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doodlebug
post Aug 2 2006, 11:35 PM
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Ok, well, by not-really-popular demand, I am resurrecting the gardening thread. I'm also including "houseplants" in the descriptor, 'cause that's MY big interest, and also, I seem to remember people having TONS of questions about indoor plants. Also, I'm not taking responsibility for keeping this thread going, so everybody's in, or else it dies again! dry.gif

So....I went a little bit nutso at the garden centre today. I bought 3 - 4" dieffenbacchias, to fill out a spot where a fern passed away (don't know why I bother), an 8" birdsnest pilea, and an 8" clerodendrum (bleeding heart). (Also some glazed pots and metal hangers and stands, and fertilizer, and potting soil, and....it's sooooo easy to spend too much at the garden centre, isn't it?) The last two plants I wanted b/c I have no plants in my newly re-decorated bedroom (except a couple of fakes in the corner), and it's making me sad.

Has anyone ever grown bleeding hearts indoors? I didn't quite know that's what I was getting (it's not in flower) till I got it home and looked it up. It's a big gorgeous green trailer right now, but now that I KNOW it can flower, I'd like it to....I just don't know if it will indoors. My regular fertilizer is for green plants, but I found a pack of Jobe's plant spikes for flowering plants in my cupboard, so I pushed some of those into the soil....don't know if that will make a difference, but here's hoping! (Hopefully they're not too old! I can't even remember the last time I used plant spikes as fertilizer, so I have no idea as to their age. Does fertilizer lose its potency?)

Also, my latest project is that I'm going to grow some jade and some rattail cactus from cuttings, for a couple of my younger friends who don't have the financial luxury of actually paying for plants. Going to do that maybe tomorrow night...I was going to wait for the weekend, but I decided to cut back my (once again overgrown) jade tonight, so the cuttings should be dealt with in a day or two.

I've also got to pot up the dieffs, and transplant my chinese evergreen, which is rootbound.

I love my plants! I have over 30 indoor potted plants (plus a few fakes in the dark corners). Even though I don't have a "real" garden, pottering about and getting dirt under my nails still feels like "soul work." I wish houseplants were more popular, 'cause running a houseplant shop would be my dream job.

What is everyone else up to?


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doodlebug   Way To Grow, Girl (and Guy)!   Aug 2 2006, 11:35 PM
battygurl   Oh, yay, garden! Doodle, I know nothing about ...   Aug 3 2006, 12:08 AM
ginger_kitty   Yay!! Doodle I am glad that you reinstated...   Aug 3 2006, 05:54 PM
lady_ell   Oooh, I'm glad about this thread, too! I ...   Aug 3 2006, 07:14 PM
doodlebug   ginger, I think it's a rooted plant. I won...   Aug 3 2006, 07:39 PM
pollystyrene   I just started gardening- I live in a second floor...   Aug 3 2006, 10:27 PM
doodlebug   Just a very quick post.... I've found that th...   Aug 3 2006, 10:34 PM
doodlebug   Ok! I managed to get the two plant hangers up...   Aug 4 2006, 12:30 AM
doodlebug   Hmm....is this going to turn into my "blog,...   Aug 4 2006, 11:29 PM
battygurl   Doodle, I'd love to see the garden! I love...   Aug 5 2006, 12:26 AM
doodlebug   Cool! I'll PM you this weekend! Gran...   Aug 5 2006, 12:40 AM
quink   Hello, I am new around here and kinda nervous abo...   Aug 5 2006, 02:29 AM
GiGi21   I love gardening- I have a small balcony now- load...   Aug 5 2006, 08:22 AM
ginger_kitty   gigi, cut it sparingly and only when you absolutel...   Aug 6 2006, 03:19 PM
pepper   i just put up new planter boxes around the railing...   Aug 6 2006, 04:05 PM
halcyon   Pepper, a few years back I bought a little plant o...   Aug 7 2006, 11:55 PM
battygurl   Our zuchinni plants have little tiny zuchinni...   Aug 8 2006, 12:38 AM
halcyon   Quink--welcome! Certain plants don't like ...   Aug 8 2006, 10:00 AM
doodlebug   Hello! Quick post! I need to be working....   Aug 8 2006, 12:23 PM
pepper   thanks halcyon. i have the kind of planters that h...   Aug 8 2006, 08:11 PM
doodlebug   Hey pepper, this site says clematis needs about 6 ...   Aug 9 2006, 10:27 PM
doodlebug   Is anyone out there? Yoo-hoo! Anyone gardeni...   Aug 13 2006, 07:30 AM
guapa   Hello lovely gardening experts. I've recently ...   Aug 13 2006, 07:36 AM
doodlebug   Hi guapa! This is a quick response as I'm...   Aug 13 2006, 07:53 AM
GiGi21   So I decided to not trim back the rubber tree- it...   Aug 13 2006, 01:05 PM
ginger_kitty   Great link doodle, for the irrigation system. I a...   Aug 13 2006, 02:24 PM
doodlebug   Apologies for cross-posting, but I've posted s...   Aug 13 2006, 11:24 PM
battygurl   Oh wow, I love how you can see plants in almost ev...   Aug 14 2006, 02:10 AM
ginger_kitty   doodle your place is amazing!! It looks so...   Aug 15 2006, 03:08 PM
doodlebug   Aw t'anks, youse guys! *toes ground* I g...   Aug 15 2006, 03:31 PM
emtee   I'm a bad houseplant keeper- I had this lovely...   Aug 15 2006, 04:25 PM
doodlebug   Hey emtee! Most palms are very tolerant of lo...   Aug 16 2006, 01:03 PM
falljackets   i have a palm that i was keeping on my front cover...   Aug 16 2006, 01:15 PM
doodlebug   Hey fj! If your palm is like mine, then it...   Aug 16 2006, 01:35 PM
falljackets   doodlebug, well, the fronds are going brown at th...   Aug 16 2006, 02:00 PM
ginger_kitty   I saw an episode of Mythbusters on the Discovery c...   Aug 16 2006, 02:38 PM
pepper   i LOVE that book, The Secret Life of Plants. so go...   Aug 16 2006, 02:52 PM
doodlebug   FJ, prolly not the humidity then! I'd say...   Aug 16 2006, 08:50 PM
pollystyrene   I finally have a pansy! Just one. White with...   Aug 16 2006, 08:58 PM
doodlebug   polly, I'll think of some to post tomorrow.......   Aug 16 2006, 11:22 PM
doodlebug   Ok, polly, I hope you were asking about indoor pla...   Aug 18 2006, 11:33 AM
falljackets   FERTILIZER!?! *slaps forehead* :rolleye...   Aug 18 2006, 12:18 PM
doodlebug   LOL! FJ, if you're "not good" w...   Aug 18 2006, 01:12 PM
emtee   Doodle, do I have to fertilize if I have just purc...   Aug 18 2006, 01:55 PM
falljackets   doodle, thanks for the info. i DO know that i used...   Aug 18 2006, 02:29 PM
doodlebug   emtee, you shouldn't repot right away, only be...   Aug 18 2006, 02:44 PM
battygurl   Whoa. There are so many things that wouldn't o...   Aug 19 2006, 01:13 AM
doodlebug   I just replied to your PM, batty. I'm not sur...   Aug 19 2006, 02:49 AM
pollystyrene   Actually, doodle, it is an outdoor garden. All po...   Aug 19 2006, 07:23 AM
sunshine   Does anyone have any tips about keeping mums happy...   Aug 21 2006, 02:04 PM
falljackets   polly, i'm sure the mexican petunias can be po...   Aug 21 2006, 02:44 PM
pollystyrene   I think the distance suggestions that they give fo...   Aug 21 2006, 10:26 PM
brett   Pollystyrene- I have the same problem with the see...   Aug 22 2006, 06:17 AM
pepper   well, it's getting cold already and the green ...   Aug 24 2006, 12:40 PM
pollystyrene   My grandma has tons of those- I thought they were ...   Aug 24 2006, 06:05 PM
pepper   thanks! you Are so s-m-r-t! gah! time...   Aug 24 2006, 06:44 PM
ginger_kitty   I have got on of those too. I have no clue what i...   Aug 25 2006, 03:18 PM
pollystyrene   It's a Philodendron!!   Aug 25 2006, 05:00 PM
pepper   get OUT!!! i love the name philodendro...   Aug 25 2006, 07:17 PM
doodlebug   Oh! I have one of those! Inherited it fr...   Aug 29 2006, 03:42 PM
doodlebug   bumping!   Sep 4 2006, 06:16 PM
battygurl   I love it when vines wrap themselves around things...   Sep 5 2006, 10:26 PM
ginger_kitty   Does anyone have a rope plant? I can't find a...   Sep 6 2006, 02:16 PM
doodlebug   Oh no, batty! Is it going crispy brown or mus...   Sep 6 2006, 03:06 PM
falljackets   hey doodle, i wanted to report that my palm is doi...   Sep 6 2006, 03:20 PM
doodlebug   Glad to hear it, FJ! So....doodlemama actua...   Sep 9 2006, 01:32 AM
pepper   i got some terracotta pots and dirt. gonna replant...   Sep 9 2006, 09:08 AM
ginger_kitty   Are mums annual or do they come back every year? ...   Sep 9 2006, 04:08 PM
treehugger   So I had to work overtime at the university today ...   Sep 9 2006, 06:38 PM
battygurl   Doodle, I love that you named your plant after the...   Sep 9 2006, 06:45 PM
treehugger   Well, what the student told me when I bought the a...   Sep 9 2006, 07:28 PM
pepper   lemon cucumber! love them, so nifty. as for th...   Sep 9 2006, 07:38 PM
battygurl   Thanks for the suggestions pepper! We haven...   Sep 10 2006, 01:53 AM
pepper   whew! got them all transplanted. they look hap...   Sep 10 2006, 05:55 PM
ginger_kitty   I accidently drowned an aloe some one gave me as a...   Sep 25 2006, 04:04 PM
doodlebug   Hey ginger, sorry I didn't see this sooner...   Oct 4 2006, 11:26 PM
ginger_kitty   It's okay, doodle. I replanted the aloe with ...   Oct 5 2006, 05:15 PM
mr_falljackets   doodle, is there a place on your balcony for the p...   Oct 5 2006, 05:31 PM
mr_falljackets   haha... dumbass.   Oct 5 2006, 05:42 PM
doodlebug   Heh....for a minute I thought, what the hell is Mr...   Oct 5 2006, 05:45 PM
falljackets   doodle, from now on, don't even read my posts....   Oct 5 2006, 06:04 PM
doodlebug   Heh.   Oct 5 2006, 06:19 PM
treehugger   AAAAAaaarghhh!!! I'm not terribly...   Oct 17 2006, 04:58 PM
doodlebug   Hey treehugger! *tries not to giggle at treeh...   Oct 17 2006, 09:11 PM
treehugger   I've come to terms with it. And it's got ...   Oct 19 2006, 07:24 AM
doodlebug   treehugger, it's lovely! You should che...   Oct 19 2006, 02:58 PM
doodlebug   Is anyone doing any garden stuff these days? I gu...   Oct 21 2006, 04:47 PM
falljackets   hey doodle (or anyBUSTie else with potted plant sk...   Nov 1 2006, 09:39 PM
doodlebug   Thanks, FJ! The urn is doing well! I als...   Nov 2 2006, 08:06 PM
pollystyrene   So I'm having a clueless gardening moment. I ...   Nov 5 2006, 03:28 PM
momo   polly, sorry, i've got no words of advice. i...   Nov 6 2006, 02:14 PM
ginger_kitty   It's been so gloomy lately my plants are cravi...   Dec 1 2006, 04:59 PM
pollystyrene   I was given a camellia for Christmas- all I can fi...   Dec 26 2006, 12:07 AM
doodlebug   Hey all! Sorry I missed some questions! ...   Dec 26 2006, 04:33 PM
pollystyrene   Huh, at least I won't feel so bad when it inev...   Dec 26 2006, 05:52 PM
doodlebug   Ha ha! polly, I just looked up bonsai in my b...   Dec 26 2006, 06:32 PM
pollystyrene   Mmm, no humidity's not a regular thing around ...   Dec 26 2006, 07:08 PM
doodlebug   Yeah, the yogurt is supposed to work, but I think ...   Dec 26 2006, 07:14 PM
pollystyrene   Oh, if nurseries usually sell the started plants, ...   Dec 26 2006, 09:05 PM
doodlebug   Hey guess what, polly? It actually does list the ...   Dec 26 2006, 10:27 PM
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