Plants for classroom with ZERO natural light?

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  1. Caesar753

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    I really like having live plants in the classroom. I feel like they help freshen the air and look nice. Next year I'm moving into a different classroom that has zero natural light. Are there any plants that will do well with artificial/lamp light? I prefer not to use the overhead fluorescent lights because they give me headaches, so I will have a bunch of tall floor lamps around the room. Would this be enough light for live plants? Are there special bulbs I should use?
     
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    Pothos. They are pretty darn hard to kill :) Light and water are semi-optional :lol:
     
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    Airplane plants?
     
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    I agree with Pothos!! I have some in dirt and some in water. Also, Snake plants are very hardy.
     
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    Snake plant- sansevieria

    Aspidistra- also called 'cast iron' plant
     
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    :yeahthat:

    I've had one in my classroom for years and I have one tiny window that's no where near the plant! I'm going to invest in some more this year.
     
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    Great question! I don't have any lights either and I really think it helps soften the room.
     
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    My pothos thrived in my dark living room. Spider plants do well in low light, too. Bamboo is also good, but not exactly showy.
     
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    I had to look that one up because I've never heard of it. I recognized what I saw, but I call them spider plants. :)
     
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    Thanks for the ideas! I had thought about going with a pothos or two because those are so easy, but I just wasn't sure about the light factor. I think I will get one of those plus a few of the other ones mentioned here. I'm always excited to go plant shopping (even though I don't know as much about plants as I'd like to).
     
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    We call them spider plants as well.:)
     
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    Bamboo!
     
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    Philodendron. I had one in my windowless college apartment living room. It was only light when people would open the door. That plant was so happy in its little dark corner!
     
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    Ditto for philodendron. They'll live anywhere. Once in a while you can take them on vacation outside. Use fertilizer occasionally, too.
     
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    I second the pothos and spider plants as easy indoor plants.

    Ivies, ferns, and bromeliads are excellent choices, too. From my experience those that have worked best in artificial light/office type environments (in order of ease) have included:

    • English, Boston, and Grape ivy.
    • Boston, Bird's Nest, and Lemon button ferns.
    • Neoregelia, Aechmea, and Vriesea bromeliads.

    Also, many of the smaller cacti and succulent species and varieties fair well with warm, high artificial light sources similar to that from a lamp. I've used them in both the classroom and office spaces before without any major issues, my only reservation is that for any major growth to occur, more exposure to natural sunlight the better.

    Most hostas are shade, low-light tolerant as well if you wish to keep them only for foliage purposes. Usually, those which are kept for flowering need a deal of light in order to blossom out properly, but for just year around greenery they'll work well.

    For bulbs, to best mimic natural light, you can purchase greenhouse UV/heat sun lamps or reptile bulbs that are designed for either a regular or halogen outfit. You can pick up both at most pet supply stores, though if you're looking you'll want to check ahead as some shops will only stock the UVB florescents.
     

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