I have plants that always live outside. I have plants that live outside thru the summer and inside thru the winter. I have plants that always live inside.
Today's post is about the plants that always live inside.
There are currently seven containers with plants that always live inside. They all reside in the living room where they get bright morning sun.
This is an arrowhead vine. I got it as a tiny little start from a plant we had where I work. It is growing like crazy. Sometimes, I trim it and put the cuttings in the same container to root. I'd like it to be fuller.
I think this is some type of peace lily. Occasionally, it will put up a white flower. A friend gave this plant to me from the collection of plants her family received when her mother-in-law passed away. She had so many plants, she shared. It's getting kind of floppy. I cut out a couple of the worst floppers and am trying to get them to reroot in the same container. If you have any advice for this plant, please let me know.
***Updated 2010 08 07***
Thank you Kim for helping me identify this plant as an Aglaonema. I don't know what variety, but that's ok.
This is an angel wing begonia. I got a cutting from our amazing gardening neighbor who got it from one of our local extension agents. I'm always starting a new one outside each summer because it drops leaves during the winter and can get kind of sad looking. By its second winter inside it looks awful. This one actually held up pretty well last winter. Looks like I'll have two of these in the living room this winter.
This is a spider plant. I got a start from my mom when my husband and I moved into our first home. It's huge now. It keeps putting out new shoots. The shoots turn brown eventually and I cut them off. I think the main plant gives each shoot only so much time to find a place to get rooted. Then, it cuts off the food supply so it can make new shoots. I've read on other blogs that in parts of Florida they grow outside all year and will fill in a bed with all those shoots. It may be getting a bit root bound in this container. I'm sure trying to repot it will be messy so I'm holding out. It loves being in front of the window. The drapes you see behind it are usually open.
This is also a Christmas cactus. A very special Christmas cactus. It is probably over 80 years old. It was my grandmother's. The plant has made new shoots and old areas have been removed during its life so there isn't likely any part here that is 80 years old but it is still considered the "family Christmas cactus." I never met the grandmother who had this plant. She passed away the year I was born. One of my aunts had the plant for over 20 years before she gave it to my mom. It bloomed beautifully for my aunt and for my mom, but it was in an old clay pot that had broke and was threatening to fall apart. My mom replanted it and decided to give it to me. My sister has the "family oleander tree" which is even older. That is a story by itself. One of the main things I've read about Christmas cacti is that they bloom when they're "snug in the pot." It did not bloom for me for a number of years because my mom repotted it. However, it has bloomed for the last three years. Literally one bloom the first year, more the second year, and a good display last year all over the plant if not on every end. I don't play the "stick it in a dark room" game to make it bloom for Christmas. I let it bloom when it wants. It seems to prefer blooming after the holidays are over. It has bright fuchsia blooms.