Introducing myself and my babies!
Hi PLant lovers!
I've posted a couple questions, but I figured I should introduce myself and my modest collection. My name is Kim (duh). I've owned houseplants for many years, but only recently started learning how to best take care of them. I've bee reading through the boards for a few days and I have to say...you guys know your plants!! Without further ado, here they are. Please feel free to shout out any tips or let me know (nicely please ;) ) what I am doing wrong.
These Pothos are my oldest plants. I've had them maybe 8 years now. They have been through a lot. They used to sit on a 7' entertainment center and almost touch the floor. Unfortunately, that proved to be a toy too tempting for the cats, so they've had a few accidents. I had just re-potted them with some fresh soil in this pic. I just found some nice ceramic pots for them, so they'll be getting a better home as soon as they're strong enough. They were recently knocked on the floor and hastily scooped back into their pots by my less-than-graceful finace.
Below is a Pothos I saved from a common hallway at work. Someone had left it for dead. I gave it a good haircut and it seems to be bouncing back! He's getting a new pot and fresh soil today. I'm sure it hasn't been changed in the last decade!
This is my Jade. I bought it about that size maybe a year and a half ago. It wasn't getting enough light for a while and dropped some leaves at the bottom, but it's in a happier spot now and showing signs of filling back in! I'm going to let it recover for a year, but next winter, it's getting "whacked", as they say. ;)
And here's a tiny Jade I grew from a leaf of my last Jade that had it's trunk snapped by a very naughty cat.
The first Aloe was bought around the same time as the large Jade and the little one was bought just Tuesday. The little dude was so cute I had to bring him home.
Here is my NOID AV. I've already posted her over at the AV forum, so if you're going to tell me she has extra crowns, I know. I'm workin' on it. ;)
I believe this one is a Dracaena. I just picked it up a few days ago. It needs some nursing, but I think I can bring it back.
Here's my Thankgiving Cactus. I rescued it from the grocery store. either it was knocked over and no one bothered to refill the dirt, or no one bothered to fill the pot when they split this off a larger plant in the first place. Either way, it looks 100 times better than it did when I brought it home. A woman in my office has about a dozen of these (some Christmas Cactus) in her office in all different colors. I'd like to get some cuttings from her and keep adding them to this one to get a plant with all different colored blooms....but not until I know this one is healthy.
THIS guy is becoming a fast favorite of mine. I received this Prayer Plant as a birthday gift in October and I LOVE him! I can't get over how beautiful the leaves are! He needs to be re-potted, but other than that he's happy! I mist him every morning and make sure the soil doesn't dry totally out.
Last but now least are my Lucky Bamboo plants. They came as a Christmas gift in a bundle of 5. One stalk, however, turned yellow. Since having 4 Bamboo in an arrangement is bad luck, I split it into two vases of 2. As you can see, the first one is amazing. The second looked amazing until a few months ago, but started getting yellow leaves. Then I noticed that the water stunk like a vase does when you leave flowers in it too long. I took out all the rocks, washed them and cut off some black roots. It seems to be recovering. At least, the yellowing has slowed. The smell comes back a little if I forget to rinse it out every week, but after a rinse it's usually good again. Any tips would be appreciated. I'd hate to lose it. I've had these a few years now. Also, they only get filtered water. Never tap. They do both get yellow tips on their leaves. Anything I can do to stop that?
That's it for now, but we are going to Lowe's today and I hear they're having a sale on succulents...which are the only plants my cat doesn't eat. I don't think he's figured out how juicy they are. I'm not tellin' ;)