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What I Grow

(last updated: February 4th, 2012)

Living Room: 87 plants/77 pots

  • Anthurium andraeanum ‘Tricolore’ (flamingo flower)
  • Asplenium nidus (bird’s nest fern)
  • Asplenium nidus ‘Osaka’ (bird’s nest fern)
  • Aspidistra lurida ‘Milky Way’ (cast iron plant)
  • Beaucarnea recurvata (ponytail palm)
  • 7 Begonia bowerae (eyelash begonia)
  • 2 Begonia corallina (angel wing begonia)
  • Begonia Cv. (black) (rhizomatous begonia)
  • Calathea makoyana (peacock plant)
  • 2 Chlorophytum comosum (spider plant)
  • Chlorophytum comosum ‘Bonnie’ (spider plant)
  • 4 Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (spider plant)
  •  Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’ (spider plant)
  • 9 Chlorophytum orchidastrum (spider plant)
  • Codiaeum variegatum (croton)
  • Cyperus alternifolius (umbrella sedge)
  • 2 Dendrobium bigibbum (two-humped dendrobium)
  • Dracaena fragrans (cornstalk dracaena)
  • Dracaena fragrans ‘Aureum’ (cornstalk dracaena)
  • Dracaena fragrans ‘Lemon Surprise (cornstalk dracaena)
  • Dracaena fragrans ‘Malaika’ (cornstalk dracaena)
  • Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia
  • Dracaena reflexa var. angustifolia ‘Tricolor’
  • Dracaena reflexa ‘Riki’
  • Ficus benjamina ‘Danielle’
  • Ficus benjamina ‘Starlight’
  • Ficus binnendijkii ‘Alii’
  • Ficus elastica ‘Tineke’
  • Fittonia verschaffeltii (red)
  • Fittonia verschaffeltii (white)
  • Fittonia verschaffeltii (white, narrow-leaved)
  • Fittonia verschaffeltii (white, small-leaved)
  • Hippeastrum cybister ‘Lima’
  • Hippeastrum Cv. ‘Supreme Garden’
  • Hippeastrum Cv. (red miniature)
  • Hoya carnosa
  • Ludisia discolor
  • Microsorum steerei
  • Monstera adansonii
  • Monstera deliciosa
  • Pachira aquatica
  • Pandanus veitchii
  • Philodendron hederaceum
  • Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brazil’
  • 6 Pilea peperomioides
  • Plectranthus scutellarioides ‘Inky Fingers’
  • Saintpaulia ionantha (white miniature)
  • Saxifraga stolonifera
  • Scindapsus pictus
  • Stromanthe burle-marxii
  • Tradescantia fluminensis
  • Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Yellow Hill’
  • Tradescantia pallida
  • 5 Tradescantia zebrina
  • Tradescantia ‘Albostriata’/‘Variegata’/‘Quicksilver’/‘Ivory Hill’/‘Silvery Hill’…
  • Yucca elephantipes

Kitchen: 29 plants/26 pots

  • Albuca spiralis
  • Allium schoenoprasum
  • Aloe vera
  • Asparagus densiflorus
  • Ceropegia sandersonii
  • Cissus antarctica
  • Epipremnum aureum
  • Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’
  • Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’
  • Epipremnum aureum ‘N’Joy’
  • Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’
  • Ipomoea batatas ‘Marguerite’
  • Monstera adansonii
  • Oxalis spiralis subsp. vulcanicola
  • 3 miniature Phalaenopsis
  • Philodendron hederaceum ‘Aureum’
  • Philodendron hederaceum ‘Micans’
  • Portulacaria afra
  • Rhipsalis/I>
  • Syngonium podophyllum (red)
  • Syngonium podophyllum (white)
  • Tetrastigma voinierianum
  • Tradescantia fluminensis ‘Yellow Hill’
  • 2 Tradescantia pallida
  • Tradescantia zebrina/I>
  • Tradescantia ‘Albostriata’/‘Variegata’/‘Quicksilver’/‘Ivory Hill’/‘Silvery Hill’…

Bedroom: 44 plants/39 pots

  • Abutilon x hybridum (red)
  • Abutilon pictum var. thompsonii
  • 8 little baby Abutilons
  • Aloysia citriodora
  • Cissus rhombifolia
  • Cissus rhombifolia ‘Ellen Danica’
  • Clivia miniata
  • Hippeastrum Cv. ‘Fresh Lemon’
  • Hippeastrum Cv. ‘Hot Pink’
  • Hippeastrum Cv. (double white miniature)
  • Hippeastrum Cv. (pale red)
  • Hippeastrum Cv. (red)
  • Hippeastrum Cv. (white)
  • 2 Hippeastrum Cv. NOID
  • Jasminum polyanthum
  • Lantana camara ‘Arlequin’
  • Lantana camara ‘Goldsonne’
  • Lantana camara ‘Schneewittchen’
  • Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri (orange) 
  • Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri (purple)
  • Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri (red/pink)
  • Salvia chamaedryoides
  • Salvia elegans
  • Salvia uliginosa
  • Schlumbergera x buckleyi
  • Schlumbergera ‘Limelight Dancer’
  • Schlumbergera (pink)
  • Schlumbergera (purple)
  • 2 Schlumbergera (purple/yellow)
  • Schlumbergera (red)
14 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa Persons permalink
    April 9, 2010 15:17

    Wow! Love your project. I am an unconcious plant owner seeking to become more conscious and intentional. I’m impressed. Have you thought of having a picture link for each? Lots of work, I know. Happy spring!

  2. April 9, 2010 18:18

    I may add some pictures in the future – but probably not for a while, not until the spring craziness at work is over.

  3. February 5, 2012 04:53

    Nice! I need to update my list one of these days. Erase evidence of the ones I’ve killed :/

    • February 5, 2012 11:30

      I don’t think I’ve killed too many – I have added quite a few, though.

  4. penny permalink
    February 21, 2012 18:32

    just come across your blog whilst looking for a pilea peperomioides which I just cant get hold of here in the UK. Should you be willing to part with one of yours, could I buy or swap for something you might be looking for? Hope you don’t mind me asking (I wouldn’t normally, but have become obsessed) and many thanks.

  5. krista permalink
    April 10, 2012 14:00

    I had to chuckle at your list. Growing up, I remember counting 77 plants in our house. My house today has many plants, although, not as many as yours! You have inspired me to make a list.
    Thank you,

  6. October 13, 2012 16:44

    Hi again! Your home is almost a plant conservatory, judging by the lists of plants above. I admire your dedication.

    Since you love gardening, my three gardening blogs, which cater to different gardening lovers, might be of interest to you:

    My main blog is at

    Have you ever tried growing phalaenopsis?

    • October 14, 2012 11:11

      I’ve never had much luck with Phals. I can keep them alive, but I can’t get them to rebloom. I still have my three miniature ones, but they might not be around much longer if they continue refusing to cooperate.

  7. May 18, 2013 06:14

    Love your blog and the pictures of your balkony, very inspiring! My list of plants would be extremely short right now, partly because of my cat who’s a real power mower on my windowsill. But in July I’ll move to a flat with a nice balkony and I’m really looking forward to my first selfgrown radish.

    • May 18, 2013 06:56

      Haha, yeah, that is why I decided not to get a cat (at least not until I move somewhere where I can let it outside.)
      There’s just nothing like homegrown food!

  8. Ian permalink
    July 7, 2013 15:15

    Hi Ivynettle,

    I have a follow-up question regarding kalanchoe blossfeldiana from a comment you posted to a blog called “plantsarethestrangestpeople” in reply to the “house plants which can be propagated from a single leaf” article.

    In your comment, you said: “According to what we learned in school, Kalanchoe blossfeldiana can be propagated by leaf cuttings, too (even though hardly anyone does it, because it takes longer than stem cuttings).” I was hoping you could expand on that or provide a reference.

    I am currently trying to propagate a blossfeldiana from a single leaf. That leaf is rapidly withering, but it has formed a single sphere (~7mm diameter, green/translucent) along the periphery of the leaf. If the stem of the leaf is 12:00 on a clock face, this sphere is attached at about 10:00. I am wondering if you could describe how blossfeldiana leaf propagation is supposed to proceed and if this sphere thing is part of it.

    And let’s assume this sphere is part of the method of blossfeldiana leaf propagation; for this propagation to succeed, do you think the sphere should end up on the surface of the soil, or should it be a little bit buried under the soil? That is, what is the recommended method to get this new sphere to root? Do you know the approximate timeline of leaf propagation? I would be most appreciative of your wisdom on the matter.

    • July 9, 2013 21:50

      I would have to look for my notes from vocational school to see what they say – sadly, I currently have absolutely no time for that.

      I would have expected a Kalanchoe cutting to behave in the same way as the other leaf cuttings I have personal experience with (Begonia and Saintpaulia), with first roots and then leaves growing from the base of the petiole (with the petiole stuck in the soil).
      I honestly have no idea what this sphere would be, so I’m afraid I can’t tell you what to do with it. I would keep it on the surface, but make sure that it is always in contact with it and the soil isn’t completely dry. If the sphere is going to grow into anything, it will have to grow roots first, and being in contact with moist soil should help.

      • August 3, 2013 16:48

        I never figured out what that leaf cutting was up to, but it never successfully rooted. Oh well – Thanks for your reply!


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