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curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:41 PM CST
Crofton09 said:Hi, Newbie! I think I understand your question after your analogy of a puppy.

I am rather new too and my most enjoyable plant to watch grow and is fairly easy is my pothos (which others have suggested). It's very cheap at big box stores or local nurseries and comes in many variations (some more expensive than others). I got mine as cuttings from a friend about 14 months ago and some of the vines hang about 3 feet now. You also take cuttings and fill every window if you wanted.

Your options are limited to what direction the window is facing that you would like to put it in and if it is blocked by a tree or another structure. I've found a good way to decide if I have enough light for a certain plant is by downloading a light meter app on my phone. By realizing your limitations, you avoid the disappointment of watching your puppy slowly starve and die. Hilarious!


It sounds like Pothos is the most often mentioned on here. Were you able to have no water leaking out from the pot? Did it grow over a year continuosly? I am going to place it by the window, but not sure how much light it is getting, so I will try out that light app thanks!

curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:43 PM CST
kniphofia said:Tradescantia or inch plant make decent growth and there are some nice variegated ones available. But as Will says, the location and amount of light available is more important than anything else when buying a houseplant.


I had no idea, really. But, it's just up on the furnitue by the window is what i'm thinking, and I think I get a decent amount of light, but I'm not sure what a good amount of light for the plant would be, and someone mentioned to me about the lighting app here, so I think i will give it a go first. It's pretty, but it says it's wild flowers?

curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:44 PM CST
Frenchy21 said:Another plant that grows fairly fast is Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia). There is also a variegated version. They are a bit less demanding of bright light.


Did you have one before? Did you just water it once a while and it was a happy camper? Did it grow for a year at least? I feel like some plants peak out after months or so growing, I think, since it varies from a person to person what growing for a good amount of time is

curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:49 PM CST
purpleinopp said:HI & welcome! It sounds like you want one of the plants that grow very quickly.

Cane Begonias grow very quickly, don't need to be in the most sunny spot in the house, and offer the added bonus of blooms.

A few of my favs:
Begonia 'Castaway'
Begonia 'Corallina de Lucerna'
Dwarf Trout Leaf Begonia (Begonia 'Medora')

Wax Begonia doesn't get enough credit for being a great houseplant:
Dwarf Trout Leaf Begonia (Begonia 'Medora')

This plant usually needs to be obtained from sharing, not usually in stores, and grows SO fast.
Basket Plant (Callisia fragrans)

This plant has the added bonus of scented foliage Variegated Cuban Oregano (Coleus amboinicus 'Variegatus')

Ti plants grow quickly, and come in many different colors of leaf. I like this red one Ti Plant (Cordyline fruticosa 'Red Sister')

Another vote for Pothos Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Heart-leaf vine is similar to Pothos Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum var. oxycardium)

Swedish ivy Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

If you have a sunny windowsill where a plant can be right by the window, these grow really fast Pencil Tree (Euphorbia tirucalli)
Devil's Backbone (Euphorbia tithymaloides)

These like tons of sun, grow quickly, bloom over winter:
Florist Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Kalanchoe Stonecrop (Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi)
Scarlet Kleinia (Kleinia fulgens)





Wow, thanks for the long post. I did check all of them out, but which one would be
a) grow gradually for a year or more
b) small and does not grow big either, small enough to place on a furniture
c) needs minimal care, like occasional watering, and lighting through the windows
d) indoors


curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:52 PM CST
OpieDoodle said:I think there are many plants that fit what you're wanting but I do believe understanding your lighting situation will be very important in helping you pick the best plant for you! Do you have a location in mind (how close to windows, water direction is the windows, direct or indirect light) to keep your plant? Where are you located?

Another thing to consider is how big of a plant do you want. There are some plants that stay relatively small and others that get massive to where it can be a struggle finding them a place to stay in the house.

With all that being said I will tell you about some of my favorites. I love trailing plants. These are plants that as they grow the hang down the sides of the pot. I really like tradescantias (Wandering Jew) and there are many varieties and colors, I also love pothos as over time they get big leaves. Both of those are often trailing plants and as they get long you can give the plant a hair cut and replant the cuttings! So you can either make your plant fuller or you can give them away! I love to share my plants so this is probably why I love these two types. Both of these are pretty hardy plants for the most part.

I also really like Ivy and have had a lot of success with it indoors (and outdoors for that matter) but I have learned that not everyone has great luck with them and they can be a magnet for pests.

Those are my favorite in terms of faster growing plants that you'll notice a big difference in a year. If you have higher light situations you can also look at Jades and things like that but they can be slower growers but mine grows pretty significantly each spring-fall.


I am not sure what you meant by water directions, but on the second floor of a house by the window, but not sure how much light I get and someone mentioned the lighting app so I'm going to check it out and to be honest didn't think it was this complicated!
So out of the ones you mentioned, if you could maybe pick out the ones that , I just came up with the list a post or so ago I guess
a) Grows gradually over a year or more
b) small, not grows too big, to a point where you can place it on top of a furniture
c) Doesn't need a lot of care, occasional watering, and sunlight and so on
d) Water doesn't leak out from the pot and all that


curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:52 PM CST
WillC said:Try a Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica) grown in a small pot filled with water and pebbles. It will do well on your windowsill. It is easy to care for as long as you don't repot it and keep the water level up high. It is also a pretty fast grower.


Does it grow fast to a point it stops growing after a year? There were lot of good plants posted, but I personally found this one pretty cool for whatever reason I don't know.
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curiousnewbiehere
Dec 7, 2018 7:53 PM CST
Thanks everyone by the way! Much appreciated!
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kniphofia
Dec 7, 2018 11:43 PM CST
You are never going to get a houseplant that grows "fast to a point it stops growing after a year". That's like asking a child to get to age 10 then stop growing. Also you are wanting something "small, not grows too big". Any plant mentioned above which is fairly fast growing is eventually going to become large.

Why are you so fixed on continual growth if I might ask?
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Frenchy21
Dec 7, 2018 11:48 PM CST
I suggest you just buy a pothos plant for 4 or 5 bucks and watch it grow. Make sure it is in a pot with drainage holes and water when soil dries out about an inch down. Then take a picture of it and post it here. Big Grin
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tx_flower_child
Dec 7, 2018 11:57 PM CST
kniphofia said:You are never going to get a houseplant that grows "fast to a point it stops growing after a year". That's like asking a child to get to age 10 then stop growing. Also you are wanting something "small, not grows too big". Any plant mentioned above which is fairly fast growing is eventually going to become large.

Why are you so fixed on continual growth if I might ask?


That's exactly what I've been thinking. I've been confused because you keep mentioning 'a year'. Is something going to happen in your life in a year?

Please know that whatever you plant will need a drainage hole in the bottom of the planter. That doesn't mean water will spill over your furniture. You have options. Here's one. You can carry your plant to a sink and water it there, letting the water drain out.
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Rubi
Dec 8, 2018 12:03 AM CST
Buy an Amaryllis bulb. You can put it on the kitchen table and it grows so fast you can practically sit there and watch it. Then it gets a huge, beautiful flower that lasts quite awhile. It grows to a specific size each season, and then it dies back to the bulb and goes dormant. If you buy two bulbs, you can rotate them out so one is growing while the other is dormant. That way you will have an actively growing (and eventually blooming) plant pretty much year round.
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curiousnewbiehere
Dec 8, 2018 6:35 AM CST
kniphofia said:You are never going to get a houseplant that grows "fast to a point it stops growing after a year". That's like asking a child to get to age 10 then stop growing. Also you are wanting something "small, not grows too big". Any plant mentioned above which is fairly fast growing is eventually going to become large.

Why are you so fixed on continual growth if I might ask?


I am pretty new at this, so I just would like to see something that grows, like let's say that you have a pet, whether electronic or in real life. There's beauty in seeing something that you put effort into change and develop.

curiousnewbiehere
Dec 8, 2018 6:36 AM CST
Frenchy21 said:I suggest you just buy a pothos plant for 4 or 5 bucks and watch it grow. Make sure it is in a pot with drainage holes and water when soil dries out about an inch down. Then take a picture of it and post it here. Big Grin


Seems like the most popular suggested plant here Smiling

curiousnewbiehere
Dec 8, 2018 6:38 AM CST
tx_flower_child said:

That's exactly what I've been thinking. I've been confused because you keep mentioning 'a year'. Is something going to happen in your life in a year?

Please know that whatever you plant will need a drainage hole in the bottom of the planter. That doesn't mean water will spill over your furniture. You have options. Here's one. You can carry your plant to a sink and water it there, letting the water drain out.


well I'm pretty new at this, obviously I don't know a whole lot, but I guess year is a long time for me, but at the same time, a time frame for something that's easy to have in mind, kinda like new year's resolution, so let's say I buy one at the start of the year, I'd like to see it grow for that year at least.


curiousnewbiehere
Dec 8, 2018 6:39 AM CST
Rubi said:Buy an Amaryllis bulb. You can put it on the kitchen table and it grows so fast you can practically sit there and watch it. Then it gets a huge, beautiful flower that lasts quite awhile. It grows to a specific size each season, and then it dies back to the bulb and goes dormant. If you buy two bulbs, you can rotate them out so one is growing while the other is dormant. That way you will have an actively growing (and eventually blooming) plant pretty much year round.


That's something that hasn't been mentioned before, and the flower def looks pretty. How fast does it grow? Weeks?

curiousnewbiehere
Dec 8, 2018 6:59 AM CST
Frenchy21 said:I suggest you just buy a pothos plant for 4 or 5 bucks and watch it grow. Make sure it is in a pot with drainage holes and water when soil dries out about an inch down. Then take a picture of it and post it here. Big Grin


Apparently Pothos is toxic to pets..
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sallyg
Dec 8, 2018 7:04 AM CST
ok, get a spider plant.
Which pet?
My cats don't like pothos, too thick, but they like to bite spider plants and thin leafed Dracaena like lucky bamboo, and peace lily, and ponytail palm.. they may bite things with thin, tender or grasslike leaves. My cats are both 15 years old and have shown no health problems from biting those plants, other than they barf.
My dog never bit a plant in the house.

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WillC
Dec 8, 2018 8:47 AM CST
@curiousnewbiehere - The Money Tree will grow continually for many years if it is watered properly and it is among the easiest to water. It is a "weedy" plant that grows rapidly and is pretty tough as long as it is close to a window.

Growing plants is a hobby that rewards patience and satisfaction with small improvements. In most ways, it is the opposite of technology that produces rapid, predictable and dramatic changes. Horticulture does not lend itself to strict rules and precise practices and techniques. It is a thoughtful process that requires some experimentation and personal observation as well as occasional failure.

By now, you have received lots of suggestions; more than enough for you to venture forth and start your plant journey. After you do decide on a plant(s), I do suggest you come back here for care suggestions for that particular plant.
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Crofton09
Dec 8, 2018 1:11 PM CST
curiousnewbiehere said:

It sounds like Pothos is the most often mentioned on here. Were you able to have no water leaking out from the pot? Did it grow over a year continuosly? I am going to place it by the window, but not sure how much light it is getting, so I will try out that light app thanks!


Water leaking out means it's draining. That's a good thing. Just water over a sink or use a turkey baster to remove the excess water from the drain tray. My pothos is still growing, new leaves one right after another. The light you get is dependent on the direction of the window. My pothos does great in a North facing window.




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Cluelessmidwestern
Dec 8, 2018 8:25 PM CST
There are many good "starter" plants for someone who owns pets. Some of which have been listed above. Just keep in mind that even though a plant maybe non-toxic to your pet doesn't mean that it can't cause tummy upsets if they eat it. Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) for example for cats are mildly hallucinogenic if they eat it. Similar in nature to the effects of catnip. Which means the little darling feline might mangle it if they have access to it.

I have 4 resident felines, two of which believe its their job to try and sample any plant brought into my house. One of my cats thought my "Moon Valley" pilea was **EVIL** and must be destroyed. After trashing nearly a quarter of it, I finally had to put it into a plant hanger to get away of my would be "rescuer".

But I digress

The question is finding a pet friendly "starter" plant will fit in **your** home and lifestyle. If you have a busy schedule so you don't always remember to water and your house has very low humidity then something a Lucky Bamboo may not be the best choice. On the other hand, if you like to water frequently and you don't have any southern exposure windows then a Echeveria won't be a good fit. If you want a plant that grows quickly then you shouldn't get an Echeveria or a Ponytail Palm. (Ponytail Palms as an indoor houseplant grow extremely slowly.). Research some of the plants the folks have listed for you and then try to pick one that fits your lifestyle.
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