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post #1 of 22
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I have a sun-drenched office window, and i want to bring a plant in for the summer. Below is a picture of the window sill. It gets the sun almost all day, from 10am to 4pm.

I was thinking maybe a cactus, but others said it's not a good idea... so what would be an ideal plant? Also, will be ok without water for the weekend, if i water it on friday night and then monday am?

post #2 of 22
How about a Gerbera daisy if you fancy flowers. They like a sunny window and are known to be "water-wise" in that they don't require too much being native to drier parts of Africa.

Here's a link http://www.denverplants.com/flower/html/gerber.htm
post #3 of 22
so beth can you recommend me a flower that DOESNT need so much sun?
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
How about a Gerbera daisy if you fancy flowers. They like a sunny window and are known to be "water-wise" in that they don't require too much being native to drier parts of Africa.

Here's a link http://www.denverplants.com/flower/html/gerber.htm
hmm.. the sun guide says "partial to no sun"
post #5 of 22
What about a cherry tomato plant?? Then when you get hungry you have a snack right there.
post #6 of 22
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hmm!! didn't even think about veggies
post #7 of 22
How about a Tomato Plant. It is interesting and often people in the office would ask you about it.

It needs lots of sunshine and provides a nice bounty at the end. You can even purchase one of those upside down contraption where the plant hangs upside down.

Edit: Opps, someone have already mentioned a tomato plant.
post #8 of 22
YAY bumpy!!! Great minds
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by Ali012281
YAY bumpy!!! Great minds
Yay. Let me tell you a story of the tomato plant. A story relating to whether is it a fruit of vegetable. Truly such matter vexed the finest mind creating a conundrum, so much so that people litigated the matter all the way up to the US Supreme Court which decided that it is a vegetable.

Now, see with the Tomato plant you too can tell this story!!
post #10 of 22
A Cherry Tomato sounds like a lovely idea. But might not do too well over a hot weekend in the window without water.

A Gerbera should be fine in a sunny window (not saying you have to get one ). They normally like bright light as long as they're not being baked.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by bumpy
Yay. Let me tell you a story of the tomato plant. A story relating to whether is it a fruit of vegetable. Truly such matter vexed the finest mind creating a conundrum, so much so that people litigated the matter all the way up to the US Supreme Court which decided that it is a vegetable.

Now, see with the Tomato plant you too can tell this story!!
i watch regis and kelly in the am, and they had this same debate a month back.. too funny ! to me, a tomato will always be a VEGGIE!
post #12 of 22
What the heck is wrong with a cactus?
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by captiva
What the heck is wrong with a cactus?
Nothing I like those with nice big spikes - especially if you have an annoying office mate - Eddie/Mildred springs to mind
post #14 of 22
It looks like you have as much space on your ledge as I do (for some reason I can see your picture) I would get a planter or a lined basket and put a Hibiscus there.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by captiva
It looks like you have as much space on your ledge as I do (for some reason I can see your picture) I would get a planter or a lined basket and put a Hibiscus there.
the ledge is large, it's about 2 feet wide.

maybe a cactus or a hibiscus is not a bad idea.. or a cherry tomato plant I'll stop by the nursery this weekend
post #16 of 22
Do you want something to block the view?? Cool flowers/cool foliage????
Let me check my plant books out tonite and let you know.
What would be very funky would be doing a "trough" planting. Basically think if it as a planter of mixed dwarf plants to mimic an outside garden????
Let me know if you need more information.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by GailC
Do you want something to block the view?? Cool flowers/cool foliage????
Let me check my plant books out tonite and let you know.
What would be very funky would be doing a "trough" planting. Basically think if it as a planter of mixed dwarf plants to mimic an outside garden????
Let me know if you need more information.
actually no. There's a parking lot up front, but otherwise, we see nice houses and a big bridge (george washington, for those who live in NYC).

I was thinking a low, but wide plant, and which can be in direct sunlight for hours but won't burn.

thanks!
post #18 of 22
i love plants
I wish i had Flisssweepeas garden!
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by fwan
i love plants
I wish i had Flisssweepeas garden!
UPDATE!

Well, I got the plant. It's sun-loving, and has a very nice look, all for about $12 bucks!

It's almost tree-like, sorry for a bad picture, but this is with my cell.


one thing i forgot to ask is it's name! DOH!
post #20 of 22
I can't see - It is at Ficus tree?

Anyway.... It's lovely
post #21 of 22
Very nice.
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by captiva
I can't see - It is at Ficus tree?

Anyway.... It's lovely
No, it doesn't have leaves, it's more of a parsley shaped greens, dark green.
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