Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Change Outdoor Plants into Houseplants

Bay indoors
Like pathetic little strays, a few of my best-performing plants wormed their way into the indoor world. When I saw a spindly, barely-alive specimen of bay at a fellow gardener's house, I decided mine must be rewarded for just growing during the summer. It's a pretty happy plant now in my window.

And when  Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero' failed to thrive throughout the summer, I gave him a second chance as a houseplant. I'd ordered this tender perennial from Flowers by the Sea to go with some Salvia.


Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero' 
It took awhile to grow roots, but with some bottom heat and humidity, it's finally putting out new growth. Starting plants from cuttings requires a little patience plus the ability to know when to give that one up and move onto the next. If you haven't been successful, it's best to remove the soil from the pot and wash it out well before starting with fresh mix.
Plectranthus 'Cerveza 'n Lime'
As for Plectranthus 'Cerveza 'n Lime', it's such a cutie I couldn't bear leaving it to die so I potted up a cutting.

Plectranthus is one of the easiest plants to grow from a cutting. I just made sure there was one place on the stem where the leaves grow (called a node), after removing leaves, in the soil. There is a great guide to New Plants From Cuttings from Purdue Cooperative Extension that illustrates this.

Pelargonium 'Lotusland' as a houseplant.
Another little refugee from my outdoor containers is Pelargonium 'Lotusland'. It's leaves lose their burgundy centers in winter, but it's still pretty. It will hold its own as a houseplant until it can get back to its new spot in the spring.
Pelartonium Stellar 'Lotusland' in summer.



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