This Week In Houseplants (17/6/23)

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Today’s gonna be a photodump of all the growth I’ve had over that last couple of weeks.

Well, not me, my plants. Fun fact: I haven’t grown since I was 10. I was the tallest in school at 5’8. My mum thought I was gonna be a giant. Then I just stopped growing and now I’m very average, height-wise.

Anyway. Let’s go.

My rubber plants have grown like mad this year. They’re both throwing out leaf after leaf.

new growth on burgundy rubber plant
that colour is unreal

I want to nip off the growing tip of the variegated one to encourage it to branch, but I’m trying to pick a good time, and since as soon as one leaf is out another one is following right behind, I might have to sacrifice the next leaf.

new growth on variegated rubber plant
the leaf I’m touching isn’t even hardened off yet
young philodendron squamiferum

This has been growing like mad, but the leaves are juvenile so it’s not straight forward to identify. Judging by these fuzzy petioles, I’m going for squamiferum (since that’s one of only two fuzzy-petioled plants I own, and I’m pretty sure it’s not a verrucosum.

half moon leaf on philodendron pink princess

Philodendron pink princess showing off with her near half moons

new growth on philodendron brasil

Philodendron brasil has approx 100 new growth points. I’m exaggerating, but there are probably a dozen altogether.

Smaug is back on his bullshit. I don’t know what he thought this was, but it is NOT what a Philodendron golden dragon leaf is meant to look like.

The next one looks more promising:

There’s a new leaf on the Thai! Second this year, which is some kind of record.

The big Monstera is resolutely not growing a leaf. He is working on an aerial root though. You can see it – it’s the one randomly growing up.

Yes, that pot is FULL of roots, he’s just taking his time.

I bought a fiddle leaf fig. I’m big into ficus atm, no idea why.

Pretty blooms on the spider plant. It’s also put out another inflorescence. I seem to have gone from being a spider plant killer to being maybe too good with them.

Got myself a Kratiste pole. It’s made of recycled potatoes apparently. I prefer the way it looks to coir poles, will report back on how it performs. I have done no research on it, so if anyone has any tips for using it (I didn’t even check if you need to wet it) I’d love to hear them.

I’ve been after a Philodendron micans for a while and then remembered there’s one in the terrarium so I took a few cuttings and potted them up. The beauty of the terrarium is that every node has fuzzy aerial roots that are ready to pot up. I think. Again, will report back if it fails dismally.

This week’s plant tour is from Pete vs. the Plants – unusual plants but nothing crazy, crazy rare and unobtainable.

As well as the Fiddle leaf fig I also got an Amydrium medium silver. It was discounted to £9.99 so I snapped it up. I actually prefer the green ones (don’t tell it!) but it was too much of a bargain to pass up.

Let me know how your plants are doing! Mine are growing so fast that I basically need to water all of them every week but it’s so rewarding.

Have an amazing weekend!

Caroline Cocker

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

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