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No More Pets....Resorting to Plants!!

So, if I'm not allowed any more pets (as my parents always say) then I guess I have to resort to plants. I love to grow things, although I'm not very experienced. I'd love to learn more.
Things I have recently been thinking about:
*More house plants -- I have a spider plant (I stole the baby from one at school, haha) and it's been doing well in my kitchen! I want more!
*Bonsais --for years I've wanted a bonsai but I've never gotten one!
*Tank full of plants -- My parents insist no fish (see my Freshwater Aquarium thread) but they said nothing about not having a 75gal tank full of plants! I could have a setup, and just put in and care for plants, until they decide I'm allowed to have fish or until I move out.

For starters, what are some easy, cheap house plants? I really love spider plants. I absolutely love that they grow little babies off of them and I can make more spider plants...Are there any other plants like that?
Any other thoughts on all this would be great.




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I can't grow things for the life of me tried spider plants it died had a bonsai tree it died I can't even grow grass! I had little fruit trees only one out of 6 is still living. :/. I gave up on plants.

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Try African violets, they're easy.
Lillies, there's some other succulent but I cant remember their names.
Just remember too much water is just as bad as not enough.
Bonsai are not so easy. I had an angel tree but when I was seriously ill, they had to turn the heating off in my room and it died.

I'd really like another one!
My friends who breed irn! Are Bonsai experts.
He has an oak tree worth like 1000's!

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I love plants Im the one who takes care of the garden and chooses the plants in the summer, I also grow my own veggies in the summer. I had a couple African violets and an aloe plant and a cactus but after the birds became obsessed with landing on my windowsill I had to give the plants away so there were no accidents , my grandma has them now she loves plants too. I also have a bonsai tree but the birds had a fright and Aero landed on the tree and broke it in half, Im pretty sure its dead now Im going to wait until I have my own place before I get more plants lol



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Pothos are wonderful plants, they can be toxic, but only if large quanities are eaten. They are super easy to grow.

Dracaena is another easy to grow plant. I love these.

African violets are beautiful little plants, just make sure you don't get the leaves wet.

My very favorite plants though are orchids, not really cheap like the others, but amazing. Though you can get some of the small ones reasonable. I used to have so many orchids.

I'm trying to remember the names of the other plants I had, I had so many.

It's a shame though you can't get anymore pets, that really stinks.
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thats great!!

Our situation sounds similar Abby I really want a bonsai tree, been wanring one ever since I saw that Geogre Shrinks episode where he breaks his aunts (?) bonsai
I'm getting one on my birthday thats in a month are they budgie safe?

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Congrats Luis, it's beautiful.

I sure miss my orchids.
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I had absolutely no luck with bonsais, but I really love my succulent 'garden' I have going - I have some dwarf aloes, a desert rose, some donkey tails, and some mother of millions. The aloes are like spider plants, one has a little 'baby' growing on the side Easy to care for, I like how I can set them up like a rock garden using the different gravels, and they are very pretty!



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I wish I could keep plants, I've always wanted a Bonsai tree as well!
Sad thing is though, is that I kill plants... not on purpose of course.
I got a Cactus once and I killed it... I don't know what I did! I put it in a larger pot than it came in, using "Catus Dirt" that my mom got me from the garden store, and I watered it once the soil dried out. But, it died.
I mean, how the heck does someone KILL a CACTUS!! Lol.



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Actually Kayla cactus can be sensitive, they can die easily. I've had some live for year and years and some not. Cactus need quite a bit of water as well, most everybody will tell you that they don't need a lot of water, but mine have always much better with lots of water.
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I cant keep Venus fly traps, those are hard!
I do all our gardening and house plants.
I used to keep the ones at work.
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I have a aloe vera and a donkey tail that are sooo neglected... I water them about 2xs a year and they thrive on it...lol. I also have african violets that bloom a lot as they love the window they are in.
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Actually Kayla cactus can be sensitive, they can die easily. I've had some live for year and years and some not. Cactus need quite a bit of water as well, most everybody will tell you that they don't need a lot of water, but mine have always much better with lots of water.
That makes sense! I was sad when it died.



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i cant keep plants , they all die on me.

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Plants always died on me too I killed a lucky bamboo and was very sad about it. I've killed 2 bonsai trees too BUT I'm doing really good with these succulents so maybe my black thumb of death has a little green in it! My gardenia is also doing very well, now that it's out of the pot and in the ground, but that will be staying here. Let's see how my cacti will do in their native environment

This seems to be a trend - bird people can't keep plants! :ROFL:



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i can grow a seedling from ANY seed but after that they die , except my avo tree which is now 1meter tall

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I haven't even attempted to grow anything. I did have a venus fly trap but that's long gone

I do have about 8 cacti though, I love them! I must of had them now for like 4 years? if more!

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I love plants. I got this pack of cacti seeds and about ten of them grew. I still have them but I do need to pot them in different pots.



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