Now what do I do with them?

@Fleura (6159)
United Kingdom
November 15, 2017 5:05pm CST
I have a lot of house-plants, some of which I’ve had for many years – decades even. And they have a tendency to grow and multiply. It is often advised to put houseplants outside during the summer to give them a bit of a boost and a change of scene, a little holiday if you like. But the trouble comes when the weather gets cold and you need to bring them in again, because in the meantime of course all the plants that are still inside have grown, been re-potted into larger pots or split into two or more, and taken up all the space. Sometimes the plants outside have grown too. And when they need to come inside again, there’s nowhere to put them. Where on earth am I going to put this? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
15 Nov
Well its gorgeous Fleur!! I can imagine your place must be full of plants..so lovely
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
Thank you! I am a bit of a plant fanatic, always have been. Used to drive my mother nuts filling up windowsills.
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@LadyDuck (121380)
• Switzerland
16 Nov
I know that it is a problem when the plants grow. We now have a greenhouse, it's not very big, but enough to store the plants during winter.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
Funny isn't it - many people have trouble with their plants not growing; I have the opposite problem!
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@LadyDuck (121380)
• Switzerland
16 Nov
@Fleura I have a gardenia that is now very big, but I cannot move it to the garden, it would die in winter. It's in a big pot, I put a cart with wheels under the pot, so I can move it in and out the greenhouse.
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• Preston, England
16 Nov
you probably need to give some of them away to others to look after
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@marlina (62066)
• Canada
15 Nov
I guess you have no choice but to make a selection of your favorites and also trim them. The rest will have to go.
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@Shellyann36 (8619)
• United States
16 Nov
That flower is beautiful and has flourished outside. Perhaps give it to someone as a gift or donate it to a local library or something. Of course, if your plants are your babies, you need to find somewhere to put it.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
I can't really think of anyone else who has a suitable space for it either, most friends have less space than me. I guess I might have to try and prune it somehow, though I've never really pruned a cactus!
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• United States
17 Nov
@Fleura When I worked in the brick and mortar world, I took plants to the office with me. I kept them in my office and in the waiting area of our building. Can you do that as well?
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
17 Nov
@Shellyann36 Sadly no, I work at home these days! I think I might be able to find some space under the skylight at the top of the stairs.
@dgobucks226 (6642)
19 Nov
Well, at least your clutter issues involves something beautiful and not old clothes or odds and ends, lol.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
19 Nov
Very true, they are my friends : )
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19 Nov
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@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
20 Nov
I don't like to out them out because they can bring bugs in but you are right, they do grow a lot when they are outside.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
21 Nov
That is another snag, you end up with woodlice and earthworms coming out of the pots! This one should be OK because it was in a hanging basket.
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• China
16 Nov
I don't think that there is a need to put houseplants outside during the summer ,because most of them are shade-grown plants.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
That is very true, although sometimes I think they benefit from a bit more air movement to literally blow the cobwebs away!
@RasmaSandra (13379)
• Riga, Latvia
16 Nov
It is certainly lovely and big. Perhaps one of those extra large flower pots that you see in hotel lobbies and places. I have a few houseplants and one of mine is a Christmas cactus which is now blooming and looks so lovely.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
I love Christmas cactus too, I have several different ones. This is an orchid cactus, I really need a place where I can hang it up and no-one will bump into it because it's a little bit spiky.
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16 Nov
Leave them outside the front door with a note: Free to a loving home.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
Oh I couldn't do that, I've had this plant since I was 12 years old!!
@Morleyhunt (16527)
• Canada
16 Nov
My house plants experience feast or famine. I kill them with kindness....or I kill them with neglect. My Christmas cactus is starting to bloom (it loves my erratic care). My Ivy seems to thrive in spite of all of my attempts and killing the off. I wonder if hubby will remember to wate them while we are living apart .
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
I love Christmas cactus plants, I have several in different colours. Glad yours are doing well.
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@Corbin5 (81315)
• United States
16 Nov
It sure is a gorgeous plant. I do hope you find room for it.
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
Thank you! The flowers are lovely but the rest of the year the plant is actually not that attractive and slightly spiky. I also had to put it into a hanging basket because it grew so big that the pot kept falling over.
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@Emmlex1000 (1507)
• Lagos, Nigeria
15 Nov
you can them anywhere you wish but u have to trim it a little to bring out nice shape and beauty
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@Fleura (6159)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov
I think you are right, I never really think of trimming this type of plant but it must be possible.