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Here's a discussion thread for folks who want to talk about things in addition to houseplants.  Thanks!Continue

Started by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9. Last reply by Vicky Myers Apr 20, 2014.

Growing indoor plants under grow lights 4 Replies

I have posted  a couple of photos of plants that I am growing where there is no natural light. I use an ultra violet fluro tube light, you can get them from a pet store that stock tropical fish,…Continue

Started by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia. Last reply by Vicky Myers Jan 9, 2014.


What should one do about Scale and other insect damage to our houseplants ?Continue

Started by Jan Page. Last reply by Vicky Myers Jan 4, 2014.

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Comment by mo puff on February 26, 2015 at 5:17pm

Joey I love the Clivia and have seen them in ithers backyards... on TV.. in tropical climates. Do you keep these year round? Ps.. I love you.

BIg smooch for the Choc Mim seeds , they will be in dirt in a few weeks. March tends to freeze a bit and I had a LOT of damage with last weeks freeze.

Comment by Vicky Myers on February 22, 2015 at 7:20pm

I'm doing ok but my houseplants didn't fair too well with the move. Don't know if the fellow who is helping me do house repairs turned the heat down too far or I forgot to water on one of my week trips to dog sit and clean or what the heck but the huge Christmas cactus bit the dust. Some others were really bad off when I came home. The spider was 2/3s gone, along with the grape ivy thing, and others. The purple shamrock shot up a few leaves when I watered it the other day. But my fall garden in the big pots are still producing some food when I uncovered them. Some had molded away under the heavy black plastic and winter. Will be eating radishes soon out of one. Have to cover them all every night as it gets up to 40s-60 days then 20s all this week.

Comment by Joseph Wright on February 22, 2015 at 5:20pm

Clivia, in full bloom ! I just love the color ! Hope everyone is well!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on October 1, 2014 at 12:44am

Indoor plants seem to need more than outdoors, Marianne, but I would still use a weak mix often.

Comment by Marianne Konka on September 30, 2014 at 7:45pm

Thank you Keryn, you obviously are fertilizing just right!  Mine are indoors, but it has been a relatively cool summer.  I will try just a little fertilizer.  At least the plants look healthy and still alive!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on September 30, 2014 at 4:52pm

I don,t fertilize very much, under trees mostly because the trees take from the plants under them. I use a week naturally manure liquid that I make in a 40 Lt container. Put a bit of manure in the bottom of container and fill with water and let rest, stir a few times. Water it down too a weak tea, before putting on plants. You can certainly kill plants with too strong a fertilizer.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on September 29, 2014 at 5:08am

Thanks Marianne, not sure about your climate. Mine does not get below 30 f , it would need to be under cover if you get colder than that. They do need sunshine to flower for part of the day, not full sun.

Comment by Marianne Konka on September 29, 2014 at 4:53am

Your orchid is incredibly gorgeous Keryn!  Mine look good but have not bloomed.  Maybe some fertilizer today!

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on September 29, 2014 at 4:00am

This is its spot outside, stays there all year under a weeping cherry. Very shaded in summer and it gets the winter sun. They start to flower in my winter and will be dormant during summer.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on September 29, 2014 at 3:57am

This is the Cymbidium Orchid I was tring to get to bloom in July.


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