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Webado Webada

I don't know how anybody manages to keep hanging plants especially indoors, they are so difficult to water, plus the water risks overflowing and dripping down and damaging floors and furniture.

I have lots of plants, some very big ones. The oldest plant I have goes back over 35 years. It came to our house as a huge dieffenbachia, with a really thick stem and very large leaves. My husband and his brother found it at a neighbourhood garage sale as they went for a walk one evening and came home with it. It's been propagated countless times so I have many of its offspring all around the house, plus I gave many cuttings to friends and family. These plants keep growing until they can't grow any more and typically fall over when they touch the ceiling. That's when I cut them mid-way and replant the tops. A year later it's to be done all over again.

You can't kill dieffenbachias. Mine froze in 1998 when we had a 6 day long power failure (during an epic ice storm) and the house got very, very cold, below freezing point. We had to move out for a few days to a motel across the border in Ontario that had heat until our power came back. After the power and heat came back and the plants defrosted, they'd turned to jelly so I had to cut them back a lot and I really thought they'd be finished. They recovered beautifully.

I also have a large rubber tree and several of its offspring, plus an assortment of smaller plants like jade, Christmas cactus and amarillo. Lovely to see them bloom once a year. The flowers are spectacular.

Most of my plants are in front of the wide living room window (facing south-west) and upstairs under a skylight, so they have a lot of light. There's a big dieffenbachia in our bedroom as well, in need of a cut and repotting as it threatens to fall over soon.

In the summer I have (or had) 9 large potted hibiscus trees and a bunch of jade plants out on the deck which all get brought indoors in the fall (and scattered around the house in various rooms) and stay there until mid may after which they go outdoors again. While indoors I have had to fight some bugs that had taken a fancy on them. I lost 3 of the hibiscus trees this summer as they dried up as soon as I took them outside and the others are slowly recovering after I'd trimmed their dry branches. I may not have that many to bring back indoors again for this fall. Pity, their flowers are amazing ... when the plant is not dead that is.

I love my house plants but hubby keeps hinting that I should cull them as they have taken over a lot of space. I just can't though.

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Liza G.

Would have loved you to post some pics of your plants described above , Webado Webada.

Especially the dieffenbachia. Love those. Hardy as.

   
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Liza G.

A bit disappointed with the story by Houzz on houseplants... I was all excited when I saw " make an impact"... in the heading. None of the pics in the story are worth the title IMO.

   

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