Tag: plants

Monstera deliciosa leaf unfurling

I’m starting to see the big deal about watching Monstera leaves unfurl. You basically don’t know how the leaf is going to look until it has opened. If the plant isn’t getting enough light, even mature leaves won’t develop those beautiful holes and splits. I was worried about this one because I placed it 3 meters away from the nearest window, but it looks like it’s getting more than enough light. I’ve never owned a Monstera until I bought this one 3 weeks ago, so I’m still learning how to take care of it and keep it happy.

The first 3 pics were taken over a span of 3 days as the leaf slowly unfurled. It’s sooo shiny! I had to buy a plant-stick thingy to keep it from toppling over from the weight of the newest leaves. It’s growing very quickly and I need to train it to grow upwards before it gets too big.

Retro plant haul!

I hit jackpot! My local Billigblomst had 50% off all plants and pots, so obviously I stood outside their doors the minute they opened. Good thing I was there early because people started pouring in, clogging the parking lot and road by the time I left the place. I didn’t really have anything in mind.. I mean.. I was there just yesterday and bought what I really needed.

I did bring these two home with me. They were already fairly cheap, but today I paid a whopping 20 DKK ($3) for this Monstera deliciosa and the same for a Ficus elastica variegata (variegated rubber plant). The plant stand cost 20 DKK as well.

They’re a lot different from the succulents I usually grow because well.. they’re not succulents. But they should be able to handle drying up for a few days if I’m away. I’ve been told at least the rubber plant is hard to kill. And they can grow in indirect light, which means they don’t have to take up space in my living room window. I’m officially building my own jungle!

My mother’s new Fuchsia and Pothos

Some leftover photos from my mother’s latest shopping trip. I love the Fuchsia’s bright colors! She bought two Pothos as well. She killed pretty much all of the plants she’s owned so far, even the succulents and all of the Pilea cuttings I gave her. Pothos are supposedly unkillable, so I’m looking forward to (hopefully) seeing them again in the future. Maybe they’ll even be trailing the window sills by then.

Yet another trip to the local plant nursery

I went to the giant plant nursery again, hoping I would find another variegated Hoya, I didn’t already have. Instead of a Hoya, I found this guy labeled as “mixed hanging plants”. It looks like a Hoya (which is why it caught my attention), but it’s actually a variegated lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus lobbianus variegated). When this plant blooms, the petals look like a tube of red lipstick as they start to unfold.

The balcony garden has gone wild

I managed to eat enough parsley to properly trim it into a manageable size (a good bouquet of parsley and lots of garlic cloves cooked in a pan with olive oil makes a great pasta sauce btw). I gave my mom just about half of my thyme to stop it from trailing the ground below the pot. In the meantime, my lemon balm has doubled in size. I didn’t expect the herbs to grow this well.

The Croton developed flower buds!

So I think I finally found the perfect spot for my Croton (Codiaeum variegatum). It developed flower buds for the second year in a row! Apparently it’s thriving in a northern window with pretty much no direct sunlight in a non-heated room, I only use for my clothes and dirty laundry. So there it stays for the rest of its lifetime unless I move before then.