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    Houseplants have gotten expensive

    Long time since I priced them, but we started cutting/selling terrarium plants at the store under a kick ass 55w LED light (Jungle Dawn).

    Selling great, just set up a second LED rack by my desk, 34w, for cuttings and mothers.

    Went to our local nursery for a 2" or 4" pot philodendron.

    Smallest was 10" at $40

    Jesus, used to go there in college and pick up 2" plants for $1.99

    Sure I can track one down eventually but...any of you guys have a philodendron you could send me a few 6" cuttings off?

    One of the most common houseplants out there but none of my friends or employees have one.

    Just looking for plain, solid green.

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    Had one in the back yard but it died last winter... I may still have another, will have to check.

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    Ahhh, Florida.

    My monstera does surprisingly well outside.

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    Elephant ears? Noevo has them!

    Been a while since I walked the "back 40", however I think that I have some. Do they stand shipping?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Elephant ears? Noevo has them!

    Been a while since I walked the "back 40", however I think that I have some. Do they stand shipping?
    They'd be fine.

    Blows my mind you guys have these things growing in your yards.

    Same philodendron?

    This one's variegated. Still nice but really hoping for a plain solid green.

    https://images.unsplash.com/photo-16...op&w=2000&q=80

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    They'd be fine.

    Blows my mind you guys have these things growing in your yards.

    Same philodendron?

    This one's variegated. Still nice but really hoping for a plain solid green.

    https://images.unsplash.com/photo-16...op&w=2000&q=80
    Ah those things... I have a bunch of them, and they are easy to split, just cut stem pieces off and put them in a water jar for a few weeks. PM me your addy and I will send you some.


    Originally when you said philodendron I thought the huge leafed ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip View Post

    Originally when you said philodendron I thought the huge leafed ones
    Thanks Philip.

    Got Monsteras too (split leaf), first is about 30 years-old and just got the second from our neighboring massage parlor last week.

    Leaves on the old one are about 18" x 30"

    New one, way too low light, probably 10+ years-old. Horrible condition, but they're hardy if you're patient.

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    ?. I know Calipornia has ag restrictions, any on live plants?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    Thanks Philip.

    Got Monsteras , a type of STD, from a "person" about 30 years-old and just got a "happy ending" from our neighboring massage parlor last week.
    So, you did get a "happy ending"? Should we change your name to Kraft?

    So, are you saying that you like small ones and not the ones that grow big??????/////////////////

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    LOL the guy who lives in the hippie pot growing portion of CA known as Humboldt County...asking for green plants to be shipped to him!
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    I am keeping those split-leaf ones for myself!

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    Just picked up a couple tiny Bryophyllum Daigremontianum sprouts!

    I do bank runs a couple times a week and there's a great used book store a block away.

    Awesome building, would love to live there. 2 story warehouse style, second story has an open interior (as in no floor) with a waist-high wall.

    You lose floor-space but get an awesome interior.

    Whole place is crammed with books, lots of windows, and tons of sweet houseplants.

    I used to go there in college and snag a few plantlets of what I called alien plants.

    It's a kalanchoe succulent that sprouts new plants from it's saw-toothed edges and drops them.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalanchoe_daigremontiana

    This time I asked politely, and the owner gave me permission and even pointed out a couple other of the same plant. Told me to ask before snipping anything else which I will keep in mind.

    Took 2 tiny ones, will see what happens. Super neat plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humboldt View Post
    New one, way too low light, probably 10+ years-old. Horrible condition, but they're hardy if you're patient.
    At least one stem perfect for a 2 node air layering

    2 nodes (aerial roots) are better than one.

    Wrap them in sphagnum moss, peat moss too bad environmentally, or paper towels or TP, inside plastic wrap. Just tie it above and below by a couple inches.

    Keep the moss moist for a few weeks, or rig a jar of water with a cotton or hemp string above the wrap feeding into the moss and it'll wick moisture down.

    Wait a couple of weeks and the nodes will put out new roots. Cut below them and transplant.

    You get healthy "soil roots" without the shock of "water roots" which have to transition from water back to soil.

    Water roots work great for a lot of plants, including these, and form more quickly, but have to transition back to soil roots once back in soil.
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    Bad news...
    Just got off the phone with the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture. 916-654-0312 (Exclusion Dept.)

    Spoke with Selene (sp?) He said ANY plants (among a long list of just about everything, it is Calipr0nia!!!! ) must have certification from the shipping state Dept of Agriculture (FL Dept of Ag.)
    I made the mistake of asking why!!!!!! Thick India accent which I was able to catch "nematodes". Of course he said 10-15 indistinguishable others...

    I was going to have a nursery just ship you some anyway, so I'll check and see if they know the protocols for certification. They may know and it may not be a big deal...

    Selene said they would be incinerated upon arrival, with any carrier, without certs... (I was going to use Eastos name and address as sender, so if anyone got in trouble, it would be him!!! )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Bad news...
    Just got off the phone with the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture. 916-654-0312 (Exclusion Dept.)

    Spoke with Selene (sp?) He said ANY plants (among a long list of just about everything, it is Calipr0nia!!!! ) must have certification from the shipping state Dept of Agriculture (FL Dept of Ag.)
    I made the mistake of asking why!!!!!! Thick India accent which I was able to catch "nematodes". Of course he said 10-15 indistinguishable others...

    I was going to have a nursery just ship you some anyway, so I'll check and see if they know the protocols for certification. They may know and it may not be a big deal...

    Selene said they would be incinerated upon arrival, with any carrier, without certs... (I was going to use Eastos name and address as sender, so if anyone got in trouble, it would be him!!! )
    Just my luck.

    No worries Ken, thanks for checking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Bad news...
    Just got off the phone with Selene....
    I don't have a problem with Calipr0nia, we can smuggle a couple of plants in there, especially if it's for Humby

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    Smuggling out of Humboldt, yes
    Smuggling into Humboldt...???

    We need to have a talk...

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    I know it bears more extensive research, however, imho Florida hydrophonics beat Cali

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    IMO indoor is a whole nother scene. You can replicate it almost anywhere.

    I'd accept equal but not better. In theory of course.

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