 AM CST
oneeyeluke said:I have a indoor fluorescent light garden and I love it. I just use common 4 ft fixtures like in the office. In the Winter the room is full and I have no where to stand. Here some photos of my plants that stay in all year. Perfect place to make cuttings and nurse baby plants.
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Super cool!!! Glad I can make something work with fluorescent light
Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 4, 2020 7:24 AM CST
Galathiel said:You're welcome. Smiling Be aware, that any of the ones you choose will probably not need watering as often as you think. Be sure to check the pot before watering and not water on a schedule. Some of the plants will use water more often. ZZ plants, snake plants, and aglaonemas prefer to dry out before being watered, particularly in lower light, at least that's been my experience having them in my office. I water my plants at work when they appear to be almost completely dry (based on dryness of soil and pot weight if they are in a nursery pot), or have started to droop slightly in the case of my pothos and philodendrons. I have about 15 plants in my office LOL


More great advice! Thanks again. Definitely going to look for a ZZ plant! Seen a lot of people/websites mention those. For now, I've brought my baby pothos from the farmers market to sit on my desk. I haven't had time to repot it, but may do so in the near future. Hope she does well. Her name is Lena. :)
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Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 4, 2020 7:27 AM CST
oneeyeluke said:I hope you don't mind me sharing my plants with you, because no one hardly sees them. These are my favorite plants for under office lights and so easy to care for too, Ficus benjamina, arrowhead, golden Ivy and rubber tree.. All these are from cuttings I made from mother plants. I have so much fun growing plants in my garden. Here are photos of my favs
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What is the second to last photo? That plant is really pretty! They're all pretty, but especially that one. :)
Lubbock, Texas
RachelPereboom
Jun 4, 2020 7:30 AM CST
sallyg said:Great info already.
I have workplace plants and can attest that several of those named are the backbone, and do very well even in the dry air. after all, workplaces are often better lit, and for many more hours, than a home.
I keep them set inside cache pots or on good trays so they don't leak all over the table or books. When I water, I can watch for a trickle to know they had enough, but that trickle evaporates quickly.
TIme between water can vary with the season and the way the heat and A/C pump (or don't as the case may be in our crappy building)



Thanks for the reply! I'm going to go to the nursery in the next few days and see which ones of the plants listed I can find! For now, I've just got my little baby pothos. I hope she'll do well. :)

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