favorite plant

teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)May 22, 2012

fellow gardenweb members, what is your favorite houseplant. please tell why and provide a photo of one if possible

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Boy, that's almost like asking which of your kids is your favorite. I suppose if I really had to choose only one, it'd be my pachira. Why you ask? Well, it was a Christmas gift to me many of years back, before I really gave a hoot about plants. I recieved it and thought to myself "self, why in the hell did you just get this thing for Christmas?". I took it home, plopped it in a super sunny south window, and it grew grew grew. It soon became my "baby", and I guess you could say it was the start of my indoor plant keeping career. Now I have 17 plants, half tropical, half succulent. Most are grown to my taste, which is that of the bonsai look. I like to create unusual tree-like shapes, although I do not use bonsai pots. My pachira went from a little 6" tall seedling looking thing, to a 7 foot monster with a 3" diameter trunk, although I cut 'er down in size every year or two.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 11:19PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Oh man, I can't pick one plant and say it's my fav. I can tell you the prettiest is persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus.) That's the one that gets the most attention when people visit.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:34AM
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I suppose, if I do have a favourite, I'm afraid to say in case the others get to hear of it. Sometimes I think my plants are reading Garden Web over my shoulder....ssshhhh...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 12:02PM
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I have a hard time picking a favorite, as Im sure most of you do. Its hard when you've spent so much time taking care of all of them and watching them grow. If you twisted my arm though I'd have to say its a tie between my String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and my purple passion plant (Gynura sarmentosa). They were both given to me by my mother when I moved away from home almost 2 years ago. The string of pearls does amazing here in southern California. The purple passion doesn't really care for the hotter temps here and grows better in the winter so I'm bringing it inside this summer to see how it does.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 2:53PM
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My favorites change often, but my current fave is my Acalypha pendula. Acalypha pendula is dioecious, and the males are not terribly attractive so only the females are available. It is a very unique looking plant though.

I adore my Gloxinella lindeniana too, both for its' foliage and lightly scented flowers.


    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 5:08PM
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I just started groing brugmansias last year. I really like my Flamenco. Here it is in bloom last Aug.

I also like my philodendron bipinnatifidum. Probably because I've had it for so long and because it's so big.

I like all my dracaenas, too.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 6:02PM
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Hard to choose, though probably my jade :

Because I've had it for a whiles .

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:29PM
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I love every single one of my plants, but my favorite change all the time, depending on who's blooming or what's looking really nice at the moment. today I really like:

My slipper orchid, cause it's so beautiful-

My clivia cause it's getting ready to bloom, but you can't see it in this picture-

I love my Bowiea Volubilis, just because it's so weird-

And I just love the colors on this bromiliad's bloom-

I also have two passion flowers houseplants that are getting ready to bloom, but I don't have pictures of it yet, but I will when they bloom.


    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:46PM
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You ask a good question, although it's difficult for me to answer that as well. Although I'm having a really difficult time picking just one, if I absolutely had to choose, I think I'd have to pick...

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Futura':

It's one hardy plant and seems happy no matter where I put it!


    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:54PM
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Without a second thought, my hoyas.


    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 11:30AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

My beloved Balfour Aralia w/ apologies those who have seen this before.

I think the leaves are so pretty, love the combination of round & ruffly & variegated green & white

Another old favorite & one of my very first loves in growing succulents: Haworthia limifolia: Beautiful, living sculpture & super easy care

To me, this is just specacular

Another little charmer: Euphorbia milii v. moratii:

Interestingly variegated leaves

Those are a few of my all times faves.

Hey Micro,

What about you, your favorites & why?

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:49PM
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Marguerite you are so funny!!!!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 11:26AM
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this is my favorite plant..hoya hindu rope...
this plant is about 5 years old, and last summer it bloomed for the first time, I hope it blooms again this

    Bookmark   May 26, 2012 at 10:44PM
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    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 11:20AM
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randy_e(z9b FL)

I have lots of favorites but this beauty is up there...


Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 1:39PM
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My mother-in-law gave me this Hoya carnosa last fall. It is my favorite not only because she gave it to me but it is the first hoya that has bloomed in my care. She had it for over 25 years without blooms, it must like the change in location.


    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 6:16PM
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I don't know that I have a FAVORITE per se, but here are some of my pride-and-joy's! :)

Plectranthus Ernstii

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Corsican Bowl Gourd that's ready to go outside

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A more mature P. ernstii

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My big monster Creeping Charlie :P

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Wax begonia and others :)

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Impatiens Balsamina that I overwintered indoors

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Velvet Philodendron

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    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 6:23PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

These are all good houseplants. My favorite is hoya carnosa

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 9:39PM
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