Page 1 of 1 [ 12 posts ] 

psych
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 22 Nov 2005
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,488
Location: w london

24 Jun 2010, 7:47 pm

i recently read a book on houseplants that filter household toxins from the air, its kick-started an obsession and it looks like i might actually reach the dream of turning my flat into a jungle 8) Ive augmented my meagre collection with loads of non-toxic, air-filtering plants but im allready running out of windowsill space, and looking towards building some sort of illuminated shelving set-up.

what sort of houseplants are you growing? :)

i have,

*spider plants
*snake plants
african violets
*small dragon trees (dr. marginata)
coleus - 8 varieties
*wax begonia
jade plants
*gerbera daisy
various herb seedlings inc. nasturtium

next on the list will be some big, varied dracaenas

im a little bit hesitant about these as they will cost too much to simply mismanage & let rot, and they will have to live away from the window, dependant on the CFLs and/or me finding time in my random schedule to draw curtains regularly.

*i asterisked the ones as being amongst the 50 air-filtering species listed in the book 'how to grow fresh air'.



Ferdinand
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Feb 2010
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Posts: 4,332
Location: America

24 Jun 2010, 7:51 pm

Wow, that's really cool. I never thought they did that.


_________________
It don't take no Sherlock Holmes to see it's a little different around here.


Descartes
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 8 Apr 2008
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Posts: 6,151
Location: Arlington, Texas

24 Jun 2010, 7:57 pm

I've been thinking recently that I'd like to have a venus fly trap.



Ferdinand
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 27 Feb 2010
Age: 26
Gender: Male
Posts: 4,332
Location: America

24 Jun 2010, 8:00 pm

Descartes wrote:
I've been thinking recently that I'd like to have a venus fly trap.


I want one too!


_________________
It don't take no Sherlock Holmes to see it's a little different around here.


CockneyRebel
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 17 Jul 2004
Age: 46
Gender: Male
Posts: 104,572
Location: Canada in person, Germany in spirit

24 Jun 2010, 8:02 pm

Ferdinand wrote:
Descartes wrote:
I've been thinking recently that I'd like to have a venus fly trap.


I want one too!


Count me in!


_________________
Peabody

Om Nom 2024

viewtopic.php?f=11&t=26&start=645


Leander
Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl

User avatar

Joined: 10 Apr 2010
Age: 36
Gender: Male
Posts: 147

24 Jun 2010, 9:15 pm

I've been meaning to get more plants for my apartment. There's something therapeutic about looking after something and watching it grow over the weeks. Plus they look nice.

My latest addition is a seed from a lemon, which I planted in a spare pot on a whim just to see if it would actually grow. Turns out it's doing pretty well. I'm going to see if I can keep it alive long enough that, when I eventually get a proper home with a garden one day, I might be able to plant it there.



persian85033
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 1 Jul 2009
Age: 33
Gender: Female
Posts: 1,869
Location: Phoenix

25 Jun 2010, 1:05 pm

I'd love a Venus fly trap, but my cat loves to munch on all plants, so we can't have any in the house, as she chews them and they dry out, or if they're toxic. Oh, well, she's already my live fly swatter, as she chases and eats bugs, too.

I would love to 'collect' quinces, though. You put them in a bowl in a room, and they freshen the entire room. It smells so nice. Now that's a good air freshener. Then when you need to get new ones, you just eat the ones you already have. :lol:


_________________
"Of all God's creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat." - Mark Twain


Seanmw
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 25 Jul 2009
Age: 30
Gender: Male
Posts: 3,639
Location: Bremerton, WA

25 Jun 2010, 1:11 pm

Ferdinand wrote:
Descartes wrote:
I've been thinking recently that I'd like to have a venus fly trap.


I want one too!
You can buy them at the Home Depot store :)

i got one from there once. they start out pretty small.
i used to search around for bugs small enough to feed it, and was really looking forward to seeing it grow larger so i could feed it larger things :D .
it was cool, up until one of my siblings sprayed it with something and it died :?


_________________
+Blog: http://itsdeeperthanyouknow.blogspot.com/
+"Beneath all chaos lies perfect order"


psych
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 22 Nov 2005
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,488
Location: w london

25 Jun 2010, 3:07 pm

you could make a lovely little 'miniature' type garden with several fly-traps, attractive rocks and carniverous plants arranged into a little boggy ecosystem 8)

i share the flat with a lot of spiders though, so id feel guilty about stealing their food. but if you hate spiders - go for it!



MotownDangerPants
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 13 May 2010
Age: 37
Gender: Female
Posts: 955

25 Jun 2010, 4:44 pm

I'd like to get a few to help with the mold in my apartment.



psych
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 22 Nov 2005
Age: 43
Gender: Male
Posts: 2,488
Location: w london

25 Jun 2010, 5:05 pm

i think if anything, plants would increase the likelihood of mold as your humidity would raise, although with just a couple of plants this may be insignificant :? its the reduction of chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene where certain plants come in useful.

in my experience with mold, its was simply a matter of ventilation - making sure all the vents stayed open, and doing things like leave the kitchen door ajar so it doesnt steam up too often probably helped. I had to clean up a LOT by hand (yuck!) but it hasnt come back since.



MotownDangerPants
Veteran
Veteran

User avatar

Joined: 13 May 2010
Age: 37
Gender: Female
Posts: 955

25 Jun 2010, 6:38 pm

psych wrote:
i think if anything, plants would increase the likelihood of mold as your humidity would raise, although with just a couple of plants this may be insignificant :? its the reduction of chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene where certain plants come in useful.

in my experience with mold, its was simply a matter of ventilation - making sure all the vents stayed open, and doing things like leave the kitchen door ajar so it doesnt steam up too often probably helped. I had to clean up a LOT by hand (yuck!) but it hasnt come back since.


There are a few kinds that really help. I mean you can't just load up the place with a random assortment of plants that don't do anything but some are really great for mold. My mold is in my carpeting and my landlord won't replace so I'm pretty much screwed.