I want to buy a plant for the office

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  • Benno 11 Oct 2012 09:50:11 10,110 posts
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    Hi all!

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good office plant? The place looks so damn clinical, there is no plant life anywhere.

    I was hoping EG would have some suggestions - pictures welcome. I am going to head to B&Q maybe tomorrow and pick one up.

    I want something medium sized, not a bonzai tree, or a palm tree. Something the size of a regular average sized dog, stood upright on its back legs.
  • Benno 11 Oct 2012 09:53:24 10,110 posts
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    I might aim for something like that. Not sure how this would fit in with our feng shui though
  • kalel 11 Oct 2012 09:55:26 88,511 posts
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    I sometimes think about a little desk cactus. I'd really love to have a fish in my office as well but I fear it would be a bit cruel.
  • roz123 11 Oct 2012 09:57:25 7,113 posts
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  • Razz 11 Oct 2012 09:58:10 61,420 posts
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    My kind of plant

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  • neilka 11 Oct 2012 10:01:47 16,325 posts
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    PLANT

    BAAANG!!!!! EXPLOTION!!!!!

  • localnotail 11 Oct 2012 10:02:11 23,093 posts
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    Ficus.

    Wide range of types, but basically little leafy (fig) trees, don't usually get bigger than 4ft if in a pot. Need good light but not direct sunlight.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • THFourteen 11 Oct 2012 10:05:02 33,930 posts
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    Buy a dog for the office instead!
  • MetalDog 11 Oct 2012 10:05:44 23,776 posts
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    Madagascan dragon trees survive low light office environs pretty well

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  • localnotail 11 Oct 2012 10:09:06 23,093 posts
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    Or, if you think it might get neglected and you have a sunny spot, go for a Mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria). Look cool, fairly indestructible unless overwatered.


    Do make sure only one person is scheduled for watering care though. Overwatering is often worse than underwatering.

    Edited by localnotail at 10:12:49 11-10-2012

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Tonka 11 Oct 2012 10:09:53 20,879 posts
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    localnotail wrote:
    Ficus.

    Wide range of types, but basically little leafy (fig) trees, don't usually get bigger than 4ft if in a pot. Need good light but not direct sunlight.
    Plus one to this. They are almost impossible to kill as well. We had one that was badly neglected for years. Then we re-potted it and started watering it every friday. Grows like a motherfucker.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • sport 11 Oct 2012 10:10:24 12,776 posts
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    FERN OR GTFO!
  • Tonka 11 Oct 2012 10:12:05 20,879 posts
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    This is the kind we have.

    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • localnotail 11 Oct 2012 10:13:58 23,093 posts
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    #Whoops there goes another rubber tree plant...

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • Load_2.0 11 Oct 2012 10:17:22 19,454 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I sometimes think about a little desk cactus. I'd really love to have a fish in my office as well but I fear it would be a bit cruel.
    http://www.amazon.com/Fascinations-JELLYQ-Deluxe-Jellyfish-Aquarium/dp/B0051U9LTA/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&qid=1349946548&sr=8-23&keywords=artificial+aquarium
  • SClaw 11 Oct 2012 10:19:15 826 posts
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    Pothos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epipremnum_aureum

    They are immortal. They don't care if you forget them for weeks and weeks. If they are nice and toasty warm, they get absolutely massive in a good pot (it's a creeper vine). They look especially cool kind of drooling off the end of your desk.
  • Trane 11 Oct 2012 10:34:36 4,056 posts
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    You guys need to get laid :D
  • X201 11 Oct 2012 10:37:52 15,598 posts
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    Trane wrote:
    You guys need to get laid :D
  • Moot_Point 11 Oct 2012 10:44:35 4,379 posts
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    A venus flytrap
    Where to grow venus flytraps

    If you're keeping venus flytraps at home, a good place for them is a warm, sunny windowsill, or a greenhouse. They need at least six hours of strong sunlight per day. You can also supplement the light with artificial grow lights, such as metal halides. They can also be grown outdoors in a bog garden if the climate is suitable.

    Or you could go with a rubber plant. They are easy to look after in an office space.

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  • craigy Staff 11 Oct 2012 10:44:46 7,725 posts
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    Get an anthurium -- they flower frequently, very leafy, come in all sorts of colours, and grow to a nice size:
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=anthurium&tbm=isch
  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 11 Oct 2012 10:53:10 10,861 posts
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    I've got a little tree growing in the corner of my office. Couldn't tell you what it is. I got it mainly to bring interest to a blank wall.

    It is very resilient. I pretty much abuse it through infrequent watering and it bounces back strong.
  • cptjohnnycasino 11 Oct 2012 12:09:58 515 posts
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    Does anyone have a good plant recommendation for an office with very little light getting in?

    Need something green and lifey in here to stop me going all "Falling Down".
  • Deleted user 11 October 2012 12:27:17
    I have a few plants around the house. Haven't a clue what any of them are called though. Two different types of cactus and some leafy green ones.

    My only advice would be don't go to B&Q. Try to find a local garden centre, or, supermarkets. They are generally cheaper.
  • localnotail 11 Oct 2012 14:26:03 23,093 posts
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    cptjohnnycasino wrote:
    Does anyone have a good plant recommendation for an office with very little light getting in?

    Need something green and lifey in here to stop me going all "Falling Down".
    Ferns, spider plants, or a swiss cheese plant (the wonderfully named Monstera Deliciosa). The latter is a climbing vine so does best with something to go up, or on high so it can cascade down.

    Bamboo does well in low light. You could get one of those tortured "lucky" bamboos. Make sure you give it mineral water once a week.

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

  • FWB 2 Sep 2013 18:08:58 44,857 posts
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    Recommendations for a dangling house plant that I can sit on top of a tall bookcase and have drooping way down the side?
  • Deckard1 2 Sep 2013 18:18:58 28,765 posts
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    Musclecock Creeper

  • FWB 2 Sep 2013 18:19:51 44,857 posts
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    I guess that fits what I wrote, but not what I had in mind. :)
  • mcmothercruncher 2 Sep 2013 18:44:23 7,270 posts
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    Spiderplants look good and are very hard to kill, plus, they multiply like rabbits- buy one plant today, you'll have three in six months...
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