Plants in the Classroom

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  1. mstnteacherlady

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    I am looking to add some plants to my classroom this year to add to the more home-like atmosphere I'm going for. Once I started thinking more about it, I realized I have absolutely no idea what kinds of plants would be a good idea!:confused: Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
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  3. Ted

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    I believe pothos (sp?) are very durable and hardy. :)
     
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    It really depends on how much sunlight your classroom gets. Mine gets basically none, so I have a bamboo plant http://z.about.com/d/houseplants/1/0/H/-/-/-/lucky-bamboo-pillar-tree.jpg and a bromeliad like this (mine is pink) http://www.flowerspictures.org/image/flowers/bromeliads/bromeliad_10.jpg

    So far, I have had no problems with student allergies.

    I'm considering getting a Chinese evergreen this year like this: http://collegelifestyles.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/chineseevergreenplant.jpg

    All of these are super easy care - they can go weeks without watering and need little to no natural light.
     
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    I've had the best luck with Pothos and spider plants in the classroom.
     
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    I have pothos and sansevieria (snake plant). Both have been going for several years.:D
     
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    I haven't killed my spider plants in 4 years which is a miracle!
     
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    Do any of the plants listed here (or others) work in literally zero sunlight? Are there any plants that can get what they need from fluorescent lighting?
     
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    Silk plants!

    They are easy care, look good, and last a long, long time.
     
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    :D
     
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    I agree with Ted-pothos!! I have some in soil and some in just water-very hearty with almost no sunlight needed!! It is also dark on weekends at school and I haven't had problems! I do bring them home in the summer, but probably left them at Christmas!!
     
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    :thumb:
     
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    I love the idea of class plants, but what drives me crazy are the little gnats that I usually get with them. :(
     
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    That happens when you overwater, I think.
     
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    Yup.
     
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    Would it be successful if I got one of those water globe things? They are inserted into the soil and the plant takes the water as needed?

    Or do those things not really work?
     
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    I've had luck with those things. Depending on the kind of soil, the water requirements of the plant, and the humidity (or lack thereof), you might need to fill it more often than you might think.
     
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    Thanks, because if I make it a classroom job, I'll either have students who will water it EACH and every day, or NEVER water it...or will ask me each day, "Should I water it?" and then it might as well just be me doing it. ;)
     
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    Peace lily can live on zero sunlight- they are mildly toxic if someone eats it- guess that depends on your age group.

    The office that I used to work at one lady had a ton of them, no windows or anything, lights off nights and weekends. She had to divide them every few years.
    They lived very well even when she vacationed and forgot to ask someone to water them, they bounce back with in hours of getting a drink.
     
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    Philodendron, Peace Lily work well for me. I also bring my garden flowers - like geraniums - from home once the weather gets too cold outside. They all do well for me as long as I remember to water them!
     
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    Sweet Potato vine is a good alternative to pothos. I don't have spider plants (although I LOVE them) or anything vine-y because I have nowhere to hang them, and no surfaces on which to keep them. I tend to get plants that limit their surface area, lol.
     
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    Pothos for sure.
     
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    I wish you could bring a hosta in...those things live in the shade.. So many colors...
     
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    Pothos - windowless room, dark on weekends, did put in the office window when we were on break. Easy on watering - forgiving if I'm late with it. Use water bottles kids leave behind to water it most of the time. I take it home for the summer, trim, re-pot etc. as needed. I have a variegated pothos because it seems brighter than an all green one. Finally have a window this year and may try African violets. Will take my new spider plant (gift from a friend) this year too.
     
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    How are y'all's spider plants displayed? Are they sitting on a counter, or hanging from a bracket or the ceiling? My mom always had them, and I love them, but I always think of the way she had them, which was hanging (usually with some sort of macrame hanger).
     
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    My chemistry teacher kept a spider plant on her filing cabinet and when it had too much stuff hanging down, she'd snip it and give it to students to pot.
     
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    Has anyone had Venus flytraps? I saw some at Lowe's. Are they worthwhile, or much ado about nothing (i.e. don't catch bugs).
     
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    Believe it or not, we aren't allowed to have plants in our classrooms: something about allergies, etc.
     
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    My hubby can't have them at work...mold and what not in soil...
     
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    Philodendron! They are impossible to kill. I had one in my windowless apartment "living room" when I was in college and it was happy as a lark :) Only got natural light when the door was opened, and even the lamp inside the room stayed off most of the time.
     

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