I accidentally moved my previous blog post of this plant to the Sand forum, I have yet to learn how to move around the site and thus
making silly mistakes like that. Well...Anyhow, I want to remember this, so I am making another entry. I am mainly using this blog to document
knowledge that I am earning, names of plants that I have, and reporting the progress of the plants I have inside the house or, in the future months,
the ones I will be growing outside, in the yard.
This small, dwarfish Tradescantia relative is a spreading, low maintenance, hardy plant, that I can use in some pots to cover the unattractive surface.
Or I can use in some spots in the yard, to cover some parts of the soil. I am wondering though, will it be invasive and difficult to control once planted and
it's starting to spread? Noobie questions and ponderings.
When I first logged into the forum I followed the USDA hardiness zone, not the European one, as it was not an option.
But after researching my specific country, city, and part of the city climate, I decided I probably fall within the European 9b to 10b categories.
Those categories are not but a very basic guide to follow, one should always remember that even within a CITY, the zones are never the same!
Plants living in the concrete filled structure centre of Athens have got nothing to do with some of the areas on the suburbs, and even the suburbs have nothing to do with each other, for example on the North suburbs, which can easy get some decent snow days in the winter, have got nothing to do with the near the sea microclimates, which are more tropical by nature.
So, I am following the hardiness zone, based on the European chart, but I am keeping in mind the AHS heat zones, as one the major issues in the city that I live and the specific area of the city, is the excruciating heat waves that make our summers scorching.
I have to bear in mind that it is those specific factors that make the use of the Zones kinda problematic in my opinion. Other factors are the humidity ones.
The climate here is dry, I quote Costas Portocalos in the famous movie "dry as a toast". You can have some humidity in the late fall and in the winter, but most of the months the climate is benign to hot to scorching hot and dry.
We still have to have a more accurate and organized Hardiness and AHS system, the only map for Greece that I found
is so general, that it didn't even include the Islands! wow, is this uber general or what???
Than this baby dwarf Tradescantia zebrina? It is exactly the same as the normal one, the big one, but the stems,
the leaves, everything is so so tiny. I almost cried when I saw this, lol.
So beautiful, tender and delicate.
Here she is with my other new babies, a Portulacaria afra and I think, a Sedum morganianum? I'm not experienced
and I forget the names, but I really like to know them. So hopefully I will learn many of them eventually.
I could easily answer if I was questioned, that my favorite plant is the Ficus elastica Variegata.
Which is having problems.
Which is losing leaves.
Which has brown edges on most leaves.
Which I have put on pebbles to increase moisture.
Which I worry the most from my plants.
And yet, he is the one with the problem.
The guy in the nursery told me this one needs much light, very much light.
But he has light. OK, it's winter light, not all the days have sun, even here,
but the room gets its share of bright light. I wonder if I could just become more risky
and move him outside, gradually, so he can perhaps survive.
The central heating is not on yet, I'm glad for that!
And I'm also thinking to get him an additional light source and to water him better.
Dunno, just trying.
The other plants are doing well though. I have started a watering diary to somehow
learn about specific needs for each plant.
I am also starting slowly my Succulent collection, these guys must be easier to keep,
so it will be a pleasure to get my hands on some beautiful, juicy leaved sedums, I love their colors.
I don't know if I should go for hardy or tender succs, but I like tenders most!
The day is sunny today, it was raining yesterday. So, that's good for my Ficus, he will get some decent light.
I have also misted the outside pot, he is in another, bigger one, which is from terracotta. And that might
create him some additional humidity, member has told me these guys need more humidity than my home
atmosphere has probably. I think that member is right, I live in a place with dry and hot conditions.
And I realize, that however much I love tropicals, I will probably never have a decent Tropical collection.
Sigh, sigh, sigh. I love those luscious big leaved plants, I cannot express how much I do like them!
I can see different kinds of people that have plants in their home or outside, on a porch, in a pation, or in their garden.
Some would not bring a sick plant in their home, as they want beautiful and healthy plants, eye candy helping them and recharging
their need to be surrounded by beauty. Some are saviours of plants, nurses of plants, healers.
They want to give them a chance to get over their strains, or recover from a hard life. Others are Plant Artists, they use their plants, play with the
plants, are more free in their handling of them, are interested in the plant "material", the combinations, the textures, the colors. The people with a blooming
vigorous fantasy, getting their hands dirty to reach out to the glory of a glimpse of green, purple, neon beauty in every imaginable combo.
It's nice to be able to look into different types of people who all love having plants, but each with her own attitude, spirit and character towards
the plant. Plant lovers yes, that is the umbrella category, but there are subspecies under it, just like there are numerous subspecies of a plant
sometimes. Very interesting. Some would not hold on to a currently ugly looking, awkardly leaning, naked stemming, leaf twitching, brown spotted,
sick or recovering plant. They would easily replace a plant with a fresher, younger, not so tired, an old soul.
Some need their plants as a strong reminder of the beauty nature has to offer. Some are plant mommies and plant
dads, they care for them even when they are behaving in an unsuitable manner, when they are failures of plants, when they do not adjust quickly,
and sometimes when they do not adjust at all. They still care, they do their best, they get anxious over a yellow leaf, over a sign of distress, over
a drooping appearance, is it well, is it sick, how much time will it get them to recover, what medicine should I get, I love this plant!
Isn't it fascinating?