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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)August 14, 2014

Asleepinthegarden sent me an awesome package with an amazing assortment of various cool plants. Not sure what all of them are, and some aren't pictured, a few things got placed in other pots, but I needed 5 pots to contain these guys, and not totally sure I won't be repotting before spring.

I was hoping rain would rinse the leaves a bit, I don't want to drown the pots with tap water to do that, but the sky is not helping with that yet.

TY, Asleep!!

Group pic:

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Aglaonema, and...?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 4:59PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I think Philo bipinnatifidum, and... Hoya?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This fat stem might not look like much, but in person it's obvious that it's ready to POP into something pretty exciting. With Ficus pumila I think?

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:02PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This is very exciting, this pic doesn't do justice to what-all's in here, or the size of it.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:04PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This Scindapsus has different leaves than the one I have, one of my fav pieces in the box!

TY, TY, ASleep! As things begin to take off, I'll take more pics!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:05PM
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christine1950

I'm so happy you got more plants, cause heaven knows you dont have enough LOL You'll have to post more pictures 2 weeks from now, they wont look the same.
My best friend on Long Island got 13" of rain yesterday, so awful for them!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:54PM
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tropicbreezent

Bit like a guessing game, any first prize?

Pic 2 The main plant looks like a small Eucharis Lily. Is that the Aglaonema on the right side of the pot?

Pic 3 Hoya pubicalyx on the left, a bit of a Philodendron vine plus some tiny Alocasia leaves?

Pic 4 Difficult to make out but stem of vining aroid.

Pic 5 Colocasia on left, and a couple of different Alocasias.

Pic 6 Epipremnum pinnatum top, Begonia, Scindapsus below. My Scindapsus is pretty similar to that one.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 6:51PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I'm awake for a minute lol.

the one adjacent to the aglaonema is an emerald gem homalomena

The fat stem about to pop is monstera deliciosa...and yep the one in there with it is ficus pumila(which was just vines and roots in a humid pickle jar previous to packing so the move to soil will be new to it and the roots will have to adjust...baby it as much as you can and it won't wither too much...otherwise it will die back a bit but will likely establish itself and come back eventually,right?

More soon(ish),I've got shovelwork in a couple hours and I need shuteye. Sheesh I'm tired.
I'm getting too old to be doing this lol.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 6:42AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

This philo bip was in there somewhere.

Okay...night night for now! ;)

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 6:44AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Between work and an uncooperative flippy flop sleep pattern,I've been kinda flibbertygibbit here as of late.

The alocasias were Sarian and what I suspect is macrorhiza. The colocasia illustris in there with them might need it's own container. Previous to boxing it,the container it was potted in was sitting in water so it's roots were adapted to that environment.

Really glad you liked the box Purp.
I really hoped you would. :)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 7:36AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TY for the help, and heck yeah I'm diggin it! The creeping Ficus is doing exactly what you described. I tried to put as many roots as possible in contact with the soil, and of course the humidity is extreme.

Agreed, sure a lot of these things will need to break up with their potmates soon. For now, they should help each other use moisture much more quickly. You've been watching me make little jungles in pots the past few years, the more crowded I get 'em, seems like the happier everybody is - right up until they really do need more root space.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 11:41AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Even as humid as things are down there,it may not hurt to put a jar open end down on top of the ficus pumila just long enough to get it's footing. Always worked for me anyway.

Only reason I was suggesting the new pot for colocasia was that it will want water more regularly that the alos who respond badly to not drying out a fair bit between waterings.

I know you had a regular green colo EE in the old yard,and I know that they overwinter in LA,but am not certain about the illustris...which would have been perfect for that area that kept flooding back at the old place. As you know,colos tend to live on the banks of waterways.

LOL@ "diggin it" great choice of words! ;)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 1:09PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

...By the way,..

Did the little cutting of p.erubescens make it?

It should grow great for you,after all you already have what I believe to be similar cultivars of it already that are thriving(looked great last time I saw em).

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 12:55PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Hey asleep,Purple,and tropical.. All my fav gardenweb friends?I have also gone from a gardenweb power to a diminished visitor.

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asleep_in_the_garden

LOL hey Teen!

Yeah I noticed you'd toned it down a bit...kinda figured it was your decision to soften your touch..."absence makes the heart grow fonder" and all that.

Pretty smooth re-entry so far! kudos :)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 9:04PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

True 'dat.

Asleep, absorbing the inputs about what was sent, TY for that and the advice! Sorry I don't recognize everything & trying not to repeat past mistake of hovering new stuff to death.

It rained this evening. I'll take new pics 2moro.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:05PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Looking forward to it for sure. :)

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:24PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Thanks asleep and Purple, but I forgot to say hi to christine, nice too see you too:) I faded out of the scene after that person witth the great pothos disrespected purple...

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asleep_in_the_garden

Oh my...I must have missed that.

I can't imagine anyone disrespecting Purp for any reason.

If I know Purp,she probably just blew it off without a second thought though(she's awesome like that).

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plantomaniac08(8)

Teen,
I don't believe he/she is around anymore (I know who you're referring to). Don't let folks like that keep you away, you're missed when you're gone!

Planto

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:45PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hi Beth!

Nice of you to join us!
Been doin alright? Hope so! :)

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plantomaniac08(8)

Jon,
Yep, been doing good. :) Haven't been posting as much lately, but I'm still around!

How are your plants doing? Has that little Philo recovered yet? I hope your plants have adjusted well to your move.

Planto

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:26PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Nope.

Looked at it just yesterday and I'm pretty sure at this rate that it's toast.

Pity too...growing a prince of orange from an itty bitty division was a hurdle I'd hoped to get over.

Oh well! ;)

Glad to see you're still around.
I've been on lurker status myself alot lately come to think of it.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 1:51PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Planto, I get worried people like that can get me banned permanently, so i too another break, and im finding it harder to find time for gardenweb anymore 2, but i love being here...

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plantomaniac08(8)

Jon,
That's sad news. Maybe you can try again some day, now that you've gotten yourself situated. :)

Sometimes there's not much to say, so lurking is a good thing I spose lol.

Teen,
I understand. With folks like that, you have to learn when to pick your battles. Meaning, usually people like that aren't worth your time (because no matter what you say, they think they're right and you're not) so save your responses for when it really matters (that's hard to do when people push your buttons). I also understand not having a lot of time.

Planto

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 2:38PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Most of the GW is tame compared to the hot topics forum. If you want to get banned for life,that's one corner of this place it can happen pretty quick if you're not on your toes.

If ever there was a post at your own risk forum around here,that would be the one!

Edited to say I think I'm gonna take a few pics of the collection to post...doubt Purp would mind. :)

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asleep_in_the_garden

Just a few shots...

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asleep_in_the_garden

Another...

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asleep_in_the_garden

And another...

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asleep_in_the_garden

Still another...

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asleep_in_the_garden

And lastly a shot by the roommate's window...

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plantomaniac08(8)

Jon,
*wipes corner of mouth* Had to grab my handy plant bib!

Ah yes, the hot topics forum. I stumbled across there one day (clicked on it instead of houseplants) and was like whoa...

Planto

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    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:22PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

things get pretty scrappy in there,huh? I've received a friendly warning or two while there myself. Against my better judgement I've been know to stick my toe in the water over there. It's been nibbled at for sure.

I'd thought that because GW was a gardening site,surely the types of people who would be drawn there would be of a like mind,right?

Wrong!

People are different wherever you go.

Imagine that! ;)

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 8:22AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TG, GLAD you have other things to do with your time, perfectly normal!

Asleep, that's a serious foliage fest, very cool! Hard to not get distracted by the rocks, I miss rocks! Don't even remember at this point what I sent you? Do remember a lil' palm tree seedling. Is it still kickin' around?

Here's some updates after 2 rains. Lovin' this pot!

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:33AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Philo bip on the right? Hoya, Pothos. Not sure what the skinny guy is.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

This Pothos looks so much better after a rain cleaning.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:42AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

These also look so much better, and have definitely gone from pouting to perky!

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Saved the most exciting part for last, if I understand what I was told correctly. This is the Monstera? It looks like it's going to *start* with 2 tops! One at left end, the other toward the top edge, a little to the right.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:47AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Palm is in a terrarium and hasn't really budged in terms of growth,but it IS still alive so I have hope.

By the way the palm seedling I sent you was a medjool date(it was delicious). Glad you reminded me to mention it.

The rocks are what's gonna get me through winter(until covered with frikkin snow). I recall going to great lengths to acquire rock when I lived down south...lugging them back from hiking expeditions. I'd send you some but shipping would break the bank. lol

The smaller of the two homs you've got potted there is the one from the "journal" thread. They look happy together. Oh and that little guy in the middle of it is a colocasia...most likely another illustris...it was in a terrarium previous to boxing and didn't have the same sun exposure as the larger one you potted in with the alos...by the way,is it adjusting to the drier environment okay? No shock?
Looked pretty good in the last pic.
I suspect after all that rain it's just fine.

Edited to say you posted more since I answered...more in a minute.

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asleep_in_the_garden

Okay ...back.

Yep that's the philo bip alright. Need a better look at the skinny one to tell though.

You did in fact understand correctly. That is deliciosa alright. It's already so much happier in your care. Good to see! :)

Edited to say that since saving your pic so I could zoom on it,i can tell you that the skinny guy is the medjool date.

This post was edited by asleep_in_the_garden on Wed, Aug 20, 14 at 10:02

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:58AM
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christine1950

Outstanding job Tiffany, they all are doing so well with your TLC...

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Did you send me this, Asleep?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 2:53PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Other angle. Not sure what it is?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2014 at 2:54PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hmmm...IDTS...

Does it feel firm enough to be a cycad?
Maybe you put a nut down in there and forgot?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

IDK, having a brain fart... it was suddenly there...?

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asleep_in_the_garden

I know if it was me,I'd probably dig around to see if there was a nut down in there.

Here's a pic of a seedling I found online.

Pretty sure that's it.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2014 at 12:27PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes, the consensus is Cycad. TY. Still a mystery how it got there...!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 8:07AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Usually when repotting,I work over a bucket that I keep my mix in. There have been times when heaven knows what had fallen in without my knowledge.

Doubt it was a squirrel,..I think they instinctively know that those are poisonous.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2014 at 11:07AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

An update pic, all very happy!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 2:17PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

More happiness, with a new one added in the middle.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 2:19PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Happy INDEED!

Awesome to see they are doing so well!

The one in the middle...you mean the neon?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 4:18PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

IKR! Moved all to slightly brighter spots today, fun!

In the middle, some leaves that got folded in transit, is some kind of stripe-variegated Philo or Pothos. Sender not sure & my piece isn't big enough to decide yet.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2014 at 5:40PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I tried to look at it closer and I see what you mean. pretty hard to tell right now. New growth will no doubt help in identification.
Does the owner of the host plant have pics of mama?

BTW,..keep a watchful eye on that emerald gem,..the one I've got outside was in deep shade but since moving it to a slightly brighter spot it's showing signs of a slight sunburn

    Bookmark   September 8, 2014 at 8:03AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Will do, TYVM! Already itching to repot 2 of these pots.

Yes, I saw pics of the mama and they're inconclusive to me. Hopefully I'll know from mine here in a month or two.

Something is munching on EE leaves. Can't figure out what. If there's more damage today, will have to move that, somewhere... dag nabbit!

    Bookmark   September 8, 2014 at 9:56AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hmmmm...now I'm curious...is it the alos or the colos or both that are getting chewed on? Up here I noticed the same thing happening to a colo but not an alo.

Would it be convenient to post a pic here of the mama plant(assuming you still have it)?

Maybe we can help. =)

    Bookmark   September 9, 2014 at 11:08AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

You're right, it's one of 4 individuals in that pot. Can't ever catch who's doing it, not a caterpillar as I'd first assumed.

These guys seem so happy, making me happy!

IDK who these guys are, names, pls?

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 11:28AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Another angle of the same pot.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 11:29AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

And what is this? It had lost a ton of foliage being in the box, it was so hot that day. Didn't have the heart to take its' pic and ask about it, didn't think it was gonna make it. Seems determined to grow again though. I really like touching the leaves, whatever it is. All I can think when I look at/touch it is Kalanchoe...? From the feel of the stems when I potted it, I've been keeping this dry, in a few hrs of early day sun...

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 11:34AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

It's the colocasia illustris that's getting nibbled. The more leathery skinned leaves are alocasias. For the longest I'd thought they were macrorhiza,but these days I'm suspicious that the new leaves don't point in an upward enough direction...they're definitely alocasia though. I'd absolutely welcome any guesses from anyone out there with an idea as to which one.

The one that fell apart in the box was effectively used as stuffing to prevent too much shifting in there. Any of the broken off leaves could potentially start a new plant. The whole mess was pulled out of a terrarium it had taken over,having been left to it's own devices for a couple years.
Originally the cuttings were taken from rambling growth around the bottom of the mama who bloomed a powerful red.

Oh yeah...kalenchoe of some kind.
In another thread you mentioned not having a red blooming one yet...I was relieved. LOL

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 12:04PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TYVM! Very exciting stuff, enjoying very much! Can't wait to see some of those red flowers sometime.

    Bookmark   September 17, 2014 at 3:56PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

For the life of me I had no idea of the age of the kalenchoe that was blooming. It had been outdoors and I'm sure that this was helpful in getting it to flower. Since leaving that place with the cuttings(and leaving the mother plant behind),they really haven't been outside at all. Although they loved the humidity they had under glass,they probably needed more light than they were getting. Perhaps as early as sometime next growing season you might get blooms...if anyone can do it,it's you!

Plants just seem to like you,Purp! :)

I'm pretty fond of the alocasias myself.

When I first acquired them it was quite a lucky break. I'd seen them in a neighbor's yard and the lady of the house said that her husband was going to take the lawnmower to the neat little clump when he got home and be done with them. When I voiced my regret stating what a pity that would be,she told me that I was welcome to rescue them. I'm guessing that was about five or six years ago. Somehow I've managed to keep a culture of them going ever since.
They really grow like crazy,don't they?

So glad you're enjoying them! =)

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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

hellow asleep and purple:)

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 10:55AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hellow to you as well,Teen!

How ya been? :)

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 11:33AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Hi TG! Hope all is well!

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 3:39PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

These guys are getting happier and happier! Crypthanthus, yes? Potted with Billbergia & some Begonia cuttings.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 7:57PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

And did you send me some kind of Ledebouria?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 7:58PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Sorry to be answering for Jon (I'm sure he doesn't mind), but yes, those are Crypthanthus. Related to bromeliads. :)

Planto

    Bookmark   September 19, 2014 at 9:20PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Nice pairing the broms,and yep,it's cryptanthus all right. Both of 'em clones of a plant that taught me that they sometimes propagate themselves from the top. The center fell out of the original and I figured that would be the end of it and with luck I'd get pups. However to my amazement,it not only grew back from it's center,but came back double. I'd never seen anything like it in my experience with 'em.

I remember sending a succulent aloe vera looking kinda thing that I visualized going in one of your minigarden landscapes. Googled ledebouria and none of it looks like anything I've ever had,unless an image search doesn't get to it right away. Did you find the ficus microcarpa twig? It would have been at the top of the box in an individual tall baggie. Bet it's put on new growth by now,hmm?

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TY, Planto!

TY, Asleep. I think it's a natural combo too, from my vague understanding of both. The Billbergia will probably be trying to overrun the Cryps by next year, will shift if/when necessary, and will need repotting anyway. That's cool, your story of how it grew!

I need to take a pic of the other mystery thing. It's a bulb, Ledebouria is an assumption. It might have come from a box I got before yours. Next time I need to take notes about where I put stuff. IDK where the Ficus thing is... Aloe looking thing... starting to get cool enough to inspect closely...

    Bookmark   September 20, 2014 at 8:54AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Really don't remember anything bulb-like going in,so I suspect that it was something from another trade...one of the hazards of trading so much,Purp! ;)

I'll be the first to admit that much like succulents,..bulbs are a bit of a blindspot for me. No doubt when you post a pic someone will know it though so there's that.

So the ficus got potted and then lost in the crowd,or was it misplaced before potting? Not the end of the world,..just a curiosity,that's all.

Hi Beth! How the heck did your post get there? Could swear it wasn't there before! I must be losing it! lol

You are certainly welcome to answer for me in my absence any time! Thanks for the correct id too...I love cryptanthus and they love terrariums...so how can I go wrong? lol

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Man, I can't find that at all, nothing unknown besides that bulb. I remember unpacking what you describe though. Sorry, I think it's no longer with us. Apparently I f'ed that one up.

It's not a bad thing 2 b ambivalent about sux when you're that far north. Not that it's not possible, just much more slow, from what I've read/seen in people's pics.

Look at this gorgeous leaf!!!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 10:51AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Yes Purp...I had a feeling an illustris would perform nicely for you,and suspected you might fall in love with it. The question that keeps bouncing around in my head is whether or not it would be safe in the ground like the colo at your old place(did you dig that up and take it with?)...not really sure about that though...might need an even warmer zone than it's all green kin. I should look that up.

Edited to say that after looking around a bit and getting mixed results,I found a thread on overwintering them. Haven't read the whole thing yet,but someone posted saying that they had success ingrounding them over winter in zone 7. Sounds promising!

Pity about the microcarpa.
In the odd event that it wound up outside somewhere out of sight and out of mind,and was watered enough from rains,it COULD still be alive. If not,it's not the end of the world. lol

Here is a link that might be useful: Overwintering Colocasia Illustris/Black Magic

This post was edited by asleep_in_the_garden on Fri, Sep 26, 14 at 11:23

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TYVM! I don't think any pots got dry enough for something to perish, but it's possible. Also having an *awful* time with squirrels re-doing my pots. I find bits of stuff on the ground constantly, and 'holes' in the dirt in pots.

Hoping to be able to get some new 'dirt' for repotting some stuff this weekend. Probably bring a crop in at that time instead of risking them getting ants so late in the game & having too many to drown.

I don't have any spots for ground plants yet, so kind of expect these bulbs to be pouty while inside. Thinking they'll be in laundry room which has a S & W window, but won't be heated. Hopefully won't go below 45 or so, but I really don't know. Going dormant is fine with me, just aiming for survival for another great show next summer. Would you try the room I described, or go with a warmer spot with less light?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 1:08PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Jon,
Oh sorry, I didn't noticed you had addressed me. Haha! :)

Planto

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 1:27PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Contagious phenomenon,'eh Beth? ;)

Purp,I usually keep a culture going in a terrarium or a dry cleaner bag over winter while doing everything I can to optimize heat and light. New growth is liable to revert back to something a lot less purple/black,regardless,but you will get new black leaves once it's outside again next year.

Were the choices you stated,my own to make,I'd go with the warmer room,in a bag,and with added light from a fluorescent lamp. You and I were chatting no so long ago about an old aquarium you had laying around somewhere,perhaps that might do if you have glass or plexi to cover it with.

Additionally,toodle around on the link I posted above...there may be other options that might work as well. Dry storage is something I've never had much success with. Last year I had the canna you sent me in a box that was out of sight in a closet. When I got around to getting them back out,they'd shrunk down to almost nothing,and only one was viable. So what I take from that experience is that dry storage is a no no (for me anyway). this year I'm going to bag it and see if I can keep it going inside,,,but to the point...I don't even want to guess how quickly I'd murder a colocasia with dry storage. heh

Think I read somewhere about overwintering colos in water too. Not sure about that either...call me "chicken". ;)

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 3:19PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Jon,
Why yes, yes it is. ;)

Planto

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 5:00PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Sorry I infected you. ;)

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 5:09PM
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plantomaniac08(8)

Lol!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 6:16PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hey Purp,..I just wanted to post a quick pic of the top of the ag you sent me last year. I gave it a hard chop. The still potted part is putting off new growth and all but the pic I took of that part was too blurry to really appreciate as it was behind filmy glass. This guy is in a big jar and is putting off aerials while rooting in pea gravel.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2014 at 12:17PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I appreciated this the day you posted, and again today. Guess what I found? Can you see what it is from this terrible 1-handed pic? (Had to hold other foliage out of the way.)

    Bookmark   October 10, 2014 at 4:03PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

HOORAY!!

You found the ficus!

So glad to see it wasn't lost after all. The mass of it that I have all started from a piece that was maybe an inch and a half or so...now an eight inch pot is stuffed with it.

By the way...the growth at the bottom of the pic,..is that connected to the side or did it come up from the roots? Hard to tell in this shot....and I'm having trouble remembering. lol

    Bookmark   October 10, 2014 at 6:00PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

For what it's worth,here's a shot of the eight inch pot I was talking about...

    Bookmark   October 10, 2014 at 8:40PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

It's all one thing. It's been such a frustrating summer, with plants so exposed to weather, and (obviously) crammed together in awkward spots. Great irony too, the trees providing the perfect, slightly dappled light are also dripping sooty mold onto plants. Squirrels are eating my epiphytes.

Anyway, this is a good example of the "ignore it" technique working well, yes? My finest implementation, in any case. Not at all a senior moment, first note in the intro-to-Alzheimer's, basic madness...

    Bookmark   October 17, 2014 at 10:29AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

C'mon Purp,..you're a year younger than me...don't say things like "senior moment...you'll give me a complex! ;)

Let's just call it "benign neglect"...sounds more intentional that way. lol

All one piece,eh,..okay...I think what I may have been getting at was whether the growth at the bottom was emerging from beneath the mix or just above it...I think I remember that being above ground.

SOME-timers..!

*note to self:if I stop sniffing glue now,..my head will fall apart!*

    Bookmark   October 17, 2014 at 11:01AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Do you know the cultivar name of the Aglaonema, with the white/silver center?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2014 at 5:14PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Your guess is as good as mine,but for now I'll just say it's a silver bay.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2014 at 5:25PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TY. There are so many with 'silver' in the name...

There's something I don't recognize in 1 of the pots. Does it look like something you sent?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 9:10AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Ha HAAA! You DO still have it!

Ajuga reptans! I have a plug of it growing out back(it's hardy from 10 all the way down to 3)that that runner came from. First runner since it was planted in fact, It will eventually replace a lawn given time and deer leave it completely alone. It's one of my favorite groundcovers.
If I remember correctly,you aren't a big fan of lawns. I thought maybe it would be just what you needed. :)

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 9:52AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Aha indeed! That's why it looks so familiar. Used to have some of this in OH. And yes, I agree, I wouldn't let it loose in a bed, but it's welcome to join the other plants in the mowed areas!! (Our "lawn" probably has at least 40 different plants in it.) A nectar plant if/when it gets to make some flowers. I'd forgotten you supposedly sent that, and glad I asked since I was assuming a 'local seed' of who-knows-what had probably blown into the pot but couldn't conjure a memory of a new sprout being seen in there, it was bugging me. TYVM!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 12:40PM
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Since my childhood,there was always a culture of it around the yard somewhere,and every time we'd move,mom would carry a sample with to start it over at the new place. My existing plug sadly isn't a runner from that culture,and I'm really unlikely to get a sample of it now as it's near a thousand miles about of my reach,but in lieu of that novelty,this will do...it's the exact same cultivar by the look of it.

I was talking with a friend of mine on the phone the other day and the subject of nostalgia came up. I explained that I had a collection of plants years ago that I'd lost,and that ever since then,I'd been trying to piece it back together. What occurs to me is that I'm trying to re-create a bygone time that is otherwise likely to slip from memory.

It was one of those conversations. lol

Anyhoo...keep the questions coming.

...and if I may re-ask one from way up the thread,did you ever find the little philo erubescens? It was coming off the rootstock of mine after a recovery period under glass and I divided it out special for you. The mother plant was trained up a support and was awesome a couple years ago,and now it's in total shambles,which depresses the heck outta me. I figured I'd better give you some of it before the rest goes. So far,what remains of it may pull through,but it really is like going back to square one.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 1:13PM
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barbmock

Hi Asleep,

How's your anthurium family doing these days? And are you all snowed in up there in the north country? We are having a few last autumn days, but I think it's all coming to a halt with the cold coming soon.
I have some berries developing on my big plant, not ripe yet. Everything is all buttoned up for winter here.

Barb

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 9:10PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Hey Barb!

Good to see you! :)

the family is debating a move into another medium. A couple of the babies were moved into long fiber sphagnum moss as an experiment,and they seem to like it better that the mix of mg and perlite. I imagine I'll be moving the rest of the gang into the same shortly. Everyone's still in a humidity trap,but the big one is in a set up that is cracked often by a few inches. The lizard enclosure is two tanks stacked on top of each other with the top tank sitting open end down on top of the other,and I slide the top tank toward me by a few inches to allow the lizards to access a bowl of crickets for them to snack on,and sometimes they take their sweet time in getting around to dipping into the bowl,grabbing a cricket,and climbing back into the tanks(they are so well behaved! lol). So to the point,the lizard's enclosure isn't retaining the humidity that it could if it were closed all the time and as time goes by,plants inside dry out faster(go figure)than I'm normally accustomed to. The bigger plant has the same healthy point to start a new leaf from,but hasn't budged since it got here. Spookier still is that It's lost another leaf,but importantly it was the next one to go from the bottom. I'm not panicking yet.

We got a light snow last night,but from what I'm hearing,things are gonna get much heavier and soon.
The cold just slows me to a crawl. I was meant to be in the tropics...no doubt about it! I don't think there is such a thing as autumn here as fast as winter comes on,however it is worthy of note that I am southern and spoiled by a lifetime of comparatively mild winters so I'm a little biased. ;)

Good to hear about those berries! You must be so proud! =)

Would love to see pics of that if it isn't too inconvenient. I'm sure I'm not the only one who would drool over shots of a clarinervium going to fruit!

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 10:17PM
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barbmock

Okay, here's a shot of the berries.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 9:11AM
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barbmock

Now, here's another one. You can just see the beginnings of berries on this one.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 9:13AM
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barbmock

Here's the big mama plant. Nevermind the teddy bear legs hanging out.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 9:16AM
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barbmock

Okay, here's a twin to the one I sent you. I had a pot full of several plants and separated them to send out. I kept this one so I can compare them growing in different climates. Mine is still pouting from the disruption. See how it looks wilted and curled. It will be fine tho. Just remember, it's a slow grower. One other thing, I usually keep two or three together in one pot, just makes a nicer looking plant. The big plant has three plants in it. I don't think it is that fussy about the humidity, altho it does like it.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 9:23AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Awesome pics.Barb!!

Quck question if I may though,..Were there spathes around those spadices at one point?

A little late for a pic,I'm sure,but just a curiosity of mine if you don't mind. :)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 10:03AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Anthuruim cystallinum bmrock?

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 10:10AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Clarinervium.

You were pretty close though! :)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 10:14AM
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barbmock

Asleep, I think the answer to your question is yes. I don't have a new bud to show you right now.

Teen, i have grown both of these, Clarinervium and Chrystallinum. When you see them together, they have some differences. The leaves on the Chrystal. are much larger and more elongated. In my experience the Chrystal is much fussier, has fewer leaves and I didn't like it nearly as much. The Clar. holds it's leaves for a long time, so makes a much fuller plant. I don't live in a tropical area, I do have heat and or air conditioning going most of the year. So I find the Clar to be much more tolerent of home conditions. I have been growing this plant for over 30 years, haven't killed it yet. Something of a record for me.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 11:29AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Cool,Barb! I kinda figured as much.

Oh yeah...just remembered another question...the big one you sent me,..has it bloomed before?

Sorry for hijacking your thread,Purp. Please bear with us. :)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 11:59AM
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barbmock

I don't know if yours has bloomed, but it probably has. They start with smaller blooms and as the plant gets bigger and stronger, so do the blooms.

Purp, not to leave you out. You might like one of these next spring/summer. I usually try to start them in the spring. Let me know.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 12:41PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

Okay cool! Maybe it will bloom for me this spring/summer.
Thanks again for sending it(and the babies)!

Purp,..take her up on the offer!
This plant is just wicked! =)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2014 at 1:02PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I enjoyed the sidebar very much! Was just kind of spectating & meant to add comments when y'all took a breath (LOL!) but it just now came back up in memory. No doubt I did drool when I saw those pics the first time, and again just now. TY for sharing them!!

Asleep, u sure r quiet lately, hope all is well!

    Bookmark   December 17, 2014 at 11:02AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Hi purple! Nice 2 see ya

I hope well for asleep 2

    Bookmark   December 17, 2014 at 3:13PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

A cutting of my yellow plants is in there, but most of this is the Kalanchoe you sent, Asleep. It's been fascinating to watch. With more sun, the scallops on the leaf edges become more pronounced, and the leaves flatten out and point up at the tips.

And here's the little Ficus.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2015 at 9:30AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

HUH?? It's blooming YELLOW??

The plant I took the initial cuttings from had red blooms.

Color me confuzzled!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2015 at 1:47PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Sorry, not explained well. It's a bunch of cuttings from what you sent & other plants I already had with yellow flowers. Some of the other pieces (besides the yellow one blooming) have buds, but I can't tell what color they'll be yet. Excitement!! The pieces you sent have made one of the most amazing recoveries I've ever seen.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2015 at 2:54PM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I'm gonna be really surprised if my additions don't bloom red. lol

Knew it would be quite the transformation after being liberated from a glass prison after all that time.

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Should be interesting to see how much growth the ficus puts on in the next year or so.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes, it's very exciting & interesting! If you sent red, I'm sure they will be red still. It's just beyond my ability to remember where I put what. Now that all are sharing a same condition, they all look alike, for better or worse.

Not all of the plants are as appreciative of their move. You're totally right about the humidity effect on some of them, struggling with the wait to get back outside. 2 more months!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 6:33AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

I assume we are speaking chiefly about the ficus pumila. Getting it to take hold of a mix with roots that were effectively water roots(not yet adapted to a mix) isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to do,although maxing out the humidity helps a lot...this is why I'd suggested further upthread that you might use a jar as a cloche. I know the humidity down there is awesome,but even so,pushing it to 100% would make a difference. Did you lose it or is there any of that culture surviving? If it died,I can send more. :)

I remember seeing it climbing walls in mobile al. Something tells me that once established in the ground somewhere on the property,it might just be capable of overwintering. Read somewhere that it has a zone hardiness of 7 to 11,though 7 seem a bit chilly...never kept it "in ground" before so not too sure.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 8:29AM
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Also wanna say that I know what you mean(I think)...once indoors,a "humidity junkie" starts freaking out unless you can get them in a greenhouse type set up. I do what I can with terrariums and jars. For the ones that are just too darn big,I find that bagging helps.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 8:49AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

TY! yes, that kind of Ficus pumila is no longer among us. One of the ones that was especially stressed by the ride in the box.

What's definitely still alive but struggling are the bulbs (to be expected if one's not going to do any of that humidity stuff,) and Homalomena. All of this stuff's going in the ground in a couple months, under some banana trees mostly. That should get everybody peppy again. Some of it won't have to be excavated for winter. IDK why I thought I could cheat in the dryer indoor air for more winter growth. This is a winter just like any other in the past... just not as long down here.

Humidity junkie - LOL! That's *ME!*

    Bookmark   February 11, 2015 at 11:14AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

LOL me too,Purp...me too! ;)

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