I actually went in looking for silicone adhesive and copper wire for yard art projects, and they had a big old picked-over couple of shelves of distressed houseplants that I couldn't resist looking at.
Keep in mind that I usually kill anything in the house (as evidenced by my attempts to overwinter or root outdoor plants
inside). But I have been so desperate and in gardening withdrawal since our dormant season set in that I figured I'd give it a shot. Sooooo....
I got these plants
1 cyclamen - 25 cents (dried out)
1 bromeliad - 25 cents (had been watered from the top and had some rot
1 variegated unlabeled plant
1 Rosemary "Christmas tree
" half was dried out but it smelled so good I took it anyway, and the basket it was in was pretty... at least the car smells better for a while ;-) $1
1 Red Sister Cordyline (leggy with the leaves all at the top but otherwise okay) $1
2 Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis) decent condition $1 each (after reading about them I'm thinking about taking them back)
2 Massangeana Cane (Dracaena massangeana) decent condition $1 each
The Cyclamen apparently just needed a drink and some cleaning up -
After a drink:
Here are the brom, the variegated, and the rosemary together:
Here's the bromeliad up closer:
I trimmed the brom back a lot to get the rotted parts off, and there are three baby broms surrounding the mother plant
. I watered it well (the soil was bone dry) and let it drain, so here's hoping they all do well when all's said and done. :-)
So I know the Dracaena likes low or indirect light, the palm likes high light (if I keep it). I have to learn about the light requirements of the cyclamen (I know it must be watered from the bottom and not the top). I've found the link about the rosemary, as well as conflicting information about watering that so will have to try things and see.
If anybody has any other hints about any of these plants
, I'm all ears!