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10/11/2012 at 20:47

I love houseplants and during the winter months they always cheer me up on those dismal and cold days when there's not much to do in the garden. I think they can really make a statement in your home and to be honest it was houseplants that first made me take an interest in the garden.

Over the years , I've collected quite a lot a lot and can't seem to stop buying them. I have a collection in one part of the room which I call my jungle corner - my latest purchase being a lovely monstera cheese plant which I thought to be a bit of a bargain . It was only £5 at our local supermarket   However, I'm not sure where it's going to live when it gets bigger as it's growing at an alarming rate.

Here is my jungle corner. Does anyone else enjoy them as much as I do ?


10/11/2012 at 22:59

Wonderful, Jean - and they're in lovely condition.

Every windowsill that I have is full to capacity with houseplants, plus a few extra shelves

10/11/2012 at 23:08
I have a deep kitchen window sill full of plants. One is a potted jasmine which grows like mad, but hasn't had any flowers since I bought it a few years ago. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Also have a small parlour palm which has had lots of new leaves and flowers. Have just divided it into 3 plants. Will post some photos.
11/11/2012 at 00:42

Your plants look absolutely great Jean.  I grew some indoor bulbs (small, white narcissus) this autum as recommended by Monty Don on Gardeners' World.  Unfortunately they smelt very strange - my husband kept thinking that we must have a mouse going to the toilet in the house until we worked out that it was the flowers! I will now be looking for some slightly less pungent bulbs to grow indoors for over Xmas and in Jan/Feb - any suggestions?

11/11/2012 at 06:12

Your houseplants look really healthy Jean  I have quite a few but they certainly don't look as good as yours

Pam LL x

11/11/2012 at 09:27

Thank you all

Alina, it is good to hear that others are as obsessed as me

Have you ever pruned your jasmine , Glyn and do you know what type it is ? Looking forward to the pics

Lunarz, I was going to suggest Hyacinths but they also have a very heavy scent  How about an Amaryllis? They have spectacular flowers

If you like flowering plants I don't think you can go wrong with African violets. Mine are still flowering now. We are off out visiting soon so will be back later

Here are two of my African violets .


12/11/2012 at 11:01

This is one small part of my indoor plants,this sun room is full and every room and window sill and porch has plants.Its obsession that I love.


12/11/2012 at 11:06

Let's hear it for the houseplants  - lovely pics too.  If it's not a sunny day (and when I remember) the houseplants have a day trip to the conservatory to get some extra light!



12/11/2012 at 11:31

That must be a labour of love, Caz!


Jean, some of my violets are still flowering too, though not as well as yours.

12/11/2012 at 13:39

Any suggestions for a flowering plant for a south facing bathroom window? I keep getting it wrong, for instance I bought a Christmas cactus and a Cyclamen but they are more suited to my North facing front porch windows where they are thriving.  I have a huge bathroom windowsill crying out for the right plant, would appreciate some advice on what would work in this aspect.

12/11/2012 at 16:33

Orchids are my guilty pleasure houseplants and in our conservatory we have a large ficus that keeps the humidity up.We also manage to get poinsettias to reflower here.  Each year my husband complains that he can't use the breakfast bar and I have to move everything around but they creep back!

12/11/2012 at 16:34

Gracie5  Orchids should do well in your bathroom too

12/11/2012 at 21:21

Lovely pics everyone  Hmmm Orchids, haven't tried them ( yet )

They are beautiful

12/11/2012 at 22:20

I have a red bourganvillea flowering on a south-facing window-sill.  

My monstera quickly outgrows its alloted space.    The leaves are about two feet long.   I have found the solution is to keep chopping off the top, together with an aerial root or two and then potting this up.    Once it has rooted, I decide which half to keep and then give the other one away.   

Our yucca reached the roof of our conservatory and also got the chop in the spring.    We had to use a saw, and took it down to just about a foot of trunk.   We chopped the cut off bit into seven six-inch lengths, and put each one into a pot.     We did this in February, and by April the original stem has thirteen new shoots and all the little ones had between two and seven shoots.    We have found seven new homes for them!  

13/11/2012 at 08:53

I never thought of having an Orchid, they seem widely available so will have a look. I always wanted a Bourganvillea but they are climbers so not sure it would be suitable for my bathroom windowsill, unless I kept it pruned!!

13/11/2012 at 12:26

Thanks for the tip on the monstera, Gardengirl . I'll bear that in mind if it gets too big  

Gracie. How about a zebrina ? They love direct sun but also enjoy high humidity so would do well in a steamy bathroom. They don't have to trail either - you could train it up a hoop or mini-trellis and if it gets a bit out of hand you can snip bits off and make new plants.

I have two of these and just love the siver and violet foliage. I think they are also called Wandering sailors.

13/11/2012 at 15:57

I had forgotten about zebrina and had to google to remind myself what it looked like. It was a very popular house plant in the seventies and I used to have a couple of them. Also known as Wandering jew, its a thought but might remind me too much of the seventies. I wonder if a Viola would work as a short term flowering plant for indoors!!


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