What plant is on your mind?

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What plant is on your mind?

An area of The Sill dedicated to conversations about plants and gardening in the form of posted messages and threads.

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Plant Show and Tell

  • Moonlight Philodendron fully bloomed
    It finally bloomed! I’m obsessed. I’ve taken so many photos haha! I have never been so inspired by a plant. Oof! 
  • Fittonias (aka last show and tell post until I start buying more plats again in ...
    Hello,
    The last photo to share my collection (its hard to take a photo of all of them together and its easy to separate them by types) The red variety is the first plant I ever bought and started the obsession. I got him from my local plant nursery and he's much happier than his pot appears. My white variety I got from the grocery store and he's gotten so tall and is in my only decorative pot. 
  • Plant Family Portrait
    My happy family:)
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      Lizzie LOVE the orange pot with the bright green leaves!
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      Pei [289890,Yecenia] you have to share your secret!!! Do you have a humidifier for your plants?
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      Erin Oooo so cute! Your pinstripe calathea is beautiful.
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  • Enough Prayer Plants to share
    Hello,
    I've finally had good lighting to gather together my three prayer plants to take a nice picture of them to share. One I ordered from houseplantshop on etsy (the yellow/white vein variety... I forgot what exactly they call it) and the other large red one I got from my local grocery story very over-watered (my guilty obsession is grocery store plants I know aren't doing well lol.) The small red prayer plant hiding next to them I got from my local nursery. I was someone who was more into smaller plants when I first got these and they have slowly crept and took over. Crazy how big they can get when they are happy!
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      Celia Skelton I'm so jealous! Mine isn't looking so hot. Maybe I should try misting...
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      Pei they are SO happy [291379,Alyssa Rogers]! I had poor luck with Calathea. They often get leggy on me which i know it's from not getting enough light :(

      what other plants do you have? Curious to know if they are all this happy!
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      Erin Wow these are gorgeous! Do you do anything extra to keep humidity high? I don't see crispy tips - so jealous.
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  • Happy Calathea Babies
    Hello,
    Anyone else out there love calatheas and struggle to not buy every single kind??? The next on my list are ornata (pinstripe) and white fusion. My local nursery always has a million pinstripes, but I ran out of room on my plant shelf and am on a no buy until spring.
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      Paris Lalicata So beautiful!!
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      Jam Y8 Wow your calatheas look amazing! congratulations!! I'm still a little intimidated by them. Maybe one day! :P
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      PlntNrd Wow!!! Your Calatheas look very healthy and happy in your home. If you look through this, and any other, plant forum, you’ll see lots of posts about browning, dry leaves, and various other issues with fussy Calatheas. You should be very proud of how happy and stunning yours look. Really beautiful!!!
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  • New growth and bloom on moonlight philodendron
    Great new growth on my moonlight philodendron. It’s never bloomed for me before! I’ve found this to be a very rewarding plant to care for. The neon leaves are so satisfying to catch peeking out! Highly recommend! 
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      PlntNrd Ooooh, so beautiful! I just bought one a few days ago, I can’t wait for it to come!!
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      Pei WOAH!!!!! That color.....
      What kind of light do you have [287464,Lizzie]? Mine is not doing great :(

      I read that you can give your plants fertilizer year-round if your plant is actively growing even in the winter time. Have you tried?
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      Lizzie And this is a baby one that propagated itself a year ago and is also doing well.
      X
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  • Plantaholic here to share my obsession & help!
    Hi there!

    My name’s Gracie and I’m a new plantaholic. I got my first houseplant (in my current collection) last October, and have been building my plant collection ever since. These are just a few of my babies! I’ve learned a LOT the last few months and can now say with confidence that I have a decent green thumb! I’m here to share my plants with you guys and to help with troubleshooting, identification, etc!

    Happy to be here! 🌱🤸🏼‍♀️
    -Gracie-
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      Janine G So I typed this huge reply and it disappeared!!!! Basically I water violets 2x a week. I water on the soil. I literally soak the entire top of the soil... make a puddle. Then stop. I mean the entire top of the dirt. Do that twice a week with water NOT fresh from the tap. They light bright light and can tolerate a little bit of direct sun. If you see yellow spots on the leaves, that is sunburn.

      If you see any little new leaf sprouts coming from anywhere but the center of the plant, nip them off. You can try to sprout them in water or soil, I never had luck with that. You can mist them occasionally, and I touch the leaves and rub them and tell them how BEAUTIFUL they are! Talk to them... I even have a song I made up and I sing to them... Everybody looks GOOD , Everbody looks GREAT!!!!! They like that. HA.. I'm insane.

      When their "neck" gets long they have to be trimmed down. Sometimes I have success with that, sometimes not. My MIL puts a baggie over them when she trims them and does this little incubator thing. At my house it's survival of the fittest!!!! That goes for people, too! :)

      Rotate them around in the light.. try to keep them growing straight in their pot. I don't think they are hard to grow at all. Sometimes they are just old and they die off ….like us! I have a little tiny one that I bought that way, I got my MIL one too. Hers looks ROUGH. Has like 5 leaves on it. Mine looks exactly like it did from day one. WOOOOT!!!

      I don't really have great luck with Fern type plants. I have a Birds Nest fern... has some dry tips.... anything that likes real humidity, I struggle to keep them looking good. So that is my advice!!
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      Janine G I counted this weekend and I have 71 plants. 22 of those are African violets and then a crazy mix of just whatever ! I need to stay out of plant stores and home improvement stores "sad plant" sections. I am also trying to propagate succulents right now. I broke out the old Aerogarden this weekend. I am using the light part to try to get these succulent sprouts moving. I also rescued another violet that was sad. I trimmed it down and found it had another plant growing UNDER the soil! It was a little tiny violet plant about one inch high and wide. How does that happen? I cleaned it off and planted it in a little pot. Let's see what happens.
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      Vil The fiddle fig😍😍..
      Beautiful plants
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  • Henry
    I am so excited about taking on plant parenthood and just wanted to share my Philodendron. His name is Henry. I can’t wait to get more plant babies! 
  • Welcome to the family!
    Just bought three new plants for my apartment from The Sill! Giving them time to get  acclimated to their new home before I repot them! Is it weird that I named them? 
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      Celia Skelton What is the cute little tree on the right?
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      PlntNrd Congratulations! They’re beautiful. And it’s not weird if it makes you happy. I do not name mine and, apparently, I’m the only one here who doesn’t. So I guess that makes me the weirdo! I have hundreds of plants now, and maybe this is a bad excuse, but I feel like it’s just too many to name. I don’t have enough room in my brain :)
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      Julia Ramirez I love naming them!! Yours are so pretty!
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  • Pinstripe Calathea
    Sam (LES shop) invited me to share my pics of my babies. This is my Party Girl, Parker Posey. I got her in September, and she is thriving beautifully.
  • Blooming pencil cactus
    Never seen this before! Also recently learned a couple other things about this plant: Despite the name it's actually a euphorbia, a succulent, and not a cactus. If it starts off trailing (like mine) it will stay that way, versus growing into a tall plant. The clear sap that pencils produce (the little bubbles on the stems) is toxic and can give you a bad rash.
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      Beth The sap can also cause anaphylactic shock and more sunlight reddens the cactus making it look orange. I haven’t bought one of these myself, but dang those flowers are really cute!
  • Show me Your Favorite Planters & Pots!
    I like having a unique collection of pots. What's your favorite?
  • Moroccan dream
    If you’re ever going to Marrakech, you MUST stay at El Fenn Riad in the Medina. Their way of using plants in the interior is beyond beautiful. 
  • Battle of the ferns
    My button fern(Pellaea rotundifolia) has recently moved into my shower! Since ferns love humidity and crisp up very quickly this is the only place in my house during the winter where she stays a little happy.

    Any other humidity ideas?
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      PlntNrd Just curious, do you have a window in your bathroom? I would love to put some of my plants in the bathroom, but I have no windows.
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      Elana You could put a tray of pebbles underneath a plant and make sure to keep that 1/2 filled with water. When the water evaporates the plants will get that extra humidity! Also grouping plants together increases humidity. And getting a humidifier always works!
  • My Beloved Silver Dollar Vine
    Is she a beauty or not?