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

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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.


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Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 17, 2014 at 6:44pm

Your Billbergia bromeliad is handling the heat OK , but I,m sure you have it in the shade .

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on June 17, 2014 at 6:40pm

Yes it is a Nepenthes, this the first winter I have had it for, so far its doing Ok. Its growing and sending out new foliage. So not too cold for it yet, I have had to move some Orchids indoors however. If I can get though spring without it getting too cold it should be OK. It cost me a bit and I would be sad to loose it, but if I did not try to grow it, I would never know weather I could. The pitcher plant near the fish pond is still OK as well.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on June 6, 2014 at 9:26am

Gorgeous Schlumbergeras Keryn!  They look wonderful!  I rally love seeing them all together, so neat!  Is that a tropical Nepenthes pitcher plant hanging above the window?  Thanks so much for taking the time/effort to share the pic!

I finally repotted a lightly variegated Billbergia bromeliad that a friend in Florida sent me as a single rosette in a plant trade several years ago.  Here it is in a new pot.  

Keep us posted on the new-for-you house, Vicky!  

Happy house planting all,


Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on May 28, 2014 at 1:50am

Schlumbergera,s are out in flower, they did not all flower last year and I have 2 nearly the same, so one will have to go and I will keep my eyes open for a different one. I am happy with 4 nice different colors.

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 27, 2014 at 4:13pm

Hahahahaha Grant you are funny, my new house, this old thing was built in 1920 added on later, nothing works, yea. They are working on the pump to what I thought was a well today. Found out it is actually a sand point at the bottom of a cistern. I am back on line finally, my dsl was connected to an other phone line in the house or I would have been on Friday night. Still fighting to keep the birds out of my house and finding some where to put all this stuff and plants. Have other critters too, skunk, ground squirrels, bunnies, mice, 2 fat squirrels and I saw deer tracks in the driveway.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on May 26, 2014 at 6:06pm

Fun updates all.  Vicky, enjoy your new house.  Lots of windows sounds good!  

Enjoy the rain, Keryn, no one would blame you for delaying weeding for a bit.  :)  

Sorry about your amaryllis, Elizabeth, that's too bad.  Your winter must have been much colder than average??  

Just for fun, here's a quick pic of a Tavaresia meintheisii in bloom today.  Neat unscented blooms all spring, summer and autumn.  Keep the updates coming all, happy gardening!

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on May 25, 2014 at 9:58pm

Vicky, I'm happy for you to finally be moving, Please take care of yourself and the back and all muscles Pulled muscles are torture.I pray you get your well pump repaired real soon. 

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on May 25, 2014 at 9:55pm

, Grant ,your Amaryllis is really beautiful ,I hope you read my post to you about all of mine that Hubby dugup last spring that I seperated and repotted. They have all died ,they grew like crazy last summer but did not survive the winter strange after being outside for 15 yrs. take care Elizabeth 

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on May 25, 2014 at 7:05pm

Lots of rain today, I was going to weed the cactus garden, and after having the warmest Autumn ever, I can not be blamed for thinking that I could weed any day. A week from winter by the calender and I think today could be the start of our cold weather and rain, had to come sometime. Time to do some art work instead, I have startled an Autumn leaf painting.

Comment by Vicky Myers on May 23, 2014 at 12:21am

Pics of my progress in veg garden group. Haven't really figured out where the house plants will all live yet. Just reminded today that the big swiss cheese plant is upstairs here at Marsha's in the bedroom. Need to get it home some day, it got so big so fast. Will wait til I get the one bed room set up. I got the Christmas cactus in the back bedroom and potted up some of it that got broken off and hung it above the other. Kind of a fountain effect. Don't have a pic of that yet. Too crazy too many things to do. Good news I was given an $800 check so I can get my water well fixed! Woo Hoo!


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