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Indoor Plant Party

February 12, 2010

Living Room Plants

Dining Room/Kitchen Plants

Yesterday it was still sunny when I got home from work, so I took some shots of our indoor collection. I didn’t include a shot of the ferns I don’t water enough, or the awesome wall of staghorn ferns.  Oftentimes I’ll get sick of an indoor plant wanting to make room for new things and it gets released in to the backyard to fend for themselves. They make a good screen for the super ugly building across the street that blocks our beach view.

Check out the gigantic pineapple plant in the above pic. If it could call the plant abuse hotline it would have. It should have been repotted at least a year ago… So last night we came home and noticed a few more ants crawling around the kitchen than normal. Yuck! The pineapple’s buddy, the sickly chenille plant, has been attracting aphids off and on which lead to ant parties, so I checked that shelf first. The ants were having a party on/in the pineapple plant so it had to go outside. There were hundreds of them under the pot freaking out when I lifted it up. I started this guy from an actual pineapple we bought and ate. More info about growing pineapples and its dramatic progress to come. I have a feeling the chenille and the pineapple aren’t going to be very happy out back, but maybe we’ll get lucky.

– Megan Far Out Flora

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2010 2:05 pm

    I can’t stand ants! Or any bug that bothers plants for that matter.

    I enjoy seeing photos of other people’s houseplants, so thanks for sharing!

  2. February 12, 2010 10:29 pm

    Hi Megan
    You do have a collection indoors – good sunny spots by the big glass windows. Not nice to read about the ants though, eww! Hopefully they will survive outside :)

  3. February 13, 2010 7:43 am

    Ants are icky, but they don’t really do anything horribly bad except help out the aphids. I didn’t find any aphids, so who knows why there were freaking out under/in the pineapple.

  4. Mara permalink
    February 28, 2011 4:32 am

    Beautiful collection of plants Flora. There is one more plant I wouldn’t miss adding you your collection. The TickleMe Plant provides my friends and neighbors with hours of entertainment. Our family’s TickleMe Plants will close their leaves and lower their branches when tickled. Ten minutes later they lift their branches back up. Your ants will even get freaked out as when an insect lands on the plant it begins to move like an animal. My students love them to. You can see a video of the plant in action at http://www.ticklemeplant.com They have great kits to grow your own and a book of cool things you can do with your plant!

    • February 28, 2011 7:07 am

      Hey Mara, how timely is your comment. When cleaning about two weeks ago we came across a packet of seeds, Mimosa pudica aka the TickleMe Plant. I also heard it called Sensitive Plant. Reading the back of the packet, looks like this is a good time of the year to sow the seeds to get it to bloom for the summer. We definitely will try it out. Matti

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