Looking for a plant for my basement

mel_10(3)August 9, 2010

I was hoping someone might be able to suggest a plant for me. I am trying to find a plant that would grow well in a partial daylight basement. The room stays on the cool side, probably only around 65-70 during the summer. There is also a woodstove in the room so it will get warmer in the winter. There is a large west facing picture window that will provide about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight, otherwise it will be in dim indirect sunlight all day. Does anyone know of a pretty plant that would be tolerant of these conditions? My plant room upstairs is becoming too crowded and I'd like to add some greenery to the downstairs. Thanks so much!

Mel

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gobluedjm

Cast iron plant, Aspidistra elatior
Mother-in-law tongue plant, Sansevieria trifasciata
Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema
ZZ plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia - will do better with more light

With the lower temps you will water much less so be aware of that and fungus gnats.

You might also search this forum on low light or similar words.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 4:50PM
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mel_10(3)

Thanks for the ideas, Blue. I will definitely do a search for more.

Mel

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 10:22AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I think Blue's given you a GREAT list to start.

I'll back it up w/ experience I've had w/ some of these:

both Sans. & ZZ plants grow in low to medium light in my apmt & do well.

Aglaonema, I stuck in a dark corner IN WATER IN A VASE, does great, I had it several years like that. I've just now cut off its old roots to restart new ones. This one has never been in soil, just water w a bit of aquarium grade charcoal, available at the pet stores (so the water doesn't get yucky w/ algae).

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 1:11PM
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norma_2006

San. will not do well, they need more light to grow, most are desert brush plants, expecially the one that is mentioned. 'Parva' grows next to Victory Falls, other grow on rocky/mountain hills sides, in volcanic rock, etc. Business have them growing in full sun here in my Valley. They do not grow in basements. Mine gets full sun all day long.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2010 at 9:12PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Norma,

"There is a large west facing picture window that will provide about 2-3 hours of direct sunlight, otherwise it will be in dim indirect sunlight all day."

This is from the opening thread, did you see "2-3 hrs. direct light"; pls. note NOT a dark basement; I think she'd be OK to try it.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 7:45AM
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