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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.


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

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Off-Subject Chat: talk about anything here :) 299 Replies

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 Sep 1, 2013.

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Comment by Marianne Konka on Friday

Love your amaryllis Grant, well worth the 3 dollars!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on Thursday

Thanks all, glad you like the little plumeria pics.  No flowers, LOL, but hey, roots are the start of it all, right?  Thanks for looking/commenting. 


Lots of amaryllis/Hippeastrums lose their leaves in winter, Elizabeth, so hopefully yours are just in a bit of dormancy and will recover soon.  Do keep us posted! 


I don't grow gerberas in the ground or in pots, Kery, they absolutely HATE it here.  The humidity is just too low and the summertime temps (at night especially) are just too hot.  In 14 years here I've yet to see a single one last more than about 3 months, LOL.  I think your climate is kinder than mine, so keep us posted if you grow some.

your sale sounds so fun, Vicky!  What all did you sell?? 


I noticed this no name amaryllis (Hippeastrum) in bloom on the patio this week so here's a couple of pics.  I bought it as a "rescue" plant (3 bulbs for 3 dollars) several years ago.  Now it, and its friends, blooms reliably every April.  Talk about a bargain!  Happy houseplanting all! 





Comment by Vicky Myers on Tuesday

Keryn I wish I made that much money then I could quit worrying about things that need to get paid. I have to have a huge sale with all the junk at the farm and more plants from here. Everything there is dead from no water for the past 2 years.

Comment by Vicky Myers on Tuesday

I know one thing about Gerberas, which you probably already know, you don't cut the flowers you snap them off into the plant as they will rot and cause problems.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on Tuesday

Grant, I have a question for you. Do you grow gerberas in the ground ? They are a mystery to me. But not as much, sense I looked up where they are native too. Africa ! --I have lots of other African daisy's and they do very well. Gerberas,  I find love the dry heat and dry soil, but as soon as it rains and it becomes humid they hate it, they get wilting leaves with mildew and spotted flowers. They survive winter ok I have had the same plants for years. I am thinking they would be well suited to your climate unless you get frosts under 30f in winter.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on Tuesday

Sounds like my weekend Vicky, I spent it selling some of my potted up plants at my parents garage sale. We sold $1,600 worth, so not too bad. They haven't started to sell their furniture yet. Its all a bit over whelming for my 80 year old father and 75 year old mother.

Comment by Vicky Myers on April 14, 2014 at 1:54am

 I had a blast staying home to sell plants out of my garden Thur. & Friday. I had some house plants in cups and bottles some sold some fried. So did my face but it doesn't burn or hurt. I almost sold the big palm thing but I didn't want the pot to go away. The couple were supposed to go buy and pot and come back but they didn't.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 13, 2014 at 9:07pm

I have seen and smelt plumeria in the tropics here in Australia, they grow quite big.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on April 13, 2014 at 9:05pm

Well done with your plumeria Grant, I tried to grow one years ago and lost it. But with the climate shifting to more tropical here, I might be able too, but room for it, would the real problem.

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on April 13, 2014 at 8:06pm

Grant, Remember my Amaryllis that Hubby dug up last spring and we separated into into about 9 or 10 bulbs. They put up new blades last year and grew great but they died down during the winter and I don't see any sign of life yet, Do you think the bulb's still have life in them. It is just now getting nice weather here. Thanks so much for any help.


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