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  Re: growing under flourescents
From: markdim at azstarnet.com (Mark A. Dimmitt) on 1997.01.17 at 20:08:37(162)
>I just changed jobs and moved from an office with fairly decent outside
>light to a cublicle that is lit only by flourescent ceiling lights
>. Any suggests out there on what aroids I might try growing (and
>won't drive everyone out of the building while blooming )?
>Thanks much,
>Eric Simpson
>Washington, DC
Eric Simpson asked about low light aroids.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia performs well from near-full desert sun to as low as
200 footcandles. Most offices don't provide quite this much, but an extra
light in your cubicle could supply a little more. If you can't do that, get
two plants and keep one in a better location at home. Rotate them once a
month or so. As a last resort, Zam zam will maintain itself without growing
for several months with almost no light.

I don't know why it isn't a more popular house plant. It will also tolerate
being unwatered for three months without even shrivelling. And I left a flat
of extra, small propagules outside this winter - about half the foliage
survived 24 F (-4 C). I suppose the tuberous root would survive as long as
the soil didn't freeze.

Happy growing,


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