Plant Tour: Keeping things green in my home office

Welcome to my home office, featuring several neglected plants and an empty wine rack. (Self-isolation has been tough, okay?)

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Please don’t judge my wrinkled rug.

Okay, I had this idea to show ALL of the plants in my apartment in one post. But, then I thought, “Why limit myself to one post when I can capitalize on the page views by featuring every room in a separate post?” Also, cleaning my entire apartment? No thanks.

So, we’re going to do this one room at a time, folks.

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One of the reasons I chose this apartment was the stained glass poppies in the windows. They offer safety to my spider plant cuttings, one of my cat’s favorite treats.

I’ve lived in this apartment since May 2019. It’s my first adventure living solo.

It might seem crazy to you that a college student needs a home office. But, as someone diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), having a separate space for homework, interviews and even writing blog posts was a necessity.

During this time of self-isolation, it’s been a godsend.

I won’t beat around the bush, though. Not every college student with ADHD is lucky enough to live in a space like this. I’m extremely fortunate to have found such a great apartment and have the support to allow me to live in such a beautiful space.

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Look familiar? This is my office plant, featured in a previous post. She’ll be working from home until further notice.

When my building (a duplex in the Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis) was built in 1914, this room was probably a living room. There’s a large adjoining room with eye-level wainscoting (typical of a 1910s dining room). However, it’s just me here. I didn’t quite need a dining table set for six. Plus, the room that is now my office didn’t have a good wall for a TV and I’m Generation Z scum. I need my screens, okay?

So, the “dining” room became the “living” room and the “living” room is now the “office.” Labels don’t really matter, but I am curious how different generations used my apartment over its 106 year history.

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The floating top desk was made in the 1960s by Hooker. The mini blinds were not my choice, nor are they easily removable.

As far as plants go, I’ve got some of the millennial essentials—two monsteras, a dragon tree, a “Prince of Orange” philodendron, a curly spider plant (with several propagated pups) and a snake plant.

All of these do well in bright, indirect light, which my south-facing window provides.

I wonder what other plants have lived in this room over its century-long history?

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