Winter Houseplant Haul #1

Winter Houseplant Haul #1

I’m obsessed with houseplants and even more so in the winter. They seem to help me get through the winter blues. As someone who suffers from chronic pain, it’s not easy to get out during the cold months. I get really tired of looking at these same walls so I buy pretty plants online, more often than not. If you live in a really cold area, you have an option of buying a heat pack to ship the flowers with but I haven’t had to buy one this year. Most sellers package their plants super well all year long. Today I want to share a few of my favorite recent purchases. Budget $100. Spent: $99.58. Go me.

My first one is a Ginseng Grafted Fiscus Bonsai. I’ve never had any luck with bonsai trees and I’ve figured out why. I always buy the ones that go outdoors and keep them indoors. It wasn’t until this year when I started watching youtube videos that I realized what the problem was. I just assumed all bonsai trees were indoor plants. So when I decided I wanted to try growing one again, I searched for one that would be easy to care for, indoors. Everything I read pointed to a Ginseng Grafted Fiscus Bonsai as being a perfect choice. I bought the largest one available because I wanted an older tree that was well established. I thought that would help me keep it alive, lol. My bonsai tree is 6 years old. Old is gold. I decided to buy from a bonsai outlet and chose bonsaioutlet.com after reading some reviews. They always have promo’s going on but this tree wasn’t one of the promo’s when I bought it. This tree requires little maintenance. If I forget to water it, no big deal. If I over water it, no big deal. It didn’t come with moss on it so I’m experimenting with adding some on half of the tree. If it takes off, that’s great, if not, I’m going to add cute little ornaments to it with some pebbles. So far so good. Other than watering my tree, I wash the leaves with a paper towel and water once a week or once every two weeks. I keep it on a humidity tray and I spray water into it every other day or so. It’s thriving and I couldn’t be happier and more thrilled with my purchase. Including shipping, my purchase came to $73.94 and that did include the humidity tray.

My Little Port

My Little Port

My Little Port

My Little Port

My Little Port

I have HUGE cactus plants that are pretty old although not as old as me, lol. I actually buy them fully mature because I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to cactuses. However, while on Etsy surfing their houseplants I came across a peanut cactus. I’ve never seen one like this since I do buy my cactus rather large. I thought it was so stinkin cute, I had to have one. The Etsy seller I purchased this from has a 4-inch pot or 5-inch pot of this cactus. I went with the 4-inch plant because it looked pretty full without having to spend the extra money. Does that make me sound cheap? Lol. When it comes to cactus, I’m learning as I go. When my plant arrived, I about cried. See why below. All of these little fellows took a dive off of it in an attempt to escape (they sensed a beginner…).

My Little Port

After my panic attack, lol, I contacted the seller and asked her if I could just stick them all back in the pot. She probably thought I was an idiot and I kind of felt like one, but I’ve never had a plant of this type before. She was super helpful and is the kind of seller I like to save to buy from again. Which I will. After realizing I could just stick these back in the dirt, I had a lightbulb moment which included a bunch of little pots I bought on Amazon, which were sitting empty at the moment (I use them to root succulents). So, yea, I planted each one to start a new plant and once they root, I’ll put them in bigger pots and I’m going to grow them until Christmas and do a “plant one on me” theme to give them as gifts. I think I got the best bang for my buck with this plant. I watched some youtube videos on caring for them and I feel pretty confident that I can grow them to a healthy size by Christmas. The last pot includes 3 tiny ones that I added to the same pot. Altogether, I have a dozen starter cactuses. Including shipping, my purchase came to $18.10. I haven’t bought a pot to transplant mama plant into yet.

My Little Port

My Little Port

The next plant, I bought on clearance at Home Depot. It was in the section of exotic angel plants which include a wide range of plants. I don’t know the name of this one (if you do, please let me know). It’s got curly swirly leaves and the color is just beautiful. Price including tax $3.24. I bought the flower pot for it at Ollie’s for $4.30 including tax.

My Little Port

My Little Port

Have you bought any houseplants this winter that you are madly in love with?

Be watching for my next houseplant haul, I bought so many this year that I’m really excited to share with you. Better yet, go ahead and sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss a single post (sidebar).

30 Comments to “Winter Houseplant Haul #1”

  1. Ashley says:

    I am awful with plants! I wish I had a green thumb, but they never seem to last. These look sturdy though maybe I can give it a try!

    1. mylittleport says:

      I took a class or course or whatever you want to call it when I realized I would be dealing with chronic pain for life. They really stressed having hobbies and because my mom has a green thumb, I got a couple pieces of her plants to root and my love of houseplants and even gardening took off. I’m still learning but having so much fun growing them.

  2. Those look o great! You have a super, neon green thumb. Gardening, whether it’s in the house or outside the house, is such a soothing thing to do for your mind and soul.

    1. mylittleport says:

      Thank you so much. I love making container herb and veggie gardens outdoors.

  3. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    I have a black thumb!! I really need to learn how to be a better gardener. Just when I think I get it, my cat kills it! Doh!

    1. mylittleport says:

      Peanut inspects anything new he can reach but he’s not a chewing mind of dog thank goodness, lol. He’s a service dog and well mannered. A cat would show my plants no mercy I’m sure.

  4. Heather says:

    i’m so bad with plants. All of the plants in our house are artificial lol.

    1. mylittleport says:

      Lol, I used to be the same way.

  5. Leah says:

    I am so terrible with houseplants. Every single one I’ve ever had always dies.

    1. mylittleport says:

      You used to be me, lol. I’m a heavy plant waterer and I’m having to make myself slack off on that. I drown my plants.

  6. I love all of your plants. I want to get a couple of these now. I have some but nothing too fancy although I am pretty happy with the growth on some of mine.

    1. mylittleport says:

      Glad to meet someone else who enjoys plants like I do.

  7. These are nice looking plants. We too have plants on the balcony and their presence breaks the monotony. We have cactii very similar to the ones you have.

    1. mylittleport says:

      I’d love to see all of your balcony plants. My daughter has a balcony and is looking for ideas on how to decorate it.

  8. Ricci says:

    I don’t have much of. green thumb but I think it’s wonderful how much you love plants! They are really pretty!

    1. mylittleport says:

      Thank you so much. I haven’t started talking to them yet, lol. But that’s probably coming at some point.

  9. Marysa says:

    Those are great plants! I work in a nursery, so I can relate when it comes to being plant-obsessed ๐Ÿ™‚

    I saw your cactus picture before I read your thoughts and I was thinking “NICE score!”. Cacti and succulents are so fun because you end up with a million little ‘babies’. I have a “Mother of Thousands” and I can’t even begin to keep up with all the baby plants it grows!

    1. mylittleport says:

      I’m so excited about my peanut cactus. After I bought it, my daughter saw it and said her MIL has one that is humongous so I am really excited about watching it grow to a large size. She said when the little babies fall off the plant, they grow where they fall. That is crazy neat.

  10. I love having houseplants, it helps cleaning the air. I have some at home but I don’t have cactus.

    1. mylittleport says:

      I’ve created a list of plants to buy this year that will help clean the air more here.

  11. Kathy says:

    I love all of these plants. Bonsai plants are so neat. I remember having one when I was in high school. We got to plant them ourselves.

    1. mylittleport says:

      I would like to shape and make a bonsai one day.

  12. Amy says:

    I had a small Bonsai at one time, but between moves, it died. I would love to get another one some day when we get fully settled in.

    1. mylittleport says:

      I’ve killed a few in my time ๐Ÿ™ I spent 4 years bed bound after my failed back surgery and I didn’t want to burden anyone in caring for my plants so I lost them all.

  13. GiGi Eats says:

    I’ve heard that house plants detoxify the air in your home which really enticing me to purchase one or two, however, I am not so good at keeping them a live and my husband is allergic to a lot of plants. #fail lol

    1. mylittleport says:

      Well, that’s not good *achoo*. My granddaughter is allergic to everything so I have to be careful what I buy.

  14. I have heard really great things about the benefits of having house plants in your home. It can be a little hard to keep them alive sometimes though.

    1. mylittleport says:

      I’m learning in that area. If I’m home I do really well with them, but if I go on an extended vaca, they die.

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