Urban Jungle (aka houseplants)

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by Pickles, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    So maybe I should just water the plants more often but... I discovered a few weeks ago that even if I pour a whole pitcher into a 4" pot at once and let it run all the way through, most of the soil stays bone dry under the surface. That explains so fucking much. It takes me all day now to water just one shelf! I pour water through then poke through the soil then let them sit in water to buttchug while I start up the next few pots. Once again, I am so tempted to do all leca or something, but it feels intimidating to even start.
     
  2. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I like leca for most stuff, but still have a lot of dirt. If it’s running through that fast it needs to be repotted, even if in the same pot with just new soil. Everything say it wants a well draining soil, and adding perlite or orchid bark (or both) help keep it open and not get compacted as quick.
    I say all this knowing full well a few of mine are the same and really need new soil but it’s cold and the dirt is in the garage.
     
  3. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Waiting very (im)patiently for this leaf to harden off. His first inner fenestration!
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    Also… been pretty depressed lately. Got a bunch of new plants.
     
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  4. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    My work plant bud is bringing me a drosera bog and has my baby Pygmy sundews for me. :loveu:
     
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  5. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    The teeny tiny sundews are so fucking cute. And he gave me a shangri la pothos which is super weirdly cute all shrively and cooked spinach looking.
     
  6. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Pics pics pics!

    I want so much to love shangri la pothos but am worried that I won't be able tell a sick leaf from a healthy one.
     
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  7. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    You definitely could tell! I love it, but it's very much a love or hate thing.
     
  8. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    So I took my own advice and repotted my watermelon pepperomia. I love the look of the plant but maybe it's just not for me. When a couple leaves got knocked off I tried to propagate them and I did get a few tiny baby plants. But then I planted them and they just... died. I now have a couple in humidity domes so we'll see. Once they outgrow those they're on their own. Anyway, mama Melanie is... sort of happy that I got her new soil and pot? The top leaves are all super perky and happy looking but the bottom ones are... much less so. Like even less than when she was in super hydrophobic soil. Idk.
     
  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    @Basil need some help here also. Red scale? Is Meyer doomed or do I jut need to sit down and scrub off every leaf and stem? I've been hosing it down with insecticide once a week-ish and the mites have moved on, but now the scale. I think I was attributing it to mite damage and not recognizing it as a separate issue, so it's pretty bad.
     
  10. Basil

    Basil Chicken

    @CoolWife its a tough one honestly but not the worse if you put in the time. You can buy some bugs and place it to the side to take care of the scale and some places even have a pheromone trap but unlikely to be local to you. I recommend a soapy water or a pesticide soap option that will suffocate the scale. Mainly look for something in the garden section that is mineral oil based.
     
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  11. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Thanks! They are cool with being sprayed with soap, lol. I’ll look for something oilier!
     
  12. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Repotted my fiddle yesterday since it was 70+ and I just got him a pot that perfectly matches my kitchen. When I got him I just stuck him in a bigger pot with more dirt, not wanting to mess with the roots too much after he was shipped and then moved to our new house.
    The roots were still all growing in the same 8” circle three years later. Oops. Maybe that’s why he’s not putting out many new leaves lately. So now it’ll either die because I touched it or be happy to be able to grow more.
     
  13. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Schrodinger's fiddle
     
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  14. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    As I packed up the plants for moving, I discovered a mild mealies infestation. Got careless with some new ones I guess. Thankfully it has abated to an even lower level but still annoying.

    I got a bunch of big, clear bins to move the plants, and I'm kinda loathe to take them out. They stay very humid, and I feel comfortable that the mealies aren't spreading before I put systemic in each pot. Plus super easy to keep a watering sched.
     
  15. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    Enjoy the mini greenhouse while you have it, then. :shrug:
     
  16. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I just feel bad that it might not be the best for the plants? But maybe (probably) I'm overthinking it.
     
  17. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Every week, I find ONE single adult mealy bug on a different plant in that damn bin. The neem soak and soapy spray are now joined with the Bonide systemic I use to stop fungus gnats.

    In more fun news, one Japanese maple seedling survived from my Fresno scavenging. It is now in a proper and tiny pot!
     
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  18. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    My Meyer lemon just wants to die. I killed the mites. I scrubbed off the scale. It has sun and adequate but not too much water. I tried to pollinate all the blooms with my little paintbrush. And now leaves are just falling off half of it.
    Also last night I mixed my own pon and put my PPP in it. I should have moved her sooner. The seller said leave it in the pot at least for the winter so I did. But the plug it was in was so dense it didn’t have more than a couple decent roots. I feel like now she has the best chance, in a self watering pot with the pon and under the grow light for now.
    @Lh718 if you have gnats (who doesn’t) I highly recommend carnivores to eat them. They are so fun. Drosera capensis are so easy to grow and catch so many gnats. Even the teeny baby pings my friend gave me are eating them already.
     
  19. lrrr

    lrrr Role Model

    I could’ve sent you multiple bagfuls of seeds.
     
  20. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    Knock on wood, but I've been gnat free for over a year between the granules and my Klatchy. I have definitely been wanting some carnivores for a while though @CoolWife ! Just want to learn more before getting some.

    @lrrr there are tons of trees on my ex-hospital's grounds plus all over my old neighborhood. Lost the loose seeds during the move (still upset about that), and drowned one container of seedlings :angry:. Maybe I'll take you up on the seeds offer next season :lol:!
     
  21. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    I got a succulent planter that included variegated string of pearls yesterday for $17. Plus two flats of annuals so I'll be planting for a bit, but should have lots and lots of color. I couldn't resist for $12/flat, let C1 pick out whatever he thought was pretty.

    @Lh718 someday I'll actually ship you the stuff I have for you and maybe I can pull out a baby sundew. They really grow like crazy just sitting in the window in distilled water.

    We had a $75 Chewy gift card left after Eva passed and I finally spent it on an RO system, so I don't have to buy gallons of DI water all the time. Hopefully that's easier.
     
  22. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

  23. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Shit’s expensive but damn it’s still just a plant. Save up or make yourself happy with the plain version.
    Can you imagine going to jail for stealing a plant?! :lol:
     
  24. Honey

    Honey Historian Staff Member

    I’m dying to know if the objective was the monstera itself or profit. Is there a fence for stolen houseplants?
     
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  25. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    I'm betting it's to resell. All they'd have to do is cut it up into multiple pieces and stay away from the popular sales groups. Hell, if they're patient enough, they can cut it up, root any unrooted pieces, and wait for new leaves then cut off the existing. Nobody would know.
     
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