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What Plants Are Cubicle-Friendly?S

Dear Lifehacker,
I am thinking of decorating my cubicle with plants to make it feel less dreary and a little more alive/fresh, but I don't sit at a cube with access to a window. What sort of plants are good for cubicle-decorating?

Dear Wagedomain,
Decorating your cube with plants is a great way to liven up your work space. Nobody has ever been tricked into thinking they were in a Brazilian jungle by office plants but they're a great mood booster. Let's take a look at a couple things to consider before selecting plants.

Lighting: You already noted that your cube doesn't have window access, but for other curious readers who may have more flexible lighting than you, we'll quickly highlight issues with lighting. Plants are usually denoted as full-sun, partial-sun, or shade plants. You can, roughly, translate those terms into placement relative to a window. Plants that require full sun do best right next to a window with excellent sun exposure, partial-sun plants can survive further from a window or by a window with weak sun exposure, and shade plants do well out of direct sunlight and even with nothing but light exposure from artificial light in your office.

What Plants Are Cubicle-Friendly?Although it sounds straightforward, lighting can be a little tricky. While the sun is consistent—if you tell a local nursery worker that you have a spot in your yard that gets 6 hours of direct sunlight a day, it leaves little up for question—indoor lighting is highly variable. The number of bulbs, the distance from the fixtures, and so on, can greatly alter the quality of light your plant is receiving. Some offices leave lights on at night for security reasons or for night staff—if your office is this way, make sure to give your plant extra water and occasional supplementation by fertilizer as it is essentially working 24/7.

Coworker Considerations: Before you even start selecting plants you want to think about your coworkers. Pollen and mold allergies are commonplace, so you'll want to address those before you even purchase your plants.

It's very rare for indoor plants, especially those kept under the low-light of office conditions, to flower. Nonetheless, if you have coworkers with pollen allergies—and it's highly probable you do—you should either avoid flowering plants or snip off the flower buds as soon as they appear.

You can do two things to virtually eliminate any mold issues that might crop up. If the plants you buy aren't already potted in indoor potting soil, you should re-pot them. Indoor potting soil is formulated for indoor use and is much more resistant to mold than outdoor potting soil. Additionally you should water plants deeply and thoroughly and then allow the soil to become fairly dry before watering again. Constantly damp soil without the exposure to the sunshine and wind it would be exposed to outdoors can lead to mold. It's a very small consideration in the grand scheme of things but if the worker in the cube next to yours has severe mold allergies you'll be doing them a huge favor.

The last co-worker consideration isn't health related but it is important. Will you be consistent in caring for your plants? If no plants in the work place is bad, dead plants are worse. Lining the top shelf of your cube with healthy plants gives everyone a welcome glimpse of nice green foliage. If you don't take care of them, however, you'll be showing off splotchy and wilted plants.


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Oh ho, I beg to disagree. No way, Jose!

2007-01-06 08:49:54 by TotallyAnonymous

No way is BC bud the best. Not possible. The marijuana plant thrives on a dense, moist environment and intense sunlight with a long extended sun season - i.e. Hawaii, Mendocino, Thailand, and the jungles of Columbia. British Columbia does not have the angle of the sun that's required to contain a high amount of available BTU's because it's too far north.
Indoor growing can actually produce very hiqh quality pot IF the grower knows how to spike the plants with the right chemicals in the watering system. However, indoor growing can't produce the same amount of buds that outdoor growing can produce in the same square foot area.


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