The recent question In Star Trek TNG, why does everyone have plants at the head of their beds? asks why they have the plants. I want to know: who tends them?

Real plants don't just magically thrive. Does each officer tend their own plant, or is someone tasked to go into senior staffs rooms to feed and water the plants?

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    This is not covered in canon, though presumably, the officer to whom the quarters is assigned cares for them. and for the plants in the halls and unoccupied quarters are cared for by the same never-seen people who vacuum the halls. – Tritium21 Nov 13 '14 at 1:32
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    In the absence of anything to indicate otherwise, I think we can assume that everyone cares for their own houseplants, just like today. – Nerrolken Nov 13 '14 at 1:38
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    House-elves. (Quarters-elves? Ship-elves?) – Kevin Nov 13 '14 at 1:44
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    It's not a stretch at all to be completely automatic, just need a regular water source, such as pipes in the wall/under the floor/connected to the replicator – Izkata Nov 13 '14 at 3:07
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    Riker points out that the ship cleans itself. It's not a stretch that it also waters the plants by itself. A simple transporter function could deliver a daily dose of water and nutrients. – Valorum Nov 13 '14 at 8:49

In DS9: The Assignment we learn that Miles has killed his wife's plants by over-watering them:

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And on at least one occasion (TNG: Sub Rosa) we see Beverly cutting and arranging flowers that she has evidently grown.

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It isn't a huge stretch of the imagination that each member of the TNG crew is responsible for the care and upkeep of their own quarters.

And of course, who can forget Data's creative way of watering the houseplants in the Ready Room

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Senior staff in today's military have a "batman" that takes care of their quarters - laundry, cleaning, plant watering etc. Highly likely this will continue for several centuries. Not-quite-top-rank like Troi or LaForge might share one, Data likely has no need for an assistant and Worf would consider a valet to be unworthy of a warrior.

It is highly unlikely that any screen time would be devoted to such a position. We don't see the research staff, night-shift bartenders or shuttle mechanics either, but they must exist.

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    This seems quite speculative. We know, for example that Picard no longer has a Yeoman and the crew are always very surprised to find other people in their quarters. – Valorum Nov 13 '14 at 13:24
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    It is entirely speculative. However, note the second paragraph of the answer. – paul Nov 14 '14 at 0:17
  • I do agree that there's almost certainly maintenance staff that we don't see, but by the same token, note how messy troi's quarters were all through TNG. It's hardly likely that she has a cleaner. – Valorum Nov 14 '14 at 0:25
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    And Batman has a batman, too: Alfred. – pleurocoelus Aug 13 '17 at 14:07

Maybe they are artificial plants? I don't remember seeing anyone tending for them ever in any way and they don't seem to be eaten by the tribbles either; so they could definitely be artificial.

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    This is not an answer, it is a comment or a joke. – Tritium21 Nov 16 '14 at 21:27

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