'New' member, just saying Hi !
thought i'd follow Tiffany's lead and take a moment to introduce myself,,
Im Joe, 53 SWM, from Cinti, OH, ive been lurking about thru the summer with an ongoing, tho re-kindled interest in plants, actually 'houseplants' mostly, as i live in an 3rd floor 1 BR Apt with no balcony.
At the beginning of spring/ summer i owned and 'cared' for (ok, neglected) just 3 remaining plants, from a previous plant interest several years prior.
a (barrel?) cactus, a portulacaria afra, and 1 ficus retusa i had started from a cutting.
(theres a semi-good story behind each, but another time maybe..)
About that time i thought to take some more cuttings from 'Gen' (my f. retusa), i chopped up and struck some p. afra cuttings, divided some cactus 'pups', and realized i was well on my way to becoming compulsive about plants again,, a little Googling later i found the GW. Then i was hooked.
I currently have over 75 plants, not counting material in various stages of propagation, on my windowsill, or makeshift shelves nearby. (yup, and i havent even officially met Toni yet! hehe)
My main interests are trees, ficus, Shefflera arbicola,, crassula and some succulents,
anything with Bonsai potential, and the propagation there-of. ..tho nothing on sale, or salvageable, is beyond my interest at the right place and time hehe
My biggest struggles (currently) are with soil conversion, providing over-winter lighting,
Space (for everything i try to propagate) hardening-off Serissa cuttings (likely soil related?) and Shefflera arboricola, in general, they just dont do well for me, ...sigh.
I would like at this time to say HI!! AND, a big Thank YOU! to the many members here who's character and demeanor, i think, is pretty outstanding. There are some real knowledgable people onboard, and some very friendly and enthusiastic people as well.
One in particular Al Fasszeke~ (tapla) whos knowlegde, patience, and generousity i find exceptional! theres just soo much usefull and well written content ive found written by him.. Thank You Al for taking the time to share all that you do!
Unfortunately (for You all) tho, its that darn enthusiasm and general luv for plants that
encourages people like Me to rise from lurker, to Participant. Youve no-one to blame but yourselves! hehe
Feel free to drop in and say Hi, pizz-off or whatever, comments and suggestions are Awlays welcome!
..and go-easy if i drop in the wrong forum with a doz questions keying off something that perked my interest in your post, im just trying to learn,,, im (usually) 'silent' but i admit to getting a little 'chatty' on occasion, ....just once-in-a-while tho. :)
Thanks for peekin in! :)