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Brent_In_NoVa
Sterling, VA
(Zone 6b)

January 24, 2007
5:07 PM

Post #3117627

I know a bit about gardening outside, but I know almost nothing about growing houseplants. I recently moved my cubicle at work and I now sit next to a north facing window. I suspect that there are a lot of plants that would do well in this situation, but I really don't know where to start. Got any suggestions for plants that I should be able to find locally?

- Brent
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

January 24, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #3117692

You could try Dracaena. They're great office plants, they can take hot, cold and dryness. Just don't over water.
They would be very happy in a north window! Heres a few links to them in PlantFiles...
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/54287/index.html
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/38172/index.html
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/38173/index.html
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/119595/index.html

Hope this helps,
Steven
ginnylynn
Blyth, ON
(Zone 5b)

January 24, 2007
5:25 PM

Post #3117693

How about a Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus)? Mine does extremely well in a North facing window that is even shaded in the growing season by three mature maples. I also had good luck in the same window with Saintpaulia ionantha (African Violet) and Dieffenbachia.

--Ginny

sallyg

sallyg
Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

January 24, 2007
6:13 PM

Post #3117880

Peperomia obtusifolia is indestructible. Every place I put it, it stays nice and green, grows slowly , never wilts.
Golden Pothos is a very hardy, vining type
Aglaonema (chinese evergreen) is the top one recommended by a local nursery guy with a radio show.
Janet Craig is another Dracaena, dark green stiff leaves
bbinnj
West Orange, NJ
(Zone 6a)

January 25, 2007
5:33 PM

Post #3121303

Terrestrial (jewel) orchids can grow there too, but keep the medium moist.
Brent_In_NoVa
Sterling, VA
(Zone 6b)

January 25, 2007
6:33 PM

Post #3121502

Thanks for the tips gang. You have at least given me someplace to start.

- Brent
ginnylynn
Blyth, ON
(Zone 5b)

January 26, 2007
12:35 AM

Post #3122810

You're quite welcome Brent :-)

--Ginny

Edited for pselling

This message was edited Jan 25, 2007 8:36 PM
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

January 26, 2007
6:26 PM

Post #3125248

Your Welcome Brent! You'll find houseplants quite easy once you start...and addictive :D

Steve
Joan
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)



January 27, 2007
9:23 PM

Post #3129030

I have a north facing window at my work office. I have a philodendron and a hoya growing there pretty happily. The hoya is a start of my Krimson Queen from home. The one at home is in a south facing window and it blooms. The one at work in the north facing window hasn't bloomed yet, but it may not be root bound yet either.
Wvdaisy
Buffalo, WV
(Zone 7a)

January 30, 2007
5:40 AM

Post #3137467

Sanseveria "Snake Plant" does very well with low light and little water. I can send you unrooted cuttings from my golden pothos but it's a bit cold to ship right now. I have snake plant and mother-in-laws tongue(variegated snake plant) but don't plan on dividing them anytime soon.

Lana
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

October 1, 2009
8:03 PM

Post #7124148

Found this on back pages. Now i know where i'll put my Christmas cactus and Snake plant. Seems like i never have enough south facing windows.
Vickie
antoinette78
Plymouth, PA

October 2, 2009
12:53 AM

Post #7125040

I agree on the Sanservia/Mother-in-laws Tongue. No matter where I move this plant it is indestructible. It continues to keep growing and never ever wilts. It's such a tough, hardy, and beautiful plant that's easy to grow.
dipsydoodle
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

October 5, 2009
11:00 AM

Post #7136302

On my desk (which used to be in a North facing window) now I am not next to a window; I have 3 spider plants, one draceana (not sure of variety yet - it's new) and an artillery fern.
Angeleyez
Wilmer, AL
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2009
9:20 PM

Post #7162343

I have a Janet Craig (Dracaena) and Scheffelera that thrive in my north facing window...
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2010
2:00 PM

Post #7922824

Seriously check out African Violets and their relatives (Gesneriads) and you will find a plethora of plants, that will not only grow but thrive in these conditions. And there are many more, that will love it there from Ferns to Orchids! Do a little research and you'll be surprised...
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

June 27, 2010
2:30 AM

Post #7924057

dipsydoodle, What is an Artillary Fern? Sounds like something i need.
Vickie
dipsydoodle
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

July 29, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #8003869

Sorry it's taken forever to reply

Artillery fern is http://www.xiongdudu.com/picview.php?title=Fern+Plants+Types&photo=http%3A%2F%2Ftomyoungslawn.com%2Fplants%2Fground_covering_plants%2Ffern_artillery.gif (it may not be the exact correct name but its the correct plant) - ours came from Trinidad :)

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