Green thumbs

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 215 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 2, 2021 11:15 AM

Curious if anyone on here attempts to keep plants alive inside or outside of their homes. 

Our house is littered with pothos/philodendron plants that are pretty easy to keep alive. We've also got a few snake plants that do well, though they don't grow as rapidly as I've read they can/should. I'm also in the process of taking cuttings from a jade plant that started as a cutting from a 30 year old jade plant our friend's mom has.

We did some planting outside this year, two tall grasses and two hydrangeas. One of each is doing well, one of each is doing poorly. Not sure what the issue is with two that aren't doing well.


33,369 posts 121 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 2, 2021 12:58 PM

I keep all my landscaping alive. Occasionally Ill let the grass go awhile without water, but I usually try and keep it hydrated enough that it doesnt totally die out. Then in the fall it is alive enough to grow thick and green again.

We have 5 Hydrangeas, 1 Burning Bush, 6 Rose of Sharon, 1 Hydrangea tree, tons of Day Lillies, even more purple sedum, multiple Hosta, 1 Bloomerang Lilac Tree, 5 Dwarf Korean Lilac, 3 Potentilla, 5 Amber Jubilee Ninebark, 5 Red Prince Weigela, 6 Peoney, 3 Vsrigsted Grasses, 3Fire Chief Arborvitae, 1 Cherry Blossom (unsure which type) and 2 Coppertina Ninebark. Year 1 we had to replace a few here and there, but nothing crazy. Now they are all doing very well minus the hosta, which gets ZERO rain due to a double overhang -- and I just cant keep up with watering. Probably will replace with a more draught resistant bush this fall.

I also grow Jalapeno, Basil, Tomato, Blackberry, Raspberry, Chives and Green Onion in from May-October.

ZERO indoor plants, minus the Hydrangeas and Sedum we cut. 

BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 91 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 2, 2021 5:22 PM

I have only one plant that I bring in for the winter and it’s my Ghost Pepper. 

My son gave me this plant four seasons ago and it never fruited in its first year.  At the end of the season, it looked strong and healthy so I decided to bring it inside for the winter.  The next season I took it outside and it fruited.  So, I’ve been bringing it inside in the fall and putting it back out in the spring. 

BRF’s Ghost Pepper plant in its third season of fruiting:

They need to turn red to be ripe. 

And they are hot, hot, hot!

33,369 posts 121 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 2, 2021 7:31 PM
posted by BRF

I have only one plant that I bring in for the winter and it’s my Ghost Pepper. 

My son gave me this plant four seasons ago and it never fruited in its first year.  At the end of the season, it looked strong and healthy so I decided to bring it inside for the winter.  The next season I took it outside and it fruited.  So, I’ve been bringing it inside in the fall and putting it back out in the spring. 

BRF’s Ghost Pepper plant in its third season of fruiting:

They need to turn red to be ripe. 

And they are hot, hot, hot!

Do you trim it back?


BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 91 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 2, 2021 10:01 PM
posted by Laley23

Do you trim it back?


Yes


33,369 posts 121 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Sep 3, 2021 9:07 AM
posted by BRF

Yes

Thanks. I do this with my berries and just store in garage. But always heard peppers were more finicky. I’m not going inside house, but will try the garage this year. 
brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 17 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Sep 3, 2021 9:09 AM
posted by Laley23

Do you trim it back?


That's teh only way to make it look bigger. 

33,369 posts 121 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Sep 3, 2021 9:15 AM
posted by brutus161

That's teh only way to make it look bigger. 

Well done, sir.


BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 91 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Sep 6, 2021 8:08 PM

They are starting to ripen. 


ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 200 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 8:32 AM

There has to be a poster who grows weed...

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 215 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 9:27 AM

Why do you think I want to move to the country?

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 200 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 9:29 AM
posted by justincredible

Why do you think I want to move to the country?

To pee outside.


justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 215 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 9:39 AM
posted by ernest_t_bass

To pee outside.


Well...yes.

Zunardo Senior Member
815 posts 14 reps Joined Nov 2010
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 3:53 PM

My wife keeps 3 or 4 potted plants inside, parked by our sliding glass door so they get a fair amount of sunlight.  Not sure if she has a green thumb, but she's been able to keep them going.

The sight of the plants seem to be attracting the larger desirable bugs this year - this week alone we've had three praying mantises, a cicada, and a katydid perch next to us while we're drinking our morning coffee on the patio outside the sliding window.  Can't remember the last time I've seen a katydid.

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