Saturday, February 23, 2013

Gettin' Some Air

I was email chatting with my friend in Texas about starting up a terrarium, and she was kind enough to send me some air plants, a.k.a. Tillandsia. She sent me several varieties, including Ionantha 'Peanut' (the tiny one), Ionantha "Mexican' (not visible here), and Ionantha 'Mexican'-the clumping one in the foreground (the names may be mixed up, I'm new to the air plant game).

This beauty that just bloomed is Ionantha 'Druid', I sure hope I can keep it happy enough to bloom again! I stuck her in this pot with my carnivorous plant that died back, if it returns later I can set the air plant elsewhere. They absorb water through their leaves and not a root system, so containers for air plants can be just about anything.

Like this orchid planter that didn't work out so well...poor thing.

There! Much better (and greener.)

Now I can explore the world of terrarium gardening, and the "air" around here is improving already!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Random Houseplant Stuff

At my workplace there were these cute mini poinsettias over the holidays, I forgot to mention them before. I really like the size, it makes the end-of-season "keep or discard" decision a real non-issue (space-wise, anyhow.)
On an impulse buy I snagged this item. Pretty silly, considering the fact that I already have "pet grass" seeds, pots, and soil. Something about a pouch project sucked me in.
Well the startup sure is easy enough.
Meanwhile, I acquired a new plant the other day from a friend. I'm not sure what it is, but it can take low light and and has nice foliage.
My friend didn't give me too much root...
...hopefully it'll be enough.
There! Everybody grow!
A week or so passes, and my new friend has a couple sick leaves...
...nothing a pair of scissors can't fix. Much better!
And check out the cat grass!
It got rave reviews  =^^=