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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    How To Make Your Plants Scream With Pleasure 1:37

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  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist rugged, weathered Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    Ok, I have no idea what I did. I've had this orchid for several years now and it never bloomed since we bought it. I've basically neglected it, only watering every once in a while when I suddenly remember. And yet...

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    I'm a botanical genius! My secret is... 'neglect!'

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  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    Skeith wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    It's only indoors during the winter and it picked a horrible time to start fruiting (fall). I once had another pineapple plant that fruited and it'll turn a proper gold color on the stalk when it's ready. I hope the fruit gets a little larger still though.

    It looks like it has another year or so of growth ahead of it. I'd expect to double in size, more likely triple. Did you start it from a cutting or from seeds?

    It was a top from a Walmart pineapple.

    In other news, guess who has a spider mite infestation!?

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Einzel wrote: »
    Skeith wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    It's only indoors during the winter and it picked a horrible time to start fruiting (fall). I once had another pineapple plant that fruited and it'll turn a proper gold color on the stalk when it's ready. I hope the fruit gets a little larger still though.

    It looks like it has another year or so of growth ahead of it. I'd expect to double in size, more likely triple. Did you start it from a cutting or from seeds?

    It was a top from a Walmart pineapple.

    In other news, guess who has a spider mite infestation!?

    Is...is it me? I hope it isn't me.

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  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    Skeith wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    It's only indoors during the winter and it picked a horrible time to start fruiting (fall). I once had another pineapple plant that fruited and it'll turn a proper gold color on the stalk when it's ready. I hope the fruit gets a little larger still though.

    It looks like it has another year or so of growth ahead of it. I'd expect to double in size, more likely triple. Did you start it from a cutting or from seeds?

    It was a top from a Walmart pineapple.

    In other news, guess who has a spider mite infestation!?

    Is...is it me? I hope it isn't me.

    I hope it's not you, too.

  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    Spider mites are the goddamned worst. Only time I've beaten them was when I was able to spray down the entire plant multiple times and spray neem oil right afterwards.

  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    We've sprayed the plants a few nights in a row and now every night we're spot checking with insecticide covered qtips. A lot of dead/dying leaves were trimmed cause they had eggs/corpses on their undersides.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    Ok, I have no idea what I did. I've had this orchid for several years now and it never bloomed since we bought it. I've basically neglected it, only watering every once in a while when I suddenly remember. And yet...


    I'm a botanical genius! My secret is... 'neglect!'

    You might be right. Stress from drought or sudden temperature swings can trigger some plants to flower so that they can try to produce seeds before dying. Or you could have accidentally hit a watering schedule that mimics the season that plant associates with blooming.

    Also plants have immature phases where they only grow and won't flower, which can be one year or decades depending on the plant. So maybe your orchid is just all grown up now.

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    Siiiigh another of my peace lilies is dying. Wtf? The first one I bought is healthy but two I bought a month later are dead or dying.

    On the other hand all the other plants are doing well, and the office plants are doing really well! Obviously I care too much about the lilies.

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Just make sure you pick up some appropriate flowers for their funeral.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited December 2019
    My peace lily is well dead. And because I'm lazy its pot is still sat on the table in my room, taunting me.

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Judging by this extremely jolly holly in the public park down the street, it looks like winter is definitely here.
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    Meanwhile, it's about time to slash the begonia back down to the canes and propagate some new cuttings for everyone in my book club.
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    Hard to believe this beast was itself just a couple of six-inch cuttings three years ago.

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  • DepressperadoDepressperado I just wanted to see you laughing in the pizza rainRegistered User regular
    my favorite flower is lilies but they are very poisonous to kitties and my dumb cats love eating flowers.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    @Jedoc those are lovely!!

    And yeah, I had a peace lily for about a year, but ended up throwing it out last month. :|

    Even though they're supposedly good with low light, I learned that in even moderate light they get very...leggy and long, and end up looking kinda terrible!?

    I also kept having an issue where the tips would turn brown. Constantly. I couldn't tell if I was overwatering, underwatering, or if it had the wrong mix of nutrients in the soil or was lacking nutrients or whatever the hell, but in the end it seemed like I was fighting a battle I wouldn't win, and the plant wasn't going to stop looking leggy, so I just decided to toss it. It also had fungus gnats (which AFAIK are harmless to the plant, but a pain in the ass) so that made it an easy decision.

    Still kinda bummed though! Wish I'd been able to keep it healthy. Every time I buy a plant, I try to buy a type of plant that I don't have.

    I tried Home Depot again, and I think I just have to write that place off completely, because over the course of 3-4 stores across the entire country, I still haven't been able to find a Home Depot that has non-bug-infested plants. I'm pretty sure I know where they get some of their plants, and I know that supplier has had great plants at other stores that are bug-free, so I think it must be something with HD's network and how they handle/store the plants in the meantime, I don't know. IN ANY CASE, avoid them!

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Thanks! The original begonia and I go way back, it was a wedding present for my parents.

    Home Depot's bug problem is probably because big box hardware stores have very forgiving return policies on plants.

    The idea is that if we sell you a bum ficus or whatever, you can bring back the dead stalk and we’ll refund it. But if you bring back a healthy-looking plant because it didn’t tie the room together or you were just borrowing a thousand dollars' worth of Japanese maples for a wedding reception or it has a horrible infestation or whatever, things could get complicated.

    The training for garden workers makes it clear that putting a returned plant back on the shelf is like someone walking into a fast food joint and returning a burger, and an employee just popping it back under the heat lamp because it still has the paper on it. But if you don't have a nursery specialist that yells at people all the time about the time a mite infestation from a returned plant wiped out the nursery for a season, or maybe the store manager doesn't want to throw ten perfectly good trees in the trash compactor, they could end up back on the shelf. Especially since the folks doing the returns usually aren't the people trained to work in the garden.

    If your outdoor plants get infested, you pretty much just wait until winter. But the only way to clear out the indoor garden section is to wait until winter, cancel all outstanding orders, throw away all your plants, scrub down, and start from scratch. And even then you'll still probably get reinfested from a remnant population hiding out in the birdseed or coconut planters or something.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    @NightDragon my peace lily always had brown tips as well. I read it's caused by watering with tap water, especially if your water is hard. I never tested it though because any plant so precious it demands I catch rainwater for it is not welcome in my house.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    pfah you call this water?

    Do better my servant!

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    @NightDragon my peace lily always had brown tips as well. I read it's caused by watering with tap water, especially if your water is hard. I never tested it though because any plant so precious it demands I catch rainwater for it is not welcome in my house.

    I would have guessed that too, but since I know some plants are sensitive to that, I've use filtered water for the past few years. Maybe it's not enough? Not a clue.

  • sponospono Mining for Nose Diamonds Registered User regular
    Terrible news

    My cactus has fallen

    This glorious San Pedro cactus stood 15 or so feet tall and produced amazing flowers once a year

    It fell over last night and it's roots are severed

    I'm honestly distraught at losing this noble giant of a plant

    A quick search says that the tips can be cut off, dried, and will eventually start rooting on their own, so there may be hope of growing a clone

    RIP Cactus

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    I’m sorry, that was a magnificent cactus :(

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    My potato plants are dying!

    I am so excited!

    I've had minimal luck with my yellow courgette/zucchini this year. almost no female flowers, and very few bees around to pollinate those which were there. same with my cucumber. I've got my 3rd cucumber on the plant currently. Might need to rethink just how many flowers I need to plant out with the veggies and up the quotient.

    Strawberries went well this year, but I'm going to need to get a bigger spot/container/area for them next year as I'd like to increase my harvest a bit more.

    Need to get my new lettuce plants in the pots, as well as my new parsley and beans. also bought some foxgloves for flowers

    New compost bin is all put together and ready to go and I'm really starting on trying to plan what I want to work on turning my yard into for the next 2 springs.

    I have plans, fam.

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  • sponospono Mining for Nose Diamonds Registered User regular
    More photos of the cactus, from 2018's flowering:


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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Einzel wrote: »
    Skeith wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    It's only indoors during the winter and it picked a horrible time to start fruiting (fall). I once had another pineapple plant that fruited and it'll turn a proper gold color on the stalk when it's ready. I hope the fruit gets a little larger still though.

    It looks like it has another year or so of growth ahead of it. I'd expect to double in size, more likely triple. Did you start it from a cutting or from seeds?

    It was a top from a Walmart pineapple.

    It'll be a bit smaller than the mother fruit, in that case. The thing about using pineapple tops is that while it shaves like six months off the growth time, it'll also result in smaller fruit.

    mts wrote: »
    heres how i see it being a total win situation for you
    1. stay with your wife while she dog sits. this wins husband points since she knows its out of your comfort zone
    2. have sex all over her friends house so that the next time you see her friend look at you condescendingly, you can wink back knowing you did the freaky deaky where she eats her cheerios.
  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    Skeith wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    Skeith wrote: »
    Einzel wrote: »
    It's only indoors during the winter and it picked a horrible time to start fruiting (fall). I once had another pineapple plant that fruited and it'll turn a proper gold color on the stalk when it's ready. I hope the fruit gets a little larger still though.

    It looks like it has another year or so of growth ahead of it. I'd expect to double in size, more likely triple. Did you start it from a cutting or from seeds?

    It was a top from a Walmart pineapple.

    It'll be a bit smaller than the mother fruit, in that case. The thing about using pineapple tops is that while it shaves like six months off the growth time, it'll also result in smaller fruit.

    It also started growing a new plant bud (there's a special name I can never remember) under the pineapple, too. Those are supposed to grow better?

  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
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    Houseplants are all doing well!

    Top, from L-R: My remaining (and oldest) peace lily, don’t know wtf happened to the other two to kill them but this one is doing just fine *shrug*
    Bird’s Nest Fern - a couple of the leaves got a little crispy under the grow light so I moved it to a shadier spot and it’s thriving
    Coffee plant - growing well!
    Croton - some new growth. I also have a giant one in my bathroom that’s doing just fine with very little care! Would recommend for a bathroom 100%

    Bottom:
    Fern whose name I forget: Got a bit too pale, so again, moved to a shadier spot and it perked back up
    String of pearls - doesn’t look like much here but has a ton of new growth! I still think these succulents are fugly (Anya chose it) but it works in the equally fugly head pot and I am rather fond of it now
    Nerve plant - doesn’t look like much but it’s actually doubled in size since I bought it as a teeny weeny lil thing
    Pinstripe plant - still cool as heck, supposedly a fussy plant but it’s been low maintenance so far!

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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    Janson your counterspace is being overrun by greenery!

  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    I love you String of Pearls. I'm saving up some money to find myself a cool head planter like that and get one for in the bathroom for a shelf I haven't built yet.

    Anya's got good taste!

    Janson
  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    What an AMAZING cactus that was! And @Janson those look awesome! That teal ceramic face-pot scared the shit out of me for a second because it looks almost identical to a plant pot I made in high school (only difference being mine had a white glaze). Also: excellent plant choice for that pot! :razz:

    Thank you all for continuing to make The Plant Thread™ so wonderful. :heartbeat:

    I LOVE THIS THREAD

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    I love how ferns be, they're so hard to find in NY though.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    I love how ferns be, they're so hard to find in NY though.

    whaaat?

    my moms place in NY is basically 80% ferns

    I think most of westchester county is

  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    I love how ferns be, they're so hard to find in NY though.

    whaaat?

    my moms place in NY is basically 80% ferns

    I think most of westchester county is

    Oh yeah there are wild varieties everywhere.

    Getting them in a store is hard as shit though, because everyone wants flowering plants.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    bowen wrote: »
    Xaquin wrote: »
    bowen wrote: »
    I love how ferns be, they're so hard to find in NY though.

    whaaat?

    my moms place in NY is basically 80% ferns

    I think most of westchester county is

    Oh yeah there are wild varieties everywhere.

    Getting them in a store is hard as shit though, because everyone wants flowering plants.

    oh I see what you mean

  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    Thanks to this thread I'm going to blow the other half of my home depot gift card on plants today.

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  • PeasPeas Registered User regular
    Creating Scenery on a Crescent Moon【三日月に風景を作る】 10:17

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  • KamiroKamiro Registered User regular
    The garlic I planted in October is finally poking out of the dirt!

    I had thought maybe I planted them too deep. So far it's just one row, let's hope the others come up as well.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    i harvested my garlic the other day!

    I actually got about 3 good bulbs out of 6 planted. Pretty stoked.

    Apparently the secret timing with Garlic is plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest day.

    We just put in some new romaine lettuce out back, and some dwarf french beans. Potatoes are almost ready. and I'm almost giving up on my yellow zucchini. It's just not getting pollinated and they are just getting to tiny size and then dying and rotting. Cucumber plant is doing ok, I've at least got a cucumber on it, my 3rd one this summer!

    Strawberries are still going, and the capsicums are looking amazing! still waiting for an eggplant to appear, but i've had lots of flowers, so just... waiting.

    I've got borage in full flower for the bees, and have just planted out some more marigolds and some foxgloves to try and attract more bees. my tomato plants are actually giving me tomatoes, but I don't eat tomatoes anymore so.... sigh.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    I got a pitcher plant!

    I have no idea what to do with it, but it's hanging in the kitchen in hopes it'll help keep the flies down a bit.

    they are not the most... aesthetically pleasing looking plants.

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  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    We got rid of the previous bugs (spider mites) and now we're on to a gnat whose larvae are swarming my peach trees. I'm half ready to just set them outside and let them have a proper wintering. Would that harm the plants since they're still so tiny?

  • DoodmannDoodmann Registered User regular
    This weekend I planted a mango tree, a Jalapeno plant and an Elephant Ear plant.

    I also threw clover and california poppy seeds everywhere, hopefully something pops up.

    I have a drip feed kit coming in tomorrow and if I can keep the three main things alive for the next month I'm going to get more broad leaf plants for the front and a lime tree for next to the mango tree. We shall see.

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  • JansonJanson Registered User regular
    I also scattered poppy seeds everywhere! Hopefully at least a few will grow.

    So I need to adjust my plants’ light. I think it’s either too strong or too close to the plants as a couple have slightly crispy leaves. I put my coffee plant and pinstripe plant onto a windowsill to get more natural light for a few days (I figure with it being so cloudy and wintertime that it won’t be too strong. I wish I had better light in our house, the living room is SO dark!

    Anyway... here’s what is mildly pissing me off. My office plants are doing WONDERFULLY. They’re all beautiful shades of green and all they get is fluorescent light (none on the weekends!) and water. I keep forgetting to bring in fertilizer.

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