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House Plant With Heart

When moving into the home of my roommate, one of the first things I asked was whether he had any problem with house plants, as I did not see a one in the house. "I have no problem with plants as long as I don't have to take care of them," said my roommate. Within a few days, plants began to arrive.

You see, one of my best friends works at Baker's Acres Greenhouse and Garden Center . Mark is my go-to guy for my house plants and gardening needs. A few at a time, he has brought me plants to liven up the atmosphere here, just as he did in my other homes over the years.

One evening soon after I moved in, my roommate mentioned that he was getting used to all the greenery and liked it. "That's a good thing," I said. "There's a truck load on the way!"

I doubt the roommate believed me until a few weeks later my friends arrived one day as he was about to leave and we handed him a plant to find a temporary place to hang -- a place where my dog would not chew it up! His solution was to hang it high on a horizontal pole in his garage off the kitchen.

For a couple of weeks now we have chuckled about this plant hanging in his man-cave. This past weekend this beautiful Heartleaf Philodendron found itself a proper place in the home. This handsome hanging basket now hangs in front of a tall window where its heart-shaped greenery is fed with plenty of sunshine and where we are better able to appreciate its beauty.

Now it is my job to keep the plant alive and thriving. And yes, I have to climb a step-ladder to water the Philodendron Oxycardium -- a labor of house plant love.

Image Credit » Philodendron photo is mine, copyright Ruth Cox.

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grandma20121 wrote on December 8, 2015, 9:50 PM

oh your so lucky to have such a freind to bring you beautiful houseplants, i love plants, i have 3 of these plants myself

CoralLevang wrote on December 8, 2015, 9:52 PM

I do not do well with houseplants. I tend to kill them. I could use someone like you to help spruce this up with life.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 8, 2015, 10:34 PM

I would love to get free houseplants. It is lovely

cheri wrote on December 8, 2015, 11:17 PM

I love plants too and I have all of them placed in my roof top

Paulie wrote on December 8, 2015, 11:27 PM

We don't have any plants inside our house, but we sure have a lot of them outside in our garden.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 9, 2015, 12:21 AM

That plant is very pretty the way it is hanging in front of the window. It looks so alive and fresh.

VinceSummers wrote on December 9, 2015, 7:30 AM

Although I am not ordinarily a fan of the philodendron (what does that mean? Love Fingers?), I must admit the plant in the photo is nicely proportioned. I am a flowering plant guy - I particularly enjoy African Violets, which I once raised in profusion.

WordChazer wrote on December 9, 2015, 2:27 PM

What a beautiful plant. We are currently plantless as Percy the Spider Plant pegged it this year after almost 25 years of faithful service. I had him as a plantlet from my University roomie and he moved through six homes with me, falling pot over leaves occasionally when I forgot to water him but still stubbornly staying alive. He fathered three generations of plants for my mum and various friends too: Mum still has Spike, Peter and Paul. I ought to ask for a cutting from Spike, who has taken over a corner of the main bathroom at my parents' house quite happily.

PriscillaKing wrote on December 9, 2015, 2:54 PM

My husband kept philodendrons. Three of his outlived him by about a year. He also had the knack of propagating aloe veras; we used to sell them.

RuthCox wrote on December 9, 2015, 3:16 PM

I am indeed lucky to have such a dear friend and his green thumb sure comes in handy!

RuthCox wrote on December 9, 2015, 3:23 PM

I have a tendency to kill plants with kindness, over-watering them, but Mark keeps an eye on me with his plants! I thrive on having living things in my everyday surroundings... my dog, plants, even aquariums tend to help de-stress me.

RuthCox wrote on December 9, 2015, 9:19 PM

I am definitely lucky to have a friend who has an over-abundance of greenery and shares it with others.

CalmGemini wrote on December 10, 2015, 8:24 AM

We do not have any house plants in my house now.Years back I had plenty of them in my old house.

RuthCox wrote on December 10, 2015, 8:56 AM

I would enjoy seeing pictures of your rooftop garden, cheri

RuthCox wrote on December 10, 2015, 10:00 AM

Because I rent I don't have a garden outdoors but I'll remedy that with potted plants in the spring. I also plan to have a small vegetable garden here too.

RuthCox wrote on December 10, 2015, 10:18 AM

I like African violets too and it was one of my mom's favorites. She had them everywhere in the house.

markgraham wrote on December 10, 2015, 2:17 PM

I like plants as well and they keep us healthy as well.

RuthCox wrote on December 10, 2015, 6:35 PM

Thank you, I think so too. It is very healthy and I love the life it brings to the room.

Paulie wrote on December 11, 2015, 2:01 AM

What kind of vegetables do you plan on growing?

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2015, 2:13 AM

it's a beautiful plant. I'm afraid I'm the world's worst indoor gardener. I do much better with outdoor plants.

RuthCox wrote on December 11, 2015, 9:36 AM

Tomatoes! I am not sure what else but guaranteed I will grow tomatoes. Nothing beats home grown tomatoes.

RuthCox wrote on December 11, 2015, 10:14 AM

You should definitely get a Spike cutting and continue the Percy Spider plant legacy! Spider plants are another of my favorites. I need to get me one too!

RuthCox wrote on December 11, 2015, 4:26 PM

Aloe is a handy plant to have around. I had a couple of them but left them behind when I moved. I'll have to get myself another!

RuthCox wrote on December 11, 2015, 6:22 PM

I've had lots of plants in homes of the past and now it's time to fill this one up. I have this need to be able to see and to reach out and touch live things around me. Plants and dogs work wonders for me.

RuthCox wrote on December 11, 2015, 6:43 PM

Yes, plants help us stay healthy! I figure in the home they are filtering the air I breathe, as well as offering a bit of serenity.

RuthCox wrote on December 11, 2015, 7:25 PM

I hear you! I really have to stay on top of the plant care game or I kill the poor things myself, inside our out! Thank goodness my friend Mark visits about once a week, and yes, he ends up playing with the plants.

bestwriter wrote on January 21, 2016, 11:37 PM

You made my day that is after reading your post. I am a passionate gardener and so any gardener would love to read this story. emoticon :smile: