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What is a good, low maintenance office plant?

Asked by Flavio (1111points) July 2nd, 2010 from iPhone

I have to see patients in an absolutely soulless office. I’m getting a few nice lamps and wall decorations, but I also need some green. I have little to no natural light. Advice? I’m a psychiatrist working in a large urban hospital.

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lilikoi's avatar

Wheatgrass, plus you can eat it.

janbb's avatar


chronohart's avatar

I don’t have any personal experience with this, yet, but has a number of articles that may help.

Here are just a couple:

Five Hard-to-Kill Houseplants for Your Home or Workspace
What Plants Are Cubicle-Friendly?

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Buttonstc's avatar

I’ll second the Philodendron. I have zero gardening talents but they survived quite well in a classroom with only artificial light. They are really hard to kill. Just make sure there aren’t any pets around as they can be toxic to cats and dogs.

augustlan's avatar

Third the philodendron. I have a black thumb, and I’ve never killed one yet.

janbb's avatar

They are invincible – INVINCIBLE, I tell ya! You can put them in low-light, water them infrequently and even spell their names wrong, but philodendrons live forever!

Kayak8's avatar

Philodendron is a terrific choice. I have a large one on a pedestal and it has grown down somewhat to appear more interesting than the pot itself.

Otto_King's avatar

Orchid, it’s generally getting the water from the air. You barely have to water it. Once a month maybe. At least that’s what I do with mine, and it keeps blooming continuesly…

silverfly's avatar

A Peace Lily – Just water it when it starts to droop and keep it in a well lit area.

KhiaKarma's avatar

Succulents. There are many unique varieties. Great for mental health offices!

SmoothEmeraldOasis's avatar

Spider plant and a Lava plant that is growing on a lava rock ;-)

ETpro's avatar

Snake Plants are tough to kill even if you try, and quite willing to adapt to light conditions and excesses or lack of watering.

tranquilsea's avatar

Our philodendron has been neglected to two leaves and I’ve always been able to bring it back to life. Ditto our prayer plant but it requires a bit more light.

jazmina88's avatar

jade…...and bamboo is awesome feng shei??

LostInParadise's avatar

You have some good answers here. One thing you have to decide is whether you want a hanging plant, like a philodendron, or one that you place on the floor, like a snake plant or peace lily.

ETpro's avatar

@LostInParadise Good point. And I would add that you should Google each and see which one has a look you like and that compliments the office.

Flavio's avatar

thanks everyone!

RedPowerLady's avatar

I had a china doll” plant that survived really well in the office. Second the bamboo.

SmoothEmeraldOasis's avatar

wow! I learned alot from everyone, thanks for sharing I appreciate all your responses very much.

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