CLOSED: 2nd Annual FALL Houseplants/Tropicals Swap, Reveal #3

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Our Guidelines below are the same as they have been in the past...

We're sharing a minimum of 3 healthy houseplants and/or tropicals whose value is $20 excluding Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation number. Feel free to divide plants you already have or start propagating new ones from cuttings. If your budget permits, you're also welcome to include other gardening items such as gloves, water globes, plant markers, Fall bulbs for Spring or Summer blooms, etc.

September 30th was our deadline to mail and have heard from several of you getting your plants together and are mailing as soon as you can.

Please DO NOT post Delivery Confirmation Numbers directly on our threads...doing so is an invasion of privacy. Instead, keep your receipt handy, or D-mail me the number you used so I can let your Secret Buddy know their box of plants is on the way.

We came from here:

And our Wish Lists are here:

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Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Reserved for Participants...

candles4u / Crystal -- > Rec'd from goldhillal
careyana / Carey
catzgalore / Stephanie
chellflower / Chell -- > Rec'd from rvnsbrk
dispatcher1 / Lou
FruitOfTheVine / Susan
GAgirl1066 / Paula -- > Rec'd from roxxanne
GardenQuilts / Lori Lynn -- > Rec'd from careyana (waiting for post)
goldhillal / Crystal -- > Rec'd from ilovejesus99
happgarden / Joyce
ilovejesusus99 / Sandy -- > Rec'd from chellflower
joeswife / Debra -- > Rec'd from FruitOfTheVine
jsxtiger / Jax -- > Rec'd from dispatcher1
rouxcrew / Joy -- > Rec'd from joeswife
roxxanne / Rox -- > Rec'd from happgarden
rvnsbrk / Neener -- > Rec'd from candles4u
tikipod / Angie -- > Rec'd from rouxcrew
Tina_A / Tina

Staying to chat but aren't exchanging plants this round:
AmandaEsq / Amanda
Carolyn22 / Carolyn
Cville_Gardener / Carole
janaestone/ Di
Mud_Elf / Kris
plantsforpeg / Peggy

This message was edited Oct 4, 2011 9:45 AM

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Pic is a fresh bloom of the Double Impatiens you gave me at our RU, Manda. It is loverly and really hope I can keep it going over Winter.

Would everyone please check the list and let me know if I've missed anyone who's received? Thanks a bunch!

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7b)

Thanks Sooz - can you believe my plant is still alive but hasn't bloomed once all summer? It set buds in the last couple of weeks, but for the life of me I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I think it needs more light!!!

What kind of pot are you using? Mine's in plastic and MG potting mix in there. Thought if I potted it up with the good stuff it would go gang busters all summer. H ah ahhahhaa aaaaaaaaaa. ahem.

Glad for you - it is a lovely, lovely plant. :)

(Carey) Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Oh Fruity that is a lovely one! Pretty blooms!

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

I love impatiens...

I can't remember the thread about the ammonia, but I do know it is really cheap at DG ( dollar general) I dilute mine and buy the refill for a dollar.
I even add it to the ken's mix in my sprayer. I love watching the catipiilars raise up when they get hit, then I can see them better, and love watching the little white flys drop LOL. Last winter, I sprayed the plants affected by those white mealy bugs, sprayed them with windex and wayched them turn brown and dry up.
When I saw it was not hurting ANY of the plants, I started adding it to my soil drench. Neighbors prolly think me nutz, out there spraying the air with windex.
lovely two batches of tropical plants, Sandy and Ang..... Nice!

(Carey) Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

That's it Debra, you've convinced me that I need to try the windex for sure. Does it work on the fungus gnats too? That would make me ever so happy!

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

I think it does here.. not too many gnats flying around inside right now.

Athens, PA

Deb - I can just picture you spraying the air with your windex and saying 'take that!'. Love it.!

(Crystal) Waverly, AL

I received my package on Sept 26 and posted about it here. Then Sandy wondered here if I had gotten it, and I reposted the arrival of it. Did not send a picture though. I must not be using the correct procedure as this same thing happened in the spring. I will email Fruity and Sandy ; maybe that is the problem. sorry

Tyler, TX(Zone 8b)

Sandy, I'm so glad you liked your box. I had other plants on my list to send as well, but the heat has been merciless on the gardens this year.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

It's my fault for missing the post, Crystal. No problem.

Blackshear, GA

OK, here is what Roxanne sent:
Alocasia Amazonica - huge
Thalia dealbata
Thalia geniculata
Grafted lutea
Cana tama tulipa
Cana panache
Dwarf banana
Dbl tuberrose
Clero. ungandense
Black taro
Hymenocallis narcissiflora
couple of candles
and two packs of mosquito inhibitor.

Thank you again Roxanne, you did great!! As many flowers as I have, those I did not, except the Clerod. and it is one of my favs! Thank you Thankyou!! I love it all.

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(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Ang, it is an apple mint that I double tagged. It was going to be a strawberry begonia but Jammin raced in and snatched it out of the box. Trust me, it was Border Collie tested but not Border Collie approved. Sorry for the confusion. The apple mint is just as invasive as others, it just smells lovely and since I was weeding some out of a container, I thought you might like it.
I am sorry that I didn't have names for all the succulents I sent, when I inherited some from Mom, the names she gave me weren't even close. But they have been happy for a few years at my house and have birthed all kinds of pups, so time to share. I love the aloe, It is quite beautiful and flowers every year for me then sends up tons of pups. Same with my dendrobium that I sent you. I divided it earlier this summer when it was looking a bit peaked and every division has all these cool offshoots now. The little phalaneopsis is a young one off an orchid I bought 5 years ago. It is my first baby, and I hope it does well for you.
BTW, one of the little hens and chicks I sent might actually be Sempervivium arachnoideum Cobweb, which is a neat little succulent that "grows" cobwebs on its tops. I divided a group of them and seem to be short, although being blonde makes me counting challenged.
Glad you liked my choices,


(Carey) Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Wow! Those boxes all sound great! I'd love to see that semper, Joy!

Caddo Mills, TX(Zone 8a)

Dear Swap Partner,
I have not forgotten about you, and had every intention on getting your box out already. The plant that I have been waiting on is in, I have to go pick it up. I had a simple bug bite that turned into a major infection in my arm, I am still dealing with that. I promise though, your box will be coming very soon. Tina

(Ang) Bremerton, WA(Zone 8b)

Joy it's funny that you added semps, specifically THOSE semps. My son had a bowl of hens & chicks that went missing and two were from the Spring swap. (We've had a lot of plant related thefts and some non-plant related thefts.) I've been shopping around for Hens & Chicks and Aeoniums, specifically the cobweb looking semp!

I love that gasteraloe! I was happy to see it has pups growing too. They are in quarantine since I'm still treating the other plants as a precaution.

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

Wow, those are great plants, Paula. Rox, you always do a great job. Well heck, everybody does except I sorta feel like I shortchanged you and / or sent duplicates, Debra.

No problem at all, Tina, thanks for letting your Buddy know what's going on and am sure she understands. Take care of your arm. Could you have possibly been bitten by a spider?

(Carey) Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Tina you just take of yourself! I'm sure your buddy will understand. We're not all able to be perfect all the time. :)

Blue Ridge Mtns, VA(Zone 7a)

LOL...having a perfect day ain't gonna happen here. I've got to share this with ya'll. I mailed a package yesterday, found a couple of extra plants to add to the box that are right up her alley, and realized after I got back home from the PO the seeds I'd promised were still in a little baggie on the side of my desk and another plant she wanted was still in the dirt. Didn't realize that til today when I mailed another box. I tell you what, some days I just can't win. Anybody ever go in a room, stand there with a blank stare with your mind a whirl, and kick your butt because you can't remember what the heck you're there for?

(Carey) Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Uh, all the time! I'll get a glass of water, put it down, leave the room for a few seconds for something I forgot...and then forget where I put my water. :/

(Ang) Bremerton, WA(Zone 8b)

YES! ALLLLL the time! I notice it happens mostly when I walk into my Dad's room. His door frame is a memory zapper I tell you!!

My memory sucks though. I jumble information all the time.

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

lovely assortment you got there, Paula, I bet you are going to have a ball! New house new plants and all.
Frity, My DH is very anxious to see my NEW Begonias come alive for me.. He likes the leaves on the ones you sent, they are different from what I have. I love them all. you did good, girlfriend.

I know what you mean about going into the middle of a room and your mind going blank, it happens to me all the time here, on Sunday for some reason.

Prolly cuz I can't remember what the heck I am supposed to do on a day home from work.
This is my "adopted" neighbor cat. I used to get mad cuz she would climb the fence to get in the yard, but now that I know I have mice, I call her on over..
Here Mia, I call.. she took the mouse that my DH proudly wrote on a note that he caught, right out of the trap. He was like, wait, where did it go? I know she got it out of there.. cheese and all. LOL

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Greensboro, NC(Zone 7b)

Hmm - Suze - Court mocks me occasionally by standing in the kitchen and spinning in circles. :D

Athens, PA

I get the whole 'can't remember what I am doing thing'. It is frustrating and I hope it doesn't get any worse - as for the glass of water, I too do that. The problem is when I put down a glass of water, my male cat thinks it is for him, so I have to get a new one. My dishwasher overflows with all my glasses ^_^

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

Morning everyone. I have always been forgetful and lost keys, or anything I have had in my hand. I wish I had all the time back I have spent looking for something I just had, like the sprinkler right now...rofl.

Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

I know I've told this story before. One morning when I was working a full time regular job where I had to wear real clothes, Ispent 15 minutes looking all over for my slip. Had it on the whole time. Duh.....

(Ang) Bremerton, WA(Zone 8b)

Carolyn my cat Delilah does that with coffee. I can't tell you how often I've found her with her face in my coffee cup. My best friend's cat does that with green tea.
Also you can't have cheetos in this house because eventually you'll notice her face is strangely orange and she'll look at you like "what?"

Mount Vernon, IL

Sorry I've been gone so long! I ended up with contact pneumonia from an inhaled chemical! Talk about ouch! Then willow had her puppies, 11 of them so I've been sick and taking care of kids and puppies, and we are in the middle of remodeling!
Neener, I hope you like what I sent! The dwarf variegated alocasia are my pride a joy! Those are babies from my plant! Sorry I forgot my name in the box I was starting to feel sick that day.
Jewel of opar, I want, I want I want! Omg so gorgeous! My Hero bought me a huge ficus benjamina its so pretty! I love it! Anyone know anything about thjem?

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

rofl laughing about the slip....rofl. Sounds like something I would do.

candles, you have been thru the wringer girl. Heavens! Well hopefully you are better the puppies are bigger (not sure that is good..rofl) and you will be back on track soon.

Leesburg, VA(Zone 7a)

All is good Crystal. Sorry you were sick. What kind of puppies did you have? Everyone knows I am a sucker for puppy pictures. Please share. :))
All the plants are doing very well. You really outdid yourself. Many thanks!

Athens, PA

Oh Chris - hope you are feeling better soon. I know first hand that pnuemonia is bad enough, can't imagine getting it from inhaling chemicals.

Ang - do you have a picture of your cat with orange on his face ? I would love to see ....

(Ang) Bremerton, WA(Zone 8b)

I don't think so but if I buy some cheetos I'll snap you a picture. She will risk life and limb for a cheeto.

(Debra) Derby, KS(Zone 6a)

aww Crystal, please take care of you, and the puppies..

will cut the jewel of opar seed pods off this weekend, but it is blooming again, cute lil flowers.. I would love to send some root balls out, if they would grow, I have no clue..

Baytown, TX(Zone 9b)

Tina take care of your arm that is awful. candles4u I am so sorry to here you have been so sick...Both of you take care of yourselves.

goldhillal I saw your second post saying you got your box and also answered your questions on the last thread. Hope this helps.

candles4u I have jewel of opar if you want to trade or pay postage. I would love a baby variegated alocasia. If you have one. :)

Houston, PA(Zone 6a)

Here's a pic of my box all potted up. Thanks Joyce I love it all!!

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(Joy) Hempstead, TX(Zone 8b)

Carey, I was looking at my semp Cobweb and I don't have any webs on it now that I have divided and repotted but there are several cool pics on DG that show the webs. It is a neat little semp.


Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

No worries A. I haven't been using my trade-tracker either and I know there is stuff I need to send or people I need to send postage to. I usually try to keep the boxes with the postage stamp on them so I can do that. DH in trying to help me get ready for a party threw out all the old boxes I had. lol I completely understand about what you said....been there, done that, am there again!

Also about going to a room and not remembering what I am there for! UGH!

Debra, I don't remember seeing a pic of the Jewel of Opar (is that right?) but sounds like something everyone is raving over.

I absolutely swear by the Windex (or cheap dollar store brands) with amonia. The amonia is good for the plant so there are no worries about hurting anything. Yes, it works on fungus gnats. I've tried the cinnamon and still had them, but the windex zaps them.

Kansas City (Joyce), MO(Zone 5a)

rox, Looks like the banana is already putting up a leaf, glad to see that. Since I had to cut it naked...poor thing.

We have had perfect weather and I haven't done a darn thing except help DH....I have a ton I am going to have to overwinter again, .....yes I said again. No bulbs will be overwintered tho cause the mice ate all of them last year. Taught me well.

(Carey) Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I'm going to be moving a bunch of my tropicals (orchids, begonias, etc.) to the front porch this weekend. We finally have humidity over 30%!!! I put my dragon wing out the other day, and it looks 10X better than it had. Blooms popping up all over. I can just imagine how the orchids will like it!

I have a small shelf unit that I'm going to use to 'greenhouse' all my tropicals. Hopefully I'll have enough room! :/

Joy, I took a look at the DG pictures - that is one nifty semp! I hardly ever look at them, and I'm really not sure why. I know nothing would eat those buggers outside!

Which reminds me...I went out to water yesterday afternoon, and something had literally bit my pudica plumeria in half (it's still fairly young). It was in a pot on the table on the back porch. The only thing I could figure was tree rats. >:(

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