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Name: Anita
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Feb 1, 2018 10:31 AM CST
I have a semi clear window and shelf in the kitchen that is facing a skylight. The glass gets cool. I don't want to obscure the window with a potted plant. Is there a plant that will thrive in a vase? I am using Boston ivy right now and it is doing ok. Are there any alternatives?
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Feb 1, 2018 11:07 AM CST
Pothos is always a good one.
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Feb 1, 2018 11:15 AM CST
Peace lilies will grow this way as well.
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Feb 1, 2018 12:12 PM CST
You can use water gel beads instead of just water, that way it won't stink, and allows more airflow at root zone, or you can go semi-hydro by using clay rocks and a container with a water reservoir spill holes, so there will still be moisture for the roots and air flow below. As to which plants, pothos responds well with the gel beads and I have tried spider plants for the clay rock semi hydro set-up.
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Feb 1, 2018 4:04 PM CST
Lucky Bamboos are usually sold in small containers filled with water and stones. That all they need.
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Name: Anita
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Lioba
Feb 1, 2018 5:36 PM CST
WillC said:Lucky Bamboos are usually sold in small containers filled with water and stones. That all they need.


I like the lucky bamboo idea. The vase I'm using is 12" tall by 3 1/2" in diameter. Would the vase work for this plant? The window is 29".

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Feb 1, 2018 5:52 PM CST
Anita - I'm not sure what is available in your area. In the NYC market, you can purchase individual Lucky Bamboo rooted cuttings in many heights and configurations (braided, spiraled, straight). I suspect that is not the case in most locations. You may have to purchase Lucky Bamboo already potted in various pots or containers with or without stones. Find the size that you want and then transfer them to your vase if that is what you prefer. Moving Lucky Bamboo from one container is not a big deal. You can also put several together into one container.
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Name: Anita
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Lioba
Feb 2, 2018 7:07 AM CST
@WillC, I probably have seen them at the mall, which I haven't been to in years. However if I spot some in my local stores I'll now know that is for my vase!

I believe you are the interior decorator of indoor plants. Perfect!
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Feb 2, 2018 10:31 AM CST
Anita - Thank you! Funny thing is that I am often in conflict with interior designers who I work with. Their emphasis is on design and what looks terrific. My concern is what will survive in that particular location. For example, the designer may want a specimen Fiddle-leafed Fig in a dim corner where it certainly would look great. But I have to advise the decorator that it will not survive in that location for long. Then, I recommend a low light plant such as Dracaena 'Lisa,' and the decorator complains that it is too ordinary looking. And on it goes!

Good luck finding some Lucky Bamboo stems.
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Name: Anita
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Feb 3, 2018 12:28 PM CST
Oh @WillC I get what you are saying. I am a closet interior designer. I would never do it as a living bc you're always at the will of someone. I am artistic and logical. As you are with plants, people don't want to hear it! We should probably discuss this in tree mail if you are interested.
Thank you for the free design advice. I would send you a pic of the window but the wall isn't done. The whole wall needs to be resheet rocked.

I think, dare I say, Walmart sells Lucky Bamboo sometimes. They do on-line.
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Lioba
Feb 4, 2018 7:18 AM CST
DaisyI said:Pothos is always a good one.


I looked up Pothos. It is a beautiful vine. I inherited one when I moved into an office at a college. I got hired as a mental health counselor. The vine kept growing so I would use paperclips attached to the vertical blinds to support it and have fun. I would make cuttings for students' dorm rooms. I would hate cutting it for the sake of trimming it. Of course I had to.

At first I did want something draping in the vase but once it gets past the light it dies.

Thank you for your suggestion.

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Name: Anita
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Feb 4, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Ok I'm not done yet. Currently, I have a plant that looks like a peace lily at first but then grows stems, it has 2. It has flowers like a peace lily but they smell awful.

It has unstalked leaves growing in the pot. Can I cut the stalks and put them in my vase? Is this plant related to the peace lily? @kniphofia
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Feb 4, 2018 10:30 AM CST
Anita - Can you post a photo of the Peace Lily-lookalike with the smelly flowers?

Pruning a Pothos or any other plant is neither cruel or unnatural. If you want to grow attractive plants indoors, you have to learn to prune.
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Name: Anita
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Feb 5, 2018 7:34 AM CST
@WillC, I will take a photo of the peace lily like plant and post. A bit busy so I'll get to it.

Re: trimming I think I can speak for most of us on Garden.org who are gardeners, unless we ask, we know how to trim plants. I know you take your work very seriously, thats your job. I was having fun with the Pothos at the time. Of course I trimmed it back from time to time. It hated being hung by paperclips. Giving away cuttings was my way of trimming if I could get takers. If no takers, then trim I would. I inherited a wall shelf full of plants that thrived. Knowing Pothos' behavior, I would not have it my home. My Wandering Jew gives me enough work as well as my other indoor and outdoor plants. My specialty is wild raspberries. If I didn't trim them my crop wouldn't be luscious.

Please refrain from freely giving advice like that. It could be insulting, dear.

I'll be back!
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Name: Anita
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Feb 7, 2018 12:14 PM CST


Peace Lily like plant with stalks

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Feb 7, 2018 1:52 PM CST
Anita - No offense or insult intended. Folks often do not know to ask about things they are not familiar with. You might be surprised to learn how neglected pruning is. Glad you know all about it. So I will refrain from commenting further on the photo of the Aglaonema you posted here. It is in the same plant family - Aroid - as the Peace Lily.
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Name: Anita
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Feb 7, 2018 5:59 PM CST
@WillC Thank you for IDing my plant. She is not happy this time of year. I did remove most of her yellowing leaves. Probably should cut back on some leaves below so they can breathe. Your refraining is a comment. You are transparent. lol.

So the question is, can I cut the stalks and put them in my vase? Or do you suggest I don't.

Why do the flowers smell so bad?
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Feb 7, 2018 6:44 PM CST
Not sure I understand your comment about cutting back leaves to assist breathing.

I try to be transparent because I have nothing to hide. Shrug! Shrug!

If you decide to prune off some of the stems, yes you can root them in water in a vase.

Not sure why Aglo flower in particular smell badly. Peace Lily flowers often smell quite sweet. Most of these plants are hybrids and hybridizing can do strange things to flower aroma. In the tropics, there is a flower that smells like rotten meat in order to attract rodents needed for pollination. Nature always seems to have good reasons, although we don' always understand them.
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Name: Anita
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Feb 8, 2018 9:17 AM CST
@WillC, transparency is a very good value.

I had a wonderful Peace Lily that traveled with me from place to place. Yes the flower smell was gorgeous. Stop and smell the Peace Lily. lol. I finally bought a home and my cat decided it was a great place to lie down in. Smooshed it until it died. I worked at the time. I tried everything to prevent it. Darn cat! I was very sad even though I got it for free.

If I leave some of the Aglaonema stem after cutting will the leaves grow again?
Its easy for me to believe in miracles when science can't explain why a blade of grass has its shape and that is just one plant and one attribute.
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Feb 8, 2018 2:04 PM CST
Any healthy cut Aglaonema stem will produce new growth just below the pruning cut and grow upward from there. Pruning is not just about getting cuttings for propagation. It is even more so about controlling a plant's future growth and shaping it in a manner that you prefer.

(I apologize in advance for this unsolicited information.)
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