House Plants/ming tree


Texas Master Gardener wrote at 2008-07-24 15:57:18
I was given a Ming Tree Christmas 2006 by my son and daughter-in-law. I was told they like to be moist but no wet feet. He said they liked their leives "spritzed" from time to time. I recently repoted mine but I see I am going to have to do it again as I used a plastic pot and plastic can't breath. Thank you for this help. I am a Master Gardener and I am always learning. Before I water I insert my finger to the firsr knuckle, if it is cool in this area, it's fine.

shirley wrote at 2010-11-19 02:55:33
Ihave a ming tree ,I started from a branch break off ,i rutted it in water ,put it in a pot ,it is 24ins. tall 3yrs. old I give mine my left over coffee/tea, It is setting in the south east window,gets the  morning sun .its in a plastic pot.i live in Arkansas.

Kathy wrote at 2015-04-03 02:03:14
I have a ming tree I have had over 5 years. It is getting buds to blossom in the middle of the tree. I have never had it blossom. The blossoms are a light green and I researchd that they may be pale yellow flowers. I live in Montana and it is in my hair salon.  It is in regular potting soil, in a plastic container and I fertilize it occasionally and have never really deep watered it.  I have no idea how it has done as well as it does. Is a beautiful plant, if not a bit unpruned looking. I did root a piece of it in water.. and am going to try more when I prune it this week. I am addicted!

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The Great Indoors - What would we do without it! As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, there are flowers everywhere in my house. I wrote my first gardening column for our college newspaper, teaching neighboring roomates how to grow Impatiens and Begonias on the windowsills with 5% humidity and low light. Today I am looking for challenges - potted 8-foot Orange Trees in the den bloom every January; Palms and 9-foot Ficus Trees reach lushly across my bedroom; winter Orchids and Paperwhites and Gardenias fill the house with fragrance. I am all thumbs in the Cactus/Succulents department - but if you want to grow almost anything else ... because it's winter, because there's no garden to work, because you just can't stop when the sun goes down ... I've been there and done that, too. Always au naturel, sans Chemicals and other WMDs.


It all began as a teenager with my first Marijuana plant in the 1960s and grew from there. I never really wanted to smoke it; it looked like something wicked I could do right in the house with my clueless parents. I learned my lesson when they called the police about a burglar one New Year's Eve. Lucky for me, the MJ's were tucked at that very moment behind the Geraniums. I modified my hobby; stuck to Geraniums after that. I went on to study Botany and Mass Communications in college; wrote a regular college Houseplant column while an artist friend illustrated; fielded questions; grew in pots whatever I could not grow outdoors. In New York, Orange trees would be killed off with the first deep freeze, but if you grow them in pots, you can pick your own oranges.

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