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Sprouted my first mango… baggy, wet paper towel, removed hull. Two weeks later, leaves. Outside a week ago, and it’s six inches today! Pic later.
 
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Basil said:
The avocado is cool! Always wanted to try one. Did you use a specific type? And just placed it on the vase like that?
It’s just a normal avocado I used to make guacamole!! I got the vase from ikea for 99 cents. I think doing the toothpick method increases the chance of rot (and decreases chance of success)
 

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Yes, I’ve always hated toothpicks for avocado- I’m trying the baggy method now,lol.
I once let an avocado go so long in a vase, I had to break the glass to get the avocado out-that tree is still doing fine in the ground in a former home , lol
 
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Update on my collection... (this isn’t all of the plants I own... I have more high light ones on windowsills)
 

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Does anyone know good places to get pots? I’m looking for patterned ones. Also I am looking for a split leaf philodendron and can not seem to find a cheap one... any places you guys have seen them? I live in Montana. Addie42, I love all the terra cotta, I always use colored pots! Also any suggestions for kinds of plants? I’m trying to grow my collection Thanks.
 

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Cheapest pots I’ve found are at yard sales. Some wholesalers will sell to individuals, but shipping to Montana will be expensive. If you use Prime, check Amazon.
Let me know if you find something on sale!
 

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I have some plants that are almost impossible to kill. I have some Coleus that are about 5 years old. Well, the original plant was. What I have now are a series of cuttings that have been taken over the 5 years and every single one of them rooted and grew. I also have some Begonias that are like 4 years old. I have them outside on the front steps in the warm weather (above 50 for a low) and in the Fall and Winter they go in the cellar under lights that stay on 12 hours a day. They don't grow much in the cellar but they do survive and bloom again in the spring and summer. Then there's my Ficus "Bonsai" that I have taken trimmings from and gotten them to root and grow. Of course everybody knows how Philodendrons will grow anywhere under seemingly any conditions and we have a few pots of them inside in different rooms. My Shamrock plants come back every year after letting them go dormant from October to March or April. I don't even water them during that period and they come back the next year after being thoroughly watered.
 

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Duh, that’s cool! The shamrocks are a variety of Oxalis, and here in Texas they pop up every spring, and as soon as it gets hot they go dormant !
 

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I love seeing everyone’s plants!!! I can’t help myself getting a couple when I get the chance too!!

I picked up these unlabelled guys at a thrift store today...the big one is a species of eipiphyllym I think.

I have no idea on the little one. Spotted leaves, swollen rhizome-like structures like a zz plant. Any guesses??

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LeticiaM said:
I love seeing everyone’s plants!!! I can’t help myself getting a couple when I get the chance too!!

I picked up these unlabelled guys at a thrift store today...the big one is a species of eipiphyllym I think.

I have no idea on the little one. Spotted leaves, swollen rhizome-like structures like a zz plant. Any guesses??

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Not sure about the first one. Second is orchid cactus
 

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LeticiaM said:
I love seeing everyone’s plants!!! I can’t help myself getting a couple when I get the chance too!!

I picked up these unlabelled guys at a thrift store today...the big one is a species of eipiphyllym I think.

I have no idea on the little one. Spotted leaves, swollen rhizome-like structures like a zz plant. Any guesses??

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I think the top one might be Ledebouria socialis? It looks somewhat similar to what mine looked like but the undersides of the leaves had a bit more purple in them.
 

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JessicaSwanlake said:
I think the top one might be Ledebouria socialis? It looks somewhat similar to what mine looked like but the undersides of the leaves had a bit more purple in them.
I have to agree with Ledebouria Socialis. My first thought was silver squill.
 

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Thank you! You guys are awesome!
I probably wouldn’t have picked up the Ledebouria if it was labelled...looking it up, it is highly toxic to cats...we have 5. Sigh. Will have to make sure it stays away from them for sure!!
Thanks again!
 

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LeticiaM said:
Thank you! You guys are awesome!
I probably wouldn’t have picked up the Ledebouria if it was labelled...looking it up, it is highly toxic to cats...we have 5. Sigh. Will have to make sure it stays away from them for sure!!
Thanks again!
Have you ever used Pet Block Repellent Spray? My cat leaves 99% of my plants alone (which is good because quite a few of them are toxic) except for my roses which she loves to eat so I use it on the pots. It's safe for indoor use as the only ingredients are cinnamon and lemongrass oils and I apply it once a week.
 

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Thanks JessicaSwanlake ! I haven’t heard of that product before...I will look into it!! The only ones they really go for are the ones that look like grass...so so big palms for me, and dracenas have to be put up high. I will check out that product though! Thanks!!
 
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Been MIA lately but I'm super glad to catch up on this thread.

So so sorry for the troubles BReefer97 . I am super thankful to have not dealt with spider mites... yet. The subject sure comes up a LOT in orchid culture, especially in the summer. Lots of people seem to have very good luck with horticultural soaps and/or neem oil, which if I'm not mistaken, are both harmless to pollinators, so perhaps also good for indoor use...? Anyway, the plants still look great and certainly saveable to me. Hey, surprise, surprise... my Rex bloomed too! I wish I'd have taken a picture!! It was surprising because I have no experience with these guys and am kinda experimenting with mine. That is, it's in an old lidless 5 gallon tank on the porch, a kinda-sorta terrarium. I guess it likes it because it bloomed then started making lots of new leaves. However, one or two of the biggest oldest leaves, those which actually touch the glass, are errmm, not looking their best. I'm not sweatin' it though because the plant is happy, so I am too.

Addie42 Your plant wall is looking amazing as usual. Thanks for sharing the living wall.

I've gotta get some plant pics soon. I really miss participating here and can't wait to show you guys how big my pilfered Colocasia (Elephant Ear/Taro) is these days. Don't worry, the owner of the house next door, (from which yard I pilfered two from a large number of seedlings), was glad to have shared and impressed when he saw how well it was growing in a pot for me. I don't see him very much at all but we've been friendly for a long time. Anyway, my potted elephant has left those other seedlings in the dust, simply because he's regularly watered and fertilized.

Anybody else feeling a little desperate for something AWESOME before the dangers of cold weather and heat packs make us worry about plant shipments? I am and think I've settled on a real 'Jem' of an orchid. How do you guys like this one?:woot:
Cycnodes Wine Delight 'Jem' FCC/AOS (Cyc. lehmannii x Morm. sinuata)
 

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Well I haven’t updated in a while but I’ve only lost one pink syngonium :) a lot of my plants are going dormant right now so they’re not looking their best. Especially the rex’s.

My peace lily, Fukien tea bonsai and aloe Vera cutting (... I also really like Halloween if you couldn’t tell)
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This beautiful mum my mum got me!
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My last little caladium sprout until next year :)
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And finally my price of orange philodendron! We got him 2 years ago and he never grew, he only ever had the one large leaf. I crammed him in to a much smaller pot, put him under the grow lights and he’s been loving it ever since :)
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What do you guys do with your dormant plants? Specially something like a caladium who leaves behind the bulbs for next year. How do I keep the soil in the pot from getting all dusty while it sits and waits? Could I wrap it with something or does it still need exposure to air?
 
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