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  • PLAPLA The process.Registered User regular
    I've had some of those. Now I only have a fragile-looking cactus.
    And I have a problem with everything growing too much every time I look away for a second.

  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    Re-potted my tomatoes into bigger pots this evening, and started some herbs in pots in my little bump-out window. Growing two pots of basil, some thyme, rosemary to transplant outside next spring, and some dill.

    My zucchini is in a big black pot outside because I haven’t made a good spot in the garden yet for it, and we’ve harvested off of it twice but it’s leaves are pretty sickly and yellow.

    I’ve harvested a lot of blueberries this year though, and a shit ton of beets and lettuce. Onions are doing okay, but we’re really just sort of experimenting this year with the garden space, learning what goes well where. This is the first year in this house we’re gardening, so it’s a lot of trial and error.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    SO, I made the mistake of mixing a potting soil that holds water for too long and doesn't dry out in my apartment. This same mix was fine when I was in New England, but apparently it's so humid here that the top of the soil in some of my plant pots just.......never dries out (I mean it does, but it may take 2+ weeks, which is crazy).

    This has resulted in some of the low-light plants gathering a bit of white mold/fungus on the top layer of the soil. Luckily it's a very common type of fungus/mold, and doesn't hurt the plants at all, but I've had to buy materials to create a faster-draining mix for even the "prefers moist soil" types of plants to avoid this. Having a fast-draining soil for the plants that, on paper, prefer more damp soil is...not intuitive! But hopefully after mixing enough sand and gravel and chunky bits into this new mix, I can remove the top soil of the Problem Soils, add this new mix on top, and life will be good.

  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    All of my pots have a healthy dose of the white fungus on them. The clay ones, anyway.

  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    Einzel wrote: »
    All of my pots have a healthy dose of the white fungus on them. The clay ones, anyway.

    Yeah, I had one terracotta pot and not only did it develop the white mold/fungus, it started developing black mold on the outer surface of the pot :|...so that was an immediate no-go for me.

    I don't want my plants smelling like mildew, but I also was concerned about the air quality if I let the mold/fungus proliferate. Also makes a solid breeding ground for fungus gnats.

    Replaced the top inch+ of soil on all the problem plants last night, so we'll see how this second round goes. I got a "fast draining" mix made for cacti and succulents...it still felt/looked a bit too peaty, so I added additional gravel, sand, and perlite. Crossing my fingers!

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    my thyme and dill both died, I think due to the creatures that have infested all of my herbs (except the oregano, when they do not care for, apparently)

    the basil is surviving still

    I should probably get something to take care of the bugs though

  • ElaroElaro Mister No Fun AllowedRegistered User regular
    Shorty wrote: »
    my thyme and dill both died, I think due to the creatures that have infested all of my herbs (except the oregano, when they do not care for, apparently)

    the basil is surviving still

    I should probably get something to take care of the bugs though

    If the answer to your bug problem isn't "more, different, bugs", my father and @BugBoy will be very disappointed.

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  • ShortyShorty JUDGE BROSEF Registered User regular
    Elaro wrote: »
    Shorty wrote: »
    my thyme and dill both died, I think due to the creatures that have infested all of my herbs (except the oregano, when they do not care for, apparently)

    the basil is surviving still

    I should probably get something to take care of the bugs though

    If the answer to your bug problem isn't "more, different, bugs", my father and BugBoy will be very disappointed.

    I can't really introduce a bunch of bugs to the inside of my apartment

  • BugBoyBugBoy boy.EXE has stopped functioning. only bugs remainRegistered User regular
    Ladybugs love to hang out in apartments, and they’re good friends to plants. Depending on where you are, some will probably show up free of charge when the weather gets cold.

    Bugs: the cheap, natural solution to every problem

    You see lots of things, out there in the swamp at night. Some of them might even be real. But the Bugboy? That's just plain impossible.
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  • PinfeldorfPinfeldorf Realtor Santa ClaritaRegistered User regular
    BugBoy wrote: »
    Ladybugs love to hang out in apartments, and they’re good friends to plants. Depending on where you are, some will probably show up free of charge when the weather gets cold.

    Bugs: the cheap, natural solution to every problem

    Please show your math.

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    Found this on imgur while looking for gifs to post and thought you folks might appreciate it.

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    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.
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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    Okay plant thread, I'm back.

    On Saturday or Sunday morning this weekend I plan to go up to the massive street of plant nurseries here and buy some greenery finally. Buuut I don't 100% trust the opinions of plant salespeople and I'd like some advice, if any of you have any, on what to buy.

    First, space - I've got five spots where I'd like to put plants:
    1. West-Southwest facing outdoor window planter. About 12" deep and probably 12" in depth?
    2. West-Southwest facing indoor floor-to-ceiling bay window area. Needs to be a single-pot something because I'd like it to go behind or beside my armchairs.
    3. South-facing outdoor window planter, same dimensions as no. 1
    4. On top of my bookshelves - indoors, no direct sunlight, something that grows more horizontal vine-y than vertical or else it will hit the ceiling.
    5. On my apartment doorstep - it's a partial-shelter (open to the outdoors but with glass blinds that can open and close to keep out rain) with no direct sunlight.

    Next, climate - I live in Singapore. The outdoor temperature is between 26 and 32 (Celsius, obviously) every day 365 days a year. The humidity is around 80% every day, sometimes higher, rarely lower. Almost every day is equatorial-sunny with a bout of thunderstorms/rain at some point. The outdoor window planters get direct sunlight at least part of the day. The bay window gets a ton of direct sunlight in the afternoon to evening, but I keep my living room at an air conditioned (read: NOT humid) 25 degrees so the dog doesn't overheat while I'm at work.

    Last, attention - I'm at the office 5 days a week and travel overseas at least once a quarter for work, so please don't recommend orchids, as I will surely kill them.

    Orchids aside, does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on what plants might fit these spaces? Singapore is often called the "Garden City" because it's so tropical and green, and the majority of outdoor balconies in the city are overrun with plants, but short of standing outside of the homes of strangers with my Trees and Plants of Singapore book, I'm not sure how to figure out what they're growing in such abundance.

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  • RankenphileRankenphile Passersby were amazed by the unusually large amounts of blood.Registered User, Moderator mod
    You should probably trust the plant folks, unless you've got a particularly good reason not to. They tend to know the region pretty well, in my experience, and are good at recommending plants that fit the level of maintenance and the climate you're in. Just tell them what you're looking for and what your environment is you'll put them in and how much care you're able or willing to provide.

  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    Ehhh I just feel like they're always like "Buy this expensive one! It's expensive!"

    I guess I don't like going in from a position of ignorance and trusting someone whose job is to get me to spend as much money as possible.

    It's possible that working with contractors and external vendors has permanently soured me on trusting any salesperson for anything at all.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    Might be a good idea to take pictures of the plants they have to offer, and look up the plant type and care needs afterwards. That's what I did here, just to make sure I knew what was available to me first (and also so I could independently verify the specific requirements for each plant, and make sure it would be happy in my apartment).

    #4 would be a great fit for a pothos plant though...I have mine on a shelf that gets bright/ medium indirect light, but they're supposed to be some of the easiest and most resilient indoor plants you can get, and can handle lower light environments from what I remember. When it gets long and viney I'll either move it to a higher shelf or extend the vines along the shelf horizontally. :)

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    Thanks to this thread I went out and bought a plant friend today. Also because I'm studying a horticulture course but don't have my own garden so I should probably have some houseplants to practice keeping green things alive. So now I have a Spathiphyllum study buddy on my desk.

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  • RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    edited July 2018
    I'm generally of the opinion that if you're gonna go to the trouble of taking care of a plant, it ought to at least be a useful plant.

    As in something edible.

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  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    RT800 wrote: »
    I'm generally of the opinion that if you're gonna go to the trouble of taking care of a plant, it ought to at least be a useful plant.

    As in something edible.

    Like nightshade.

  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    RT800 wrote: »
    I'm generally of the opinion that if you're gonna go to the trouble of taking care of a plant, it ought to at least be a useful plant.

    As in something edible.

    Plants convert the earth's atmosphere into a non-toxic form that is crucial for humans to exist. I'd say that's pretty useful!

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  • RT800RT800 Registered User regular
    RT800 wrote: »
    I'm generally of the opinion that if you're gonna go to the trouble of taking care of a plant, it ought to at least be a useful plant.

    As in something edible.

    Plants convert the earth's atmosphere into a non-toxic form that is crucial for humans to exist. I'd say that's pretty useful!

    So do edible plants.

    But edible plants have the added benefit of being edible.

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  • 3clipse3clipse I will build a labyrinth to house the cheese Registered User regular
    RT800 wrote: »
    I'm generally of the opinion that if you're gonna go to the trouble of taking care of a plant, it ought to at least be a useful plant.

    As in something edible.

    Yeah, that's why I eat all my cats and dogs.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    Indoor plants make me happy to be around them and look at them

    Mood-boosting is a very useful trait

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    Hmm yeah plant shopping was a huge bust. Apparently you can have an entire city block worth of plants and not one employee who can tell you anything about anything.

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  • EinzelEinzel Registered User regular
    Not mine but I saw these on IG yesterday and thought they were dreamy!

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  • PLAPLA The process.Registered User regular
    I got a hardy plant, a finicky plant, and a plastic cactus. We'll see which lasts the longest.
    I'm running out of space. Do NASA make deliveries?

  • DisruptedCapitalistDisruptedCapitalist rugged, weathered Registered User regular
    I'd have more indoor plants if only my cat would stop eating them and then puking all over the place.

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  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    I just took most of my plants to live with The Former Mrs. Jedoc. I'm down to two pots of some kind of immortal angel wing begonia my parents got for their wedding, but I've got a swap situation with my book club that should get me some aloe and a baby spider plant. Just need to get some cuttings started.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava Call me Ahava Move to New ZealandRegistered User regular
    I bought some strawberries yesterday!

    They're in a planter!

    I also got some sage and parsley.

    And I'm planning on getting a lemon tree, and a jacaranda.

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  • PLAPLA The process.Registered User regular
    Pretty good harvest for strawberries, this year.

  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    I did it! After rage-quitting the one florist, I went to another that isn't a chain, and their plants looked much nicer and the guy was super helpful.

    So now I have plants!

    Pothos, at your recommendation, for the bookshelf:

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    This... tall man... which I don't know the name of, for the bay window:

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    Annnd Japanese laurel? I think?

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    I like that view, is that like a small park or something?

    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    Thanks! I love my view, it's one of the reasons I just renewed my lease. It's actually just that my building property is on a street corner that's shaped like a pie piece, and my unit faces the... pointy end of the pie? - so rather than a building right next door, I look out over the pool and then the trees lining the streets to the left and right before they meet up. It's really nice!

    Also it helps that it's equatorial, so trees all grow like crazypants here.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I read Pothos as Planthos and now think you should name your four plants after the 4 Musketeers

    but after mulling it over for a bit, Planthos is the only clever one I can think of

  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    It's too late anyway, the ones on the left are Achilles and Patroclus and the ones on the right are Gertrude and Alice.

    Still could use help with the tallman and the laurel though

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    Audrey II and Wilton Burl

  • JedocJedoc Take a look. It's in a book. It was always in a book, you fool.Registered User regular
    Name the laurel Yanny.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    Jedoc wrote: »
    Name the laurel Yanny.

    This is perfection

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  • PLAPLA The process.Registered User regular
    I was thinking of Hardy.

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  • NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    UuuuuUUUUGH I was wondering why my otherwise healthy-looking ivy plant was starting to have some leaves curl downward...upon further inspection, they're curling because there are HELLA spider mites all over the goddamn thing, and their webs are pulling the leaves. FUCK SPIDER MITES. They've just about ruined my palm over the last few weeks too. :\ That palm started out rough - I bought it for ~$30 from Home Depot, while remembering that the last time I'd bought a plant from Home Depot, it had pest issues...and then learned quickly there were pests in the soil. Luckily not a type of pest that will harm an established plant, but once I realized it had spider mites, I went nuclear on the leaves with dish soap spray and some areas of the plant are not looking...great. On the plus side, I can't detect any moving bugs on the leaves, so once I rinse the leaves off it miiiiight be okay?

    Just ordered some Neem oil for the first time...luckily my ivy is very small, so I can put the entire plant in my kitchen sink and blast the leaves to high heaven with the faucet sprayer thing. Going to do that and then hope I can get rid of the mites completely with the Neem oil. :(

    #fuckspidermites

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I've moved into a new place and it has a big, weird, empty corner that is begging for something to be put in it. I don't need any more furniture, and I probably have enough lamps, so I was thinking of ... maybe ... getting a plant??!?
    Only I need something really hard to kill because while I'm good at remembering basic stuff like adding water, I'm bad at paying attention to anything else, also I tend to go away a lot, and I have limited quantities of friends I trust with watering duties.

    Something with the same care requirements as a bundle of sticks would be ideal.

    NightDragon
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