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logdoc
Jan 6, 2018 9:16 AM CST
I need to find robust flowers to grow in my shop's office. I have western window exposures and the flowers need to be able to survive without heavy tending. I have shelf right under the windows now. I may be out of the office for a week at a time and there will be no one to tend the flowers. The office has no heat or AC and I'll transport to flowers to my home in the winter when it freezes in the office. Any suggestions.
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Plant where the sun light is.
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WillC
Jan 6, 2018 9:42 AM CST
Bromeliads are low maintenance plants with showy flowers, but like most tropical plants they will not tolerate temps below about 55 degrees F.
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jan 6, 2018 9:54 AM CST
I cannot think of a better suggestion.
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purpleinopp
Jan 6, 2018 10:18 AM CST
Wax Begonias might put up with the conditions, and Swedish ivy/creeping Charlie (Plectranthus verticillatus,) but those small windows might not provide enough light for blooms to occur. IDK if the bright lights are enough to augment that or not. Coleus might be another option, if you would enjoy leaves that are as pretty as flowers.

Wax Begonias & Coleus are usually sold in the spring with the annuals, and SI is usually found as a hanging house plant, from what I've seen.

Whatever you choose, if it can not go a week without wilting from lack of water, put it in a bigger pot.
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kniphofia
Jan 6, 2018 10:33 AM CST
You're asking a lot there. If it's likely to freeze or with no heating I don't know of any flowering plants that would survive there.
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DaisyI
Jan 6, 2018 10:48 AM CST
Some nice life-like artificial plants would do very nicely. I can't think of anything alive...
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Name: Laurie b
Western Washington (Zone 7b)
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lauriebasler
Jan 6, 2018 12:12 PM CST
@Daisyl, the voice of reality! Ultimately, I think your solution is the only one that won't kill a plant sooner or later. The only care needed will be to hose off the dust. My sister, god rest her soul; kept fake plants with years of dust on them. Forgive me sis, it was your only flaw. Rolling on the floor laughing

If you must have real plants, @logdoc, you can just buy your favorite flowering plant the nursery has at the time, and replace it when it starts to look shabby with something new, and so on and so on. They will look good for a while, but do be diligent at disposing of them when they don't. It's a really bad impression on customers to have dead and dying plants around. Keep us posted, I am curious to see what you choose to do.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 7, 2018 9:23 AM CST
TY for the acorn, Logdoc!

(He said he was going to take the plants home if it got too cold in that building. )
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