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Old 08-13-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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Just wondering how many of you have plants in your classroom? If you do, what kind grows well, without alot of work? I think I would like some plants this year, but I don't want anything that will take alot of time and work!!!!! I don't have any windows in my classroom.


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to put a spider plant in a terra cotta pot for my 7th graders to tend...These grow with minimal care...just ask my DH! HAHAHA
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I have two spider plants, a ficus, and an avocado plant (we started the pit last fall, it sprouted two weeks before school let out, and is now quite a seedling). All I do is water them once or twice a week. The ficus should have died many deaths due to neglect, but it keeps coming back. I kept a poinsettia going for two years until I scorched it one summer; it had even bloomed a second time.
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Oh yes, I had four baskets of plants -- FAKE They were up high on the ledge in front of the only windows, a row right under the ceiling. But they added such a nice feeling to the room. I also had a pretty bouquet of fake flowers on my desk
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We have a whole garden
Old 08-13-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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not in the classroom, but outside. And this year we'll be starting our seedlings in the classroom - basil, dill, lavender, rosemary and thyme. We're going to have an organic herb garden.

The only other plant I've had that lasted any time (until someone knocked it off my desk moving a science board) was one of those twisty ornamental bamboo. All you need are rocks and water, no soil, and the roots will grow down into the water and rocks. I'm getting some new ones when school starts, hopefully they'll survive my students. I even left them all summer, just made sure they had some water in them when I left!


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Old 08-13-2012, 08:26 PM
 
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I always had a pothos ivy in my room. I could literally forget to water it for two months; and it would get all droopy and look mostly dead, but then would spring back to life with a good watering. It did not need real light either --- good thing, since I often had interior rooms.
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I have a snake plant and a spider plant. I neglect them terribly and they survive.

Check out this site for more info about plants:
http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/...useplants.html
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I have bamboo and it does not need a lot of light so you can sit it anywhere in the room. I water mine when I remember too. I've had it for 2 years now.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:01 AM
 
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I have (like several others) a spider plant. I may bring a second one in this year.
I also have a Swedish ivy that hangs in the window. I have had it for many years.

I love plants in the classroom!
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I've had a spider plant for years and when it has "babies" the children are allowed to cut them off (supervised) and root them in water. Eventually they plant them and take them home.
One year I had enough for everyone to do it and it was a cute Mother's Day gift. Btw- the mother plant that I have was one that my own daughter brought home from kindergarten 12 years ago.


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Spider plant here!
Old 08-14-2012, 05:08 AM
 
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My Kindergartners love taking care of it. We name it on the first day Last year his name was Henry! We water it a couple times a week and then at the end of the year I send it home with one of my students. I double check to make sure the mom is on board with it. and then they return it in the Fall.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:07 AM
 
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I have a snake plant. I like it because it stays tall and doesn't need too much space or light.

Philodendrons do well in low light also.
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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A pothos ivy and a schefflera plant...both do really well. Schefflera's can grow tall, but I just cut it down a little every year and it looks great! It was a gift from a student 6 years ago
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Not easy plants to tend:
Old 08-14-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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In the interest of full disclosure I worked in a greenhouse for a couple of years and the plants I grow are not the easiest to keep alive.

I work in a special education classroom and as such most of my students are little boys (9:1). I like to grow Pitcher Plants, Venus Fly Traps, and Cobra Lilies. I also have an orchid. The kids love the prime-evil plants because they eat bugs, how cool is that? The orchid is for me. I have one south facing window and a couple of grow lamps.
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:49 PM
 
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the plants, but I have a wide variety. They die at home but grow like a forest in school... must be the carbon doxide the children let out () I have students water them at least once a week...
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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I have a lucky bamboo plant that I got at Lowes last year. The thing did great all year and all I had to do was fill the little pot with water once a week. The kids in my class loved the fact that it was a "lucky" bamboo.
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Love having plants!
Old 08-14-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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I've always kept Philodendrons in my class. One of my student jobs is to water the plants twice a week. You do have to teach them how much water is appropriate though. On long vacations I always have a few kids take them home. I used to also have a "pineapple" plant that I only watered when I remembered and it did remarkably well, however it got diseased over the summer and died--go figure!
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