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    Hi, is anyone good with plants here? Been trying to sustain my potted plants but every single one of them, even indoor types, don't make it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRiShnDaisy
    Hi, is anyone good with plants here? Been trying to sustain my potted plants but every single one of them, even indoor types, don't make it!
    Although indoor potted plants....u need to bring the plants out for some light. Need to buy some of those 'fat' or chemical process thingy for the soil and the plant. Your soil must not be too wet or dry. If you put it in the aircon place, it will dry quicker. You have to water them all the time.

    If possible use rice water (each time your mom wash the rice ask her to pour the 'dirty' rice water into a pail so you can water them) Urine is also good but you must add some water as it's too strong if it's concentrated. (Eh not kidding you)

    Your soil must not be too compact or shallow. Your pot should not be too small. Big is ok. Look for problems under the leaves and the roots (if you have a chance) Sometimes there is worms or small tiny insects. I have been growing my plants for years and so far so good, be it outdoor or indoor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRiShnDaisy
    Hi, is anyone good with plants here? Been trying to sustain my potted plants but every single one of them, even indoor types, don't make it!
    have you tried an "air plant"? you dont even need to water it... cause it feeds of the humidity in the air!
    every other indoor plant still requires quite alot of care...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRiShnDaisy
    Hi, is anyone good with plants here? Been trying to sustain my potted plants but every single one of them, even indoor types, don't make it!
    *runs away*

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    If you also keep fish, combine both hobbies for a win-win situation. When you change the tank water, don't drain away. Instead, water the plants with that "waste" water. Better still, when you change/wash/rinse the filter material, use the collected decomposed waste as ready-made fertiliser. Yeah, that is the dark gooky stuff from un-eaten fish food and also fish ****.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laokayu
    If you also keep fish, combine both hobbies for a win-win situation. When you change the tank water, don't drain away. Instead, water the plants with that "waste" water. Better still, when you change/wash/rinse the filter material, use the collected decomposed waste as ready-made fertiliser. Yeah, that is the dark gooky stuff from un-eaten fish food and also fish ****.
    Yes yes....I use that too.....

    I was looking for the word 'fertiliser' and you gave me the answer...aiya old oredi.......beginning to forget plenty of things

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    Make sure ur room is not too dry in the first place.

    If u're one of those that keeps the aircon running 24/7, make sure u use a spray to keep them wet. Tropical plants do not like dry environments.

    Water them with nutrious 'dirty' rice water, fish tank water. Fertiliser is not a must as too much fertiliser will poison the soil instead and kill the plants. Try fertilising like bimonthly.

    As for the urine part, it acts like a fertiliser too. Since the primary composition of urine is urea and other waste material, it acts like a fertiliser (which, coincidentally consists of urea and other compost materials). Dun piss on ur plants too much. Use ur piss sparingly.... Like once a month or so.

    I'm not so sure, but its said that music and talking to your plants stimulates their growth too. If you've got viagra on hand, u can try mixing viagra with water and seeing the effects. A one-off study by a scientist found out that viagra have a stimulating effect on the plants that boosts their growth rate and keep them from wilting.

    Reference:
    http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99991966

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    Pro Image - Thanks for your advice. Sounds pretty, umm, sound But ah...what do you mean by "soil must not be too compact or shallow"? How do I tell? Mine are those potted plants from Ikea kind...? Where to buy plant fertiliser?

    LiOnElLiN - Never heard of But if it exists, I bet it's expensive, no?

    renegade - U watch out, old boy, juuuust you wait

    laokayu - Err...no fish but got Daisy...my poodle girl. I guess using her poo poo will be too gross right?

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    Ikea kind? Dun think those will last long.

    Maybe u can try and buy catcus from them. Catcuses are quite hardy plants. But if u're a firm believer in Fengshui (my personal opinion), u shld know that its a big no-no in keeping catcuses.

    U can get plant fertiliser from any florists or even hardware shops. Juz look around.

    Doggy poo will do the trick. But the thing in using urine or poo is probably a little gross for indoor plants due to the smell. Still, don't use too much or too frequent poo & urine for small potted indoor plants. Maybe a little bit once a few month.

    Still, get those bottled water spray (a simple one will do) to keep them wet and happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiOnElLiN
    have you tried an "air plant"? you dont even need to water it... cause it feeds of the humidity in the air!
    every other indoor plant still requires quite alot of care...
    Heard of those 'air plants' or those hydroponic methods. But they wun grow up really big right?

    Anyway, ever tried rearing Venus Flytraps? They are one heck of a hardy plant. No joke. All u need to do is to feed them regular household pests like flies, ants and baby cockroaches to keep them happy...

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    Eee...cactuses no fun/ kick. Like green leafy ones. Where do you suggest I buy small potted indoor plants besides Ikea? I really like having greens around the house. Brightens things up!'

    If I were using the poo, do I just dig a hole and drop a 'lil piece in? Please don't tell me I have to mash or stir it about...ugh....

    With regard to the watering, how do I gauge if it's sufficient?

    Venus Flytraps? *gulp* Betta not....dun want it to get Daisy or my finger...

    Thanks, jsbn!

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    I grow my own herbs (thyme, dill, rosemary, and parsley), and I agree with the advice given here. Since I am too lazy to water my herbs every day, I have a self-watering pot. I just make sure I keep it topped up with enough water. You have to water the plants long enough until their roots take hold of the soil though.

    As for fertilizer, I use fertilizer pellets. Because I will be eating these herbs, I wouldn't fertilize them with urine!

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    I saw some air plants in HDB Hub just this evening when I was coming home. I think those plants look awful. Their colour is a greenish-grey... And they were hanging in the air on racks like bananas. But still good for adding that extra bit of green in your home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poledra
    I saw some air plants in HDB Hub just this evening when I was coming home. I think those plants look awful. Their colour is a greenish-grey... And they were hanging in the air on racks like bananas. But still good for adding that extra bit of green in your home.
    hey!! okay, so its small and perhaps looks ugly to you...
    ...but for something which requires almost zero maintenance, its okay lah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfibius
    I grow my own herbs (thyme, dill, rosemary, and parsley), and I agree with the advice given here. Since I am too lazy to water my herbs every day, I have a self-watering pot. I just make sure I keep it topped up with enough water. You have to water the plants long enough until their roots take hold of the soil though.

    As for fertilizer, I use fertilizer pellets. Because I will be eating these herbs, I wouldn't fertilize them with urine!

    Hey Amfibius! Cool! Where did you get your herbs from? Are they difficult to maintain/ sustain? I would like to give it a go Might as well make 'em useful right? I luuuuuurve rosemary!

    Just remembered earthworms. They're good cos they loosen the soil rite? I think the soil in my previous plants was too compact. So if I watered too much at a go, it overflows instead of getting to the roots. I guess then perhaps I need to loosen the soil too...mmm...

    Afternote: Oops...just realised you're operating in Perth...guess the herbs may not work out in tropical Singapura huh?

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    Sometimes, plants from retail outlets come planted in pots of coco-peat. Its a brown-black fibrous mass that as its name suggests is made from the husks of coconuts.

    It is fine for a temporary planting medium but because they are nutritionally pretty much inert, there's not much food for the plants except to provide a medium for the roots to grow and hold water.

    Long story short, you might need to re-pot the plant in soil. Soil choice is another story, for another day......

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    Quote Originally Posted by r32
    Long story short, you might need to re-pot the plant in soil. Soil choice is another story, for another day......
    Oh mannnn......

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRiShnDaisy
    Where do you suggest I buy small potted indoor plants besides Ikea?
    lots of indoor plants at far east flora! you could try either the one at thomson (the whole cluster of nurseries near macritchie), or the one along queensway (its next to that macdonalds tea garden place). if you're looking for greens, you'll probably love ivy plants! no flowers, but beautiful leaves

    moreover, you can ask the people there about proper care for the plants...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiOnElLiN
    lots of indoor plants at far east flora! you could try either the one at thomson (the whole cluster of nurseries near macritchie), or the one along queensway (its next to that macdonalds tea garden place). if you're looking for greens, you'll probably love ivy plants! no flowers, but beautiful leaves

    moreover, you can ask the people there about proper care for the plants...

    Hey Lionel, thanks for the great info! Yeah, I should be able to check out Far East Flora at Queensway and can't wait! Thanks again, man!

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