Monday, February 25, 2013

Pretty Houseplants galore!

I love plants.
In my old office, I had about 11 on  my desk, as I was trying to create a jungle enclosure for myself.
Now I have all my plants at home and they have to be separated between the ones that can live with the cats and the ones that are cat poisonous and have to live in the bedroom or home office.

My most populous plant is my aloe. 
An internet friend had an aloe plant that had babies and was sending babies in the mail to anyone who wanted them.
I wanted one!
What I didn't realize at the time was that it was the most promiscuous plant EVER.
I repotted some babies and gave away 8-10 babies in the summer and I have more than 20 more to re-pot or get rid of now already.
There is one pot I really need to clean out.
The plants are busting out all over and I count at least 11 of them.

Aside from my many slutty aloes, I have a zz plant, a fuzzy purple climber whose name I don't know, a spider plant, a christmas cactus, a little moss terrarium, and a plant that looks like a mini tree that I think I got from Kmart.

But of course, I want more!
I want a million plants.
I especially could use some more flowering plants. When my christmas cactus flowers, I am so happy.

Someone on another site recommended Logee's for buying plants, and it looks like a great site.
Browsing through what they have, here are the ones I would pick as indoor plants:

Rosary Vine (Ceropegia linearis woodii)
$8.95 Rosary Vine

"Perfect for hanging baskets and capable of handling periods of neglect, this summer bloomer is a great conversation piece for any sunlit window. Small, succulent, heart-shaped leaves accented by white veining shower over the sides of a pot in long chains. Small, mahogany-and-gray flowers add drama to this reliable and time-tested houseplant. "

Bead Plant (Senecio rowleyanus)
$7.95 Bead plant
I've wanted one of these for a long time! They are so pretty and look like necklaces.
"Here’s an easy-to-grow succulent with round, fleshy leaves from which its common names, Bead Plant or String of Pearls, are derived. Unique in its form, yet tolerant of extremes in dryness, the draping basket of green beads lights up any room with greenery and plant life.  When it blooms, the Bead Plant has small white flowers that smell like cinnamon. This South African native is nearly indestructible when grown in full-to-partial sun. "

Variegated Hindu Rope (Hoya carnosa 'Crispa Variegata')
$10.95 Variegated Hindu Rope

"A wonderful companion to any indoor collection of low-to-moderate-light plants. The curled and twisted leaves are dappled in white, pink and green as they hug the trailing stems. Clusters of light-pink flowers arise from spring to fall, carrying a delicious mock-scent. Easily grown, it's perfect for hanging pots." 

Blue Monstrosity Cactus (Cereus peruvianus 'Monstrous')
$12.95 Blue Monstrosity cactus
Aww, you're not a monster to me, lumpy guy!
"Thought to be a freak of nature, or a natural mutation, Blue Monstrosity Cactus is a slow-growing, compact plant whose knobby growth has a bluish tint and very few fine hairs. This rare and unusual specimen grows 6” tall x 6” wide in containers. During the active growing season, water the soil only when dry. During the winter months, water very sparingly. Grow in full to partial sun in a well-drained cactus soil."

Living Stones (Lithops species)
$11.95 Lithops
These are great because not only do they look like rocks, they also look like butts.
"A great gift for the young and inquisitive, these South African succulents look like beautifully marked pebbles. Living Stones can grow in a sunny window and remain contained in a limited space for years with little, if any, effort. Best yet, they need water only once or twice a month, a task even the smallest child can accomplish. An excellent gift for the beginning gardener! Shipped in a clay pot. "

Climbing Rock Plant (Stephania perrieri) $12.95 Climbing Rock plant
Another one that looks like a rock! At least on the bottom.
"Resilient in nature and forgiving to neglect, this caudiciform from Southeast Asia develops into a stunning specimen and with a little pruning is contained enough for the windowsill garden. As the caudex matures, it develops furrows and an undulating structure with the vining stems and heart shaped leaves emerging from the crown. If allowed to ramble, it will climb any nearby structure often with great vigor but it can be restrained by judicious pruning. Under dry cool conditions, it can be deciduous in the winter although when grown in warm temperatures, it remains evergreen. A most interesting tropical container plant for those who enjoy the unusual. "

Twin-Flowered Agave (Agave geminiflora)
$24.95 Twin-flower Agave
It looks like a pom-pom!
You only get flowers after 10 years, by which point I am sure you will have killed it, so lets just forget the name and focus on the plant looking like this.
"Creating a lovely rosette of narrow, dark green, flexible and spineless leaves and a full mounding habit, Agave geminiflora is a rare, slow-growing succulent that develops an attractive trunk with age (as shown in the photo). Geminiflora literally means “twin flowers” and when it’s fully mature (10-15 years) a tall flower spike emerges from the center of the rosette with yellow flowers appearing in pairs along the inflorescence. Grow in full to partial sun .Although drought tolerant, some supplemental summer watering is required. Agave geminiflora makes an attractive container plant. "

Elephant Ear ‘Stingray’ (Alocasia hybrid)
$14.95 Elephant Ear Stingray
What a cool name!
"Resembling an aquatic stingray with a long pointed tail, this new and unusual alocasia adds a touch of the exotic to your garden or patio. The large, round green leaves have a long, thin green tail at the terminal end of each leaf. This unusual alocasia mutation is fast growing and can reach 5-6’ tall. Prefers a partially shady location with moist, fertile soil. "

Starfish Flower (Stapelia scitula)
$9.95 Starfish flower cactus
So cute! It's nice when you can have a small plant and it still flowers.
"A miniature version of the larger Stapelias, its small slender stems are no more than 3" in height. Throughout the year, scitula is adorned with 1" reddish star-shaped blooms, each the size of a quarter. Free-blooming and at times prolific, this is the perfect plant for a sunny dry windowsill, especially where room is limited. Forgetful watering is a plus, as it needs some dryness between waterings to flourish. Note: plants are seed-grown creating some slight variation in color. "

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