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Streptocarpus is in the African Violet family, and these plants have been growing in an western exposure window of my master bath for years! They receive medium to bright indirect light with a wee bit of late afternoon sun. They have a very long bloom period and are just so sweet and cheery.
Many years ago, a neighbor gave me my first orchid and I have grown them ever since.
I used to be ambitious and move the orchids outside to our shaded patio so they would receive lots of summer heat and humidity. They did well but got dirty; then as autumn approached, I had to clean them up and them bring back indoors.
Now, they remain, year-round, in our dining room at a southern exposure window.
They flower, usually twice a year and the flowers last a very long time ~ some several months!
I water twice a week and really, that’s about it for their care.
Tip: When the flowers fall and you don’t see any new ones coming, do NOT think your orchid is dead. Do not cut off the stem that had the flowers as often times the orchid will send out additional buds on it. Only cut away the stem if it turns yellow and becomes woody. The orchid usually sends out a new leaf after flowers fade and will eventually produce a new flower stem.
Our son-in-law’s mom gave me a cutting from her Hoya plant and told me about the unique flowers it got when blooming. The stem rooted quickly in water and then I planted it in soil. It grew quickly, sending out many vines with dark green, waxy leaves. How excited I was when it bloomed for the first time! The small clusters of lightly, sweet-smelling, star-shaped flowers are amazing!
Hoyas grow large quickly and mine had outgrown my space. I took a cutting from it before giving it away. This is my current Hoya ~ and I will soon transplant the starter windowsill cuttings.
For ease in care and tolerance of low light, Pothos is a star performer!
Although not grown for flowers, the heart-shaped leaves and bright green color make it a lovely plant to brighten your home or office.
A cutting will root easily in water and when potted in soil, can be attached to a support to grow upright or allowed to trail. A Pothos placed on the top of a bookshelf or hutch will trail and vine beautifully.
Pothos are very easy to grow. Your biggest chore will be keeping the vines from taking over.
They like bright, indirect light but I found them to tolerate low light conditions well.
Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering.
NOTE: All parts of the pothos plant are poisonous if ingested
Growing houseplants adds beauty to your environment, helps improve air quality and can just be relaxing and therapeutic as you care for them.