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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.

HOUSEPLANT INSECTS CARE AND HELPS 4 Replies

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.

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 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 Monday

 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 Monday

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

Comment by Keryn, USDA Zone 10 Australia on Monday

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 Monday

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.

Comment by Grant, Scottsdale,Arizona Zone 9 on Sunday

Thanks all.  Glad you like the amaryllis, Marianne.  The blooms aren't as large as the fancy Dutch hybrids but they do appear longer, and the foliage looks pretty nice all year.  It's narrow so it's not *quite* as floppy, hah!  My fancy hybrid ones are making buds that are showing color, so hopefully they'll be blooming soon.  Great you're getting out and working in the garden!  

Oh dear, Keryn, I'll have to research your Vegemite scandal!  I don't know who bought who, but here in the US, vegemite is 100% considered Australian.  I'll do some research so I don't open any wounds, lol.  

My stapelia seed pods POPPED open, releasing lots of those fun, tufted seeds.  Here's a pic of the pod open, and then almost empty.  I saved lots of the seeds to give and trade but left plenty for the birds and wind to take too.  

My plumeria stem cuttings from my last trip to Hawaii are finally waking up so I decided to unpot them to see if they've rooted, which they finally did, so they got unspotted and separated into their own pots.  The smaller one is 'Celandine' and the larger is 'Samoan Fluff'.  I've grown a large 'Celandine' in a huuuuuuge pot for many years--it's definitely my favorite variety.  The large one is waking up too.  Here are the cuttings--I brought back six different types but only these two made it, but hey, I'll take what I can get, LOL:

Finally, just a quick pic of some of our native four o'clocks blooming in the garden.

Happy gardening all!

Grant

Comment by Marianne Konka on April 7, 2014 at 5:34am

Keryn that plant sale looks like fun!  I would have needed a wagon for sure! 

Grant I love your Amaryllis, mine are just about done, but so much color in the house while they lasted!  The weather's getting warmer, I dug in the dirt outside all day yesterday, Yay!

 

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