Seeing the progress of my plants always makes me excited; whether it’s a simple plant growth or a successful propagation rooting.
My plants are always changing when I return home from trips! The plants may have grown visibly, other plants may have bloomed, propagations may have rooted, and new offsets may be sprouting! It’s exciting to see that progress is visible after it’s been away so long.
The picture of the plants on Instagram from a few weeks ago makes me realize how much they have grown.
To share with you which plants are the easiest and fastest to grow and propagate, I decided to write an article about growing plants. This way, I can show you which ones have significantly grown in the past few weeks.
1) PILEA PEPEROMIOIDES, (CHINESE MONEY PLANT)
Pileas are among the easiest plants to care for and to propagate. They love the amount of indirect light that a north facing window provides. They grow fast and produce pups frequently.
It gave me 10 pups so far since I bought it six months ago. I simply take the plant out of its pot and cut off the offsets as close to the mother plant as possible so that they keep their roots. A portion of the offsets with the strongest roots are placed directly into a terra-cotta pot with dirt, while the rest are propagated in a water propagation jar.
2) PEPEROMIA ROTUNDIFOLIA, (TRAILING JADE)
Peperomia definitely requires a lot of indirect sunlight. We need to water it once every two weeks in our climate. In spite of the branches growing significantly, the plant still appears full. I believe I will trim those long branches and see if they cause the plant to become fuller as a whole.
A leaf from the plant was detached, and I found two leaves and placed them in a water propagation jar, and we received roots in a short time!
3) ZAMIOCULCAS, (ZZ PLANT)
It is an easy plant to grow. It was in an 8′′ pot when I bought it. I repotted it at least three times. It has been my houseplant for 12 years. This plant only needs a little sunlight and watering once every two weeks. Even though it thrives in low lighting conditions, I keep mine in a room in the South with no direct sunlight. In 12 years it grew really big.
4) SANSEVIERIA CYLINDRICA, (CYLINDRICAL SNAKE PLANT)
This type of plant thrives in all lighting conditions, including very low light, and does not require much water. Although they don’t grow as fast as other plants, they do produce quite a few offsets that can be left on the plant to fill-in or cut off to propagate.
5) SCHLUMBERGERA, (CHRISTMAS CACTUS)
In the last few months, I have gained a lot of satisfaction from taking care of this Christmas Cactus. I must admit it is not the easiest plant to take care of but when it blooms it sure shows the beauty. When I bought it at Christmas, it was in full bloom but lost all its flowers and even blooms. I moved it closer to a north facing window and watered it lightly once a week. After 4 months, it was blooming again and its flowers were gorgeous!
6) ECHEVERIA SUCCULENT
I’ve learned which succulents are hardy and easy to care for, and which ones are tougher to deal with… I try to buy the most colorful plants I can find, but if I get distracted by the beautiful hues of pink, purple or silver, I struggle with them.
Despite this, I did learn how fascinating and relatively easy it can be to propagate succulents , particularly Echeverias . You only need healthy leaves that have been removed from the plant stem. Differently from when they were plants, succulents require more water in order to grow roots. I lightly water my succulent petals twice a week.
7) EUPHORBIA TIRUCALLI, (PENCIL CACTUS)
I love this plant! Such a funny bird! I water it once a fortnight, and it grows so well. It needs sun and a little water. It grows fast and propagate surprisingly easy.
8) MARANTA LEUCONEURA, (PRAYER PLANT)
This plant has the most beautiful leaves in our house. They look hypnotic under a certain light! It thrives a moderate amount of light and drinks water once a week. Its flowers are the prettiest, pale purple colors you will find!
Its leaves appear and disappear throughout the day. They rise with low light levels during the day and descend during the night. So cool!
9) OXALIS TRIANGULARIS PURPLE, (PURPLE SHAMROCKS)
I am glad I finally decided to get this plant! Shamrocks have never really appealed to me as attractive indoor plants, but after seeing this purple variety, I am totally smitten!
I bought it at a garage sale for $2.00 in a plastic pot. I took it home and re-potted it in this green concrete pot that I thought had a perfect combination of green and purple.
10) SENECIO RADICANS, (STRINGS OF BANANAS)
I purchased this String of Bananas for my daughter’s room because I thought it would be the perfect match with her Strings or Pearls, but the two plants are very different. The Strings of Bananas and Strings of Pearls both require bright light and a minimum amount of water, but the Strings of Bananas needs less water and grows much faster.
11) TRADESCANTIA ZEBRINA, (WONDERING JEW)
For this plant, like for the Oxalis, I knew little about it, nor was I really interested in it, until I bought three little pots to make a Closed Terrarium, (which I ultimately created two of). These plants grow extremely fast in all kinds of environments, both with low and high light levels, and both in humid and dry environments.
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