The House & Garden Plants Thread
  • Maybe if this thread also includes garden plants I won't be the only one posting in it? I guess we'll find out...

    Anyway, at age 36 i didn't expect to ever find myself captivated by a new hobby. But here i am, suddenly obsessed with plants. Like many others, this started in lockdown; the perfect opportunity to work on my living space. The therapeutic benefits of channeling my focus onto something like this has really taken me by surprise. There has really been a quite dramatic reduction in the frequency of intrusive thoughts that had been weighing down my mood. I suspect a lot of this comes from the nurturing, but there is also a lot of pleasure to be taken just from figuring out the optimum placement for the plant's health that also adds to your room's aesthetic. I'm quite happy with the balance i have now

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    This time last year I had just 3 plants. I now have 35. Best of all, I've spent relatively little getting to this point. Excluding my first 3 plants (which were all from a shop and expensive) my total spend is just a little over 100 euros. It's amazing what you can get super cheap- or even for free- with a little persistence. eBay is definitely the place to find the best deals. 

    The most expensive of my purchases was the large leafed monstera you can see on the left in the pic above. It cost me 20 euros. Having been overwatered somewhat it's not in perfect health, but having seen how spectacular the mother plant was i couldn't resist. I find myself quite excited to see how it will look this time next year, after a good spring and summer of  growth. 

    I'm really happy with my setup right now. I recently got my growlight in place to give my younger and more fragile plants the brightness they need over the winter months, and in the following days I will be getting a humidifier; an early  birthday present from my girlfriend  which will help keep my existing plants in good health. Moreover, it will also dramnatically expand the range of plants i'm able to keep. This time next year i hope to be in a position where i can exchange cuttings with other collectors, allowing me to indefinitely expand my collection for free.

    For anyone looking to get started (really do it, this is honestly great) my tips are as follows:

    - It sounds quite obvious, but don't get plants unless you can give them the conditions they need. No amount of care, attention nor ambition can compensate for a lack of humidity and direct sunlight, if that's what the plant needs. 
    - There are certain types of plants you simply will not find in shops, most notably mature monsteras/kentia palms etc as I presume it isnt a very viable business model to have a plant for 10 years or more before selling it. So if you want something with huge dark leaves you need to check eBay frequently. The best times for cheap plants are 08:00 - 09:00 and 12:00 - 13:00 on weekdays, while most free plants are listed 09:00 - 12:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Keep in mind that the really great deals get picked up super fast. If the listing is 5 mins old you almost certainly wont be the first to write.
    - Diseases and pests are much more common in plants found on ebay. So give any plant a thorough check before handing over any cash. You really need to flick through the soil and check under the leaves for bugs. I had a brief spider mite problem with a palm i picked up some months ago and it's really not worth the hassle of bringing those cunts into your home. 
    - Better to underwater than overwater!
  • My plant hospital. It's actually working so far. All these little ones were in decline but after a week under the lights there's a noticeable improvement in their health. Leaves no longer curling or drooping etc. 

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    I harvested my Padrón pepper plants yesterday. I got 4 peppers. Hardly worth it but I'll do them better next year as I planted them arseways this time around. At least I know they thrive with little attention. They tasted great too.
  • It's strange for me to go from 0 to 100 interest in something like this. Last year I really couldn't see the appeal of growing ones own food etc but now I really hope to be in a position to do this too someday.
  • I want an indoor lime plant and a lemon plant. Also a bonsai tree. Where i will put them i have no idea, but i will buy them eventually.
  • I used to have a bonsai tree.  Used to.
  • It's strange for me to go from 0 to 100 interest in something like this. Last year I really couldn't see the appeal of growing ones own food etc but now I really hope to be in a position to do this too someday.
    I’ve put my name down for an allotment plot today for this very thing.  My gardens at home are too pretty for large scale fruit and veg but i really want to start. It’s a great feeling growing anything from seed but edible stuff even more so.  Really though, I just mainly want to bring my own sprouts to the table one Christmas.
  • We’re also just finishing design detailing on a full size kitchen garden that we’re due to build in the new year and that got me in the mood too.
  • I'm growing potatoes in a couple of spare pots. They're coming up wonderfully and I think they'll be ready to harvest in a few weeks. It's been super easy so far; the only thing you need to do is add a bit of dirt as they grow.
    I win... in the most minor way possible.
  • I've had my Bonsai for over ten years now. Really like what you've done there Noxy. You've got loads on the go!!
  • We’re also just finishing design detailing on a full size kitchen garden that we’re due to build in the new year and that got me in the mood too.

    I’m going to get right into growing for the kitchen in the new year. Kinda forced into it because there’s a mature setup at our new house, but it’s something I really want to maintain and use. 

    I guess I’ll want to transition the garden from what’s already grown there over to fruit and veg I will use myself in cooking. Might be daft things like getting rid of the cabbage plants (because I don’t like cabbage much) and putting more carrots and parsnips in the ground instead, or maybe some more drastic changes like building planters nearer the house for raised beds of herbs in easy reach. I dunno.

    I do know that I’ve zero knowledge or experience and I’m taking on a fucking massive garden space. Feels like quite a responsibility.

    We’ve got the garden itself, a wildflower meadow, a small strip of woodland, a greenhouse and a polytunnel. I know there’s a sizeable compost heap hidden in the woodland bit, and a patch of blackberry (or blackcurrant mayber?) bushes that I fancy harvesting to flavour booze with.

    First job will be learning how to bring it all back to life after the winter, I suppose.

    The house has a lot of light, so I’m hoping that houseplants will be easier to look after than they have been in our (quite dark) flat. Quite fancy the idea of wee lemon and lime trees living in a sunbeam on the mezzanine, if we can get that to work.
  • Yo Uncle - we recently got our garden landscaped and have enjoyed it this summer with some nice flowers and fruits. Now it all needs some care and prep for winter: serious pruning, feeding, all that shit. And the lawn needs some love, in E London it's all clay so can easily get waterlogged etc.

    ANYWAY wanted to pay an expert to come and help us out, show me the ropes so I can do the basics myself without killing everything. How do I find one? All the gardeners online seem to want to lawn only... As I said NE London, and happy to pay for someone at least quarterly
  • The house I live in has bricked up planters at the back of the yard which I had just let get overrun by grass and whatever. Just recently decided to utilise the space and pull up all the grass (hard work!) and put in some seeds to grow some fruit and veg. Amazing how quick the seedlings have started to poke through! Looks like we'll have at least one thing to eat at some point. We've put in climbing beans, strawberries, watermelon (might need some work keeping the plant in check!), carrots and edible flowers. Here's some of the flower seedling coming up!

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  • Nice one.  I  have yet  to attempt growing anything from  seed although it doesn't seem like many people are doing this with house plants. Would love to some   day have a garden space to work with.

    Yesterday I saw a huge monstera cutting  for sale.  12 giant  leaves, 30 euro asking price. I somehow managed to haggle him down to 15 euro, which is really a ridiculous price. I didn't have pot big enough to accommodate it so I spent my evening butchering the stem into more  managable pieces, which I have left in various vases/ pots of water in the hope some roots will sprout.  If I can nurture these over the next months my hope is to sell them in spring time, if I haven't grown too attached to part with them. 

    I actually don't need curtains anymore...

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  • I also have some star jasmine growing against the garage wall and lavender bushes that are literally outgrowing the rotten wood of their planter box.

    I got these seeds from a nursery known for maintaining good quality heritage seeds so they've all sprouted really fast and seem to be doing well. We got the heirloom carrot collection so they should be all different colours and types!
  • Finally got my humidifier. Quite excited to see the health and happiness of my collection steadily improve. Dont think my cactus will like it, but fuck it, he was a freebie and way off my priorities.

    Next  priority is to eventually build some shelving to the left and right of my window, and make some makrame hangers for future acquisitions. I have a theory that you can never have too many hanging plants, and i'd like to put it to the test.
  • Nice one. I think I'm gonna get some devils ivy to drape over a blank wall in my kitchen.

    I'm also wondering if I need to be controlling my orchid more and snipping some of this away but I am also excited to see what it looks like with all these flowers!
    Anyone have orchid experience?

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  • My orchid says good morning.  Need to trim off the dead bit but it flowered well this year.

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    My orchid says uuurrgh...fl7BQ6Y.jpg
  • That's just sticks.
  • You get that from Wish?

    My local plant shop sells these orchids

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    I don't think flowers fit the look i'm going for with my room but i do really like these leaves

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