Houseplants forum: Philodendron Brazil for dry office environment?

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Feb 26, 2018 12:05 PM CST
How would this do in dry office air but decent fluorescent, where pothos and aglaonema are fine? I was very tempted by one at Lowe's today, but decided to be cautious. Also a variegated Hoya looked great. Both were 16$. The Brazil was huge, way overflowing its 8? Inch hanging basket.
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gasrocks
Feb 26, 2018 12:16 PM CST
Offices can be one of the hardest places to grow house plants. Philo. in general are hardy and do tolerate low light. Brazil is variegated which tells me that it does expect more than minimal light. One way to find out, try it. Though I'd suggest a small starter plant which might adapt more readily than an older, larger, more expensive one. I'm a big fan of Sansevieria though I never grew one in an office. Gene
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plantobsessed
Feb 26, 2018 12:40 PM CST
So I've grown one in my previous office with mostly fluorescent lights and it did fine. If you're worried, when you buy it, cut a few pieces off and stick them in water to root. That way if you kill off the original plant, you have backups!
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 26, 2018 2:36 PM CST
The dry air is not a problem as long as you water it properly. Good office overhead fluorescent lighting is fine for low light plants, including the Philodendron, but not the Hoya.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Feb 26, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Good input , all, Thanks!
Sans should do well,I would think. I have a pup of Moon-something Sans, there, sofar so Good.
So Hoya is high light?
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Feb 26, 2018 4:17 PM CST
Yes, Hoyas need good sunlight to flower, although they will survive as foliage plants in reduced light.
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Horticultural Help, NYC
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