Wheelgarden, I have a couple large majestic palms, they seem happy in the north windows. And a dieffenbachia that likes the only South window available. African Violets and Christmas Cactus are also happy in south kitchen window. And 2 medjul date palms that I started from seed like East. They were just a fun thing to do, when they get to any huge size they will be outta here or given away.
Rubber figs (I'm not sure about other figs) can do pretty well on low light if other conditions are optimal. They like acidic soil. They like to be fed. They don't seem to tolerate standing water very well at all compared to most houseplants; I would recommend never letting water pool at all, if you can help it.
I recommend growing a golden pothos. They prosper even in low light. Realize that they seem to grow roots fast; a bigger pot will probably mean a bigger plant no matter how big you make the pot. In the wild, the leaves get huge (and change shape) when they climb trees and mature. The ones we usually have as houseplants are in juvenile form. I'm hoping to some day get mine to mature to a new leaf phase, but I don't know how easy that is.
Holiday cacti are great for low light, too. I have a bunch of them. I like that they release their oxygen at night.
However, most of mine are in south window light (because that's where I have to put them).
Post by gardendmpls on Oct 19, 2021 9:15:22 GMT -5
Your sources are more popular magazine takes on CAM rather than scientific. I think many are based on the assumption that since the plants aren't taking in carbon dioxide for photosynthesis during the day, they must be doing photosynthesis (which releases oxygen) at night. The plant's stomates, through which gas exchange occurs, are kept closed during the day in the CAM plants, which live in very hot, dry climates. This is done to prevent water loss. What is actually going on is that they take in the carbon dioxide at night instead of day, store it in the form of an acid and convert it back to carbon dioxide during the day for photosynthesis. I found these scientific sources interesting. Went through a lot of them just to find the most readable:
I was admiring the lush growth of the various wondering jew plants I have on a table under the chestnut tree and was thinking I really needed to bring them inside the other day. My walk through the yard today revealed that the deer had munched every one of them back. Thankfully they grow pretty quick and I already have some cuttings potted in the house.
Post by Wheelgarden on Oct 26, 2021 15:11:12 GMT -5
Thanks for reminding me, emmsmommy ...I need to bring my potted Purple Queen wandering jew inside. Started two large pots this Summer, and I want to have enough for indoors and an outdoor planting next year. It is really pretty.
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centralilrookie, It's a Thanksgiving cactus. There are also Christmas and Easter ones that look the same except for the leaves. This one looks like the Thanksgiving one. It's beautiful and love the color! It must be rather old. A friend of mine has one that is near 100 years old, been in her family all that time.
I have one that I salvaged from step mom. I don't really care for it's white blooms, but I keep it and have a start in another pot.
Post by breezygardener on Nov 26, 2021 16:25:58 GMT -5
I have a slew of them - all either Thanksgiving or Christmas blooming ones, although a few will continue blooming well into Spring. Have lots of different colors - red, pale pink, screaming magenta, white, two that are yellowish/gold, & one that's an unusual combination of both deep pink & red in each flower.
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I have several also. One is loaded with buds and will probably start blooming any day now. One has much smaller buds and will probably bloom closer to Christmas. I have one that was my mothers, but it hasn't bloomed in years. The others bloom in the spring, must be Easter cactus.centralilrookie,that's a beauty.