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Does anyone here know much about plants?

I adore plants and I've been acquiring quite a few house plants since this past June. I'm doing my best to care for them, and none of them have died yet. But I want to make sure I'm doing everything right, and I have a few specific questions about some of the plants. For instance, some of the growth on my spider plants seem to limp at a certain part, like they can't hold themselves up. If anyone here thinks they'd be able to help me feel free to comment!!




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I love plants and had horrible luck with them because I over watered them or didn't give them enough water, a friend told me to buy a plant moisturizer meter which also has a soil analysis meter built in as well. You can check the PH levels of your soil and this will help balance out the levels your soil is at if its too high. This meter takes out all the guess work of sticking your hands or fingers in the soil to see if your plants need water.

You can find them in most hardware stores/walmart etc.




There are tons of plant sites online that can give you loads of advice about how to care for your plants. I use to view quiet a few sites and learned lots of tricks to keep my plants healthy and alive.
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A picture would help Abby. Spider plants do best in a hanging basket this way the spiderettes that they produce will hang down. The spiderettes often start out as small white flowers. And I am wondering if this is what you are describing when you say it is limp in some parts of the plant. Water them well but don't allow them to become soggy as they can get root rot. They actually prefer to dry out some between waterings. They also prefer to be semi-pot bound. Only re-pot when the large fleshy roots become visible and it becomes difficult to water them. At that time you can divide the mother plant or you can also produce new plants from the spiderettes. Spider plants also enjoy cooler temperatures between 55-65F or 13-18C.
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I couldn't be of any assistance but I do have a dracaena marginata and Aloe barbadensis so far. I used to have a lot of cacti but they've been at my grandparents for ages. In fact, I think they may have gotten rid But yeah, I'm looking to build up my collection, particularly in the reptile room!
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Thank you everyone. I'm going to look into that @Mr Peepers ! And I will definitely post photos in a bit, I was curious if there was anyone here that even knew much about plants before I wasted time posting anything more about them. I do love plants; they are so rewarding. @catalinadee you should definitely start bringing some home!



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Thank you everyone. I'm going to look into that @Mr Peepers ! And I will definitely post photos in a bit, I was curious if there was anyone here that even knew much about plants before I wasted time posting anything more about them. I do love plants; they are so rewarding. @catalinadee you should definitely start bringing some home!

I'm going to start up a pile of plants again just for the reason that I found they filtered a lot of the air in the den where my birds were. I felt like the air was a lot more fresh in there and it looked great as well.

I've had some really bad luck buying plants from plant shops and other stores, when I bring them home and find out in a few weeks that they are infected with spider mites which quickly spread to everything else and kill everything in its wake, so its always good to start asking friends and family for snips or growths off their plants and get your green on with healthy home plants.
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Spider mites? That doesn't sound good! My 3 spider plant babies (who are now making babies that I'm starting) came from a friend at work who has a ton of them and has had them forever. The rest of my plants have mainly come from Lowes, I haven't had any problems with them though. How can you see said spider mites?

Also where else would you suggest to buy plants?




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Spider mites? That doesn't sound good! My 3 spider plant babies (who are now making babies that I'm starting) came from a friend at work who has a ton of them and has had them forever. The rest of my plants have mainly come from Lowes, I haven't had any problems with them though. How can you see said spider mites?

Also where else would you suggest to buy plants?
Cool, spider plants can be so nice hanging in baskets in and outside so get the babies ready for planting soon and you will have green everywhere.

Spider mites are easy to see they are tiny but they crawl under the leaves of every type of plant in masses you can't miss them. The sure sign you have them is there are piles of webs around all the stems where the leaves meet the base of the plants.

It's such a pain to deal with them, you need to quarantine every plant and spray them with an insecticide soap that's never seemed to work for me.

I've bought plants at small plant stores in and around the city as well as flower shops as they usually get in a supply of small starter plants early in spring (these can be cheap and are good deals). Walmart has decent priced plants and a lot of the grocery stores here always have plants in early spring for in an outside of your home so there are lots of options here to buy, I've just been lazy and not bothered with plants due to other commitments.




This is one of my favorite plants to buy its called a Gold Dust plant, every one I've ever bought or was given always had spider mites.

They can easily hide in these plants due to the color of the gold splotches on the greenery.

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Does any sort of webby-ness always indicate them? Will the plants for sure die if you have them? @Mr Peepers
Oh and do you know much about cacti?




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Does any sort of webby-ness always indicate them? Will the plants for sure die if you have them? @Mr Peepers
Oh and do you know much about cacti?
A web mess around the plant means you have spider mites, you can easily see them. They are tiny blobs but they move quite quickly and in mass, you usually see them underneath the leaves.

They suck the plants dry of any nutrients and you can see the leaves dying off turning brown and yellowy white. The leaves usually fall off the plant in piles.... this is when you know its too late.

I've never had the typical prickly cactus plants that flower, I've had
aloe vera which grows large and easily with little work.

I like strange plants like the lipstick plant and the goldfish plant.

I don't see this as a lipstick but then what do I know about lipstick?




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These plants are easy to grow and interesting, this is called a Prayer plant (maranta) it has many types of variegated leaves so you can get different colors and patterns. The plant unfurls its leaves in the morning and then rolls the leaves closed each evening. Always fun to watch.



Curled and closed up for the evening.




Another favorite for me is any color or type of african violets. They are easy to keep and they have amazing colors to offset all that greenery of your other plants.




My all time favorite house plant is a Hoya, its a creeper type plant that loves to twirl around itself and can stay pot bound in a small pot without needing to be transplant to larger pots. It has tons of different varieties of colored flowers that bloom in a ball shape.




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