I love having plants inside!
They clean the air and they give any space a lived-in, homey kind of feel - and if you are rattling around a bit in a big house as we are, they soften hard lines and create bold decor statements with very little time or money!
|Plants soften hard lines in our bathroom window|
|Pothos / Money Plant|
Also, I'm still trying to figure out the names of the plants I already own - once I've figured that out I'll be able to find out whether they are indigenous or not, and make more informed decisions from there. I told you I'm not very good at this! I just grow things.
So in February I managed to repot all the plants I inherited from my dad's greenhouse as my folks have started a guest house on a property with a very different climate three hour's drive away. Fortunately some gorgeous terracotta pots came with the deal - so much excitement at not having to use plastic!
(PS If anyone isn't sure what to buy me as a gift - a voucher to buy non-plastic pots, or a gift of some second hand unusually shaped pots and planters will send me soaring! That or a Bokashi setup... Or an unusual indoor plant... Or an heirloom seed voucher... Oi.)
So here is a picture of most of my plants post repotting:
- Rubber tree (Ficus elastica) grown from a cutting
- Wax Plant / Hoya Plant (Hoya carnosa)
- Rattlesnake plant (Calathea lancifolia)
- Coastal Daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus)
- Old Man's Beard / Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
- Various succulent starters
- Unidentified Fern
- Agave (Agave potatorum)
- Fish Bone Cactus, Zig-Zag Cactus? (Selenicereus? Epiphyllum? )
- Dracena Fragrans Victoriae
- Unidentified Hanging Plant
- (see 9)
- A type of Coleus?
- Variegated Sisal / Variegated Sword Lily (Furcraea selloa var. marginata)
- Crassula (Plantarum Rariorum Horti Caesarei Schoenbrunnensis?)
- Unidentified teeny tiny plant
- Unidentified little aloe-ish agave-ish thingamy
|A Crassula adds a whimsical |
touch to a bathroom window.
For the repotting I just mixed some of our garden sand with potting soil and worm castings from our worm farm and off we went. I probably wasn't conscientious enough about specific soil types for specific plants, and the proportions changed as I went along. I gave them all a good watering and put them in their designated places. I water them about once a week where required - but some require water a little more often, some require very little water at all. They have been positioned in various spots around the house, inside and out, and you'll recognise some of them in the other images on this page.
|The balcony from the inside|
|Cabbage Tree / Kiepersol |
and Rubber Tree
The Cabbage Tree / Kiepersol in the image was found growing in one of the roof gutters at my mom-in-law's neighbour's house - so when the gutters were cleaned I was the first to pounce and adopt the poor thing.
The Rubber Tree next to it I grew from a cutting taken from my neighbour - which is why the leaves are cut. Cutting the leaves helps prevent excess water loss through transpiration while the plant is growing new roots. I just popped the stem in a bottle of water until it rooted then planted it in the soil. I know the bottle step isn't strictly necessary, but I love seeing the little roots grow! It did have two full grown leaves since repotting, but my youngest daughter felt that they were offending her sensitivities somehow and pulled them off.
|Crassula ovata / Jade Plant|
The image below is one of my favourite spots in the house. It is of the sideboard in the dining room. The weaving on the wall is off centre purely because I hung it on existing hooks, but I think it still works. This image includes items I've scrounged from second hand shops, my own fiber and ceramic art, very special gifts from friends and family and some air plants (Tillendsia). It makes my heart warm every time I see it! I'm always shifting items to get the right balance of shapes and surfaces and colours and textures. I don't think it will ever be just right but that's part of the fun.
They still taste good though!
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