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After reading your wonderful article, I had to share about my life with houseplants. When I was younger and had little or no places to grow plants outside, I had houseplants. Even in college, I had a few plants that I took with me from dorm to dorm and year to year (fortunately, my favorites weren't those that could get really large over time). However, ever since I've have some space for outdoor growing (about 30 years), and live in a place where "houseplants" can grow wild outside year round, I don't keep even a single plant indoors! This, coming from someone who has an incredible number of potted plants outside, in shadehouses, in greenhouses, in the ground, etc., believe it or not!
I'd do the very same thing if my climate allowed it. I really would.
When I was in college, I took my Perry Como palm with me. Of course that isn't really it's name...but I did order it from an ad on the Perry Como show when I was in maybe 8th grade. And it really was some kind of tropical frondy thing. That plant went to college with me, then on to graduate school, and then to my first apartment, my first home, and finally here to this house. It traveled all the way across the state. It lived perhaps 35 or 40 years, and I don't remember what killed it, but it finally gave up one winter and never revived.
So...LariAnn, you have the best of both worlds, now sometime this winter I plan to visit my daughter in Lauderdale...hmmmmmmm, if I trim my ficus, I think it might fit in a...well, I'd have to rent a U Haul, but then I could bring more, and you could add them to your collection. They'd love it there, all that sunshine...
Thanks for the chuckle...and thanks for reading the article.