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This is a discussion on new plants today very happy!! within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I went out and bought a few plants today.....3 orchids, a venus fly trap, a ...

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    Default new plants today very happy!!

    I went out and bought a few plants today.....3 orchids, a venus fly trap, a pachira 'money tree', and a beautiful coleus.
    I have a very hard time controlling myself. Luckily(but I was sad), I only had a little bit of cash on me and I forgot my card at home.
    I'll post pictures tomorrow.
    I got the 'money tree' off the clearance rack at a big box store for only $1.99....it's not in the best shape. Most of the roots were rotted and fell off, but it still has a few big green leaves. It's definitely 'save-able' though. Does anyone know where the best place to grow it in a house would be?

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    Congrats on the new acquisitions. Eagerly waiting to see the pictures. Hard time controlling yourself? Me too. Can't wait for Friday when the vendor comes to our farmer's market.

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    Congrats. on the new plants You forgot your card ? mine is glued to my hand or is it melted to it ?
    This is what i found on the money tree ..copied from the internet ..
    The money tree, also known as Malabar chestnut, is an easy-to-grow plant commonly used in feng shui to produce positive vibrations and attract prosperity to the owner. It is native to the swamps of South America and will not tolerate temperatures below 28 degrees F, making it a common indoor plant. Money trees can grow as high as 15 feet with a leaf spread between 8 and 10 feet. It produces small, brown nuts that have a flavor similar to peanuts. The money tree also has no major susceptibility to pests or diseases, which adds to its appeal.

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    1. Plant the money tree in rich soil with good drainage. A potting soil made for cacti with high pearlite content is ideal. Plant the tree in a pot that corresponds with the size plant you desire. Money tree plants will need to be repotted in a larger pot every two years. They prefer to be planted in areas with minimal sunlight. However, they can also grow indoors in full shade. If the tree begins to wilt or appear unhealthy, move it to a location with some indirect sunlight.
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    2. Water money tree plants once every seven to 10 days. Apply just enough water to dampen the soil, and use a spray bottle filled with water to mist the foliage of the tree. Never dampen the leaves when the plant is in full sunlight to avoid potential leaf burn. Alternatively, you can keep the money tree plant in the bathroom next to a frequently used shower to emulate a humid environment.

    Feed the money tree plant using a liquid fertilizer with every other watering. Follow the manufacturer's directions to administer the correct amount. During winter months, the tree does not require any fertilization.

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    Hey Courtney,

    Was the vft in one of the "death cubes" (those plastic cubes in which unfortunate plants are sentences to die a miserable death)? If so:

    1) Open the cube part way and gradually increase the degree of opening until the lid is completely removed over the course of a week or two in order to give the plant time to adjust to normal humidity levels.

    2) After the adjustment period, plant the vft in a deep (6") pot --- I prefer unglazed terra cotta for its breathability -- in a mix of peat (WITHOUT fertilizer added), & large grade perlite. (I also add large grade horticultural charcoal and used bark or coconut chunks from repotting orchids if I have it on hand.)

    3) These are high light plants so harden your vft off as you would for any plant started or grown indoors until it is receiving full sun at least for part of the day. Your afternoon sun (noon to 3-4 o'clock) may be too strong but maybe not.

    4) Water only with RO water, distilled water, or rain water. Cp's are extremely sensitive to mineral build up.

    5) Be aware that this plant REQUIRES a cold winter dormancy in order to remain healthy.

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    You're very lucky, Catttan! I don't know of any farmer's markets around where I live. And thank you for that information, gin. I had read some contradicting articles on the internet, so I was just wondering if anyone knew how to take care of them from experience.
    Hahah! And yes, pavel, it's in one of those "death cubes"....I removed it when I got it home though. I was planning on going and getting more carnivorous plants (different kinds) and putting them all in a large terrarium. I know that it needs a winter dormacy...but it doesn't get that cold here. I read that you can put the plants in the refrigerator though. Is that true?

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    Well, here are some of the pictures.
    1) The venus fly trap. I know they like to be moist....but this thing was drenched!!
    2) My big white orchid. The leaves are at an angle, so you can't see how big it is. But you can see the flowers. For reference, the picture on the mantle (the old firetruck) is 10x12
    3) My pathetic little money tree.
    4) Coleus
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    1) Tiny orchid
    2) What is this??? I've seen keikis, but this looks different.
    3) Another tiny orchid
    4) It has a baby =)
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    Love the Venus and the white phal. PLEASE don't feed the venus cooked food! I think my dad killed his with cholesteral poisoning - he tried to feed it cooked ground beef lol!!!1 It probably had a heart attack.
    Good luck!!
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    That two phals are beautiful and I particularly love the little pink phal (used to be 'doritaenopsis).

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    Haha, yeah, I know NOT to feed it hamburger meat and stuff like that. It eats little gnats for now. I should take a picture of it today. All of it's traps are closed and have a gnat or two in it.
    And thank you catttan. I wish the colors showed better in the picture. In person, the last orchid(it was labeled: Dtps. I-Hsin Symphony "KH7383") reminds me of a sunset. It's a beautiful darker pink color with yellow and orange

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