I know it seems like I am pretty much focused on my Fiddle Leaf Fig....but I do have an entire plant family I'd love to show you all. So, without further adieu:
Ornamental Peppers. These were a thanksgiving gift from my Gram (11/24/2016). I read that they usually are annuals or perennials, but so far I have had great success with its crop. They're far too hot to eat according to one website, but they are so cute to look at! I recently split the two stalks into two separate plants (two days ago), so they look a little weepy right now. I think they miss each other. I'm hoping they will continue growing because I can't get enough of those rich green leaves and bright orange peppers! OBSESSED. (Click for full size picture)
Hendra Helix (Ivy). I bought this with the intent to grow it up (or down) a ladder I got at Hobby Lobby. Well, during that same shopping spree I just had to buy the lopsided pot and put my Ivy in it! It looks absolutely fantastic. It is one of my more neglected houseplants, which it is totally fine with! It has already produced two baby leaves despite the lack in watering. I have it placed under a fluorescent plant light so it can soak up the rays all day long.
Jade. This stuff grows soooooo slowly. I stole two baby sprouts from my Gram in Late November/Early December and it has barely grown... Which is to be expected from the research I have done. It too lives on the counter under the grow light and is growing more and more as each week passes. And by more and more I mean two itty-bitty leaves have sprouted from each stalk. Stay tuned for its progress.
Ariel, the Orchid. Josh had been wanting an Orchid so bad he couldn't stand it (I am not a huge fan of flowers as you probably already know from my previous post), but I was at Walmart checking out and they had one moderately sized Phalaenopsis left and it was $9.99 so I said "Hey, worth a shot." It fell over three times on the way home and I figured it was a sign I would surely kill it. It is a winter bloomer and had five beautiful flowers along the top of the stalk (in less than a month I am down to two flowers). When and how I am supposed to trim the stalk this spring boggles me, so I have more research to do... Oh well here goes nothing. I read that when the leaves are droopy, it means that the plant has gone without water during its time alive. I have since maintained adequate soil moisture, and the leaves are stiffening right up!
Mint. Mint is a fast-growing little booger! It makes my heart happy because I am human and I honestly get impatient at times. This is the perfect plant for that because it seems that every night before bed there is something new and exciting sprouting from the soil inside this tiny 4" pot. Gram (again) gave me some mint from her garden (roots intact), and I took it home wrapped in wet paper towels and planted it that night in soil. Since I planted it on January 28, 2017, it has shot up 3 or 4 new stalks! Today I fertilized it for the first time and set it outside to bask in the 78 degree sunshine for a few hours (honestly this was because I accidentally flooded the plant and needed the clay to heat up fast and dry the soil out as much as possible). My goal is to get a large bush growing out over the edges of the pot that I can mist and fill the room with that wonderful minty smell.
I also have the Japanese Maple, the Bromeliad, the Ponytail Palm, the Jumbo Fern, and of course my magnum opus (hopefully), the Fiddle Leaf Fig.