Best Classroom Plants?

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  1. wildcat82

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    I am not very familiar with various types of plants, but I would like to have a plant or two in the classroom for the cozy aspect and since it can help you stay healthier during the flu season.

    My classroom does not have a ton of light, and I can't guarantee it will be in constant sun. I would also like something that is pretty hardy and won't die on me easily if it goes a day or two without watering.

    Any ideas? What do you use in your room?
     
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  3. teacherpippi

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    Spider Plants! They are hard to kill and are easy to split into new plants. By the end of the year, you could have enough to let each child take one home (which also means that you don't have to take anything home over the summer)!
     
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    Pothos.

    They are nearly impossible to kill! I'm talking about watering once a month and giving it no sunlight, LOL.
     
  5. ku_alum

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    I second the Pothos ... I've read they actually prefer artificial light. ???
     
  6. dtrim

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    Sanseveria (mother-in-law's tongue). You can ignore this plant and put it in the basement - it will still grow.

    I agree with giraffe and ku_alum: pothos is fabulous. They get leggy, though, so every once in a while just loop the vine back into the pot. It will take root and be bushier. Pinching the leaves doesn't make a pothos bushy.

    Another good one is Chinese evergreen. It thrives with neglect.

    Avoid ivys: spider mites and white flies are terrible in a classroom.
     
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    NASA's List of Plants to Improve Indoor Air Quality

    Question: Below is NASA's list of plants that most improve indoor air quality. Can a teacher here check off which of these is easiest to grow?? I'd like to hit two objectives at once!

    1. Philodendron scandens `oxycardium', heartleaf philodendron
    2. Philodendron domesticum, elephant ear philodendron
    3. Dracaena fragrans `Massangeana', cornstalk dracaena
    4. Hedera helix, English ivy
    5. Chlorophytum comosum, spider plant
    6. Dracaena deremensis `Janet Craig', Janet Craig dracaena
    7. Dracaena deremensis `Warneckii', Warneck dracaena
    8. Ficus benjamina, weeping fig
    9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
    10. Spathiphyllum `Mauna Loa', peace lily
    11. Philodendron selloum, selloum philodendron
    12. Aglaonema modestum, Chinese evergreen
    13. Chamaedorea sefritzii, bamboo or reed palm
    14. Sansevieria trifasciata, snake plant
    15. Dracaena marginata , red-edged dracaena
     
  8. wildcat82

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    Going by what the above people have mentioned, and your list of approved Nasa plants, I think I will go with a golden pothos or a spider plant.

    On a comical note, a (not so bright) teacher at my school decided to bring in a little cactus on the grounds that they are very easy to take care of and require little watering. Lets just say one indoor recess later and parents requested the plant be removed. The cactus went over like a pack of wolves on a 3 legged cat. Not good.
     
  9. BellJ

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    Look at a peace lily. It's a very easy plant, adjusts well without sunlight, and it lets you know when it needs water (it gets droopy).
    I just bought a second one for my room.


    I will also add a vote for the golden pothos (it doesn't get much easier) and the spider plant.
     
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    philodendron's can live with neglect! My peace lily can be very picky about water & light. I have a Christmas cactus that seems to be very hardy.
     
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    Just because you can never tell what a child might do here are some do not's as far as plants and children

    Houseplants can be very beneficial in our lives. They purify and renew our stale indoor air by filtering out toxins, pollutants and the carbon dioxide we exhale - replacing them with life sustaining oxygen! However, many of our most popular houseplants come from tropical climates where the highest percentage of poisonous plants reside. If you have any of the houseplants listed below you should find out how toxic they are, and if the risk they pose to your children or pets is worth keeping them.
    Aloe barbadensis Aloe Vera, Burn plant
    Amaryllis sp. Amaryllis
    Anthurium andraeanum Flamingo lily
    Caladium hortulanum Angels' wings
    Chrysanthemum indicum Chrysanthemums, Mums
    Clivia miniata Kaffir Lily
    Codiaeum variegatum Croton
    Cyclamen persicum Cyclamen
    Datura innoxia Angel's Trumpet
    Dieffenbachia sp. Dumb cane
    Euphorbia milii Crown-of-thorns
    Euphorbia pulcherrima Poinsettia (yes, it belongs here)
    Hedera helix English Ivy
    Hydrangea macrophylla Hydrangea
    Kalanchoe daigremontiana Devil's Backbone
    Monstera deliciosa Ceriman, Swiss-cheese plant
    Philodendron sp. Heart leaf philodendron, Philodendron
    Rhododendron sp. Azalea
    Solanum pseudocapsicum Jerusalem Cherry

    and

    Common name Toxic parts Level
    Alocasia all species Leaves and stems 3
    Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) Bulbs 2
    Anthurium all species Leaves and plant saps 3 ~ 4
    Asparagus Ferns Leaves and plant saps 4
    Aralias (Polyscias family) Plant saps 4
    Azaleas (Rhododendron) Leaves and flower nectar 3
    Cardboard Palm (Zamia) All parts 1 ~ 5
    Caladium (All species) Leaves and bulbs 3 ~ 4
    Century Plant (Agave) Plant saps 3 ~ 4
    Chinese Evergreens Plant saps 3 ~ 4
    Christmas Holly Leaves and berries 2
    Clivia - Kafer Lily All parts 2 ~ 4
    Crotons (Codiaeum sp) Leaves and plant saps 2 ~ 3
    Cyclamen (All species) Bulbs 3
    Daffodils ( Narcissus) Leaves, flowers and bulbs 2
    Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia) Leaves and plant saps 3
    English Ivies (Hedera spp) Plant saps and seeds 3
    Easter Lilies Leaves and bulbs 5
    Euphorbias ~ Poinsettias Milky sap 4
    Ficus (All species) Plant saps 4
    Fishtail Palm (Caryota) Seeds and plant sap 3 ~ 4
    Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum)
    Mistletoe (Phoradendron)
    Ornamental Pepper 3 ~ 4
    Oleander (Nerium) All parts of the plant 1
    Oyster Plant (Rhoea) Plant saps 4
    Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) Plant saps 3 ~ 4
    Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia) Milky sap 4
    Philodendron (All species) Leaves and plant saps 2,3,4
    Pothos (Scindapsus) Leaves and plant saps 3 ~ 4
    Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) Seeds 1
    Schefflera Leaves and plant saps 2 ~ 4
    Snake Plant (Sanseveria) Leaves and plant saps 2 ~ 4
    String of Pearls (Senecio)
    Yew (Podocarpus)

    http://www.denverplants.com/foliage/html/Poisonous_Plants.htm
     
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    I never knew that about aloe-but when I clicked on it it said that aloe has latex in it. I do know that you shouldn't use aloe on heart patients.
     
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    Great thread topic! I have no windows in my room, but still wanted to add some plants to create that homey feel. I'll have to go on the hunt to find those pothos plants that were mentioned.
     
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    Anyone know of any good online sources for buying plants? I can't find anything locally - which is typical. I can rarely find anything locally. <sigh>
     
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    I found three plants at Wal-Mart today. Repotted them and they are ready to go to school.
     
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    My bamboo is a great plant!
     
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    wow- good thing none of my plants are listed:eek:
     
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    I have a snake plant in my room for several years. I have a brown thumb and haven't managed to kill it yet! haha actually since I got it about 5 or 6 years ago I've had to expand it into 2 or 3 additional pots. you only have to water it like every two weeks and they grow really tall and pretty.
     
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    plants

    This is my list of classroom plants. I wrote it once and didn't get it posted.

    Plants are wonderful. Philodendron, Spider Plants and Wondering Jew are easy to grow. There are plants that were tested by NASSAU for their ability to filter and clean indoor air of pollutants such as cigarette smoke and chemicals from off-gassing of new carpeting and furniture, as well as others. Ferns, peace plant, spider plant, mother-in-law's tongue (snake plant), corn plant, etc, are just a few.
     
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    TickleMe Plants One Plant Every Classroom Deserves to Have

    The one plant every child will love seeing grow in your classroom is the TickleMe Plant. When the kids tickle it, it will close its leaves and lower its branches. I have had one for five years but many teachers just keep them for part of the school year. Search TickleMe Plant and there is a greenhouse kit to grow your own. It can even grow cotton candy like pink flowers. My kids run to homeroom to visit their plants each morning!:hugs:
     
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    I'm a plant killer so these are great ideas. Ive been looking to get something that needs minimal care in case I forget about it.
     

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