Tag Archive | houseplants

Starting New from Old

Summer 2018 saw my front porch filled with flowers along with the yard and my favorite were the Angel Begonias.

Angel Wing Begonia

They have a beautiful, delicate pink cluster bloom.

I want to make sure I have more of these come spring so I’ve plucked stems from the plant which I’m storing upstairs in our guest room.

The leaves of this plant are shaped like angel wings and gives it the name of Angel-Winged Begonia.

I bring all of my house plants in the house in mid-September and take them back outdoors in early June.  To start the plants I pinch stems close to the center of the plant and any that are growing really fast and getting leggy.  I’ve done this to my Prayer Plant and Goosefoot Fern.

Pothos stems starting in the kitchen window.

Prayer Plant starts in the kitchen window.

 

I don’t add anything to the stems to get them to start and usually in 10-14 days new roots are showing at each notch of the stem.  In the spring I’ll plant all of the stems of each plant in large individual pots.  The pots will have a good quality potting soil and two tablespoons of epsom salt and they take off.  By August the Angel-winged begonia will be full of bloom if not before and the prayer plant will have delicate white blooms.  I love growing plants.

House plants in the guest room.

House plants and different cacti in the upstairs foyer.

Cutting down on the houseplant stock

Back in late summer I decided that I had to get rid of some of my houseplants.  I had about 50 different colors of Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter cacti, herbs, orchids, violets and ivy’s.  I picked out one of each color for myself and re-potted the rest as I divided them for two friends that love plants as much as I do.    Here’s a few:

Violets

Violets

Orchids

Orchids

Burro tail

Burro tail

Lemon & mango trees

Lemon & mango trees

More orchids

More orchids

Goosefoot fern

Goosefoot fern

Jade plant

Jade plant

Jade and shamrocks, purple and green

Jade and shamrocks, purple and green

Swinging table covered with cacti, begonia, and more.

Swinging table covered with cacti, begonia, and more.

More cacti

More cacti

DSCN5382 DSCN5380 DSCN5378The list goes on and on and something had to give plus the fact that my daughter and husband gave me several hanging basket throughout the spring and summer that I wanted to save.  They included these beauties:

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Pinks, reds and white begonias.

Pinks, reds and white begonias.

Fushcia

Fuchsia

I had one problem!  I re-potted most of the cacti in topsoil instead of potting mix and left them out in our summer rains.  I’m not sure how the one’s the girls did but mine started dying because I could not get the water out of the pots.  During my winter break from the college I re-potted as many of what I kept in good potting soil and they’re starting to show life again and are blooming.  I learned my lesson, don’t use topsoil and do use potting soil or garden soil if you are trying to save your plants.  I have a great start for 2015!!

My cactus was moved the week before Christmas after all of their bloom dropped off and this is what they look like now!

Blooming beauties in January!

Blooming beauties in January!