Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MY HOUSEPLANTS NEED HELP!

I love plants.  And flowers.  You can tell by the way I keep my tiny garden in back of the house.  I do well outside.  Then what is wrong with me in the house?

I try.  I really do.  But I can forget to water them for a couple of weeks.  What is wrong with me?  

I used to have a lot of plants, but now I am down to four.  And they are not in good shape except for one.  I have plans to clean them up this weekend.  They all need to be cleaned, re-potted and, in the case of the African violet, the pot cleaned.  I also have an amaryllis that my sister gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago that I never planted.  I am going to try planting that also and see what happens.  At this point maybe nothing.  BUT...  I might actually see a flower in time for Spring!

So here are my poor little plants.  Hopefully I will be able to show them to you in a few weeks looking much better.

I don't know what kind of plant this is.  I do know it is very old.  It is a slip off of a plant I had in my old house 35 years ago.  The one I had died and my sister gave me this off of hers which was a slip off of the original plant.

My poor Easter cactus.  It needs a good cleaning.  It is like a Christmas cactus, but blooms at Easter time.  It's pretty healthy, though, so I know I can save it.

My African violet has seen better days.  Before I took the picture I pulled off all the dead leaves.  But it needs clean soil and a clean pot desperately.

Another one that I don't know the name of.  It is related to the snake plant but has much smaller leaves.  I have two babies growing off of the larger part.  I think by putting it in clean soil it will do much better.  Needs a good cleaning too.
 Well, folks, you know what I will be doing on my day off on Friday.  Do you have houseplants?  What kind does well for you?  I'd love to get a couple more this summer.

Kathy

Here's a couple more 8:30 a.m. pictures for you.
Monday, January 19

Tuesday, January 20
  

10 comments:

  1. Kathy, I love plants and flowers...but I am not very good with house plants either. I just nurse them along, then end up throwing them out...go get another cute fresh plant. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  2. I hear ya!
    When I got back from my visit, my two, newly planted, freshly potted plants are in sad shape.
    Only, I don't think they will return.
    Yours have hope!

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  3. The only plant/s that I have are an aloe plant and 5 african violets. I have had mine for years and they are in my kitchen window and every time one blooms, it makes me smile. I am sure yours will enjoy being re-potted.

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  4. Hi Kathy...
    I hate to tell you this!
    Give the Violet a decent burial...splurge...buy yourself a brand new one! ♥️
    AS for the Christmas Cactus...I find mine needs to be pinched off at the ends...
    Where the joints are in the leaves...
    New soil will work wonders...if you can...get the Miracle Gro soil...Awesome stuff!
    Good luck....post the "afters" in a few weeks!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  5. I love houseplants too. The only ones that are really thriving are my cacti. I've had them since they were little bitty things in a small cactus garden container. They've been separate for about 18 years.

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  6. No houseplants here because I am hopeless with them and they would not receive the proper care and attention needed when we are away on a road trip. But, I do enjoy having flowers in the house, which is why I buy a cut bouquet at the supermarket. Good luck with reviving your African violet and Easter cactus.

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  7. I like plants but confess I haven't a clue as to how to care for them. That is one thing I like about spring;
    I buy coleus (so very many varieties!!) & watch them take over our small backyard garden.Talk about bang
    for your buck. AND you don't really need to do anything. Hose them in extremely hot weather but that.s it. They grow up to 2 ft high and the same wide & last into November.
    Wish you success with your plants.

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  8. HI Kathy! Oh, I understand about indoor plants! I used to have so many during the 1970s and had them hanging from the ceiling in macrame holders. Remember them? :) Anyway, I only have one live plant indoor plant and it's a poinsettia my daughter gave me at Thanksgiving. The leaves have dropped off but the blooms look nice. Thanks always for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. Ahhh---the eternal rush to bring them in that first Might-Frost night, and then the hopeful neglect which dooms them worse than snow. Despite my own Mammaw's glorious touch with any plant, alive or about-to-be-dead, i am the queen of expiring geraniums, philodendrons, and cacti (who on earth could thirst a cactus into oblivion? Why ME, of course, and one notable Winter I somehow MELTED one. An immense one with great strong arms suddenly started slumping into a puddle in the pot, and down onto the carpet).

    And is is just ME, or does a Christmas or Easter cactus have a different effect on potting soil than any other plant? I swear, every one I've ever had made the soil in the pot into a weightless tube of concrete, all around the roots, no matter how good care it received.

    Must go upstairs and get out the watering can.

    rachel

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    1. Rachel, you made me chuckle. Yes, it seems that every Christmas/Easter cactus makes their soil into concrete which refuses to absorb any water. I've never heard of a cactus melting though!

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