My Plant Buddies

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These are the plants I live with. My plant collection is growing faster than the plants themselves. I want to acknowledge their existence because they deserve the spotlight. Bright, direct spotlight.

Pictures coming soon

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

This was the first plant to take vacancy. Adopted from an Asian lady outside of an Asian market somewhere in Pomona. We kept her in an open plastic bag to make sure she didn’t stain the table. She almost died because that bag covered her drainage holes.

She’s doing okay now, but I can tell she’s still mad about it.

Calamansi Tree (Calamondin)

Our only outdoor tree. We searched far and wide to find her. From 99 Ranch all the way to Seafood City—she was nowhere to be found. Then one day we spotted her at Lowe’s, of all places, and left her there. Because, seriously… what is a calamondin? Once we realized our mistake, we went back to take her home.

She may be a dwarf but don’t let her size fool you. She’s packing some huge balls.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Cebu Blue

A plant of my peoples. She knew I had to take her home, and she made sure it happened. On a hunch, I set out to find her. Under the guise of “Beautiful Home Decor”, she waited all alone for me at a local Wal-Mart. All she said was “psst” and I knew. Was it destiny? Most definitely.

It’s hard to feel blue with Cebu by your side.

Dracaena Marginata

Was she on my list because I wanted more air-purifying plants, or because I wanted a dragon tree? Whatever the reason may be, I had to have her. One planter houses the three of them. With time, they’ll grow to be unstoppable giants.

This plant got me feeling like Khaleesi.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Fiddle Leaf Fig

This is Fidel and Figaro. After missing the FLF sale at costco, I knew we had to have one. They came together in the same pot but have since had a falling out. Neither of them fit in my car and I still don’t know how I managed to get them home. I heard they miss one another and hope to reconsile someday.

Their dream is to become a tree.

Golden Pothos

No plant collection can be complete without at least one pothos. This is the gateway plant that started it all. She came with limbs like an octopus. She knows how to climb and dangle like Forrest Gump. Because of her quick growth, all the other plants look up to her.

One day she’ll take over every corner of this room, and soon she’ll take over the world.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Lemon Tree

Originally a cutting from Jess’ aunt’s place. She was neglected and almost forgotten during her propagation era. During a cleaning session, I pulled her out of the soil and to my surprise, she had roots. She’ll live a majority of her early days inside a Starbucks cup.

Maybe the initial neglect will make her extra sour.

Mimicry Plant

A gift to Jess since her first one died. One of the only succulents in the gang. At certain angles it kind of looks like Pac-Man . They came here together but only one has survived. The other one melted with no real cause of death.

This plant reminds me of a booty with no hole.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Monstera Adonsonii

Initially purchased as a cutting online. The cutting came with a dead leaf and has been growing slowly. I found a gigantic pot of these at Lowes for a much lower price and couldn’t resist taking them home. I’ve separated them into four with their own planters.

They all hang out from time to time, but what they really want to do is climb.

Monstera Deliciosa

The first one was a little overpriced because we couldn’t find them anywhere. Then we found another one for a much lower price. The first one has grown significantly since we got her, and I have separated the other one into different pots. So far they like each other’s company. They will destroy any other plant that comes near.

They’re mean, green, climbing machines.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Peace Lily

Picked these two up to add some flowers into the mix. Those flowers didn’t last long and the leaves keep turning yellow. For an “easy” plant, they really didn’t enjoy hanging out with us at first. They gave us yellow and brown leaves on the daily. It took a month to realize why they were so upset. I’d tell you, but I don’t think they want anyone else to know.

Sorry, buddies, you’re safe now. Give us another flower, will ya?

Philodendron Brazil

The only trailing philodendron in the block. She hangs out with all the pothos and has been relatively shy for the most part. Lately, she’s come out of her shell. New growth here, new growth there. I think she’s going to get along just fine.

Green and yellow green and yellow.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Pilea Peperomioides

A UFO amongst the plants. Alien González has taken shelter in our home. He’s often moved around because his spherical shape makes it hard to find a place to live. Alien rotates the most out of all the other plants and loves standing up straight.

All the shelves want him, so he can’t stay anywhere too long.

Polka Dot Plant

Found a small patch in the front yard and took her in to propagate. She lives in a tiny home by the window and flaunts her colors to everyone that steps into the bathroom. She can be dramatic, but a little splash will bring her back to life.

All day in the pink.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

N Joy Pothos

She came here with her green and white leaves spilling out of her pots. She was the bushiest of all the pothos and had to be separated because her roots had nowhere else to go. Both of them have suffered root rot because of a clogged planter, but they won’t let that stop them. They haven’t forgotten where they came from.

Even under dire circumstances, they enjoy life to the fullest.

Neon Pothos

The brightest pothos in the house. She elevates the room, and she’s always ready to party. She knows how to get down, and she also has the potential to climb high.

She grows brighter than a neon light.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Silver Pothos

Allergic to gold. Her silver leaves shine in the light and sparkle int the night. She looks like a spray-painted dinosaur. Her leaves are softer than a satin pillowcase. She can’t resist putting out new growth to compete with her golden nemesis. Frenemies ‘til the end.

Shine bright like a pothos.

Prayer Plant

A finalist in America’s Best Dance Plant. It’s hard not to stare as she makes her move. She’s more of a morning person and doesn’t like to be bothered at night. She’ll dance for you if you show her enough attention.

Although she prays, word around the block says she isn’t religious at all.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Fiddle Leaf Fig

This is Fidel and Figaro. After missing the FLF sale at costco, I knew we had to have one. They came together in the same pot but have since had a falling out. Neither of them fit in my car and I still don’t know how I managed to get them home. I heard they miss one another and hope to reconsile someday.

Their dream is to become a tree.

Rubber Plant (Tineke)

One of the prettiest plants around and she knows it. Her leaves are strong and beautiful. Her camo-like features don’t work because she ain’t hiding from no one.

Once she grows taller than me, there’s no stopping her.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Snake Plant

She’s low maintenance, easy to care for, and can survive the almost anything. This plant came as one and multiplied into five. Her and her siblings like to chill all around the house and they look good doing it.

Don’t be fooled by her beauty, she’ll shank you if she wants to.

Spider Plant (Bonnie Curly)

The only spider invited into the house. Her curls always make her look like she just got her hair did. She’s small, feisty, and cuter than a real spider.

Watch out, Spider-Man.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

String of Bananas

We got her because OMG bananas. She doesn’t taste like bananas, though. She’s not even yellow. Regardless, we still love her.

This string of bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s

String of Hearts

A lover, a fighter, and a dangler. Her hearts bring a sense of warmth to the room. We found her love in a hopeless place. She’ll do anything to reach the ground.

She wears her hearts on a string.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

String of Pearls

Not to be mistaken for peas. She’s small, and her balls are, too. You might find her cousin in instant cup of noodles or in your freezer.

But seriously, don’t eat her.

Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

Found one of these plants on a whim but it was heavily damaged and the rest sold out within minutes. Decided to try the same store at a different location and they were also sold out. The kind lady let me know that they were getting another shipment the next day so I woke up from my zombie-state to take her home.

She’s one of my favorite plants but I still can’t pronounce her name.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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