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Busy day repotting...

Category: Houseplants | Posted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 5:13 am

I've been procrastinating for soooo long...
But it is amazing what a little coffee will do.
Since I'm not a coffee drinker, a little bit will go a long way for me. I had about a half cup in my hot chocolate today. Each time I felt myself slow down, I'd take another gulp.
I repotted 6 plants; two Peace Lilies, two African Violets, one English Ivy, and one Philodendron. I potted 7 new plants that were trimmed from other plants, one Purple Heart (I got trimmings from my boss), 4 African Violets (suckers from the two other plants) and one Wax Plant (I got a branch from my boss). I know now isn't the best time, but I set up my grow light again to aid them in their out of season growth.
I'll bring one of my Peace Lilies and my English Ivy back to work and once my African Violets are settled in, I'll bring one of them to work and see how it goes.
Now, all I have left are 4 Orchids and one Coffee Bean tree.
The last time I tried to repot an Orchid it ended up dying. I'm a bit nervous to do it again. Right now, they are unpotted, just sitting on top of some sphagnum moss. Once a week, I take them and dunk them in some water from my fish tank and put them back on top of their moss. They are actually doing quite well that way.
I don't know anything about the coffee tree. I'll have to look into that and see what is recommended for repotting that plant.
Any advice is welcome for the orchids and Coffee Been tree.

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I'm no expert, but I'm definitely better with indoor plants.

Category: Houseplants | Posted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:02 pm

So, this is my expertise; why or how, I have no idea...
I have had this gift of being able to bring certain plants from near death, back to life.
It was only within the past few years, that I've been able to keep houseplants alive once they are healthy again. It was so strange. I'd bring a plant from near death, back to life and then have to give it away quickly before I killed it.

Anyway, for the past few years, I've been improving. It started with a Jasmine plant, the love of my life. Unfortunately, I had to give it away because I was running out of room in my little apartment. I would prune the plant and root the clippings. I could not throw them away. See the problem? I had a very bad habit of loving plants that are so easy to propagate that I barely had any room to sit comfortably; Jasmine, Purple Heart, African Violets, and a cute little succulent that I couldn't figure out, but it wanted to spread.
The point is that I really needed to train myself to research plants before buying, knowing I had a location for it to live before taking it home with me, and knowing how to control it, and myself, before accepting it into my life and home.
Accepting the fact that I have this type of addiction, I finally gave away the Jasmine and only have a couple of African Violets left. I am keeping control of myself and am not propagating them. I do have to remove the suckers from my African Violet, but before I do that, I want to make sure I have homes for them first. Other than that, I have other plants that I am not so obsessed with propagating. I have an Aloe plant and a Peace Lily. I was given some Orchids to try to save from death, and now have to find a home for. I did get more pieces of the Purple Heart to root, but I am determined to keep it in check. If I can do that, I will reward myself with another Jasmine plant.

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