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different plants in same container

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 2:36 am
by laura6750
New Gardener - received as a gift (April 06) a container with an African Violet and some type of Daylily. Both were in bloom for a long time. Have move and now have time to take more care of it. The daylily is in bloom again, so I think I am doing the watering part okay. However, I sometimes gets leaves that turn yellow? Theses are ones closes to the bottom. It does show that there is new leaves and blooms coming up. With the daylilies(white bloom with green and yellow/white spotted leaves), I just water once a week and removed dead blooms and leaves. It is kept in a room with access to sun, but it is in the corner.

African Violet - I think it needs to be repotted and move closer to the window (not enough sunlight?). It is like it is in a dormant state and the daylily covers most of the pot.

Should I repot? What other plants are low maintenance, and pretty flowers? :?:

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 5:00 am
by Newt
Hi Laura,

Are you certain it's a daylily? Daylily - Hemerocallis is an outdoor perennial and I can't imagine it surviving indoors over the winter. Could it be a calla lily. Is this what your plant looks like?

If so, it's a bulb and you should separate the African violet and put it in it's own pot. African violets prefer to dry a bit before watering and callas prefer a moist soil.
What other plants are low maintenance, and pretty flowers?
I'm thinking you mean houseplants. Peace Lily or Spathiphyllum will bloom on and off if kept in a bright spot and fertilized with an organic fertilizer such as fish emulsion or fish emulsion mixed with seaweed. The fish emulsion has an odor but it dissipates after you water.

Αnthurium is another pretty bloomer.

Gardenia can be a bit tricky, but with the right conditions and some milk fertilizer they can bloom prolifically.

Once you feel a bit more confident Orchids bloom for long periods of time. If potted in the correct orchid pot with the proper orchid growing medium, they can be easy care. Stay with the easy ones first - Cymbidium, Dendrobium and Phalaenopsis.

For blooming indoor plants I also use milk, cooled veggie cooking water that has NO salt added and cooled water from hard or soft boiling eggs. For the milk I just fill the empty container with water and use that to water my plants.


Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:54 pm
by laura6750
I was told that it was a daylily, but research it and found it to be a peacelily. So, there is a peace lily, african violet and another plant. I have repotted all three. I think this will help them. I think the peace lily was taking over the container.

I have to say that I love the peace lily because it is very easy to grow.

The other plant in the pot had no flowers, but is a broad leave with whitish-yellow spot. Do you know what type of house plant this was?

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:16 pm
by Newt
Laura, glad you separated them. I have two different varieties of peace lilies and they are very large.

The broad leafed plant with the yellow spots could anything. Take a look through these pages and see if you can id it.


Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 5:34 pm
by laura6750
I think it is a Dieffenbachia Tropic Snow. It is the closest to it. Maintenance tips?

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:37 pm
by Newt
Laura, nice plant. If you click on the picture at that site you'll get the care info.

The care for all Dieffenbachia is the same no matter what cultivar.