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Plants that don’t require light? I don’t trust you.

A hot debate ensued at our office staff meeting yesterday. Our big conference room? It has no outside windows. People want something to keep themselves focused and engaged at meetings. Options were bandied about: Floam. Some kind of environmentally-sound knock-off of Silly Putty. Knitting.

“There’s no life in here,” said one co-worker. “What if we just got a plant or something? Wouldn’t that help?”

Without even thinking about it, I found myself shouting down that perfectly reasonable idea, not just because I have a wicked weakness for toys in the workplace (you should see my office, with its multiple Slinkies and miniature vehicles and even a Magic 8 Ball), but because I just don’t connect with plants that can survive without fresh air and sunlight, and that can’t be eaten.

Sure, I love greenery as much as the next office girl, but I’m not sure I trust those weird office plants that can live on nothing more than fluorescent light and filtered water.

Plus, every time I’ve had one of those in any office, I’ve killed it. So I’m probably scarred for life.

4 Comments on “Plants that don’t require light? I don’t trust you.”

  1. #1 Scott R Davis
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:07 am

    When I was a cube dweller I used to always keep African Violets on my desk under the florescent. They bloomed pretty much constantly and usually lasted a couple of years before I killed them. Only had to water once a week or so and fertilize occasionally.

  2. #2 inadvertentgardener
    on Jul 21st, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Scott, really? Blooming plants that worked in a cube? That’s amazing — all the plants that I see in dark offices are the strange, plasticky (but not real plastic) green kinds. African violets might actually change my mind on this subject.

  3. #3 Terri Graham
    on Jul 31st, 2009 at 6:15 am

    I create live moss terrariums and they grow wonderfully under flourescent light, greeat for the office.

  4. #4 inadvertentgardener
    on Aug 7th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Terri, interesting option — I hadn’t thought about a terrarium.

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