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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.


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Comment by Marianne Konka on August 23, 2014 at 5:51pm

Keryn your orchid is beautiful!  And Grand love your blooming cacti!  Air plants are cool looking too.  I have been neglecting my poor plants as I have been dealing with my sick elderly parents in another state, but things are settling down and hopefully I can get back to gardening!

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 23, 2014 at 12:01pm

Hi everyone, nothing fancy, but I thought I'd share some pics of my air plants (Tillandsias) growing indoors.  Despite our low humidity, these seemed to be doing well with minimal care at a local home/decor store for a couple of months, so I decided to buy them after seeing them survive in a non-retail place, LOL.

I soak them in rain water once a week, let them drain for half an hour or so, and then plop into bright indirect light.  So far so good. We'll see how they do long term!  Happy house planting!  Let us know what's going on in your indoor collection!  

Here are two tiny ones attached to a piece of cork tree bark, resting on top of the soil of a contorted, grafted Euphorbia in the den.  

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 23, 2014 at 11:58am

Such a pretty orchid, Keryn, thanks for posting it.  I love the colors and the patterns.  So nice!  

My little grafted cacti are settling in outside.  I took the "bands" off after a week and slowly introduced them to life in the great outdoors.  Since both the top and bottom parts love the climate here, there's hope.  We'll see!  Here's a recent pic.

Happy gardening!


Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on August 12, 2014 at 9:51pm

This is the one small orchid out. A dendrobium, flowers are 2cm x 2cm . They look great when they have more spikes maybe next year.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on August 4, 2014 at 10:00pm

Vicky it sounds great, hope they give you as much as you are giving them.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on August 4, 2014 at 2:53am

Everything is slow at the moment, I have one small orchid out inside at the moment. Out side things are starting move again.

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on August 4, 2014 at 2:49am

Grant love the crested euphorbia nivulia, sooo different. Not sure about the grafted ones, looks like your trying to hold there heads from popping off . Which is what you are doing .

Comment by Vicky Myers on August 3, 2014 at 11:20pm

I only have around 16 houseplants left since the move. This house isn't set up well for them. Lack of light for so many windows in here for some reason and all the windows have the heat/cool vents under them coming out of the floor. I think I am getting to the point if I can't eat it I don't want it any more. I have a family living with me right now to help with the work too. They only eat raw whole foods except what he whips up to put into the dehydrator. Yummy flax tortillas, choc/mint cookies, plants and weeds from the garden, almond & walnut milks etc. Have a one week old girl and a 2 yr old boy, so much fun for an old lady who would rather be a hermit. My big plant is still at Marsha's house it is loving her upstairs, it gets lots of light and I water it once a week or two. Forget to get pics when I am there.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 3, 2014 at 11:23am

Hi everyone, this crested form of Euphorbia nivulia is making a lot of new growth, so I thought I'd share a couple of pics.  Let us know what's looking good, or not good, in your collection.  Happy gardening! 

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on August 3, 2014 at 11:21am

Agreed about the names, the common names really do vary so much, don't they?  I know botanical names change too, but at least less so, lol.  Fun that you shared some of yours, Mo, that's nice!  

I know a lot of people do NOT like grafted cacti, and that's fine.  Some of mine made so many of the non-green mutant pups that I had to graft them onto new under stocks.  Instead of using the Hylocereus that is the typical form, I grafted some onto Myrtillocactus geometrizans which is a VERY common landscape type plant here.  My hope is that I can move the plants outside and grow them outside all year since both the mutant part, and this new under stock part, love it here (Hylocereus struggles in our long hot dry summers outside).  Wish them luck, LOL.  


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