Gardening Ideas forum: The joys of having a "Weirdo Pot"

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Name: Ian
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Hagbard
Sep 16, 2017 2:18 PM CST
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So take a look at all the nonsense I've stuck into this pot - three types of Philos (heart leaf, brasil, brandi), three types of Pothos (golden, jade, neon), a Begonia rex, a prayer plant, a silver Scindapsus, and that white thing in the middle, which who the hell knows - I snipped it off a giant bush I walked past (always carry a surgically sharp knife!) somewhere in Brooklyn, and it appears to have rooted. Weird, right? And not entirely aesthetically appealing perhaps?

But there are two good reasons to do this. You don't have to waste a lot of space putting each random snip that you take into a new pot (we live in a 600 sq ft apartment), and if something breaks off during a repot, or your vines are getting too long but your plant is filled out and you don't want another version - just stick the cuttings in the weirdo pot! And the other reason is that, if you place your weirdo pot far away from all your other plants, it can act as a sort of quarantine zone for specimens you pull in from friends, street cuttings, etc.

I keep mine, a 12" Misco Flare bottom watering deal, at about medium moisture, fertilized every two months, and it hangs unobtrusively right under one of the LED lights in the bathroom which can be left on all day, since the tiny little southern window doesn't let much in. Occasionally, if a mate asks for a cutting - someone recently asked for a chunk of Philodendron Brandtiatum - you can either make a cutting, or just dig out the whole thing and pot it for them. Or if you suddenly have use for something - there you go. Since it's in the bathroom, and isolated from my grow station or the plants I have all over the apartment, if I bring in something I receive from someone else, or snip something I find in my travels, nothing I bring in with it (mildews, mites, etc) will transfer, and at the first sign of it, I can just dump the lot into the compost bin out front and start a new weirdo pot!

If you're like me, then you hate throwing away viable cuttings - so just find the least-interesting place in your flat/house/squat/whatever, far from your treasured favorites, and make a weirdo pot!

And a hearty thanks to anybody who can tell me what that strange little white thing in the center is. Since I just furtively snipped it while out for a walk (it had thousands of leaves; the eight I grabbed won't be missed), I have no idea what it is - just thought it looked neat. Green Grin!
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greene
Sep 16, 2017 2:39 PM CST
I keep a special Forsyth Pot and use it as you do for the odd bits that break off or...somehow find their way home with me. Whistling

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AnnaZ
Sep 21, 2017 10:01 PM CST
Looks like a vinca vine to me.
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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Beautiful combination! If the variegated stem in the middle is from a shrub, it might be a variety of Euonymus. A few photos from our database for comparison:







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Name: Ian
Brooklyn, NY, 11231 (Zone 6b)
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Hagbard
Sep 22, 2017 11:11 AM CST
plantladylin said:Beautiful combination! If the variegated stem in the middle is from a shrub, it might be a variety of Euonymus. A few photos from our database for comparison:





I think we have a winner! Although I'm not sure which of these it is - they all look quite similar to what I've got, and it did indeed come off a huge shrub. Here's a close-up:

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Do you happen to recognize any particular traits that would narrow it down some, @plantladylin - or could it be another cultivar entirely?

Thanks again!

Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Sep 22, 2017 12:33 PM CST
Hagbard said:I think we have a winner! Although I'm not sure which of these it is - they all look quite similar to what I've got, and it did indeed come off a huge shrub. Here's a close-up:
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Do you happen to recognize any particular traits that would narrow it down some, @plantladylin - or could it be another cultivar entirely?


Thanks so much for the Acorn 's, much appreciated! I love variegated foliage and that sure is pretty but I've never grown Euonymus so I can't even venture a guess as to which cultivar it might be. You could post that photo over on the Plant ID Forum: https://garden.org/forums/view... where someone might recognize it and be able to offer suggestions as to an exact cultivar.

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