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Good To Grow, Liza's photos, plant family portrait

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, East Windowsill Crew

I recently upgraded/repotted/rearranged/consolidated the east windowsill plants. The newcomers include a Haworthia reinwaldii (far left on the sill – that’s a Kalanchoe down below with the orange flowers) in its new container. I’d picked him out about this time last year at a succulent sale. So far he’s been a champ. Now that he’s in a bigger pot, I expect a growth spurt.

Next to him is a combo container with a Senecio ‘String of Pearls’ and a Caralluma lutea plant. A very attractive combo, in my humble opinion.

Then there’s the ever-weird Schizobasis intricata, which I got at that same succulent sale, although he’s a bulb not a succulent. I’d gotten him because I’d never seen one before – he’s from Africa. And I meant to keep featuring him here on the blog but I wanted to see how he would grow first. I can’t decide if I like him or not. I can say that he flowers all the time, but the flowers are so tiny that they are very difficult to capture with my camera. I’ll keep trying. Despite the “schizo” in his name, he’s all chill and low maintenance.

Next to him, a new succulent bowl with cuttings from existing houseplants, including the Haworthia + Aloe hybrid and some Echeveria hybrids.

It feels good to keep consolidating plants. When you get good at growing houseplants, you tend to take on more and more. Then you need to reverse the trend lest your house get overrun by green friends.

I’m curious, do any of you have experience with the weirdo plant? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks!

Hello basketballas, and happy Friday!

Welcome back to the Good To Grow site, and thanks for being here.

It’s Friday, it’s March Madness, it’s spring, and it’s time for some weekend fun.

Our beloved Experts on are on a much-deserved break, so let’s admire their adorableness:


And move on to the plant puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Last week, I asked if these flowers were real or fake:

Good To Grow, real or fake plant puzzler

Not an easy puzzler!

Let’s see how you answered:

mr_subjunctive from Plants Are the Strangest People wrote, “Real?”

Joseph Brenner wrote, “I’m going with real.(B>{D>”

Claude from Random Rants and Prickly Plants wrote, “Looks real… but im not wearing my glasses….”

Then he added, “Notice how i cleverly left myself an out if im wrong? Sneaky, aint i?”

Sneaky indeed, Claudee-day-ee-o!

That’s three votes real, zero votes fake.

What’s the correct answer?

Maybe a closer look will help:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Real! And very pretty! Real flowers and plants are always more interesting than fake ones. And more rewarding. These photos aren’t very good – I was trying to be sly when I took them with my phone at a casa in Santa Fe – but even with the poor quality, you can tell they’re prettier than plastic flowers.

mr_subjunctive, you were first with the correct answer, which makes you the best answerer. Congratulations! For being so speedy, this week you’ve earned the following eipthet: THE BEST MOST PLANTASTIC PERSON IN IOWA. PERIOD.

Let’s say you’re at an event this weekend and you meet the Mayor of your fine town. You should introduce yourself as mr_subjunctive THE BEST MOST PLANTASTIC PERSON IN IOWA. PERIOD. Make sure you put some lungs into it – make sure everyone knows you mean business. I’m certain it’ll earn you heaps of respect. Who knows – maybe you’ll get appointed to a very important government gardening position! Not only does your epithet award roll off the tongue, it also carries mad clout. You’ll see. Well played, mr_s, congrats again. You may multiply all the prizes by two Spanish lullabies.

Everyone’s a winner this week. To show my appreciation for you playing, I’d like to award each of you the following prizes: One billion dollar bracket, a spring menu, nine basketball-shaped gummi bears, four yoga poses, ginger ale, 18 1/3 points, a moonlight salsa dance, two orange pillows, an extra time-out, a bouquet of Narcissus flowers, 47 noodles, periwinkle, one spare elbow, a free elevator ride, mustard, 12 shiny pebbles, a coupon good for one voucher, eight kudos, overtime, A+, two church steeples, another dance move, a galactic timepiece and one cheerleader pyramid. Congratulations, and thank you for playing!

Up next, the new puzzler:

???Real or Fake???

Are these plants real or fake?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

Think you know the answer, smartyplants? Leave your best guess in the comments section or on my facebook wall. You have until midnight next Thursday, March 27th, MST (that’s 2a.m. EST) to cast your vote. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) next Friday. Remember, the prizes may be imaginary but the link to your site and the glory of winning are oh-so-real.

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you here.

You still have time to guess the current puzzler, in which I asked if these plants were real or fake:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, real or fake plant puzzler

The deadline is tonight at midnight MST (that’s 2am EST). Leave your best guess in the comments section. I’ll reveal the answer and the winner(s) after tomorrow’s Experts Panel. Imaginary prizes will abound for all who play!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, Plant Pride

It’s sooooo cold here in Albuquerque! This morning it’s 14 degrees! That’s pretty dang cold for this heat-loving gal. It’s been windy, too, so every time you go outside it’s like getting bitchslapped by the cold. I know it’s cold across the country, and I’m grateful it’s not wet here, too, but shew, I’m ready for summer again already!


Hey look, a baby lime!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, baby lemons and limes

And baby lemons!

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, baby lemons and limes

And hopefully more on the way.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, baby lemons and limes

The Lemon tree is in my foyer, which doesn’t have heat. So I’ve been running the humidifier the last few nights, the plants are getting blasts of hot wet air. But they’re not spoiled or anything, haha!

Lookin’ good!

Good To Grow, Liza's plants, Liza's photos

The Dieffenbachias that I planted all together are getting along well. They’ve turned toward the sun and are bustin’ out new leaves. Further proof that Dieffenbachias are some of the best houseplants ever.

I’ll be back tomorrow with October’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Hope to see you here.

(Sorry for the late post, and the brief post. I’m on the road – I took the above photo before I left – I’ll have more about that later in the week.)

The backdoor container garden’s coming along!

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

Mostly, everything’s been growing great. There are tons of tomatoes (minus all the cherry ones that I’ve been picking off and eating the moment they are ready), the peppers are growing, there are radishes, beets, oregano, basil, strawberries (well, a couple of them anyway) and garlic. All the flowers make me super happy.

But there are a few plants that aren’t doing as well.

Remember those onions that were blooming?

Well, I finally pulled them last week and was shocked to see the bottoms were wet and starting to rot. What? In an Albuquerque summer, I overwatered a container that has drainage holes??? That didn’t make sense.

Sure, there’s mulch to retain moisture and it was obviously doing its job. But really? All the planters are in full sun all day!

Besides, I’m the plant lady! Overwatering is supposed to be a rookie mistake!

Clearly, those onions must be liars.

Yes. That’s the only logical conclusion. I’m perfect and the onions are lying.

Stupid onions. I never liked them much anyway.

Ok, ok, I’ll admit I’m lying – I love onions. They’re decent and honest vegetables.

[Insert soul searching here.]

I musta goofed somewhere along the way.

Instead of dwelling on my mistake and beating myself up (what’s done is done!), I decided move forward and vowed to slow waaaay down on watering any of the containers.

Since that decision, it’s rained every day.


(It’s against the law to complain about rain in the desert, so I am not doing that! Thank you rain gods!)

The excess moisture may explain why the Chayote seems to be holding still at this size:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants


The excess moisture may also explain why the Bougainvillea lost all its colorful bracts (they’re making a wonderful comeback already) and why the Osteospermum stopped flowering a couple of weeks ago.

Double dangit.

I’m really not perfect? That is SHOCKING news.

[Insert more soul searching here.]

I guess I’m left with no choice but to accept that I’m a mere mortal with flaws like everyone else. Sigh.

Haha, I’m teasing, of course. I’ve known for ages that I’m not perfect and that I’m going to make mistakes.

No one likes to admit their mistakes – especially not on a public forum like a blog – but I personally am not attached the idea of being right, so it’s ok. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last.



Moving on.

In houseplant news, there’s this:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

I am beside myself to see what these little Echeveria flowers are going to look like in a day or two (finally, after weeks of anticipation).

Also, Lady Everymore, an Aeschynanthus plant, is blooming again and bringing joy to the kingdom:

Good To Grow, Liza's plants

For every fail, hopefully there are two wins. Or three. Or four. Or five…

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you here.

This amuses me no end.

No, that’s not a flowering Epipremnum.

It’s a sunflower in the same pot as an Epipremnum, or Pothos plant.

I got an email from Mom with this photo taken on her phone, and this explanation:

“All I did was throw a little soil from outside into the hanging basket in the boy’s bathroom.”

Turns out the soil was taken from below the birdfeeders.

The result was an uninvited house guest, and the appearance of a flowering Pothos plant.

That’s funny, right?

Ya’ll know how much I love flowers. Here are my favorite flower photos – taken in and around my casa – in the month of September:

Thanks to our hostess Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming on the 15th of each month.

Hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be back Monday.

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

I can beautify your home, office, or patio with plants and flowers. I have 13 years of experience growing plants, and friendships.

Please let me know if you have questions or if you would like help with your plants or garden. You can reach me at lizatheplantlady (at) gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter, Lizawheeler7.

All photos are mine unless otherwise noted. All content is also entirely my hard work. If you'd like to use any content or photos, all you have to do is ask. If you take without asking, you are a thief. And thieves suck. So don't suck. We have a deal? Good.