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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 28, 2011 9:12 AM CST

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Mine varies from month to month...I love them all Big Grin

Right now I'm collecting scented geraniums, begonias, gesneriads and Hoyas.

What is your favourite?
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 28, 2011 9:42 AM CST
Oh gosh, that is a hard question! I'm like you and love most all house plants. l guess I'd say my favorites (although I wish they'd bloom more often!) are probably my Orchids and Hoyas!


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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Jul 28, 2011 9:43 AM CST

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I love Orchids too...but I can not grow them to save my life...that is a pretty one Lin!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 28, 2011 10:07 AM CST
Thanks Lee Anne. I have about 40 or so orchids now ... down from @ 60 because of some I lost to squirrels when I had them hanging out in a tree a year or so ago, and some I've lost to root rot. I learned about mounted orchids about a year ago and am now hooked on growing them in that manner. When they are mounted on wood sticks or bark it allows for greater air circulation around the roots ... no more root rot from compacted bark mix or sphagnum moss! The past couple of weeks I've been un-potting some old ones and mounting them on wood and I still have about 8 to go. This Laelia has been blooming off and on for about two months now and I'm waiting for it to stop blooming so I can get it out of the hard sphagnum and tie it bare root onto a piece of wood!

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Christine
Jul 28, 2011 2:42 PM CST
I guess I'd have to say my begonia's since they are the ones that make me the happiest when I look at them. Smiling Great post Thumbs up
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 31, 2011 3:00 PM CST
All beautiful! Lovey dubby

I guess my favorite houseplants (well, one of them anyway) are the Philodendrons. I also especially love my Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata).

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jul 31, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Tee: Very beautiful plants ... and I love the way you display them!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Jul 31, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Thanks, Lin. Smiling
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Name: Carey
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careyana
Aug 2, 2011 8:44 PM CST
Tee, speaking of Philos...the itty bitty baby orange prince is finally putting out new leaves. It's now about 3 inches tall! Hilarious!
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 3, 2011 5:37 AM CST
Yay, Carey!! Hey, we have to celebrate the small victories. Thumbs up
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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Aug 4, 2011 2:40 AM CST
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I have three favorites but only one photo to share tonight. I love my arrowhead plants. This one is 10 years old.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 4, 2011 6:35 AM CST
Nice, Becky. Sweet birdhouse too. Smiling
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 4, 2011 7:24 AM CST
Becky: Very nice indeed ... and great growing keeping an Arrowhead Vine for 10 years! I have the solid green variety growing in the yard and up the side of the screened room. The variegated variety is a favorite of mine also, there was a time when I had a bunch of it growing in a vase of water for many months. I still have some in a container out on the deck.

Another house plant I like a lot is Scindapsus pictus cv. Argyraeus, commonly called "Satin Pothos" and "Silver Philo":



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Name: Becky (Boo)
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Boopaints
Aug 4, 2011 10:12 AM CST
Lin, I love the silver pothos! I have been so busy her on ATP that I totally forgot to look for a place to unwind...this is it! Big Grin

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gardengus
Aug 6, 2011 5:42 AM CST
I think the question of favorite houseplant is like asking a favorite child , totally unfair Rolling my eyes.
I have a Norfolk island pine that hovers over my desk area that instills peace and comfort when I have to be inside .
- a hoya that perfumes the air several times a year ,that has been with me for 30+ years
- an aloe that came from my Great aunt that heals and has also been with me for over thirty years.
-and a Christmas cactus that blooms every year that came from my Grandfather when my Grandmother passed away again over thirty years ago.

Maybe I think of them as family and that is why it is so hard to choose.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 6, 2011 7:17 AM CST
gardengus said:Maybe I think of them as family and that is why it is so hard to choose.

Lovey dubby I understand perfectly ... I have a couple of plants that were given to me by my dear mom over thirty years ago, and a Hoya carnosa that was given to me @ 1976 by dear elderly friends who were in their mid 80's at the time. The friends have been gone many years now and my mom passed over six years ago, so those plants hold a lot of sentimental value for me!

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Steven
Aug 7, 2011 10:05 PM CST
Right now I am collecting gessies......a few months ago I was collecting orchids......and before that it was ferns. Rolling my eyes.
I think I'm going to be stuck on the gessies for a while though since they are somewhat cheaper then the orchids Hilarious! And they have the prettiest blooms Lovey dubby

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dogpack
Mar 14, 2012 9:06 PM CST
Anything and everything that is a plant and can be happy in the house is my favorite plant. Many, many years ago I lost all my plants and now am building my plant jungle again. I like all and depending on the what and why, i can appreciate the succulents for their abilities and different shapes, the tropicals for their love of water and leaves and sometimes their flowers, scented plants for the aromas they offer, and ...and...so...and so on...

I received some new plants today. One is the peace lily, an avocado my started, lucky bamboo, i think, 3 poinsettia, and some other stuff.

I got a Norfolk island pine for Christmas, an orchid, and three poinsettia. My jungle is growing and I'm still looking for more plants. The more plants I have the better I like it and for me they are like potato chips. You can't have just one. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Steven
Mar 18, 2012 7:41 PM CST
"Plants are like potato chips...you can't have just one!"

May I coin that as a phrase? I love it!
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Mar 19, 2012 4:23 AM CST
Very true. Green Grin! Whistling

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