Saturday, October 26, 2013

Gardening Indoors/The House Plants

Today was the day to take in the last few houseplants on the front porch, the sweet potato vine, and the coleus cuttings. The temperature is expected to go down to 37 tonight. Although I have a sun porch it is not heated and gets real cold although there is some protection from the elements. I need to tidy us some of my house plants, cut off leaves and repot some.  

The orchids from September after blooming. Now to keep them alive. I'm shocked they're still alive. I have to cut off the flower spikes and take the stakes out of the pots.
I guess I will loose the yellow leaf.
I need to clean them up and remove some dead roots. Should the roots be out of the pot? I will have to read the e-book on my kindle on orchids.

Miniature succulents except one that I purchased last year at the flower show. I have never been a succulent girl but I have a few more than I used to.

Sweet potato vine. I hope they still look healthy in a few months.
I don't know if this is a Christmas or Thanksgiving cactus. I may start to put it in the dark and see if I can get it in bloom by Christmas or the New Year.
Aloe from Georgia.
Chinese Evergreen. I will repot her. She is still in the nursery pot I purchased her in a year ago. Some of the leaves have been dropping. I wonder what I am doing wrong? This is supposed to be an easy plant to grow with low light requirements. I know it doesn't like cool temperatures or drafts. It stays in my living room in the same spot which is not near a window and I don't over water it, perhaps I don't water it enough. Chinese Evergreens or Aglaonema are tropical and subtropical plants natives of Southeastern Asia. It's a plant that is said to be good for cleaning the air. It can be propagated from a leaf. I will have to try this.
Split Leaf Philodendron
Another variety of Chinese evergreen. It requires no care except a little water. It gets filtered sun on the mantle.
The coleus is still pretty and has it's leaves. They may drop during the Winter but when it goes back outside it will thrive. Spring will be the 3rd year for her. I think it's Alabama sunset. I purchased it as a 4" seedling from Select Seeds.
Another pothos
Dracena. It did absolutely nothing this Summer. Didn't grow, and added no new leaves. I will repot it. Maybe fresh soil will help. I guess I should be happy it's still alive. I have had her for 1 year. After I report her she will go in my bedroom until it's time to go back outside.
The pot for the Chinese evergreen.
Potting soil that I will use.
I have to be creative. I used what was handy to cover the hole but will still allow water to drain. A tray will go under it because this paper will decompose over time. I guess I was being lazy. I could have found something else but this will do.
The roots look healthy but she was ready to be repotted.

Lets see if it grows over the Winter?
Yellowing leaves removed. 

This should have been potted up weeks ago before the roots were this massive. 

All potted up. I potted these yesterday. Today when I came home it didn't look happy. 

My weapon this season for fungus gnats. A few sprinkles on the top of the soil and water. 

This also helped last year. Hopefully I won't have this problem this season but just in case.

What I'm Reading

Beautiful Pictures and helpful for container gardening.

This is what I need to be working on. Removing everything for seedlings to come. The plant rank can hardly be seen. I brought the table and chairs in from the yard. Hopefully they will get in the basement this weekend.

A Classic. 

This wasn't supposed to be here. I'm having trouble with the web site. When I try to remove the picture it removes other pictures also. Still learning to work the blog. 

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