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Houseplants, especially Hoya (Indian rope plant)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More than 45 years ago, when I was a young wife and first-time mother, a friend of my mother's gave me a large hoya which she could no longer keep. That plant is with me still and has survived six moves. I've lost count of the number of cuttings I've given friends or donated to plant sales at church. I still have the original plant plus 3 of its offspring. The 3 smaller ones go out on the verandah each summer, but the large one is just too big and heavy, so it sits in a window on a stair landing.

I have lots of other houseplants including African violets (cuttings from the first gift Peter gave me, on our 2nd date), English ivy, spider plants, oxalis, Christmas cactus, aloe and the bane of my existence, kalenchoe.

I read an article a year or so ago about kalenchoe, and there are many beautiful varieties, but mine always get leggy and then lose their leaves. Not enough sun? Too much water? Both? Neither? Before I toss them, I'd appreciate any advice.

Do you have houseplants with a story? What are your favourites, and what kind give you more trouble than they are worth?

Thanks for reading,
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  • v CLAIREINPARIS
    I have a mini ficus on my fire place which is doing great and which I love. I love ivy too. But like you there is one plant I am very unlucky with... cyclamens!!! It must be my 10th attempt, and it is always the same thing, it dies after just a few weeks. I suspect I overwater it. I have tried not to do it, but I think it needs to get completely dry and I don't leave it enough. Sigh.
    Good luck with your kalenchoe!
    970 days ago
  • v PATRICIAANN46
    Hi Gail.......
    I'm afraid that I can't be of much help with the Kalenchoe. My grand-mother used to give me African Violets and I would tell her that it was fruitless, but she would insist, and another one would bite the dust. I was the kiss-of-death to them!

    My favorite house-plant story took place about 4 years ago. My DH and I were in a restaurant and above our table hung a plant that was absolutely beautiful. My DH took out his small jack-knife and said that if there was any kind of distraction, he was going to quickly take a cutting. Just-like-that, someone dropped a tray in the kitchen.....very loud, and like a flash, he had a cutting. We put it in water when we got home and have had the mother plant since then, plus have given away so many cuttings and smaller plants from it. It is called a Lipstick Plant and has beautiful orange blossoms several times/year.

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    971 days ago
  • v MEADSBAY
    Gosh, I haven't had a houseplant (other than temporary holiday plants) since we downsized to a little condo 8 years ago, but your blog brought back memories of how much my plants meant to me way back when. I had a beautiful dracena marginata (I think it was called) that I moved across the country and back in my car because I could not part with it.
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    971 days ago
  • v OVERACTIVEELBOW
    I never had much luck with that plant. maybe I will try again. Maybe not... I keep telling myself I have to stop bringing plants home. If you find an answer to the ugly leggy problem be sure to let me know. Chat later. Audra
    972 days ago
  • v OVERACTIVEELBOW
    I never had much luck with that plant. maybe I will try again. Maybe not... I keep telling myself I have to stop bringing plants home. If you find an answer to the ugly leggy problem be sure to let me know. Chat later. Audra
    972 days ago
  • v NORASPAT
    Coincidentally one of my cacti died on me this week. I only have 2 houseplants. There were 5 plats in a huge bowl and since I love cacti I bought the bowl. There was Aloe, it died as soon as I got it home.
    Three tall ones have grown but the one that looked like prickly snowball just keeled over a couple of days ago. I was sad I had been unable to keep it well but they are hard to detect under all those white spikes.
    My other plant was given to me by our second son. He brought it home from school some 40 years ago. I water it and it trails all over so I cut it off, it keeps on coming. About five years ago I put it outdoors and it rejuvenated, so that I have done ever since. This year it had thicker stems and larger and greener leaves. So it once again is back inside for the winter. Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon
    972 days ago
  • v CANDIFL
    Your house must be so beautiful with all of those plants surrounding you. I can't get a plant to go to save my life, so I am very impressed when other people keep multiple plants alive for years and years Way to go!
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  • v NEW-CAZ
    No house plants at the mo Gail but we had a wonderful rubber plant...til DH moved it too close to the radiator.......just dried out while we were away- I forgot to move it so it's not All his fault emoticon
    972 days ago
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