This Week In Houseplants (09/09/23)

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I went plant shopping!

I know it seems like I go a lot, but I was planning my content for the next few months (yes, I’m a loser) and there are plants I want to write about but don’t have. For example, I can hardly write an accurate post on keeping snake plants in leca if I don’t have one to both try it out with and show you.

So I went shopping for boring plants.

There were actually a couple I couldn’t get – there wasn’t a Christmas, easter or thanksgiving cactus to be seen anywhere, and the only aspidistra was £36.99, which is more than I’m willing to pay. Perhaps I can find a teeny one online.

I didn’t buy this Anacampseros sunrise, but look how pretty!

It looks pretty tasty, but I’m gonna assume it’s not. Only £1.99. Bargain.

I also spotted this mature golden pothos:

I can’t remember how much it was, but I seem to recall that it was a pretty fair price for the size. About £25? I think?

I used to have several fittonias, but they all got eaten by slugs. I have a few articles coming up about them, so I got myself one for the princely sum of £2.99.

Got this velvet touch a couple of weeks ago, and it has mealybugs. Cry, cry, cry. I’m keeping it away from the other plants (as much as I can – they’re freaking everywhere in my house). Also noticed a thrips on it the other day. I’m just gonna hope they can fight each other.

There’s a new leaf on my orchid!

They look a bit weird and fake-looking, but I’m happy it’s happy.

Got myself a variegated string of hearts, purely because I like them, Idon’t have one, and it was only a couple of quid.

It’s thirsty – see how the leaves are a bit wrinkly? I like to bottom water using a Gu pot, because the soil it’s in is quite dense.

The aforementioned Sansevieria destined for semi-hydro…this is a victoria, which I believe is another name for a whale fin sansevieria.

Getting cocky with the spiderplants…

This is a curly one, and I had one before but it straightened itself out. I want to see if this one stays curly. My other spider plant has put out another inflorescence – it clearly objected to me snipping off the other two. Mate, they were dragging you over.

And finally, I got a Madienhair fern:

I find these super simple to care for, but the rules are easy to break, a bit like gremlins.

Also like gremlins, you can’t get them wet (though they enjoy high humidity), don’t let them dry out, and give them a decent amount of light.

The roots are quite robust, so if the fronds dry out, cut them back and wait for new ones.

And that’s it for this week! Let me know how your plants are doing in the comments.

Oo I got a Hoya linearis too! I don’t have a photo of it in situe, but here it is in the shop:

it’s the string-y one in the foreground that you can barely see

If you need a bit of plant inspo AND three hours of background noise, then check out this plant tour. It’s home jungle goals.

Have a great weekend!

Caroline Cocker

Caroline is the founder and writer (and plant keeper) of Planet Houseplant

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