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Old 07-05-2013, 08:58 AM   #1
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Plants?

As a full timer I've always wished I could have plants in my trailer but i haven't had much luck. The problem is I can't seem to get enough light. I'm wondering if anyone could suggest some plants that do well in low light conditions. I was even thinking of building some permanent pot holders near my windows. How about a Bonsai tree?
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Peace Lilly. Poisonous to animals.
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Ferns, coleus, dracaena, philodendron, snake plant, cast-iron plant come to mind.
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Peace Lilly. Poisonous to animals.
Excellent point. Many indoor (and outdoor) plants are poisonous to our pets, so be sure to check the toxicity of whatever you choose.
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Aluminum plant! What else?

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54482/

Also philodendron, pothos, sansieveria (snake plant), plastic.

In good weather they will benefit from going outside, but out of direct sun..

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Bonsai's will not do well indoors. Only put them indoors for a SHORT display period. (And the care for a Bonsai is intensive) They are very particular.

Truth told. I have murdered at least a dozen!

Air ferns, pothos, mother-in-law's tongue are good and easy in low light.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. I just got back from town, I got a large Pothos, shamrock and Christmas cactus.
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We have some awesome succulent plants. They have many different varieties and sizes and they don't need direct sunlight or very much water. They seem to last through everything...
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My wife says spider plants do well in low light, don't take much water and don't weight much.

Also, you'd be surprised how green and leafy the growth from a sweet potato suspended in water is. You can let several of the vines spread out several feet, or you can crop them to make a bushy potted plant. These grow well until the potato is depleted, then you just throw it out and start a new one.
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Succulents and spider plants sound cool. I wonder if having a halogen light or sky light would help. Now that I think of it, most of my previous plants died from either cold or too much/little water. Traveling can be tough on plants it seems. Maybe I should be looking into a better heater.
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Your Christmas cactus & shamrock will benefit from direct sunlight, if you have it.

Spider plant should do well indoors in low light.

If you want something flowering, try Impatiens. It's an outdoor plant but can be grown indoors-- don't over-water for longer-lasting flowers.
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I have a question. When I go through Arizona, they always ask about plants, fruits and vegetables.

How do you get them through? Do they only confiscate certain plants? I have potted dwarf papyrus I'd like to carry as an awning drip line plant. (I have several potted along the house walkway, solar powered LED's.)


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They have border crossings into Arizona?
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I have been stopped each trip through, though it has been about 6 years since the last drive into Arizona.

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I have a question. When I go through Arizona, they always ask about plants, fruits and vegetables.

How do you get them through? Do they only confiscate certain plants? I have potted dwarf papyrus I'd like to carry as an awning drip line plant. (I have several potted along the house walkway, solar powered LED's.)


The reason is to prevent the spread of invasive plant pests. There is no specific list that says some plants are safe and others are not. You declare them all, and they're inspected individually. If you claim not to have any, and they find out you're lying, it's up to a $10,000 fine.

As long as your potted plants are clean, and free of any blight, fungus, or bugs, they're probably okay. Before crossing the border, pinch off any dead leaves and dispose of them, just to be sure.
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If you claim not to have any, and they find out you're lying, it's up to a $10,000 fine.
You also risk inadvertently damaging a state's agricultural and economic base. Nobody means harm when they bring in their one little treasured plant or fruit. But that's how the Mediterranean fruit fly and glassy winged sharp shooter came in, crippling our fruit and grape crops.

As a Californian who has welcomed ag inspections and cringed at the results of invasive pests, I humbly request that people not try to skirt the rules. Let the inspectors know what you have and they'll make the call on it. They know what the risky host plants are. Chances are, if you're not bringing in something grown on a large scale in the state, you'll be let through, but it's best to let them decide.
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Coming into Arizona September 30th, we were asked if we had any other animals (other than the dogs), any houseplants or certain foods. It kind of reminded me in CA when we were asked about fruits and stuff....but thats because of certain bugs they don't want.
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