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Office plant suggestions please

Bunty3Bunty3 Posts: 13

can anyone suggest a suitable houseplant which would flourish in an office which has one window, but doesn't have any direct sunlight. Something flowering if possible. 



  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,742

    Orchids originate from tropical forests where they receive little sunlight. If you were able to ensure that they were cared for, rather than ignored, they would probably fit the bill. It really depends on how dark it is. Nothing can grow in really dim light.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Bunty3 check out Peace Lilly see if it fits your requirements .

  • The Victorians used to grow Aspidistras in dark hallways.  They can be magnificent indoors.

  • Blue OnionBlue Onion Posts: 2,987

    Peace lily as PP suggested, and spider plants.. both do fabulous under artificial light.  Peace lily likes plenty of humidity (like an orchid).. so put the pot over a plate of gravel filled with water (but not so it touches the soil/roots).  Spider plants have little white flowers, and the variegated leaves look lovely.  Get a jazzy pot, and it will really brighten up the space.    

    Utah, USA.
  • Bunty3Bunty3 Posts: 13

    Thank you all....will go and investigate your suggestions this weekend 

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    The spider plants and peace lily are also supposed to help purify the air - so an added bonus there Bunty3.

  • I've taken streptocarpus into work and placed on a west facing windowsill. They did really well (till someone saturated them with water 2 days running??????)

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657

    Jojo I used to be a pub landlord for many years and the main prob was idiots putting there Fags out in the soil of some really nice plants and they had sings saying I dont smoke . Gave up and went plastic, Know how you feel, perhaps a sign asking the person who took it on themselves to water can buy another fot you bet they dont image Raining erein Muns N,Norfolk image

  • Alan - check your PMs image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Alan, There was a big sign saying 'do not water' but someone obviously thought better and watered them thoroughly - not only was the compost completely saturated but the waster was half way up the outer pot it was in. I drained the water and squeezed the compost out - streps really don't like being wet - and left another note.

    I then came in the next morning to find the pots half full of water again! Did they not notice how heavy the pots were, or how wet the compost was????

    I may replace them, having grown about 30 from seed. In the meantime I left the empty pots on the windowsill in the hope that someone feels guilty...

    Rant over!

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