I’d like to identify a plant haul that I got yesterday. I was lucky enough to get a garden center gift card for Christmas. That gift card was burning a hole in my pocket, so I had to start using it as soon as possible. Don’t you think there’s nothing like walking through a greenhouse full of tropical plants when the weather outside is frigid? The warmth, the humidity, the smell of dirt…ahhhh.
The garden center’s inventory was a little low this time of year. But that’s a good thing. Otherwise I would have gone way over the gift card limit. I stayed away from succulents this time. They didn’t have many, and they were looking a bit sad. Workers said they would replenish their stock after the holidays. That means I’ll have to go back in a couple of weeks. Oh, darn.
Let me start with this Prayer plant, Maranta leuconeura. When dusk falls, the leaves fold up. It’s tolerant of low light, and loves high humidity.
Arrowhead plant, Nephthytis. This is an easy plant to grow.
Swedish ivy, Plectranthus australis. They look great in hanging baskets, and do best in bright, indirect light.
Croton, Codiaeum variegatum. Another tropical plant that likes high humidity.
And a couple of Polka Dot plants. I love the color. It’s like having a flower garden in your home. They are so easy to grow and propagate. My intention is to plant them in a container with the Croton, since it also has pink in it’s leaves.
And here it is. The Croton with the Polka Dot plants in this bright greenish-yellow container. It’s so colorful. Perfect for a long, dark winter. They both require common potting soil. When you create multiple plantings, you need to keep in mind soil, fertilizer and light requirements. What’s good for one, might kill the other.
Well, I hope you enjoy it when I identify a plant haul.