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#33442 August 9th, 2005 at 10:52 AM
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I just received a goldfish plant. I know the basic care, but does anyone know anything else I can use?

#33443 August 9th, 2005 at 06:38 PM
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I have a goldfish plant. It is hanging in the west window. It likes bright light, but not direct light. It also likes frequent misting. I thouroughly water it once a week. In the winter I don't water it very much at all. This past spring it was loaded with blooms. After it quit blooming I cut it back and used rooting hormone and put the cuttings back into the pot. I think they are beautiful when in bloom. Good luck with your plant!

#33444 August 9th, 2005 at 11:21 PM
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THANK YOU!!!!

#33445 August 10th, 2005 at 05:39 AM
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You are welcome! If you notice spots on the leaves (kind of an orange color) you are misting too much. I learned that one the hard way!

#33446 August 10th, 2005 at 11:36 PM
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Thanks again. What do you know about pale spots on lipstick plants. My same friend has a lipstick plant I told her it could be from not enough fertilizer, mine sometimes does that. So what do you think?

#33447 August 11th, 2005 at 07:40 AM
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For a Goldfish plant (Nematanthus ‘Tropicana" formerly Hypocyrta) to bloom well in the warmer months this plant needs a rest period in the cooler months. From November through March do not fertilize, keep temps on the cool side, and water just enough to keep the plant from wilting, allowing the soil to become quite dry. Growth will be minimal and there will be no flowers during this rest period.

In April, resume normal watering, keeping the soil moist, and fertilize monthly at half strength. It must be in a sunny window (south or west) to thrive. Expect flowers from July-September. Prune long stems back to within a few inches of the soil to keep the plant full and bushy.

#33448 August 11th, 2005 at 06:27 PM
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I haven't experienced spots on my lipstick plant. I have not even fertilized it at all. I did cut it back and use root stimulator on the cuttings and inserted the cuttings back into the pot. My plant was getting pretty long.

#33449 August 11th, 2005 at 06:58 PM
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My daughter got a goldfish plant - it died off quickly but I don't think she was paying much attention to it.

She did try to re-pot the pieces, but not much happened.

It was very pretty when she got it.

#33450 August 12th, 2005 at 02:41 PM
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I used to have goldfish plants, 4 of them. In summer, they got hung out in the shade area of the yard, and did great. Just remember to bring them in when it starts getting chilly out.
Darlene

#33451 August 15th, 2005 at 11:02 PM
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Thank you everyone. I will try all of the great ideas. Thank you Will, hey are you guys all geniuses or what?!
~Celena

#33452 August 16th, 2005 at 06:15 AM
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I can only speak for myself, but yes I am a genius. My IQ is nearly as high as my zone! idea

#33453 August 16th, 2005 at 07:21 AM
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I believe it! What zone might this be? 2? I am just kidding. Thanks for the help though.

#33454 August 16th, 2005 at 07:49 AM
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2? That's outrageous My zone and IQ are 5!!!

#33455 August 16th, 2005 at 10:34 AM
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I was teasing!

#33456 August 17th, 2005 at 07:00 AM
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I understand, Celena. So was I. At least I think I was! Haven't had my IQ checked lately.

#33457 August 17th, 2005 at 11:40 PM
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Perhaps, you should, cause you know what? I bet I'm right. We'll both check and see what happens.
~Celena

#33458 August 18th, 2005 at 04:02 AM
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If you are right about my IQ being a 2, then you are dealing with a sub-human! p


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