What's New? I've been away from plants 9 years

buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)February 20, 2013

After working with indoor (and outdoor) plants for over twenty years I got out of horticulture and now 9 years later am looking to get back in. I'm up to date with outdoor plants as I've been rabidly gardening and buying/shopping outdoor plants the entire time but my house is not good for indoor plants and I have not kept up with them at all.

So, what is new? The last new plant I can think of is the ZZ Plant and even they I'm not too familiar with.

Thanks :)

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larry_b(Zone5/CO)

Hi,

I think I remember you from way back when. Welcome back!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 11:02PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I wish Toni (hopefulauthor) would show up to answer your post. She keeps up with the newest plants.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 2:40PM
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farmerann(7b)

What is a ZZ plant? farmerann

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:02PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

ZZ = Zamnioculcas zamifolia, a plant in the Aroid family commonly used as an indoor houseplant.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2013 at 6:39PM
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stephanie_kay(5a IL)

I just got my first Zamioculcas zamiifolia today. Here is a photo of it after I transplanted it. It was busting out of the plastic pot it was in.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 10:08PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Looks great, nice job, ought to be one happy camper!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:01AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

People seem to be talking a lot about new Aglaonemas.

BBS's have radically expanded their house plant selections beyond the very basics, which has been quite a boon for people out in the boonies. Similarly, it also seems like the wholesalers are making efforts to make a much wider variety of plants available to a much wider audience. Like new varieties of old favorites like Pothos and Sans, and other plants that probably would already be old standbys but just haven't been available as house plants before.

Someone has to trek through the wilderness of Ecuador or Malaysia or Borneo to gather these things, then propagate successfully for years to make something new publicly available, even if the plant was growing there for centuries. Seems like someone has been working on that for a while and the results are starting to show up in droves. Or maybe it's just as simple as the BBS's realizing people want more than Pothos and Sans. What do you people think from your view of things?

If you browse Exotic Angel or Costa Farms, I think most people will see a lot of plants you've never seen before, so many that were never in any of the famous house plant books.

I think mini/fairy gardens will end up being this decade's "macrame hangers" but it's hard to tell if it's just my new interest, causing me to notice every instance, or if it really is suddenly much more prolific.

These darn "self-watering pots" are everywhere. Beware!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 11:09AM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Pink and red Aglaonemas are certainly new. I have not seen any of them locally though I have not been actively shopping for indoor plants I do for outdoor and they are often found at the same places.

I find the houseplant selection available in Portland OR to be significantly lower than that in Phoenix AZ where I used to live. I'm assuming the ease of outdoor gardening and very low indoor light levels is the reason. Even when I was working in horticulture and buying houseplants for retail sales, I could not find many plants I had grown for years in Phoenix. Many of the wholesale plants here are coming from the same growers in British Columbia except for big plants all trucked from Florida which often do not survive the transition to our low light levels. Clouds for nine months of the year do not great conditions make for houseplants...

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 2:48PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

hi! i just entered this site last may. well it is nice that you got back to agriculture.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 3:17PM
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