Every Blooming Thing

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During the winter months, houseplants can still provide projects for the gardening enthusiast.

It is a dark gray day with some drizzly rain, love it! It does keep me inside. Now that I've got my Christmas decorations down and mostly put away, I'm looking around at my house plants. After the busy holidays they need some TLC.

Watering first and foremost, plus I added a little liquid 7-7-7 fertilizer.

Pruning next, pinching out dried leaves and flowers. And I'm reshaping by snipping off the wild growth.

Relocating after moving pots to make room for the Christmas tree, I'm moving them back to their original locations, better humidity and better light, both critical for houseplants.

I have an angel-wing type Begonia Lucerne in the master bedroom. It is old and multi-trunked, but still does well.

In the dining room I have that large Monstera related to the philodendrons, large deeply lobed leathery leaves on tough stems that twist and turn. I've had this plant for years. My mother always said it was just plain ugly, I guess it earns its name. Sunset says big plants sometimes bear calla-like flowers, which under the right conditions, will ripen into an edible banana-pineapple flavored fruit. Mine has never put on flowers or fruit, but I love it anyway! Occasionally I use the leaves in floral designs, such fun to use in the natural shape or clip to reshape.

Also on a table in the dining room I have two plants--an Anthurium. This I've had for years, with heart-shaped leaves and bright red heart-shaped bract surrounds a white spiked flower very unusual. It didn't bloom this year, I suspect because it didn't get enough humidity. The second plant is a wild Begonia Thurstonii, given to me a couple of years ago by my friend Mary Reynolds.

My 10 year old Ti (pronounced tea) plant sits in the family room. This plant is amazing. I thought I was losing it last winter, it got a fuzzy mildew and a couple of stalks died off. After dosing it with vegetable oil which killed off the mildew, it has recovered nicely. I grew this from a two inch piece of root my daughter-in-law, Sharon Wilkes, brought back from Hawaii. Next to the Ti is a tall Sansevieria given to me by my friend Sue Prahl. Talk about indestructible, try a Sansevieria.

In front of the French doors sits a large pot with a large-leaved Philodendron. This plant struggles to maintain its leaves. It gets a few of the attractive large 8-12 deeply lobed leaves, and then they start to dry up. Again I think too low humidity. I also have two pots of angel-wing type begonias, a second Lucerne and a Sophie Cecil. There is a pot of mixed succulents and a pot of Schlumbergera Christmas cactus, which I hope will bloom this spring since it didn't bloom for Christmas.

In the day room windows sit several African violets, two in bloom, dark red singles. I also have two pots of Silver Queen pothos, a Hoya, a purple velvet plant, two rhizomatous begonias, Cathedral Windows and Beef-steak, two cane-type begonias, Joyce Hess and Copper Penny, a tough old Spathiphyllum, and a pot of dead basil -must do something about that!

I just repotted my Garden Club Christmas Party present in a large pot on the side porch. It is an Azalea with multiple stems of red and white blossoms. (Thank you to whoever brought it for the gift exchange!)

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