Saying hi! Newbie to GW..
Hi! I am new to this site and to houseplants so I am introducing myself to you all to say hi and I am sure you will be seeing alot of posts from me!
I got started with house plants about 2 years ago when I was in Wal Mart and saw a schefflera...a very small one. I was inclined to buy it and since them it has tripled in size. Never had any problems with her (Elly, is her name)...until we moved in to my FIL's to sell our house and upgrade to a bigger one...with the recent addition of our two boys. (20 months and 4 months).
Soon after this move our Aunt passed on after losing her battle with leukemia less than a year after being diagnosed. This was hard because whe was loved by all, too young and it all happened so fast.
From this, I inherited a basket arrangement of house plants from the funeral. I have always wanted to dabble more in house plants and having these made me feel I was connected to Aunt Julie more. Silly I know but these plants mean more to me because I have them as a result of losing her.
I kept them in the basket for about a week and I knew I needed to pot them and find out what they were. I took the basket to a greenhouse and they helped me identify them. I then went to Walmart and bought six 9 inch pots. They were $3 a piece why not! And a big bag of Miragle Grow soil...moisture control to be specific...it helps for underwatering and over watering. (yeah right)
The plants are as follows:
Peace Lily (named Jewels, for Aunt Julie)
Rubber tree - named Sylvie
Parlor Palm - named Bella
Arrowhead Vine - nammed Phyllis
English Ivy - named Felix
The biggest problem I have had is white stuff on soil surface. Which I am pretty sure is fungas. I also have a gnat problem in my house now and I think the plants might have black fungas gnats. I was digging around in their soils and saw a few bugs here and there and what looked to be a small larvae about as thick as a fiber from a strand of yarn.
I have sprayed them with alcohol umpteen times and it keeps coming back. I have sprayed them with fungicide which also rids of black gnats...and the white stuff is still there. I know now I need to change the soil and be done with MG. A friend (Charlie):) has been nice enough to help me recently and has suggested a 511 mix. I plan to do this this week after pay day.
All the plants are doing relatively well otherwise. My rooms that house the plants face NE. So they get medium indirect light, which I know is an issue and the plants will do better in higher indirect light, But I am limited as this isnt my house.
The ivy on the other hand recently took a turn for the worst and after I sprayed the fungicide, it went real south. Everything dyed off and drooped. I took a clipping and put in water and hoping I can save it somehow.
So thats my story. Feel free to chime in, I am looking forward to making some friends witht he same interests as mine in plants.
Thanks for listening.