August Blooms in the Garden

It was a hot August for most of us, and despite the blazing temperatures, we still had some beautiful blooms throughout the month. I have chosen plants that can perform through the heat and drought because I like to enjoy blooms throughout the growing season. Allium, Agastache, Lupines, Hibiscus, Rudbeckia, Passiflora, Echinacea, Buddleia and Lavender are all looking lovely and are covered in pollinators. I took some photos, so I thought I’d share them with you.

A Tiger Swallowtail on Echinacea purpurea.

We currently have two different types of Echinacea growing, but I’d like to plant many more. The one pictured above is probably the most common kind of Coneflower used in landscaping, Echinacea purpurea.

Lupines, Allium & Agastache in my all purple flowerbed.

Yes, I have a corner flowerbed that is entirely dedicated to purple flowers. In the photo above, you’ll see Lupines in the front, Alliums on the left and lovely variegated Agastache on the right.

Rudbeckia fulgida

Black-eyed Susans always remind me that Fall is right around the corner. We have two different varieties of Rudbeckia growing here; Rudbeckia fulgida (pictured above) and Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’; and certainly hope to plant more in the future.

Passiflora incarnata ‘Maypop’

Passion flower is one of the most beautiful flowers on our planet, in my humble opinion. They are so different from other flowers, it always amazes me that they will happily grow in my garden.

Hibiscus moscheutos

Swamp Rose Mallow also called Hardy Hibiscus is perfect for our boggy property. We picked the spots in our yard that hold water for the longest period, and planted Hibiscus plants right there. We currently have four different varieties of Hibiscus; a green leaf variety with pink flowers (pictured above), a green leaf variety with red flowers, a red leaf variety with pink flowers (Proven Winners Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Edge of Night’), and a red leaf variety with magenta flowers (Proven Winners Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Evening Rose’) (pictured below).

Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Evening Rose’ – notice the puddle of water in which it is planted.

August in the garden has looked so wonderful, I’m hopeful that September will be just as glorious. What’s blooming in your garden? Comment below with your current blooms, I love hearing about other people’s flower gardens.

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Products I use and (therefore) recommend:

Planty friends – Feel free to use these links to the products that I use for my houseplants.  I receive a small percentage of any sales through these links, so feel free not to use them if that bothers you.

Stackable Moss poles – https://amzn.to/3nzgDoo

Velcro Plant Tape – https://amzn.to/3qUcHk5

Horticultural 1/4” pumice – https://amzn.to/2KfcNPT

Horticultural perlite – https://amzn.to/3f9wwvE

Coco coir – https://amzn.to/2UBBiZF

Orchid Bark – Extra small chips – https://amzn.to/38OXWWJ

Orchid Bark – Small chips – https://amzn.to/3kA8HOU

Earthworm castings – https://amzn.to/38TRkGw

Coco Loco potting mix – https://amzn.to/2UHV3OY

GE Balanced Spectrum grow light bulb – https://amzn.to/3fdeAAu

Aosbeic Grow light 4ft.x 4ft. – https://amzn.to/3x3l8uu

Monios L LED grow lights – 2 ft. – https://amzn.to/391NmeS

Heat Mat (for propagating) – https://amzn.to/2MSezbk

Heat Mat w/ Thermostat – https://amzn.to/2PIjCwc

Bonsai scissors – https://amzn.to/33a6F29

Hygrometer (humidity monitor) – https://amzn.to/32WtiqO

Moisture meter sticks – https://amzn.to/35FR7Vk

Horticultural charcoal – https://amzn.to/2UKOv25

Organic houseplant fertilizer liquid – https://amzn.to/3pIb7ij

Insecticide/Miticide – (many bug sprays don’t kill spider mites, this one does) – https://amzn.to/3pHKREw

Systemic houseplant insecticide – https://amzn.to/36MuoX8

Espoma Rose Tone (fertilizer for roses and flowering perennials) – https://amzn.to/3m8OGkU

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Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Houseplant Lovers

If you have someone if your life who loves houseplants, this list of gift ideas is for you. I’ve included all items that I use almost daily for my own plants; I wouldn’t recommend things that I don’t own or use frequently. I ordered the gifts from least expensive to most expensive and I think I’ve given some good ideas at all price ranges. I’ve also included links for each gift so that you can see the item. The links may be affiliate links which means that I will earn (an embarrassingly small) percentage from any purchase made from the links. If you don’t like that idea, I understand; simply don’t purchase from the links. I hope you enjoy my list.

#10 – Stainless Steel Chopsticks – One of the tools I use almost daily for my houseplants are chopsticks. There are so many uses for chopsticks with my houseplants. I use chopsticks to keep the potting mix from compacting around the roots of my plants, which is an important part of keeping plants healthy and happy. I use them when I’m repotting my plants since they are perfect for arranging the roots gently in a pot. Another use for chopsticks is poking holes in potting mix when I am propagating plants. Their uses are endless.

#9 – Hygrometer – Also called a humidity meter, this little gadget can be immensely useful for houseplant parents. They will tell the current temperature and percentage of humidity in a room. Another helpful use for a humidity monitor is that they record the highest and lowest temperature and humidity readings from the past 24 hour period. This is an appropriate gift for beginners or experienced plant collectors. There is so much value in knowing the humidity reading in your home.

#8 – Acrylic Rainbows – When my plant collection started really growing, I realized that I wanted to introduce more color around my plants. So I started making these acrylic rainbows which bring a bright, happy pop of color next to my plants. Once I’d made a few, I was hooked and now I have them around many of my plants and I sell them in my Etsy shop.

I originally created acrylic rainbows to use under plant pots, but realized that they are much too pretty for that use.

#7 – Potting Mat – Repotting houseplants can be quite messy and a potting mat is a great way to minimize the mess. Most of the mats are waterproof, so whatever surface they are covering will be protected from moisture damage. When you are done repotting, simply fold the mat in half and you can easily tip the used potting mix, LECA or pon where ever you want it to go. The mat wipes clean easily and then folds up into a neat square and can be stored almost anywhere. They are really useful tools.

#6 – Watering Can – If you like the idea of a decorative but also useful houseplant tool, how about a watering can? These houseplant watering cans come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. And if you were wondering why a houseplant lover needs a watering can just for houseplants, let me help. Watering houseplants can be a tricky business since they are generally sitting near other objects, other plants and sometimes in difficult to reach places. An indoor plant watering can is usually small so that it can fit in tight spaces and will have a long spout to help reach plants that are hard to reach.

#5 – Mister – These delightful little plant misters serve dual purposes, providing mist for plants but also adding a delightful decorative element to a shelf. The one I have linked is the pretty silver one I use. But there are many different variations; some with colored glass, copper or brass. The prices are pretty reasonable too.

#4 – Bonsai Scissors – Even though I am not very talented at the art of bonsai, I very much enjoy using bonsai scissors for my plants. Our houseplants need pruning once they start putting on growth and many people enjoy propagating their plants as well. A good pair of bonsai scissors is invaluable for these tasks. I am also going to link a cheaper pair of scissors and also a longer pair of scissors for the hard to reach cuttings.

#3 – Felco 6 Hand Pruners – These pruners will be for those houseplant people that enjoy dabbling in plant propagation. Hand pruners aren’t necessary for propagating small or delicate plants. These pruners are for people who are cutting their Monsteras and mature Philodendrons; plants that have nice thick stems. You may ask, “Why can’t I use any brand of hand pruners to cut my houseplants?” The answer is simple, my friends. Once we have spent (sometimes lots) of money on plants and have grown them carefully for years, we shouldn’t risk damaging those plants with subpar hand pruners which will crush the stems. Felco pruners are far superior to any other pruners on the market. Take it from me (I used work in a vineyard where I had pruners in my hand literally all day) the Felco pruners are worth every penny.

#2 – Elechomes Humidifier – Keeping plants happy indoors usually means running a humidifier. There are hundreds of different brands and styles out there, but I have chosen this humidifier for several reasons. This humidifier is a top fill which is an absolute game changer. During the winter months, I have to refill my humidifiers often and the easy access of a top fill humidifier is invaluable. This particular model holds almost two gallons of water which helps reduce the number of times it has to be refilled. The top fill option also means that this humidifier is much easier to clean. Cleaning humidifiers is not my favorite activity and making it an easier task is very, very worthwhile.

#1 – Dyson Cordless Vacuum – A couple of years ago, my hubby and I bought this vacuum and it is one of the best things we’ve ever purchased. My whole family uses this vacuum daily all around the house. But since this blog is about houseplants, let me point out its usefulness in that capacity. Where there are plants, there is soil. Enough said. Actually, I use my Dyson more frequently to clean up underneath my blooming Hoya plants than anything else. They can really make a mess with the constant dropping of spent blooms. The Dyson has incredible suction power and is easily extendable to help reach up high or down low. It holds its charge for weeks (with daily use) and because it’s cordless, it can go anywhere. We’ve owned all the other small handheld vacuum options and none of them even come close. It’s completely worth the price, in my opinion.

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When is it Safe to Prune Your Oak Trees?

If you live in any of the Midwestern states or in Texas, you have probably heard of Oak Wilt disease. And if you’re like me, all this talk of Oak Wilt has you feeling scared to prune your Oak trees at all.

Don’t be afraid, my friend, it is still safe to prune your Oak trees if you follow a few simple rules.

#1 – Only prune your Oak trees from November 1st through April 1st. Cuts made during the active growing season can attract beetles from up to a mile away. Those beetles (drawn to the scent of the sap exposed at the cut) act as vectors; carrying the Oak Wilt pathogen from infected trees to your tree.

#2 – Keep your Oaks pruned properly. If branches are hanging low over a sidewalk or driveway, the chance of damage to those branches is much higher. Avoiding any injuries to your tree will give it the best chance to avoid infection spread by beetles.

#3 – Use latex paint to protect cuts made during the growing season. If you have to prune your tree due to emergency circumstances during the growing season (April 1st through November 1st), you will need to seal off the wound with some latex paint. It will slow the growth of the wound wood a bit, but this is a better option than risking infection by those pesky beetles. Latex paint is a better option than pruning sealer which contains asphalt and petroleum products which are toxic to plants and can drastically slow the proper healing of the would.

#4 – Sanitize pruning tools in between Oak trees. When pruning your Oak trees, it is good practice to sanitize your tools (hand saws, hand pruners, etc.) with rubbing alcohol. This only really needs to be done in between Oak trees. It will ensure that you don’t accidentally infect your trees if you are pruning more than one.

#5 – Plant new Oaks a minimum of 100 feet away from any other Oak trees. It is believed that 90% of Oak Wilt infections happen through root contact and shared water at the root level. If the trees aren’t close enough to share water, they can’t infect each other underground.

#6 – Trench around Oaks that are suspected to be infected. If you have a tree or trees that are showing signs of Oak Wilt, send off a sample to be tested immediately. If you have no other Oak trees nearby there is really nothing else to be done. But if you do have Oaks that are near the possibly infected tree and #1 – those trees don’t show any symptoms of the infection; and #2 – those trees are closer than 100 feet to the possibly infected tree/s; you will need to dig a trench between them. This trench should be at least 48 inches deep and 100 feet from the infected tree/s and should be back filled immediately. What this will do is cut off any possibility of root contact and prevent the spread of infection by root contact.

#7 – Encapsulating fire wood OR burning firewood immediately. If you have Oaks that have already been killed by Oak Wilt, you must also have a pile of firewood. As you already know, beetles are attracted to the scent of the sap when Oak trees are cut or wounded. To prevent beetles from spreading Oak Wilt from your Oak firewood to healthy Oak trees, you must cover the wood entirely with plastic. This also means creating a barrier between the wood pile and the ground. The wood should be completely encapsulated to cut off the beetles. Clear or black plastic tarps work the best since they will heat up significantly and kill the pathogen.

Tree pruning is so important to maintain healthy growth and to guide our trees into longevity. If you do the pruning work yourself, I’ve linked my favorite tools for you below. If you are unsure about pruning, I’d advise you to hire a tree professional to do the work or to ask a knowledgeable friend to help you. I’ve found that pruning trees with others is extremely helpful and I usually learn something new.

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Felco F2 Hand Pruners (the best hand pruners on the planet) https://amzn.to/3JrxeCO

Felco F6 Hand Pruners (I use these when my hands begin to tire. They are smaller than F2 pruners and perfect for people with smaller hands.) https://amzn.to/36vk6xU

Classic PRO Hand Pruners (These are a more affordable version of the Felco pruners) https://amzn.to/3N865aC

8″ Curved Folding Pruning Saw (This saw cuts through wood like butter.) https://amzn.to/3NL9tbr

10″ Pruning Saw https://amzn.to/3CWGcpa

References for this article:

Bonello, Pierluigi (Enrico). (2019, Feb. 4). Oak Wilt. Ohioline. https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/plpath-tree-02 jiaodjioajf

Johnson, Jerral; Appel, David. (No date given. Info retrieved in Mar. 2022). Eight Step Program to Oak Wilt Management. Texas Plant Disease Handbook. https://plantdiseasehandbook.tamu.edu/landscaping/eight-step-program-to-oak-wilt-management/

(2016, April 14). Wait – Before You Use Pruning Sealer On Trees… Davey. https://blog.davey.com/2016/04/wait-before-you-use-pruning-sealer-on-trees/

How to Care for Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’

The Florida Ghost is one of my top five favorite houseplants. Their leaf shape is one of the most interesting of the Philodendrons; straight out of a jungle. Their most exciting quality, in my opinion, is the bright white color of the new leaves. They contrast so nicely from the green of the mature leaves.

If you look at the white leaves upside down, they are even shaped like a ghost.

If you are new to the Florida Ghost, this article should give you some guidance in caring for them. We will discuss; watering, light, best location in the house, temperature, fertilizer, humidity, flowers, insects, diseases, pruning, propagation and toxicity. If you would like printable care sheets for the Florida Ghost, I sell them in my Etsy shop.

The scientific name of the Florida Ghost is Philodendron pedatum ‘Florida Ghost’. It is most commonly called the Florida Ghost or Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ by plant collectors.

As the name suggests, Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ can be found in nature in North America. It also has origins in Central and South America which gives us some ideas about how to care for it.

Watering – Water deeply but only once the soil has dried out in the top two inches of the pot. Use your finger or a moisture meter to check the moistness of the soil. I water my plants at the kitchen sink so I can use the sprayer nozzle to moisten the soil until water drains out the bottom of the pot. Allow all excess water to drain out of the pot. It would help to have your Ghost planted in a fast-draining potting mix.

Light requirements – Bright indirect light is necessary to keep your Florida Ghost looking tip top. You can tell if your plant is getting enough light just by looking at the new growth. If the new leaves are coming in looking more mint colored than a bright white (see photo below), your plant needs a brighter location in the house. If you don’t have appropriate lighting, grow lights are also a great option.

As the new leaves begin to age, they take on the loveliest minty green color before deepening to their mature green color.

Best Location in the House – If you are able to give your Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ a spot in an East facing window, it will thrive. It would also do well pulled a few feet back from a West or South facing window.

Temperature requirements – Like most houseplants, the the Florida Ghost will live happily in the same temperatures that we humans like to live in.

Fertilizer – Dilute fertilizer by half. I believe that if my plants are actively growing, they need to be given fertilizer, even during the winter. If you don’t believe in fertilizing during the winter months, try offering fertilizer from the beginning of March through the fall and then give the plant a break from fertilizer during the winter.

Humidity – Offering humidity levels of 50% – 70% will give you the healthiest growth.

Flowers – Philodendrons can produce flowers, but generally only when the plant is more than 15 years old.

Insects – In my own experience, Philodendrons don’t seem to fall victim to pests too frequently. In fact, my Philodendrons usually end up with pest issues because of nearby infested plants. Of course, pests are always possible on indoor plants. Some potential pests could be spider mites, mealy bugs, aphids, thrips, scale, fungus gnats and white flies.

The nice thing about Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ is that it has nice large leaves that are easy to check for pests and not difficult to clean (preventatively).

Pruning – Pruning your Florida Ghost will be necessary. These plants are climbers like many Philodendrons and so pruning to keep them under control will be inevitable. It is also important to remove any dead or damaged leaves to keep your plant happy.

Propagation – The Florida Ghost propagates by stem cuttings.

Toxicity – All parts of the Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ are considered to be toxic to dogs, cats and humans. Like most (all?) Aroids, the Florida Ghost has small crystalized minerals that can cause swelling in the throat, tongue and lips; vomiting and difficulty swallowing.

If you have children or pets that might try to chew on or touch your Florida Ghost, my advice is to keep this plant out of their reach.

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Products I use and (therefore) recommend:

Planty friends – Feel free to use these links to the products that I use for my houseplants.  I receive a small percentage of any sales through these links, so feel free not to use them if that bothers you.

Stackable Moss poles – https://amzn.to/3nzgDoo

Velcro Plant Tape – https://amzn.to/3qUcHk5

Horticultural 1/4” pumice – https://amzn.to/2KfcNPT

Horticultural perlite – https://amzn.to/3f9wwvE

Coco coir – https://amzn.to/2UBBiZF

Orchid Bark – Extra small chips – https://amzn.to/38OXWWJ

Orchid Bark – Small chips – https://amzn.to/3kA8HOU

Earthworm castings – https://amzn.to/38TRkGw

Coco Loco potting mix – https://amzn.to/2UHV3OY

GE Balanced Spectrum grow light bulb – https://amzn.to/3fdeAAu

Aosbeic Grow light 4ft.x 4ft. – https://amzn.to/3x3l8uu

Monios L LED grow lights – 2 ft. – https://amzn.to/391NmeS

Heat Mat (for propagating) – https://amzn.to/2MSezbk

Heat Mat w/ Thermostat – https://amzn.to/2PIjCwc

Bonsai scissors – https://amzn.to/33a6F29

Hygrometer (humidity monitor) – https://amzn.to/32WtiqO

Moisture meter sticks – https://amzn.to/35FR7Vk

Horticultural charcoal – https://amzn.to/2UKOv25

Organic houseplant fertilizer liquid – https://amzn.to/3pIb7ij

Insecticide/Miticide – (many bug sprays don’t kill spider mites, this one does) – https://amzn.to/3pHKREw

Systemic houseplant insecticide – https://amzn.to/36MuoX8

Espoma Rose Tone (fertilizer for roses and flowering perennials) – https://amzn.to/3m8OGkU

Full disclosure – the last four product links will be much cheaper if you can find them in your local garden center.  I’ve put them here so that you can see what they are called and what they look like, but I’d advise that you buy from these links only as a last resort.

Fresh Spring Grass

Every year I look forward to spring with excitement and hope. I was trying for the smell of freshly mown grass with this diffuser recipe. I really hope you enjoy it too!

Link to my Etsy shop, Matilda and Clementine where I sell many different collector houseplants.

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Products I use and (therefore) recommend:

Planty friends – Feel free to use these links to the products that I use for my houseplants.  I receive a small percentage of any sales through these links, so feel free not to use them if that bothers you.

Horticultural 1/4” pumice – https://amzn.to/2KfcNPT

Horticultural perlite – https://amzn.to/3f9wwvE

Coco coir – https://amzn.to/2UBBiZF

Orchid Bark – Extra small chips – https://amzn.to/38OXWWJ

Orchid Bark – Small chips – https://amzn.to/3kA8HOU

Earthworm castings – https://amzn.to/38TRkGw

Coco Loco potting mix – https://amzn.to/2UHV3OY

GE Balanced Spectrum grow light bulb – https://amzn.to/3fdeAAu

Monios L LED grow lights – 2 ft. – https://amzn.to/391NmeS

Heat Mat (for propagating) – https://amzn.to/2MSezbk

Heat Mat w/ Thermostat – https://amzn.to/2PIjCwc

Bonsai scissors – https://amzn.to/33a6F29

Hygrometer (humidity monitor) – https://amzn.to/32WtiqO

Moisture meter sticks – https://amzn.to/35FR7Vk

Horticultural charcoal – https://amzn.to/2UKOv25

Organic houseplant fertilizer liquid – https://amzn.to/3pIb7ij

Insecticide/Miticide – (many bug sprays don’t kill spider mites, this one does) – https://amzn.to/3pHKREw

Systemic houseplant insecticide – https://amzn.to/36MuoX8

Espoma Rose Tone (fertilizer for roses and flowering perennials) – https://amzn.to/3m8OGkU

Full disclosure – the last four product links will be much cheaper if you can find them in your local garden center.  I’ve put them here so that you can see what they are called and what they look like, but I’d advise that you buy from these links only as a last resort.

Mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you.

How to Care for the Raven ZZ

The Raven ZZ plant is gaining popularity with houseplant collectors and it’s easy to see why. They have beautiful black leaves and stems except for the new growth which comes in a bright chartreuse color. They contrast nicely with other plant foliage which is great if you are a plant collector or they look beautiful by themselves as a statement plant.

The ZZ plant has a lovely structural shape that makes it interesting to look at all by itself or paired with your other favorite plants.

If you are new to the Raven ZZ, this article should give you some guidance in caring for them. We will discuss; watering, light, best location in the house, temperature, fertilizer, humidity, flowers, insects, diseases, pruning, propagation and toxicity.

The scientific name of the Raven ZZ plant is Zamioculas zamiifolia ‘Dowon’. It is most commonly called the Raven ZZ or ZZ ‘Raven’ by plant collectors.

ZZ plants are endemic to East and South Africa which tells us how to care for them. ZZ plants store water in their stems and in large rhizomes that look similar to small potatoes. Their ability to store so much water in their stems and roots lets us know that they are accustomed to droughts in nature. Our care should mimic the ZZ’s natural habitat if we want it to thrive in our homes.

Watering – Water deeply but only once the soil has dried out in the pot. I make sure that the potting mix has dried out down several inches before I even consider watering my ZZ plants. You can check the moistness of soil with your finger or with a moisture meter. Once I know my plant is dried out, I take it to the sink and use the sprayer nozzle to moisten the soil until water drains out the bottom of the pot. (Drainage holes in the planter are a must for the ZZ plant.) Make sure to provide it a fast-draining potting mix and let all excess water drain out of the pot after watering.

Light requirements – Medium to bright light is what I recommend for ZZ plants even though that is not what any other website or blog will tell you. Unfortunately, ZZ plants have been marketed for years as only requiring low light. It is certainly true that they can live in low light. But if you want a plant that grows and thrives, you will have to offer more than low light levels. If your plant is stalled in its growth, it needs a brighter location in the house.

Best Location in the House – If you are able to give your Raven ZZ a spot in an East facing window, it will thrive. I have also grown them in a North facing window, fairly successfully, but they really do want more light if possible. I haven’t grown one in a West facing window personally, but I’d imagine that a ZZ would do very well in a West window.

Temperature requirements – Like most houseplants, the Raven ZZ will live happily in the same temperatures that we humans like to live in.

Fertilizer – Dilute fertilizer by half. I believe that if my plants are actively growing, they need to be given fertilizer. Even if that happens to be during the winter. If you don’t believe in fertilizer in the winter, try offering fertilizer from the beginning of March through the fall and then give the plant a break from fertilizer during the winter.

New growth on the ZZ ‘Raven’ comes in a bright chartreuse in contrast to its mature leaves which are a deep glossy black.

Humidity – Normal household humidity levels are completely appropriate.

Flowers – ZZ plants do produce flowers, but not very commonly. Their flowers are reminiscent of a Peace Lily’s bloom.

Insects – I brought home some spider mites on three Raven ZZ plants at the beginning of 2020. (Which is why I always preach that we should examine our plants carefully before bringing them into our home. Why didn’t I follow my own advice, you may wonder? We may never know…) I had to isolate the plants and treat them but after a few weeks the mites were gone.

It seems that ZZ plants are not too likely to have pest issues. Of course, insects are always a possibility on our indoor plants. Some of the pests you may experience on your ZZ plants are mealy bugs, aphids, scale, white flies, fungus gnats or spider mites. And most likely, the “plague” will have spread from a nearby infested plant.

Pruning – Pruning ZZ plants is almost completely unnecessary. Simply remove any dead or damaged leaves by hand to keep your plant clean and it should be happy.

Propagation – The Raven ZZ propagates just like regular ZZ plants by leaves, stem cuttings and by pups (small plantlets growing from the “mother” plant). However, the Raven ZZ is a patented plant and cannot legally be propagated by anyone other than Costa Farms.

Toxicity – All parts of the Raven ZZ plant are considered to be toxic to dogs, cats and humans. Like most (all?) Aroids, ZZ plants have small crystalized minerals that can cause swelling in the throat, tongue and lips, difficulty swallowing and vomiting.

If you have children or pets that may be interested in your ZZ plant, my advice is to keep this plant out of their reach.

Link to my Etsy shop, Matilda and Clementine where I sell many different collector houseplants.

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References for this article:

Patrick, Lee. (2016, Feb. 23). ZZ Plant: A Narrative Guide.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden. https://www.bbg.org/gardening/article/zz_plant_a_narrative_guide

(2022). Raven ZZ Plant. Costa Farms. https://www.costafarms.com/plants/raven-zz-plant

My 2022 Houseplant Wishlist

It is becoming a difficult task to make plant wish lists. I am personally at a place in my plant collecting where I will either have to build a glass house on our property to grow my plants or give up on the hobby entirely. That’s it. That’s where we’re at, my friends.

Actually, my way of dealing with the space issue is I have to keep only my favorite plants. All of the plants I grow are my favorites, there’s no room in my house for any plants that kept just to impress others or because they’re a popular plant. I have to choose very carefully when it comes to new plants. Any new plants that come in our home mean getting rid of one of the favorites I already own (#firstworldproblems). Something I do like about my situation is that I am forced to make mindful choices whenever I am plant shopping.

With those issues in mind, my list this year has nine plants. My plan is to try one new plant at a time and to grow it for several months before deciding if it becomes a “favorite”. If so, it will stay and take the place of one of my other plants which will then have to be sold off.

#9 Hoya multiflora – It may baffle you, Reader, that this Hoya is on my list. Even a year ago I wouldn’t have included it on my wish list, I used to think of it as rather plain. In the past, I collected Hoyas almost exclusively for their beautiful and interesting foliage with no care whatever for their flowers. But after 2021 gave me loads of Hoya blooms, I’ve begun to look at Hoyas with a new set of eyes. If you haven’t Googled the blooms of Hoya multiflora, you really should. You might add it to your list too.

#8 Philodendron ‘Dean McDowell’ – These Philos have large pillowy, heart-shaped leaves. Oh yes please! When I consider the shortage of space in our home, I don’t plan on buying this plant any time soon. Maybe someday when I have a house with an attached conservatory. What??? A girl can dream.

#7 Hoya gunung gading – This is the only plant that has remained on my wish list from last year. (You can see my 2021 Houseplant Wishlist here.) I’ll just share the same description of this Hoya from last year…This plant is one that I desire to own because of the colors it is capable of displaying. It can literally look like a rainbow. The leaves, under sun-stress conditions, will have red, purple, orange, brown and yellow colors as well as their beautiful jungle green (non-sun-stressed) color. This Hoya has strong dark veining and rather large paddle-shaped leaves.

#6 Anthurium pallidiflorum – Have you grown Anthurium? I haven’t yet. But I’m willing to give it a go for this amazing plant. It has extremely long, pendant leaves that are thick and strappy, like belt straps. If you’re not familiar with it, it is very similar to Anthurium vittarifolium except that A. pallidiflorum’s leaves have a luxurious velvety texture. I’m willing to try a new genus of plants because I am so taken with this beautiful plant.

#5 Syngonium steyermarkii – I’m a Syngonium lover and this one has leaves that are really different from most houseplants. It’s extremely pricey and that’s if you can even find a cutting for sale. So I doubt I’ll get to add this plant to my collection in 2022. But, I’d sure like to grow one.

#4 Philodendron ‘Patriciae’ – Here’s another large jungle plant and this one has super long, rippled leaves. The mature leaves of P. ‘Patriciae’ are a thing of beauty. And just like with the P. ‘McDowell’, I won’t purchase this plant until/unless I have space from selling off a plant.

#3 Hoya EPC-319 PG-04 – There are so many names for this Hoya it can be confusing to know what is available out there. I’ll go ahead and list all the names I found this plant listed as so you can look it up if you want to – Hoya PG 04, Hoya sp. PG04, Hoya EPC 319, Hoya sp. Zambales, Hoya mini wayetti, and Hoya mini kentiana are the names I found in just a few minutes of searching. There are probably even more out there.

It is called mini wayetti/kentiana because the leaves are shaped and colored exactly like a Hoya wayetti, just a miniature version. It’s easy to see why people are wanting to get ahold of this one. This Hoya is such a cutie and I can usually find room for a new window plant so it’s the perfect plant for my wish list.

#2 Hoya ‘Kaimuki’ – This Hoya is a hybrid of Hoya archboldiana and Hoya macgillivrayi. The flowers are huge just like both of its parent plants and the blooms last for weeks. I also really like the long deep green foliage too so I hope to own this plant in 2022.

#1 Philodendron ‘Florida Beauty’ – If you don’t look up any of the other plants on this list, at least look at some pictures of this one. Just looking at these plants lowers my blood pressure. They have the same leaf shape as Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ and Philodendron pedatum and they can start growing mature leaves fairly quickly which I like too. If I can find one with nice variegation and a decent price tag, I’ll certainly make room for it here.

That’s it for me. Which plants are on your wish list for 2022? Do we have any wish list plants in common?

I do hope your 2022 is plant-filled. Thanks for reading!

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Did I Get My 2021 Wishlist Plants?

So, the idea for this blog is simple…I’ll go through my houseplant wish list from last year and let you know if I got the plant or not. If I didn’t get the plant, I’ll let you know if it’s on my 2022 wish list and why or why not. If I did get the plant, I’ll tell you how it’s doing and give you my thoughts about it. Thankfully, my wish list was a short one last year (Here’s the original blog Houseplant Wishlist 2021).

#6 Wish List plant – Hoya deykeae

I didn’t get it, friends. I still have a crush on the H. deykeae. But at this point I am thinking that I have enough drama in the Hoya family currently (I’m looking at you, Callistophylla!) without adding another fussy queen to my collection.

(Update edit: One of my Instagram friends has offered to trade me a Hoya deykeae cutting for a cutting of my beautiful Hoya vitellina. We’ll trade when the weather is warm enough to safely ship plants so it looks like I’ll be crossing this one off of my list in a few weeks. Bring on the deykeae drama.)

#5 Wish List plant – Hoya gunung gading

I couldn’t afford it and so still don’t own this plant. I remain just as smitten and, thankfully, the price of this plant has dropped down. But I think I’m going to wait for the price to fall a bit more. It still commands a hefty price tag (it’s running $185 – $200 for a cutting with two to three leaves) and is a notoriously difficult to grow Hoya. I’ll leave it on my wish list for 2022 since it is still one of the most beautiful Hoyas in existence, but I have no plans to purchase it until the price falls significantly. In case I get it and then kill it.

#4 Wish List plant – Rhaphidophora decursiva

I found this one, dear Reader. It’s everywhere nowadays. I assume the R. decursiva has been tissue cultured because it has been in every garden center I’ve visited since about August of 2021.

Grow, baby, grow! My Rhaphidophora decursiva is taking a break from growing this winter.

My plant is actually two plants that I potted up together. It lives down in my basement which is not providing ideal temperatures or humidity this winter. The lack of prime conditions has stalled its growth but I’m looking forward to a massive jungle plant in the upcoming growing season (see photo above).

#3 Wish List plant – Hoya carnosa ‘Argentea Princess’

Heck no, I didn’t get this one. I actually only found one for sale in the past year. It was in an auction on Facebook and the opening bid was $1,000. So, no, I don’t own this plant. Also, I’m going to take it off of my wish list for 2022 because I’m not feeling gaga about it anymore. I don’t even think the price has soured me on this plant, I’ve lost the “need” to own it. Have you ever lost the desire for a plant that used to be on your wish list? Make sure to comment below with your plant wish list experiences.

#2 Wish List plant – Hoya ‘Larisa’

I bought this one! If memory serves, I got this Hoya at the beginning of 2021. It is still one of my favorite plants after owning it. Larisa has some truly lovely leaves and seems to be an easy care plant.

My Hoya ‘Larisa’ is one of my favorite plants.

It arrived with two leaves originally and has given me two more leaves under my care (see photo above). I’m hoping to get many more leaves this year now that the plant is acclimated to my environment. Also after growing it for a year I feel like I have a decent knowledge of its care needs.

#1 Wish List plant – Hoya carnosa ‘Nova Ghost’

I did not get this plant. But…I just purchased a very similar looking Hoya that is (in my opinion) even prettier than the NG. The Hoya I bought is called Hoya nicholsoniae ‘New Guinea Ghost’. Both plants have silvery gray leaves, but I like the leaf shape of the NGG better than the leaves of the NG. Additionally, the leaves of the NGG can sunstress to the loveliest purple/pink color which perfectly complements the shiny silver leaf coating. You should really take a minute and Google some photos of this plant.

You may be wondering why I didn’t put the NGG on my wish list last year and the answer is simple. I didn’t even know it existed. Now that I have seen many examples of both plants, it’s quite simple. I love the New Guinea Ghost. I don’t even have my plant yet because Ohio is currently being pounded with ice, snow and wind; just a typical January for us. The seller agreed to keep my plant and ship it when the weather permits. Until then, it’ll be visions of the New Guinea Ghost dancing in my head.

I really enjoyed going back through my wish list with you. I feel proud that I didn’t get all of the plants on it. It makes me feel like I’ve curated my plant collection thoughtfully over the past year.

I hope you are all doing well, staying safe and keeping warm. Take care, my friends.

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My 10 Favorite Hoyas – Winter 2021 Edition

I just made it through a long dry spell where I fell out of love with my Hoyas. Perhaps nursing multiple cases of root rot caused my apathy, we may never know for sure. Ha. What I can say is that I’m thrilled to be loving my Hoyas again.

10. Hoya lacunosa (Black) – I found this Hoya at a Lowe’s about six months ago. I grabbed it up and spent the next few months nursing it back to health. I’m so glad I did because it is a really beautiful plant. I’ve never seen black leaves on a Hoya lacunosa, but it’s a close relative of H. krohniana which has a black leaf form so it makes sense that H. lacunosa can have black leaves too. I’m so happy I found this Hoya. It feels really special.

9. Hoya pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’ – Three of these Hoyas live in my house, so I guess it’s safe to say that they are a favorite. Their growth is about the fastest of any of the Hoyas that I have owned and their leaves are simple and beautiful. If you are a Hoya lover and don’t own one, you should add this one to your wishlist.

Top left – Hoya callistophylla. The new leaf is the biggest one. Top right – Hoya ‘Seanie’. Bottom left – Hoya lacunosa with beautiful black leaves covered in silver splashes. Bottom right – Hoya pubicalyx ‘Royal Hawaiian Purple’.

8. Hoya ‘Seanie’ – I love this Hoya for two reasons. First, is the beautiful and rather unusual leaf shape. Second is the dark, almost black, leaves. One of the parents of Hoya ‘Seanie’ is Hoya archboldiana, so I hope I’ll get to see those giant Hoya blooms someday.

7. Hoya callistophylla – This poor Hoya almost died a horrible death by root rot just over a year ago. Then it sat for the following year and did not grow one leaf or stem. I figured all was lost but it must have used the time to recover its root system. At the beginning of December, a full year and two months after its near death experience, I found the tiniest new growth point. Within a few days the tiny growth point began forming a leaf which is now the largest leaf on the plant. There are currently two tiny new leaves growing as well. Long story short (too late), I’ve fallen back in love with Hoya callistophylla. Hopefully she keeps giving me beautiful new leaves.

Top left – Hoya crassipetiolata. The leaves on this plant are some of my most favorite Hoya leaves. Top right – Hoya polyneura. This Hoya is one of the most beautiful Hoyas in my opinion. Bottom left – Hoya ‘Viola’. Bottom right – Hoya callistophylla ‘Kalimantan’. The top two leaves are brand new.

6. Hoya callistophylla ‘Kalimantan’ – I feel like this Hoya looks exactly like the regular H. callistophylla except with bigger and longer leaves. So H. callistophylla on steroids basically.

5. Hoya wayetti variegata – One of the easiest Hoyas to care for in my opinion is Hoya wayetti. The variegated H. wayetti is just as easy care as the non-variegated plant. They have both bloomed for me which always endears Hoyas to me. The leaves on the variegated plant sun stress to a brilliant pink (pictured below).

The completely gorgeous variegated Hoya wayetti.

4. Hoya ‘Viola’ – Like many of the other Hoyas on this list, H. ‘Viola’ has recently been giving me new leaves. Giant new leaves to be specific. The new leaves also are coming in a deep forest green color as compared to the smaller, pale green leaves it had been giving me. I’m not sure why the difference in leaf size and color and I’m certainly not complaining.

3. Hoya polyneura – I got this plant in July as a tiny cutting with three leaves. It began growing as soon as it acclimated and is now a decently long plant. My plan is to take several cuttings, root them and then replant them all together to make a lovely full planter of Hoya polyneura. I’ll probably wait until spring to take the cuttings since it has slowed its growth recently.

2. Hoya crassipetiolata (Splash) – This beauty is a wishlist plant for me. I got it as a Christmas gift from my husband (bless him) who understands my desperate love of Hoyas. I’ve only had it for a few weeks so I haven’t even seen it grow, but I’m including it on this list in the hopes that someday it will be a big gorgeous plant.

Hoya linearis blooms smell like soft citronella.

1. Hoya linearis – My H. linearis is actually taller than I am. Not hyperbole, I can actually hold it over my head and it is still touching the ground. I’d say it’s just under six feet tall. H. linearis is easily my favorite Hoya at the moment. I think maybe it’s always my favorite. This Hoya has never given me any grief which makes any plant a more attractive one to me. This is the first time this Hoya has bloomed for me (in two years) and they are certainly worth the wait. They are the longest lived Hoya blooms I’ve ever seen and the scent is like a light citronella. Not overpowering, just a light perfume when you enter the room. I took what felt like hundreds of cuttings of this plant in the fall and they are currently propagating. Fingers crossed, I should have several of these for sale in my Etsy shop in the spring.

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Plant Disaster – My Giant Rhaphidophora Snapped

If I had given this plant the proper support, we wouldn’t be here right now…

I was innocently walking through my living room and I heard a snapping sound followed by my huge, beautiful Rhaphidophora tetrasperma tipping off of a plant stand and crashing down onto the floor. Lechuza pon spilled all over the carpeting and the three stems of my plant had all snapped right off the top of my plant.

Just like that, my big beautiful plant is reduced to a fraction of its size.

This Rhaphidophora had been growing in my living room for just over two years. It came to me in September of 2019 as a four leaf stem cutting. This was back when you could not buy a Rhaphidophora in the United States. I had attempted several disastrous imports of the plant, each dying more quickly than the last and completely destroying my planty confidence. Finally, I found a U.S. seller with a few stem cuttings for sale. It arrived in rough shape, but I managed to baby it through that rough transition time and slowly but surely, it became the huge jungle leaved plant that I had been dreaming of.

Before it was broken, my plant reached all the way to our 9 foot ceiling and then trailed back down about another 3 feet.

Until I broke my poor baby.

Three broken stems and Lechuza pon all over the carpet. Sigh…

So be warned by me and give your plants some proper supports to climb. I’ve actually linked the moss poles that I’m now using down below if you are interested. No more bamboo poles for my plants. I’ve learned my lesson.

Upon further reflection, I also think that my plant was terribly unbalanced because I refused to propagate it. What I mean is, if I had taken cuttings and grown them all around my bamboo poles (or a moss pole), they would have balanced each other out and the potential for tipping over would have gone down drastically. So I’m vowing to you now that I will not be afraid to cut my expensive or rare plants anymore.

I plan to start cutting immediately…I’m looking at you, Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’!

New leaves on my Philodendron ‘Florida Ghost’ come in a bright, beautiful white.

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