house plant journal


a journal for my house plants

pitchpine:

Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) in deep Torry muck at the top of an irrigation ditch. (re: houseplantjournal !) / 20 September 2014

So the optimal leaf pattern for Monstera deliciosa has both cuts and holes. Very cool! Thanks, pitchpine!

pitchpine:

Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) in deep Torry muck at the top of an irrigation ditch. (re: houseplantjournal !) / 20 September 2014

So the optimal leaf pattern for Monstera deliciosa has both cuts and holes. Very cool! Thanks, pitchpine!


September 20, 2014 - I’m starting to appreciate these mixed flower baskets my mom likes to buy. Their colours seem to pop up against the green foliage. One of them looks like it’s made of black velvet.


September 2 - 20, 2014 - in just under 20 days, the Wandering Jew has grown 5” taller but it has lost some of its deep purple colour.


July 28 - September 20, 2014 - Christmas Cactus growth over the last few months. I hope there will be some flowers around Christmas time!


September 20, 2014 - orchid-ink, that’s why the original owners wanted to get rid of the plant (and for super cheap too). If this were my house, I’d put the pot down by the second landing and let it grow up the wall to the ceiling. There’s plenty of room (at least 15 feet up) and bright, diffused light (yay, skylight!). Alas, my mom doesn’t share my desire to have an indoor jungle. Once I get the base of the plant more bushy, I’ll take the pot to my church where there’s adequate (and permitted) growing space.


September 20, 2014 - I like how the Monstera Deliciosa’s growth pattern is identical to the Pothos - everything is just bigger!


September 20, 2014 - I think I have a new favourite house plant: the Monstera Deliciosa. Look at the varieties of leaves: (from least to most mature?) heart-shaped, cuts/holes on one side, only holes, only cuts, many cuts. The young leaves roll out and start off a very pale green.


September 19, 2014 - the fiddle leaf fig tree is sprouting new leaves from the trunk I cut a few weeks ago. When I’ve restored the plant to an overall nicer look, I’ll give it a home at my church where there’s more space.


September 18, 2014 - finally got around to repotting the kangaroo paw fern. I really had to tease apart the root ball. The new 10” pot just perfectly contained the rhizomes. Now I have to figure out when I can take it back downtown to the office - it’s quite a lot heavier now!


September 17, 2014 - it’s amazing how this plant spread around the tree in just one season. I put a broken terracotta pot into the soil to make it look like the plant was spilling out… It certainly spilled everywhere. Thanks, kihaku-gato for identifying the spotted dead nettle.


September 17, 2014 - for the longest time, I didn’t know the name of this perennial. Now I see why it’s called sedum “autumn joy” - attracts bees too!


September 17, 2014 - someone was selling this split leaf philodendron Monstera Deliciosa for just $10!!! I couldn’t pass it up. I think there’s space at my church where this plant can thrive. Brought it home without damage in my little coupe.


September 17, 2014 - the spider plantlets that had fallen off survived a few days in the humidity dome. I’ve now put them into small pots. The cycle continues…


September 17, 2014 - combined two striped spider plants into a larger pot.

mashkwi → Hey, you seem really knowledgeable about plants. If I submited to you a picture of one of my house plants would you be able to help me figure out what kind of plant it is? (Or you can go and see my post about it here: mashkwi(.)tumblr(.)com/tagged/plants )

mashkwi:

houseplantjournal:

Hi mashkwi - sure, I can try.  But perhaps you can ask others like kihaku-gato and pitchpine, who are quite good with plant identification.

Ah thank you! Here are pictures of my house plant

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As you can see in this last picture, it can grow to be REALLY TALL. No matter how many times it breaks, it’ll grow new roots and make as many plants like this as I can pot. I don’t know what it is and I am a little worried about putting them outside for sun baths because I fear it might be a non-indigenous invasive species. I certainly have not seen any of these plants outside here… The top of the plants are dark green with silver details and the underside is usually red but sometimes purple or just green… 

I would really appreciate knowing what kind of plant this is! Thank you for your help if you can! 

kihaku-gato pitchpine

My guess: Rex Begonia