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I've taken up planning plants for our office, and wondered if you could give advice. I'm looking for Northwest native plants that would be happy indoors, in an office environment. Available sunlight will vary by spot but is generally low (but I can probably swing some plant lights); air is standard low-humidity commercial-building air.
Most Northwest native plants I can think of are not ideal for growing indoors. However, I asked my colleague who used to garden for the Seattle Public Library, and she says that the library is growing native species of ferns indoors. She notes that they are especially prone to pests (whitefly) and diseases (scale), and must be watered every day.
Below is the list of plants being grown in the main (Central) library branch:
- Blechnum spicant
- Adiantum pedatum
- Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'(tall)
- other fern (Rumohra adiantiformis?)
I hope this helps. If you wish to reconsider using natives in favor of more traditional choices for indoor plants, there are many more choices available. Below are a few links that may be use to you:
Low Light Houseplants from University of Vermont Extension
Growing Indoor Plants with Success from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension
Interior Plants: Selection and Care from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
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Garden Tool: To create a desert oasis look plant a few hardy palms and then add evergreen hardy ferns such as Deer fern (Blechnum spicant),Big leaf holly fern (Cyrtomium macrophyllum), Western Sword fern (Polystichum munitum), and Soft shield fern (Polystichum setiferum). Growing a few ferns usually leads to growing many ferns - there are so many cool species out there. Learn more about the world of pteridology (study of ferns) by joining the locally based Hardy Fern Society. Members receive a packet of fern growing information and a quarterly newsletter; they also participate in a spore exchange and produce the wonderful Fern Festival and plant sale each June. To join the society send $25.00 to The Hardy Fern Foundation, P. O. Box 3797 Federal Way, WA 98063-3797.
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January 13 2017 10:35:53