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Plant nerds, represent!

DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
edited March 2011 in Social Entropy++
No, this isn't about Robert Plant. Fuck off! This thread is about growing stuff, not necessarily weed either. Or studying plants. Botany's pretty rad also! The place I lived at before didn't really get any sun, so I couldn't grow any plants that I wanted to grow (I don't want to grow mildew). However we now live in an apartment with large western windows and that includes a garden window like this:

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only without the stupid looking bouquet sitting there.

We have a norfolk pine (not really a true pine but they look cool)

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A holiday cactus

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And then some carnivorous plants which is a somewhat recent hobby of mine.
Carnivorous plants aren't all under one family, they actually comprise a broad range of plants not closely related to each other that simply have in common that they can trap and digest animals (usually insects) for their nitrates and phosphates because they tend to live in environments that are poor in these nutrients for various reasons (for example bogs).

No, I don't have any flytraps. It's actually difficult to grow healthy flytraps indoors without a terrarium, a step I'm not interested in pursuing at this point. Flytraps are actually much easier to grow outdoors, even in climates that get below freezing in the winter and get snow.

So what am I growing so far? Well so far I have a two sundews (genus Drosera). A spoon leaf sundew (D. spatulata)

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And I just acquired a lance leaf sundew as well (D. adelae)

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Sundews trap their prey with the globules of sticky "sundew" that give them their name. Once a bug is caught in the sticky goo, the leaf then responds by wrapping itself around the victim and secreting enzymes that break down their insides and leave an empty husk behind.

I also have a couple of pitcher plants, specifically Nepenthes which are tropical pitcher plants (as opposed to Sarracenia which are native to North America and not closely related to Nepenthes. The Nepenthes species I'm growing are highland Nepenthes, which means they're adapted to highland tropical conditions so they can handle cool (but not freezing) temperatures and don't actually need true tropical conditions. This makes them reasonably easy to grow indoors as long as you can provide them with the right amount of light.

The first Nepenthes I got is a N. mikei. It's still very young and hasn't produced any mature pitchers yet, but with the days getting longer I'm confident I'll be seeing its first functional pitchers in a few weeks. This is what it'll look like when it's mature (they're relatively small as Nepenthes go).

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The other one which I just got today is N. truncata and can get quite a bit larger (it's also quite small right now though). Eventually I'll need to repot it into a hanging pot because they can get quite large!

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I find carnivorous plants interesting and I enjoy the exotic appearance of tropical pitcher plants.

What do you grow? Do you have an herb garden? Growing tomatoes? Or are you studying botany? Plants are pretty cool yo!
(I'll take some pics of my Nepenthes tomorrow when it's light out and post them)

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I should get some plants.

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  • AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    carnivorous plants: cool as shit, or cool as fuck?

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    shit and fuck

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I enjoy growing herbs.

    Fresh dill and chives makes me so happy

    and you've never actually had pesto until you've made it from basil you grew

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  • George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    We really need to get some herbs to grow indoors. We got some thyme a couple of months back but it started to wither and we figured we were doing something wrong. Then one day I noticed all these tiny little aphids all over the fucking plant and was kind of pissed that we were sold an infested plant, then we threw it out.

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  • AMP'dAMP'd Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    #pipe wrote: »
    I enjoy growing herbs.

    Fresh dill and chives makes me so happy

    and you've never actually had pesto until you've made it from basil you grew

    are you sure that was basil

    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    AMP'd wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »
    I enjoy growing herbs.

    Fresh dill and chives makes me so happy

    and you've never actually had pesto until you've made it from basil you grew

    are you sure that was basil

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Tonkka wrote: »
    AMP'd wrote: »
    #pipe wrote: »
    I enjoy growing herbs.

    Fresh dill and chives makes me so happy

    and you've never actually had pesto until you've made it from basil you grew

    are you sure that was basil

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  • Metzger MeisterMetzger Meister Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    my family grows a vegetable garden in the summer. zucchini, corn, tomatoes, pumpkins, crook-neck squash, green beans, radishes. i love growing zucchini because it's so easy and you can do so much with it! plus it grows for a long time and you get tons of it for your effort.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    You can't be both a sea nerd and a plant nerd, it's against the rules!

  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    PIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIPE!

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  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    In our back yard we have:
    • Bananas
    • Limes
    • Lemons
    • Papaya
    • Passionfruit
    • Mango

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I have to redo my lawn this week

    bluggghh

    we planted some baby ones a these last fall

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    Hopefully we can keep them alive through the miserable OK summer

    Also have one of these in the front yard

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    It's still young so it doesn't get that many blooms, but hopefully we keep this house long enough to see it in full glory!

    edit: That's Japanese Kerrias and a Magnolia tree, respectively

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The only seeds I plant I pray never sprout

  • UsagiUsagi WOMP WOMPRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I want a lemon tree! Or lime!

    Oh hell, I just want room to have a garden full of delicious things

    e: Oh gooooddddd Magnolia trees are the hugest pain in the ass to clean up after uggggghhhh

    You heard it here first, folks.
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    Basically the same as flowers.
  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Having edible things growing in your yard is awesome

    and oh god are they bad? It was here when we moved in, but it literally gets like 3 blossoms a year so far so it isn't that bad

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  • WeaverWeaver hut hut wut wutRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I'm taking botany for spring quarter!

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Druh planted all the redwood trees. True story.

  • pookapooka Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
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    that's a full-grown magnolia leaf on the left -- they're kinda huge and leathery and pointy, so a bit difficult to gather.

    as for me, all i have right now are vines, and a bedraggled African violet. my favorite plant was probably a bouganvillea that i was going to train into bonsai, but one of our famous surprise storms drowned the poor thing while i was at class. i do love reading gardening books, though, and i actually have a stack i got from the library last Tuesday.

    and i don't understand why i sleep all day, and i start to complain when there's no rain.
    all i can do is read a book to stay awake; it rips my life away, but it's a great escape.
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  • NewtronNewtron Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    The soil in my Sideyard is pretty much sand, and what little dirt I can find is more or less devoid of nutrients. I started a compost pile last summer, so I hope that'll help some. Otherwise I've been sticking to potted and store bought miracle grow soil. Landscaping my shit yard was fun and rewarding though.

    It's worked out pretty well so far, two species of garlic, some basil, and some cilantro. Most of it was coming along fine until I got a bad case of mites infesting the leaves. I've done most of what's recommended, but the bastards won't die.

    I think i've got some kind of species of super mite.

    When Spring comes i'm gonna try growing marigolds, cacti, some local orange flowers, and try to really get a veggie patch going. I gotta do more sunlight tests though.

  • PiptheFairPiptheFair Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    go fuck a ficus faggot

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    You can't be both a sea nerd and a plant nerd, it's against the rules!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-zeCXlFPjk

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  • UsagiUsagi WOMP WOMPRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Crashmo wrote: »
    Having edible things growing in your yard is awesome

    and oh god are they bad? It was here when we moved in, but it literally gets like 3 blossoms a year so far so it isn't that bad

    Neighbor's house when I lived in CT had a big fucking magnolia tree and every spring after it flowered I was picking up soggy pink petals for weeks off my car and the lawn and the sidewalk and the side of the house and fuuuuuuuck that

    You heard it here first, folks.
    Putting your finger in someone's butthole.
    Basically the same as flowers.
  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2011
    yeah, magnolia flowers make a fucking mess once they shed their petals

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  • NewtronNewtron Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Usagi wrote: »
    Crashmo wrote: »
    Having edible things growing in your yard is awesome

    and oh god are they bad? It was here when we moved in, but it literally gets like 3 blossoms a year so far so it isn't that bad

    Neighbor's house when I lived in CT had a big fucking magnolia tree and every spring after it flowered I was picking up soggy pink petals for weeks off my car and the lawn and the sidewalk and the side of the house and fuuuuuuuck that

    Man, all the trees in CT are fucking dirty.

    My grandmother never had a single tree in her yard ever, but her neighbor had a big ass maple tree in his yard. Every fall we'd end up raking at least 6 bags of leaves from that fucking tree. That tree and its owner were obnoxious.

  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    oh, well as long as it's just the neighbor's stuff

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  • BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    You know what I love? Mulberry trees. One of the few trees that seem to grow this far north that has a fruit that's edible, but requires pretty much no maintenance to stop the fruit from rotting prematurely.

    There are even a few growing near my apartment in downtown Toronto! You can just snack on a few berries as you walk by.

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  • Cilla BlackCilla Black Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Druhim wrote: »
    You can't be both a sea nerd and a plant nerd, it's against the rules!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-zeCXlFPjk

    Goddamn corgis. Menance to society. Rebels without a cause. So... so... so cute, oh man. <3

  • #pipe#pipe Cocky Stride, Musky odours Pope of Chili TownRegistered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I always expect that corgi to jump into the sand trap and drop a deuce

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  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Rolo wrote: »
    You know what I love? Mulberry trees. One of the few trees that seem to grow this far north that has a fruit that's edible, but requires pretty much no maintenance to stop the fruit from rotting prematurely.

    There are even a few growing near my apartment in downtown Toronto! You can just snack on a few berries as you walk by.

    Yeah these are pretty awesome, had one in the front lawn as a kid, had to fight off the neighborhood kids with nerf weaponry + super soakers

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  • vermiculturevermiculture Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    druhim this thread excites me and i have a crush on you for making it. i love botany! i remember one particularly fond memory where all I wanted to do was tell Smart Hero how angiosperm reproduction works but all I could spit out was 'plant vagina'.

  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I love me some gardening, I'm making myself the biggest dang veggie garden. Once I finished fencong it to keep the animals out, it's gonna be like 15m x 20m, at least.

    I've already started working out my rotations through the garden beds, layout, planting seasons all that good stuff.

    So excited

  • Al_watAl_wat Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    I've got these big saskatoon berry bushes in my backyard. Saskatoon berries are like blueberries, but sweeter.

    I didn't even know what the fuck they were until I went to my friends farm in Alberta where they happened to grow them, and then by chance when I came back to Ontario my mom was growing a bunch in our backyard!

    They are really, really good.

  • CrashmoCrashmo Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Tef wrote: »
    I love me some gardening, I'm making myself the biggest dang veggie garden. Once I finished fencong it to keep the animals out, it's gonna be like 15m x 20m, at least.

    I've already started working out my rotations through the garden beds, layout, planting seasons all that good stuff.

    So excited

    that is a big ole garden!

    how big is your lawn, or is it somewhere else?

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  • WeretacoWeretaco Cubicle Gangster Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    After a recent substrate swap in my fishtank I'm looking into some low-tech friendly plants for it.

    Christmas Moss
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    Murimo
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  • vermiculturevermiculture Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    you may or may not know this about me but I am really into bees. This past summer I did research on native pollinators and I was tasked with collecting as many squash bees as I could. In 3 months, I didn't get a single dang bee. But the plant itself is really neat. All gourds are neat. Really pretty flowers.

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  • TefTef Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    Crashmo wrote: »
    Tef wrote: »
    I love me some gardening, I'm making myself the biggest dang veggie garden. Once I finished fencing it to keep the animals out, it's gonna be like 15m x 20m, at least.

    I've already started working out my rotations through the garden beds, layout, planting seasons all that good stuff.

    So excited

    that is a big ole garden!

    how big is your lawn, or is it somewhere else?

    My brother and I bought a 70acre hobby farm and I've claimed a nice spot right near the house for my veggie garden.

    I also want to start a mini orchard. I'm thinking pecans, macadamias, nectarines, lemons, oranges and apples but I still haven't made a final decision on it.

  • ThreadbareSockThreadbareSock Registered User regular
    edited March 2011
    plants that remove indoor air polutants

    Sometimes I have the urge to pile my home full of house plants.
    But I am not the best at attending to their needs.

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