Houseplants Succulents and Tropicals

Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals

When I was 9 or 10 years old, I bought a tiny jade plant from the local Kmart with money I earned from shoveling snow.  I cared for that little plant for several years and watched with great happiness and pride as it grew from a two-leafer to a sizable 24″ tall plant.  It was ultimately killed by a rabbit while spending a summer outdoors at my folks’ house, but I’ll never forget that little jade plant.  Almost as a form of over-compensation, I’ve taken great care of my dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) for the last 24 years.  Like the jade plant, it also came from a big box store.  I bought it back in 1999.  From the time I loved and tended my jade plant all those years ago, right up through the present, houseplants, succulents and tropical plants have held a special place in my heart.  I’ll be adding more pics to the houseplants, succulents, and tropicals collection here in ongoing fashion, so please check back in to see what’s new.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll like these shots.  Cheers, and Happy Gardening!

Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
Caladium bulb sending up new growth after winter dormancy. 05-11-24.
Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
The ancient and deadly Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta). This plant is actually a cycad, one of the oldest plant forms on earth. It's sitting outdoors on 04-14-24 here in hardiness zone 5B/6A because, for very short periods, it can tolerate temperatures as low as 20° Fahrenheit.
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My Thanksgiving cactus looks like it may have a surprise in store for me. I see flower buds! Pretty cool, since it already bloomed in November through early January. This photograph, and the next collage, are dated 03-10-24.
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The buds on my Thanksgiving cactus are easy to spot in these close-ups. Also easy to spot here is the plant's leaf shape. This "horned and spiked" shape identifies it as a Thanksgiving cactus (Schlumbergera truncata) as opposed to the two other species of holiday cactus - the Christmas cactus and Easter cactus.
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My little colony of Fairy Washboards, aka Haworthiopsis limifolia.
Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
My Sago palm. Cycas revoluta. This dioecious (separate male and female individuals) plant isn't actually a palm tree, although it definitely looks like one. It's in the Cycad family (Cycadaceae), an ancient plant family more closely related to conifers and other gymnosperms. Sago palms are incredibly toxic, and are potentially deadly if any part is ingested by a human being or animal. Because of its toxicity, I take extreme precautions to ensure that it remains completely and permanently inaccessible to pets, people, and wildlife.
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My Sago palm is still too small and immature for sex determination. This ancient, mysterious, and deadly plant requires extreme caution in its growing and care regimen. If, once it's sufficiently matured, this plant is determined to be female, it could produce seeds (which would be sterile in this case, as there's no male plant around to provide pollination services). The seeds of the Sago palm are the deadliest part of the plant. Extreme care must be taken to make sure they're never ingested by people, pets, or wildlife. If it becomes too difficult to isolate this plant and prevent its ingestion by people, pets, or wildlife, I'll make a gift of it to a facility equipped to keep it safely isolated from potential victims. What a plant, huh?
Houseplants Succulents and Tropicals
One of my peace lilies (a gift from a dear friend of mine and Dee Dee's), blooming in February 2024.
Houseplants Succulents and Tropicals
My little Aeonium castello-paivae. This photo, and the next two, are from February 2024. These little plants make winter more tolerable.
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Haworthiopsis limifolia.
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Crassula ovata. My jade plant.
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My peace lilies, blooming in January of 2024.

The Lxyoug Full Spectrum LED Grow Light.  This is the perfect indoor grow light for all houseplants, succulents, and tropicals.  It’s kept all of my indoor plants healthy, happy, and green.  And, it’s proven to be THE miracle cure for all of my tropical plants that suffer from relocation shock when they first come indoors in the fall after spending the warm and sunny spring and summer months outdoors.  Its flexibility, capability, convenience, and proven effectiveness make this grow light an absolute must-have.  Please read my review of this unit in “Help Your Tropical Plants Recover from Relocation Shock.”  I simply can’t say enough about this product, and I am pleased to wholeheartedly recommend it.  I haven’t found a better lighting solution for my houseplants, succulents, and tropicals than the Lxyoug Full Spectrum LED Grow Light.  Please click the #advertisement link to learn more, or to order it here, directly from Amazon.

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Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
One of my own Lxyoug Full Spectrum LED Grow Lights in action. 3 different light spectrum settings, 10 brightness levels, height that adjusts from 15" to over 6' when fully extended, and total ease of assembly, disassembly, and packing make this THE grow light for my houseplants, succulents, and tropicals.
Houseplants Succulents and Tropicals
A couple of my succulents in January 2024. This pic, and the next one.
My tropical hibiscus, basking in the glow of its grow light on 12-18-23.
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My Thanksgiving cactus. 12-02-23.
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This image, and the next two (dated 11-02-23): My tropical plants in the process of recovering from plant relocation shock.
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My mom's polka-dot plant has just bloomed for the first time ever! 10-08-23. I gave this plant to my mom on Mother's Day, 2022. It was just a tiny plant in a tiny pot. It has thrived and grown, and it's now mine. I will always love it and tend it as my mom did.
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10-07-23. The last full day outdoors for my mandevilla vines. From 10-08-23 throuigh mid-May of 2024, they'll remain indoors.
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Mandevillas and tropical hibiscus (next image) in the rain on 10-05-23.
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This image, and the next one, are dated 10-03-23.

Plants need to eat, including all of those featured here in the “Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals” image gallery.  And, as far as almost every single one of my potted tropical plants is concerned, Espoma Organic Palm-tone is my hands-down choice.  This fabulous organic 4-1-5 fertilizer is formulated especially for tropical plants like palms, cycads, tropical hibiscus, bougainvilleas, and more.  The nutrient formulation of this food, coupled with the beneficial microbe colonies in its Bio-Tone component, ensures that my tropical plants are robust, bushy, and, in the case of my flowering tropicals, covered in huge, vivid blooms.  This is the stuff right here.  Click the #advertisement link to learn more, or to order right here, directly from Amazon.

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One of my bags of the awesome Espoma Organic Palm-tone. This is the food that all of my potted tropical plants receive. Its proprietary blend of nutrients and beneficial microbes ensures vigorous growth and vibrant good health for all of my tropicals.
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09-29-23. My mandevillas will soon be coming indoors for the winter.
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09-24-23.
Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
My bougainvillea on 09-23-23. When autumn grips the land here in hardiness zone 5B/6A, potted tropical plants like this one, along with my mandevillas, dragon tree, and tropical hibiscus, help to keep a colorful, verdant, tropical vibe alive in my soon-to-be dormant perennial cottage/zen garden into the early weeks of October. When frost shows up in the forecast, all of my tropicals come inside and remain there until the middle of the following May.
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Caladium and coleus on 09-10-23.
Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
Tropical hibiscus blooming beautifully on 09-07-23.
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This image, and the next 3, are dated 09-05-23.
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I love my mandevillas! This photo, and the next (which includes a tropical hibiscus) are from 09-03-23. These will all need to come indoors before too long. Bummer. They look great out in the garden mingling with my cottage garden hardy perennials.
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Tropical hibiscus. 09-01-23.
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The very end of August, 2023: this image, and the next one.
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This image, and the next 5, are dated 08-26-23.
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Amaryllis. A Christmas gift from my friend, Kevin Richardson.
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This beautiful bowl garden was a gift from my cousins Carrie Stamos, and Paul Orich and Nykki (née Orich) and Susie (née Orich) in memory of my mother.
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This Zamioculcas zamiifolia was a gift from a dear family friend, Diana Giovane, in memory of my mother.
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I gave my mom this polka dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya) for Mother's Day in 2022 (above left). The Kalanchoe at right is a cutting from an original gift from my sister to my mom. These are my plants now, and I will continue to love them and care for them.
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My 24-year-old dragon tree (Dracaena marginata) at left, and our Norfolk Pine (Araucaria heterophylla), which has served as a supplemental Christmas tree for the past several years.
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My dwarf fig tree (Ficus carica), once it awoke from dormancy.
Houseplants, Succulents, and Tropicals
My baby dwarf fig tree is a tropical plant that will spend its summers outdoors.
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My baby Meyer lemon tree is also a dwarf that spends the colder months indoors.
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This is my new succulents garden. I carefully selected various succulents such as jade plants, moonstones, ice plant, and aloe and planted them in four terra cotta bowls. I added a decorative soil covering of stone in each planter to accent the appearance of the plants. I love these little gardens!
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On the left, another dragon tree is part of the crowd. These all go outdoors when the weather is warm. My mom's poinsettia (right). I'm going to try to keep it going.

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