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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
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Gina1960
Apr 5, 2019 3:48 AM CST
SO I now have some houseplants, in my new paludarium! Two of my cloud forest bromeliads have a permanent home, with a Bulbophyllum orchid, living blanket moss, Hoya curtisii, Rhaphidophora, Arrowhead plant, pilea, dendrobium cane orchid, scindapsis, and dischidia. No fish yet, have to let the tank cycle a while.
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Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 5, 2019 10:49 AM CST
Had to look up paludarium; very cool!
Here are a few of my houseplants:

Gryphon Begonia
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Streptocarpella
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Schlumbergera blooming for the 3rd time since Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct)
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Trio of Streptocarpus- More blooms coming now that days are getting longer,
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Hippeastrum "Minerva"
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Juncus
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Hamwild
Apr 5, 2019 11:39 AM CST
Wow, a Juncus indoors! I just planted one outdoors in the wet part of one of my garden beds. Lovey dubby
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 5, 2019 6:14 PM CST
Oh my I used to have that Juncus!! Out in the ponds. Now I want it again! Your plants are lovely Debbie!
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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Apr 5, 2019 11:02 PM CST
Debbie, your plants look great! I love that Gryphon begonia. Lovey dubby
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 6, 2019 8:15 AM CST
Thank You! Hamwild ,Gina, and Frenchy. The Juncus does wonderful as a houseplant; very lowcare other than watering it often to keep it wet in the south facing exposure. I'll have it outdoors for the summer months. I have a few other tender perennials that I overwinter indoors. Btw, I love your Foxtail Fern in your avatar picture Hamwild; I 've been planning to get one of those. Really shouldn't because I have plenty of houseplants to look after already but what can I say? I love my plants!
Frenchy, I have a real fondness for begonias so I really like Gryphon. It lost some of its vibrant coloration over the winter and a fair number of leaves but now that the days are getting longer it is starting to put on new growth again. The flowers were very attractive.
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Hamwild
Apr 6, 2019 8:20 AM CST
Thank You! I've had it for going on five years (or it has already been five years, I don't remember that much). It could probably be bigger, but I let it get too dry sometimes. It's definitely a favorite! I keep it outside year-round, but it stays on the patio close to the corner wall, so I don't think it feels the cold there. But, if it does freeze, I stick it in our shed for extra precaution.
Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Apr 13, 2019 10:49 AM CST
Love seeing everyone's gorgeous plants! So happy that spring is finally here, and my plants are starting to grow like crazy! And...My bougainvillea is in bloom, so I have to share!
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Name: Frenchy
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Frenchy21
Apr 13, 2019 11:31 AM CST
Megan, your plants are so pretty and healthy! Love that bougainvillea. Lovey dubby Do you keep it inside all year?
Name: Debbie
Manitoba, Canada (Zone 3a)
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DebbieC
Apr 13, 2019 12:55 PM CST
Beautiful assortment of plants Megan. I've often thought of trying a bougainvillea and overwintering it indoors; is it difficult? That hot pink colour is gorgeous!
Name: Megan
RI (Zone 6b)
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Megos1286
Apr 13, 2019 7:35 PM CST
Thank you all! The Bougainvillea lives outdoors in full sun as soon as it's warm enough. The only trouble is that I bring it back indoors whenever it is supposed to rain so it doesn't get overwatered.

During the winter I leave it in a south west window and water when the leaves start to wilt. It does not like to be moved, it will drop many leaves. We had a lot of trouble with this when we first got it, the poor plant lost nearly every leaf, and would drop all it's leaves again if I looked at it the wrong way! I use bougainvillea fertilizer and that seems to have helped with leaf drop.

I have seen a verigated bougainvillea at a local nursery that has orange blooms, I may give it a go!

Debbie, your Streptocarpus are stunning. Mine won't bloom and I think is receiving too much sunlight as the leaves are much lighter than yours. Mine is in an East facing window, on the windowsill. How far are yours from a window, and what direction does the window face? Do you have any tips and tricks for them!

Thank You!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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Gina1960
Apr 15, 2019 5:29 AM CST
I am so behind! Spent this weekend down in Sarasota moving my daughter out of her apartment before she graduates college. Back home now and so much work to do! But I DID score her huge 75 gallon 'breeder' reptile tank so my new habitat for unusual houseplants is definitely in the works.
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Apr 15, 2019 8:35 AM CST
@Megos1286,
I have my streps about 2-3 feet from a south patio door as my home only has north or south facing light. I know that east or west facing light is recommended; perhaps you just need to move yours just a little further away from your east window? As far as blooming goes what I have learned from research is that they respond to longer hours of daylight ( and I note mine are putting out more bloom stalks now that the days are lengthening), like to be repotted/divided each spring ( more blooms from new crowns) and like a steady supply of diluted fertilizer higher in middle number. Hope this helps! I love these plants and plan on adding a few more if spring ever gets here. Grumbling Snowing again this morning; Thumbs down Thumbs down
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Hamwild
Apr 15, 2019 9:34 AM CST
Gina1960 said:I am so behind! Spent this weekend down in Sarasota moving my daughter out of her apartment before she graduates college. Back home now and so much work to do! But I DID score her huge 75 gallon 'breeder' reptile tank so my new habitat for unusual houseplants is definitely in the works.


Oh my. I'm going to need you to send me that tank. I have a wild hamster (not wild as in wild, but she's full of energy) that could use it. Green Grin!
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Apr 15, 2019 12:17 PM CST
Phalaenopsis Baldan's Kaleidoscope has all its blooms out:

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April edition of blooms forming on Hoya Shooting Star still on that solo peduncle:
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Nepenthes carnivores, with its new pitchers this Spring:
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This one waiting for the pitcher to fully open, actively growing now with stronger light levels it gets. As long as it continues making new leaves and new pitchers, I am so happy with it!
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 15, 2019 12:28 PM CST
@Hamwild I scored the grow light set up too but unfortunately the box with the reptile dripper (they used to have a chameleon) got left behind Sad This tank is so big its a monster. We left it outside until I can get it cleaned out. I got a screen hood too but don't think I will need it.
@tarev beautiful stuff!
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Hamwild
Apr 15, 2019 3:13 PM CST
Gina1960 said:@Hamwild I scored the grow light set up too but unfortunately the box with the reptile dripper (they used to have a chameleon) got left behind Sad This tank is so big its a monster. We left it outside until I can get it cleaned out. I got a screen hood too but don't think I will need it.
@tarev beautiful stuff!


Oh nice! Thumbs down on the dripper. I can imagine! It takes the two of us to pick up my 40g tanks and they're not close to the weight of yours!

Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Apr 15, 2019 7:20 PM CST
I thought I might be able to reconfigure the dripper somehow into a wet-wall thingamajig but its probably in the dumpster now. I have several small pumps that might make a water exchange feature, there's plenty of room in this tank for that...a beach, a waterfall, it'll be fun. I already scored 2 sale diffienbachias for it! They are being held over in the greenhouse until I am ready. Also will probably have some cuttings from my Monstera dubia by that time, and I have a Marcgravia that is putting on a lot of new growth. I'm going to experiment around with this one a lot. I like the idea of a Nepenthes like @tarev has, will those grow mounted as epiphytes??
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Hamwild
Apr 16, 2019 10:03 AM CST
My Croton is about to bloom:


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Apr 17, 2019 1:02 AM CST
Say hello to Maisel.

She never has a bad hair day.

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