HouseplantsPosted: February 13, 2023 Filed under: Gardening | Tags: houseplants 24 Comments
Gardening has been so depressing as all my plants were frozen this winter and I have just been cutting them back one bed at a time. So this week I thought I would show my houseplants that live on the back porch most of the year. When I vacation the plants are moved into the woods and are watered by the sprinklers. In the winter the most tender ones stay in the garage. Some of these plants have been with me for 30 to 50 years. One or two have traveled across the country at least twice and even got an airplane ride
They certainly are pretty and healthy. In the second photo, what is that on the left, with the beige and white pattern on its leaves? That’s really an eye catcher, and a nice complement to the variety of greens.
That is a Chocolate Plant or Pseuderanthemum alata. It was my mother-in-law’s plant and I have been trying to keep her plants going. I have done several posts on them if you want to search my blog. I was being lazy and not labeling the plants. You caught me. I plan to do a post on them some day with the plants’ backstory. Many are from people no longer in my life.
House plants in the North East are still in the house, keeping warm .
You do indeed have a green thumb.
I started with houseplants in college. Some of them have been with me since then.
My mother gave me a split-leaf philodendron when I first got my own apartment in D.C. It grew and grew and friends started making comments about how scary it was and did it give me nightmares. So I named it Oscar. It finally got to be so big I could no longer find a spot big enough for it, so I gave it to some friends who were moving back to Sarasota, Florida. They planted it in their back yard where it lives quite happily for several more years. It probably lived around 30 years. Since then, I’ve always had a soft spot for philodendrons When my family sees any philodendrons they say, “Oh look, there’s an Oscar.”.
That’s a great story. I bought a little tiny one my last year of college and it ended up at my parents’ house in PA. It is still living there in a pot under the care of my brother.
They look so happy! Yeah, I need to work on cutting back most plants and getting ready for spring!
It is wearing me out.
You have lots of nice green-n-color happening. This is always the tough time of winter, but hang in there–it’ll be warm and blooming up soon enough! Like you, I’m cutting back lots of biomass! My garden is in its minimalist state.
I’m seeing a few signs of life. Just finished the last big bed today. Luckily, I have a wooded area to dump all the cuttings.
You are doing well with the houseplants! I kill them all. Except one, I currently have a Prayer Plant I am enjoying watching it pray.
They never live in my house. For some reason they really like being in my woods, but I think most of them are understory plants in their native land.
So the key to successful houseplants is not having them in the house?! I love it..
It is working for me.
I am very proud of my one Prayer Plant.
I’ve several plants, pretty much all cacti, that have been with me for a number of years but I can safely say that none are 50 years old.
Love that floppy eared bunny. 🙂
Honestly, I’m sure the survivors are probably offspring.
Your plants are lovely! Love the photo of bunny sitting among the plants.
The statue is in honor of the wild bunny that lived in my yard for about 6 years. I bought enriched rabbit food for him.
They look healthy and happy Judy!
So many different shades of green. 😃 I am not so good with houseplants as they always seem to want repotting!
Plants are just below pets and kids when it comes to care.