Tough GreensThursday, August 25, 2011
Although most plants with green foliage are easy to grow, it is not necessarily so for some. Below is one of the oldest plants in my garden... a Homalomena species I believe. Anyone has grown this plant before?
For me, this is one of the hardest-to-grow green foliage that I have encountered. Although the plant is almost 7 years old, as you can see it has not grown much. I have only divided the plant once. So now I have two of them in my garden and I have forgotten which is the mother plant. Most of the time, its older leaves easily turn yellow and the leaves are much smaller in size.
If this Polka Dot plant is on the shelves at any gardening shop today, I think nobody would want to take it home. After pruning the top, I was hoping that the plant will grow lushier. Unfortunately it didn't! And I wonder why the plant is so skinny...
But my Satin Pothos is different. I have never encountered any serious problem with this plant. Its pretty leaves are quite forgiving even when it's over-watered. It never gave any serious yellowing leaves or has any 'leaves disappearing' problem and is very easy to grow.
In fact, earlier when the plant was not so bushy, the leaves were really big. The only problem is that the creeper sends out new foliage pretty fast. So I have to keep training the vines back to the pot ;-)
The Polycias Dwarf Variegata in my garden has been growing well in this little pot for months now. Its leaves dropped at the beginning, right after I transplanted it to this pot. But now it seems to be pretty happy. I hope its long roots wouldn't mind the tight space, hehe...
After the Moon Cactus flower has spent, I transferred some of my little cacti and succulents into a pot. On the same rack with my cacti are the English Ivy and Variegated Peperomia. All are very water sensitive!
Hope your green plants are doing well :-D