Plants I've Tried

These are the plants I have attempted to grow indoors, or am currently growing indoors, as of 19 Jan 2014. All IDs are subject to revision, some more than others.

I've also indicated what kind of experience I've had with the plant in question, categorized as Disasters (very bad experience), Disappointments (somewhat bad), Residents (neither good nor bad), Successes (somewhat good), Favorites (very good), or Too Soon To Tell (newish acquisitions).

† indicates plants which are dead or otherwise not in my possession anymore; ‡ indicates plants which I don't possess and don't ever want to try again.

My results are not necessarily typical, and these categorizations are subject to change at any time.

Abutilon 'Bella Pink,' 'Bella Red,' 'Bella Vanilla' (wide range from Disappointment to Success, depending on specimen)‡

Adenium obesum (Disaster)†

Adiantum capillaris-veneris (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Adromischus NOID (Disappointment)†

Aechmea 'Del Mar' (Success)

Aechmea fasciata (Success/Favorite)

Aeschynanthus longicaulis (Success/Favorite)

Aeschynanthus radicans (Disappointment)†

Aeschynanthus speciosus (Favorite)

Aeschynanthus 'Thai Pink' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Agave angustifolia variegata (Resident)

Agave americana, species and cvv. (Success/Favorite)

Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' (Success/Favorite)

Agave attenuata, variegated (Resident/Success)

Agave 'Blue Glow' (A. ocahui x A. attenuata) (Success)

Agave bovicornuta 'Reggae Time' (Success)

Agave desmettiana (?), plain green (Success/Favorite)

Agave desmettiana (?), variegated (Favorite)

Agave lophantha (Success/Favorite)

Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor' (Favorite)

Agave NOID (possibly potatorum, parrasana, or parryi; not sure which is most likely) (Resident)

Agave NOID hybrid (Favorite)

Agave potatorum 'Kissho Kan,' variegated (Resident/Success)

Agave titanota 'Kyoto' or 'FO-076' (Resident/Success)

Agave victoriae-reginae (Favorite)

Agave victoriae-reginae 'Pinguino' (Success)

Agave vilmoriniana (Success)†

Aglaonema brevispathum 'Hospitum' and 'Thai Snowflakes' (Disappointment)†

Aglaonema 'Brilliant' (Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Cory' (Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Diamond Bay' (Success/Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Emerald Bay' (Success)

Aglaonema 'Emerald Holiday' (Success)

Aglaonema 'Gold Dust' (Success)

Aglaonema 'Golden Bay' (Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Jewel of India' (Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Jubilee' (Resident)

Aglaonema 'King of Siam' (Resident)

Aglaonema 'Maria' (Resident/Success)

Aglaonema NOID (possibly commutatum) (Disappointment)†

Aglaonema 'Peacock' (Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Sapphire Suzanne' (Resident/Success)

Aglaonema 'Silver Queen' (Success/Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Silverado' (Success)

Aglaonema 'Sparkling Sarah' (Success/Favorite)

Aglaonema 'Stars' (Disappointment)†

Aglaonema 'Stripes' (Success)

Albuca bracteata (aka Ornithogalum caudatum) (Success)

Alcantarea imperialis (aka Vriesea imperialis) (Success/Favorite)

Aloe arenicola (Resident)‡

Aloe brevifolia (Resident)‡

Aloe congolensis (Resident)‡

Aloe 'Crosby's Prolific' (Disappointment)‡

Aloe 'Doran Black' (ID uncertain) (Resident)‡

Aloe dorotheae 'Sunset' (Resident/Success)‡

Aloe ferox (Success)

Aloe 'Firebird' (Resident)‡

Aloe 'Fire Ranch' (Resident)‡

Aloe greatheadii var. davyana (Resident until scale infestation)‡

Aloe harlana (Success)

Aloe haworthioides (may be a hybrid of A. haworthioides and something else) (Resident/Success)

Aloe maculata (Resident until scale infestation)‡

Aloe 'Minibelle' (as received; may in fact be A. juvenna or A. zanzibarica) (Resident)

Aloe nobilis (twice: Disaster; Disappointment)‡

Aloe NOID (looks like variegated Alworthia 'Black Gem;' possibly 'Walmsley's Bronze') (Success until scale infestation)‡

Aloe NOID (possibly A. bakeri) (Success)

Aloe NOID (probably 'Blue Elf' or 'Hedgehog') (Success/Favorite until scale infestation)‡

Aloe 'Pink Blush' (Disappointment)‡

Aloe polyphylla (Disaster: introduced scale infestation)‡

Aloe rupestris (Resident)

Aloe 'Silver Ridge' (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Aloe striata (Success until scale infestation)‡

Aloe variegata (Success)

Aloe vera (Resident/Success)†

Aloe 'Walmsley's Blue' (Success)

Alpinia zerumbet variegata (2 x Disappointment)‡

Alternanthera dentata 'Purple Knight' (Disappointment)‡

Alternanthera 'Partytime' (Disappointment/Disaster)‡

Alworthia 'Black Gem' (Favorite until scale infestation)†

Amorphophallus konjac (Success)

Ananas comosus (twice!) (Disaster)†

Ananas comosus 'Mongo' (Success/Favorite)

Ananas lucidus (Success/Favorite)

Anthurium "hookeri" (Resident)

Anthurium amnicola (Disaster/Disappointment)†

Anthurium x 'Florida' (Success/Favorite)

Anthurium hybrids including 'Gemini,' 'Krypton,' 'Orange Hot,' 'Red Hot,' 'White Gemini' (Success/Favorite)

Anthurium NOID (medium pink spathes) (Success)

Anthurium NOID (orangish-red spathes) (Disappointment/Disaster)†

Anthurium x 'Pacora' (Success/Favorite)

Anthurium x 'Pandola' (Success)

Anthurium crystallinum 'Mehani' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Anthurium podophyllum (Disappointment)‡

Anthurium schlechtendalii (Success/Favorite)

Araucaria bidwillii (Favorite)

Araucaria heterophylla (Resident/Success)†

Ardisia crenata (several Disappointments; most recent is a Resident/Success)

Ardisia elliptica (Success)†

Asparagus macowanii (Resident/Success until scale infestation)‡

Asparagus plumosus (Success, then rapid decline to Disappointment)‡

Aspidistra elatior (Disappointment)‡

Aspidistra lurida 'Milky Way' (twice: Disaster; Disaster)‡

Asplenium antiquum (Disaster)‡

Asplenium nidus (Disaster)‡

Asplundia 'Jungle Drum' (Usually sold as Carludovica) (Success/Favorite)

Astrophytum myriostigma (Disappointment x 2)‡

Astrophytum ornata (Resident/Success)

Beaucarnea recurvata, variegated (Success/Favorite)

Begonia 'Erythrophylla' (Favorite)

Begonia 'Puffy Clouds' (Resident/Success)†

Begonia 'Tiger Kitten' (Disappointment)

Begonia rhizomatous NOID, star-shaped black leaves with red undersides (Success)

Begonia rhizomatous NOID, star-shaped red and green leaves (Disappointment)‡

Begonia rhizomatous NOID, ruffly green and black leaves (Resident)†

Begonia NOID, cane type (Success/Favorite)

Begonia NOID, another cane type with smaller leaves (Disappointment)†

Begonia NOID, rounded green leaves with "eyelashes" around margin (Disappointment)†

Begonia rex-cultorum, four different cvv. (Disaster x 4)‡

Billbergia 'Borracho' (Success/Favorite)

Billbergia 'Foster's Striate' (Favorite)

Billbergia nutans (Favorite)

Brassolaeliocattleya Helen[e] Brown (Resident/Success)

Breynia disticha 'Roseo-Picta' (Favorite)

Browningia hertlingiana (Success)†

Bryophyllum daigremontianum (Disappointment)‡

Caladium NOID (Disaster)‡

Calathea lutea (Too Soon To Tell; trying to start from seeds but nothing's happened yet, so this might not even count as a plant I've attempted)

Calathea makoyana (Resident/Success)†

Calathea ornata (Disaster)†

Callisia fragrans (Success)‡

Callisia gentlei (Success)

Carica papaya (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Caryota mitis (Disaster x 2)†

Cereus peruvianus (Favorite)

Ceropegia woodii (twice: Disaster;† Resident/Success)

Ceropegia woodii, variegated cv. (Success)

Chamaedorea elegans (Disappointment)‡

Chamaedorea metallica (Favorite)

Chirita 'Deco' (Resident/Success, then abrupt decline)†

Chlorophytum 'Charlotte' (Resident/Success)‡

Chlorophytum comosum (both white- and yellow-variegated) (Success)

Chlorophytum laxum (Resident)

Chlorophytum x 'Fire Flash' (Favorite)

Cissus quadrangularis (all over the place; most recently Resident)‡

Cissus rhombifolia (twice: Disappointment; Disaster)‡

Cissus rhombifolia 'Ellen Danica' (Disappointment)‡

Clivia miniata 'Aztec Gold' (Success/Favorite)

Clivia miniata NOID (Resident/Success)

Codiaeum variegatum 'Andrew' (Disappointment)‡

Codiaeum variegatum 'Gold Dust' (Disappointment)‡

Codonanthe serrulata (Resident/Success)

Coffea arabica (Favorite)

Columnea 'Light Prince' (Resident/Success)

Columnea microphylla (Resident/Success)‡

Columnea orientandina (Success/Favorite)

Cordyline fruticosa (green) (Success)

Cordyline fruticosa 'Bicolor' or 'Tricolor' (ID uncertain) (Disappointment)‡

Cordyline fruticosa 'Bolero' (Disaster)‡

Cordyline fruticosa 'Kiwi' (Disappointment)‡

Cordyline fruticosa NOID (large dark red leaves with pink margins) (Disaster)‡

Cordyline fruticosa 'Red Sister' (or some similar dark-red cv. with pink margins) (Disappointment)‡

Cordyline glauca (Disappointment)‡

Crassula arborescens undulatifolia (Disappointment)‡

Crassula falcata (Success, then the main stem got broken off and it went swiftly to Disaster)‡

Crassula muscosa (Disappointment/Disaster x 3)‡

Crassula ovata 'Gollum' (Disappointment)‡

Crassula ovata, solid green (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Crassula ovata, variegated (Disappointment)‡

Crassula rupestris (possibly perforata) (Disappointment)‡

Cryptanthus [bivittatus?] 'Pink Starlite' (Resident/Success)

Cryptanthus cf. bromelioides (Disappointment)‡

Cryptanthus 'Melody' (?) (Disappointment)‡

Cryptanthus NOID (tan/green w/ stripe) (Resident/Success)

Cryptanthus NOID (all-green) (Success)

Cryptanthus NOID (red/green, no stripe) (Resident/Success)

Cryptanthus 'Ruby' or similar cv. (Success)

Cryptanthus x 'Black Mystic' (Resident/Success)

Cryptanthus fosterianus (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Cryptbergia x rubra (Success/Favorite)

Ctenanthe burle-marxii (Success/Favorite)

Cuphea ignea (Disappointment)‡

Cyanotis kewensis (Resident)†

Cycas revoluta (Disappointment)†

Cyclamen persicum NOID (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Cyperus alternifolius (Success/Favorite)

Cyrtomium falcatum (Success for a long time then Disappointment/Resident, then scale infestation)‡

Davallia fejeensis 'Major' (Resident/Success)‡

Davallia trichomanoides (Resident/Success for a while, then Disappointment/Resident)‡

Davallia tyermanii (Disappointment)‡

Dendrobium "Humphrey Bogart" (Resident)

Dendrobium 'Karen' (Resident for a long time, then Disaster)‡

Didymochlaena truncatula (Disappointment)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Camouflage' (Disappointment/Resident)

Dieffenbachia NOID (larger grayish variety) (Resident)‡

Dieffenbachia NOID (possibly 'Compacta?') (Success)‡

Dieffenbachia NOID (possibly 'Exotica' or 'Sparkle?') (Disappointment)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Pacific Rim' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Panther' (Disaster)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Starbright' (Resident/Success)

Dieffenbachia 'Sterling' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Tiki' (Resident)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Triumph' (Success/Favorite)‡

Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Rain' (Favorite)†

Dieffenbachia 'Tropic Snow' (Favorite)

Dischidia hirsuta (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Dischidia 'Nova' (Disappointment)‡

Dischidia ruscifolia (Resident/Success)

Dischidia variegata (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Dizygotheca elegantissima (Schefflera elegantissima) (Resident/Success)‡

Dizygotheca elegantissima (Schefflera elegantissima) 'Olympia' (Resident/Success)‡

Dracaena deremensis 'Art' (Resident)

Dracaena deremensis 'Jade Jewel' (Disappointment/Resident)

Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig' (Success)

Dracaena deremensis 'Janet Craig Compacta' (Success/Favorite)

Dracaena deremensis 'Lemon-Lime' / 'Goldstar' (Success/Favorite)

Dracaena deremensis 'Limelight' (Success)

Dracaena deremensis 'Malaika' (Success)

Dracaena deremensis 'Warneckei' (Resident/Success)

Dracaena fragrans 'Massangeana' (Success)

Dracaena fragrans 'Sol' (Success)

Dracaena marginata 'Bicolor' (brief Resident)†

Dracaena marginata 'Colorama' (Resident/Success)‡

Dracaena reflexa 'Riki' (Success/Favorite)

Dracaena reflexa 'Song of India' (Resident/Success)‡

Dracaena reflexa 'Song of Jamaica' (Resident)‡

Dracaena sanderiana (Disappointment)‡

Dracaena surculosa (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Dracaena thalioides (practically never-ending Disaster)‡

Dracaena x 'Indonesian Tracker' (Success/Favorite)

Dyckia x 'La Rioja' (Disaster)†

Dyckia, unnamed F2 offspring of 'Burgundy Ice' (Success)

Echeveria coccinea (Resident)‡

Echeveria nodulosa (Disaster)‡

Echeveria NOID (Disappointment)‡

Echeveria 'Perle von Nunberg' or 'Moonglow' or something (Disappointment)‡

Echeveria pulvinata 'Frosty' (Disappointment)‡

Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy' (Disappointment/Disaster)‡

Echinocactus grusonii (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Epiphyllum NOID (pink flowers) (Success)

Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Success)

Epiphyllum 'Tequila Sunrise' (Resident/Success)

Epipremnum aureum (Success)

Epipremnum aureum 'Marble Queen' (Resident/Success)

Epipremnum aureum 'Neon' (1st was Disappointment;† 2nd is Resident/Success)

Epipremnum aureum 'N'Joy' (Success/Favorite)

Episcia, assorted NOIDs (Success)

Episcia 'Burning Embers' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Episcia 'Coco' (Favorite)

Episcia 'Faded Jade' (Resident)

Episcia 'Kempenfest' (Resident)‡

Episcia 'Pink Acajou' (Disappointment)‡

Episcia 'Pink Smoke' (Disappointment)‡

Episcia 'Raspberry Parade' (Resident)

Episcia 'Silver Skies' (Resident/Success)

Episcia 'Strawberry Patch' (Disaster)‡

Episcia 'Suomi' (Resident)‡

Eriobotrya japonica (Success)

Eucharis grandiflora (Favorite)

Eucodonia NOID (Resident/Success)

Euphorbia ammak (Success/Favorite)

Euphorbia anoplia (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Euphorbia bougheyi variegata (Resident/Success)

Euphorbia drupifera (Resident until fungal infection)‡

Euphorbia enopla (Disappointment)‡

Euphorbia flanaganii (Resident)‡

Euphorbia flanaganii var. cristata (Disappointment)‡

Euphorbia grandicornis (Resident)

Euphorbia horrida var. noorsveldensis (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Euphorbia ingens? (Success/Favorite)

Euphorbia lactea, variegated (Success)

Euphorbia leuconeura (Resident/Success)

Euphorbia milii (Resident)

Euphorbia milii 'Candyland' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Euphorbia NOID (Success)

Euphorbia pseudocactus (Resident/Success)

Euphorbia tirucalli (Success/Favorite)

Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firesticks' (Success/Favorite)

Euphorbia tortilis (Resident)‡

Euphorbia trigona (Success)

Euphorbia trigona 'Red' (Success)

Excoecaria cochinchinensis (Disappointment)‡

Fatshedera x lizei, variegated (Resident)‡

Fatsia japonica (Disappointment)‡

Fenestraria rhopalophylla (Disaster x 2)‡

Ferocactus (?) NOID (Disappointment)‡

Ficus benjamina 'Black Diamond' (Resident/Success)

Ficus benjamina 'Exotica' (Disappointment)†

Ficus benjamina 'Margarita' (Favorite)

Ficus benjamina 'Midnight' (Success)

Ficus benjamina 'Monique' (Disappointment)†

Ficus benjamina 'Spearmint' (ID uncertain) (Favorite)

Ficus benjamina 'Starlight' (first was Disappointment†, second is Resident/Success)

Ficus maclellandii (Favorite)

Ficus elastica 'Burgundy' (Resident/Success)‡

Ficus elastica 'Tineke' (Success until scale infestation)†

Ficus lyrata (Favorite)

Ficus microcarpa (Favorite)

Ficus microcarpa (?) 'Green Island' (Success)

Ficus pumila, variegated (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Ficus religiosa (Disappointment)†

Ficus triangularis (Disaster)‡

Fittonia albivenis, three times (Disaster x 3)‡

Furcraea foetida 'Medio-Picta' (Resident/Success)

Gasteraloe 'Green Gold' (Resident)‡

Gasteraloe 'Green Ice' (Resident/Success)

Gasteraloe 'Midnight' (sold as Aloe gastrolea 'Midnight') (Resident)‡

Gasteraloe x beguinii (A. aristata x Gasteria batesiana) (Success/Favorite)

Gasteria bicolor (ID uncertain) (Resident/Success)

Gasteria bicolor var. lilliputiana (Resident)†

Gasteria x "pseudonigricans" (Resident)‡

Gasterworthia cv. (possibly 'Banded Pearls' or 'Royal Highness') (Resident)

Glechoma hederacea (Disaster)‡

Guzmania NOID, two cvv. (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Gynura aurantiaca (Resident/Success)‡

Haemanthus albiflos (Resident)

Hatiora cv. ("Easter cactus"/Rhipsalidopsis), magenta-flowering (Disappointment)‡

Hatiora cv. ("Easter cactus"/Rhipsalidopsis), red/orange-flowering (Success)

Hatiora salicornioides (Favorite)

Haworthia attenuata (Disaster to Success, depending on specimen)

Haworthia batesiana (ID uncertain, and probably wrong) (Disappointment)‡

Haworthia comptoniana (may have been H. tessellata) (Disappointment)‡

Haworthia cymbiformis (Disaster)‡

Haworthia limifolia var. limifolia (Favorite)

Haworthia limifolia var. ubomboensis (Success)

Haworthia NOID (sort of like H. truncata, except it may or may not be) (Success/Favorite)

Haworthia retusa (ID uncertain) (long a Success, then slow decline to Disappointment/Resident, back up to Resident/Success)

Haworthia tessellata (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Hedera canariensis 'Gloire de Marengo' (Disappointment)‡

Hedera helix cv. (Disaster)‡

Heliconia psittacorum 'Bright Lights' (Disappointment)‡

Hemigraphis exotica (twice: Disappointment x 2)‡

Hibiscus acetosella 'Brown Sugar' (Disappointment)‡

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis NOID (orange flowers) (Disappointment)‡

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Mrs. Jimmy Spangler' (Disappointment)‡

Hippeastrum x ? (Disappointment/Resident)

Homalomena 'Emerald Gem' (Resident)†

Homalomena 'Perma Press' (Success)

Homalomena 'Selby' (Disaster)†

Hoya bella (Success)

Hoya carnosa "holliana" (Disappointment)‡

Hoya carnosa 'Chelsea' (Resident)

Hoya carnosa 'Exotica' / 'Krimson Princess' (ID uncertain), three times (mostly Diappointment, though a plant that lost its variegation is a Success/Favorite)

Hoya carnosa 'Krimson Queen' (unclassifiable; has been all the categories at one time or another)†

Hoya curtisii (Disaster/Disappointment)†

Hoya kentiana, maybe H. wayetii (Resident)

Hoya lacunosa (was Favorite until sudden decline)†

Hoya lacunosa 'Royal Flush' (Resident)

Hoya NOID 'DS-70' (possibly cv. of H. tsangii) (Success for a while, then sudden decline to Disappointment)†

Hoya obovata (Success)

Hoya picta (Disappointment)‡

Hoya polyneura (Success for quite a while, then abrupt decline to Disappointment)‡

Hoya pubicalyx, possibly cv. 'Pink Silver' (Resident for a long time, then suddenly a Disaster)‡

Hoya retusa (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Huernia schneideriana (Success/Favorite)

Huernia zebrina (Success)

Hylocereus undatus (or other Hylocereus sp.; ID is uncertain) (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Hypoestes phyllostachya (both pink and white versions) (Disappointment,† Resident)‡

Iresine herbstii 'Blazin' Rose' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Isolatocereus dumortieri (Success)

Kalanchoe beharensis (?) 'Fang' (Disaster)‡

Kalanchoe bracteata 'Silver Teaspoons' (Resident)‡

Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri (Disaster)‡

Kalanchoe luciae (at least twice) (Disaster x 2)‡

Kalanchoe marmorata (Resident)‡

Kalanchoe millotii (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Kalanchoe orgyalis (Disappointment)‡

Kalanchoe prolifera (Success until I tried to cut it back, at which point it fell apart and became a Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Kalanchoe tomentosa (repeated Disappointments)‡

Kohleria 'Peridots Kitlope' (Disappointment)‡

Kohleria 'Queen Victoria' (Resident)‡

Kohleria 'Silver Feather' (Disaster)‡

Lampranthus blandus (Disappointment)‡

Laurus nobilis (Disaster)‡

Ledebouria socialis (Resident/Success)‡

Leuchtenbergia principis (Favorite)

Liriope spicata 'Cassidy' (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Ludisia discolor (syn. Haemaria discolor) (Disappointment)‡

Mammillaria elongata 'Pink Nymph' (Disaster)‡

Mammillaria spinosissima (Resident)‡

Manfreda undulata 'Chocolate Chips' (First: Success, but thrown out due to scale infestation.† Second: Success/Favorite.)

Mangave 'Macho Mocha' (Resident)

Maranta leuconeura erythroneura (Disappointment)‡

Maranta leuconeura kerchoveana (Disappointment; Resident)‡

Maranta leuconeura 'Marisela' (Disappointment)‡

Microsorum musifolium 'Crocodyllus' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Monstera deliciosa (Success)

Monstera deliciosa 'Cheesecake' (Success)

Murraya paniculata (Favorite)

Musa x 'Cheeka' (Resident)‡

Myrtillocactus geometrizans (Success)

Nautilocalyx forgetii (all over the place; unclassifiable)‡

Nautilocalyx pemphidius (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Nematanthus NOID (orange flowers) (Success)‡

Nematanthus NOID (pinkish-orange flowers) (Success/Favorite until scale infestation)‡

Nematanthus NOID (yellow-orange flowers) (Resident)

Nematanthus 'Tropicana' (yellow-orange flowers with brown stripes) (Resident/Success)‡

Neofinetia falcata 'Amami Furan' (Resident)

Neoregelia ampullacea 'Dark Star' (Resident/Success)

Neoregelia 'Ardie' (Success)

Neoregelia 'Fireball' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Neoregelia 'Gazpacho' (Success/Favorite)

Neoregelia NOID (dark green leaves with purple tips; plant center is pink-purple when blooming) (Disappointment)†

Neoregelia NOID (dark purple leaves with green flecks) (Disappointment)†

Neoregelia NOID (green leaves with yellow variegation in center; plant center is red when blooming or in strong light) (Resident)†

Neoregelia NOID (green leaves, pink-purple center when blooming) (Disappointment/Resident)†

Neoregelia pauciflora x wilsonia (Resident)†

Neoregelia 'Zoe' (Disappointment)‡

NOID NOID (looked like a Hoya or Dischidia) (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

NOID NOID (looked sort of like a sick Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, but wasn't) (Disappointment)‡

Oncidium NOID (Disaster)‡

Oncidium Tsiku Marguerite 'NN #1' (Disappointment)‡

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Niger' (Disappointment)‡

Osmanthus fragrans (Resident for several months, then swift decline to Diaster/Disappointment)†

Oxalis triangularis (Disappointment)‡

Pachycereus marginatus (Resident/Success)

Pachyphytum NOID (Resident)‡

Pachypodium lamerei (Favorite)

Pandanus amaryllifolius (Disappointment)‡

Pandanus veitchii, both plain green and variegated (Favorite)

Paphiopedilum Supersuk 'Eureka' x Paph. Raisin Pie 'Hsinying' x Sib (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Parodia microsperma (Disappointment)‡

Pedilanthus tithymaloides (Resident)

Pedilanthus (tithymaloides?) 'Silver Star' (Resident/Success)

Pedilanthus x 'Jurassic Park 2' (Resident)

Pelargonium x hortorum 'Moonlight Dark Pink' (Disaster)‡

Pelargonium x hortorum 'Mrs. Pollock' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Pelargonium x hortorum 'Vancouver Centennial' (Resident)‡

Pellaea rotundifolia (Disaster)‡

Pellionia pulchra (Resident)

Peperomia argyreia (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Peperomia caperata, various cvv., several times (consistent Disappointment)‡

Peperomia clusiifolia (Success/Favorite)

Peperomia clusiifolia 'Rainbow' (Disappointment/Resident)†

Peperomia ferreyrae (Success)

Peperomia glabella (Success)‡

Peperomia griseoargentea NOID (new growth was pink-orange) (Disappointment)‡

Peperomia 'Mini-Melons' (Resident/Success)‡

Peperomia obtusifolia 'Gold Coast' (Resident)†

Peperomia obtusifolia, variegated (Resident/Success)

Peperomia orba, variegated (Disaster)‡

Peperomia pereskiifolia (Success/Favorite)

Peperomia rugosa (Success/Favorite)‡

Peperomia verschaffeltii (Disappointment)‡

Pereskia aculeata var. godseffiana (Success)

Persea americana (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Phalaenopsis NOID (Success)

Philodendron 'Autumn' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Philodendron bipennifolium (Disappointment)‡

Philodendron bipinnatifidum (Resident/Success)

Philodendron brandtianum (Disappointment)‡

Philodendron 'Congo Green' (Success)‡

Philodendron erubescens (?) 'Golden Emerald' (Success/Favorite)

Philodendron erubescens 'Red Emerald' (an intermittently pouty Resident)

Philodendron gloriosum (Success)

Philodendron hastatum (Disappointment)†

Philodendron hederaceum (Success)

Philodendron hederaceum 'Brasil' (Favorite)

Philodendron hederaceum 'Frilly Philly' (Success/Favorite)

Philodendron hederaceum NOID chartreuse cv. (Favorite)

Philodendron hederaceum micans (Favorite)

Philodendron hederaceum NOID (green w/ dk. green speckles) (Success, though I'm disappointed that the variegation is very unstable)

Philodendron 'Imperial Green?' (Resident/Success)

Philodendron 'Imperial Red?' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Philodendron mexicanum (Favorite)

Philodendron 'Moonlight' (Success/Favorite)

Philodendron pinnatifidum 'Spicy Dog' (Success)‡

Philodendron squamiferum (Resident, then scale infestation)†

Philodendron xanadu (Disaster)‡

Pilea cadierei (Success, though individual specimens have been all over the place)

Pilea depressa (Resident/Success)‡

Pilea involucrata (?) 'Norfolk' (Disappointment)‡

Pilea microphylla (Resident/Success, then sudden decline from unknown causes)‡

Pilea mollis (?) 'Moon Valley' (Resident/Success)‡

Pilea nummulariifolia (Resident/Success)‡

Pilea peperomioides (Disappointment)‡

Pilosocereus pachycladus (Success/Favorite)

Platycerium sp. (suspected of being P. bifurcatum) (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Plectranthus amboinicus (Success)

Plectranthus ciliatus (Disappointment)‡

Plectranthus oertendahlii (Resident)‡

Plectranthus verticillatus (Favorite)

Plectranthus x 'Mona Lavender' (all over the place)‡

Podocarpus macrophyllus (four times) (Disaster; Disappointment; Resident; Success/Favorite until scale infestation)‡

Pogonantherum paniceum (Disaster)‡

Polypodium aureum 'Mandianum' (Favorite until scale infestation)†

Polypodium grandiceps (Resident)‡

Polyscias balfouriana, variegated (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Polyscias fruticosa (Favorite)

Polyscias fruticosa 'Elegans' (Success/Favorite)

Polyscias fruticosa 'Snowflake' (Resident)

Polyscias scutellaria (Resident/Success)

Potinara Eye Candy 'Mellow Yellow' and 'Sweet Sensation' (Disappointment x 2)‡

Porphyrocoma pohliana 'Maracas' (Success)

Portulacaria afra (Disappointment)‡

Pseudorhipsalis ramulosa (Resident)

Pteris hybrid? (Disaster)‡

Radermachera sinica, twice (Disaster x 2)‡‡‡‡‡‡ ALL OF THE ‡S

Rhapis excelsa (Success/Favorite)

Rhipsalis ewaldiana (Success/Favorite)

Rhipsalis grandiflora (Resident/Success)

Rhipsalis NOID (Disaster)†

Rhipsalis NOID, possibly R. rhombea (Success)

Rhipsalis teres var. heteroclada (Success)

Saintpaulia ionantha cvv. (many) (variable; probably Disappointment on average)‡

Salvia elegans (variable but averages Disappointment)

Sansevieria cylindrica (Resident/Success)

Sansevieria hargesiana (Success)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Bantel's Sensation,' twice (Disappointment;† Resident)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Gold' (Disappointment)‡

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Black Robusta' (ID uncertain) (Disappointment)‡

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Golden Hahnii' (Disappointment)†

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii' (Success)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii Pearl Young' (Success)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii' (Resident)

Sansevieria trifasciata NOID 'Hahnii'-type (Resident/Success)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Moon Glow' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Saxifraga stolonifera (Favorite for a terribly long time, then a sudden unprovoked slide to Disaster/Disappointment)†

Schefflera actinophylla (Favorite)‡

Schefflera arboricola (Success)‡

Schlumbergera x buckleyi (Resident/Success)

Schlumbergera 'Caribbean Dancer' (Favorite)

Schlumbergera 'Exotic Dancer' (Resident/Success)

Schlumbergera NOID (light salmon/peach flowers) (Favorite)

Schlumbergera NOID (pink flowers) (Success)

Schlumbergera NOID (yellow flowers) (Success)

Schlumbergera NOID (white flowers) (Success)

Schlumbergera NOID (magenta flowers) (Success)

Schlumbergera 'Stephanie' (Resident/Success)

Scindapsus pictus (Success)

Sedum burrito (Resident/Success)

Sedum morganianum (Favorite)

Sedum rubrotinctum (Success)‡

Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora' (Disappointment)‡

Selenicereus anthonyanus (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Selenicereus chrysocardium (Success/Favorite)

Sempervivum 'Red Beauty' (Disappointment)‡

Senecio crassissimus (Resident/Success)

Senecio jacobsenii (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Senecio macroglossus (Resident/Success)‡

Senecio rowleyanus (Favorite for a long time, then sudden decline due to unidentified pests)†

Solenostemon scutellarioides, multiple cvv. including 'Electric Lime,' 'Fishnet Stockings,' 'Glennis,' 'Kingswood Torch,' 'Kong Rose,' 'Peter Wonder,' Quarterback,' 'Rainbow Mix,' 'Saturn,' 'Splish Splash,' 'Tilt a Whirl' (pretty uniformly Disappointments)‡

Sophrolaeliocattleya Hazel Boyd 'Debbie' (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Spathiphyllum cv. (dark green, smallish leaves) (Success/Favorite)

Spathiphyllum cv. (green, medium-sized leaves) (Success)

Spathiphyllum cv. (small plain green) (Disaster)†

Spathiphyllum cv. (huuuuuuuuge green leaves) (Success/Favorite for a very long time, then slide to Disappointment/Resident)

Spathiphyllum NOID (chartreuse leaves; possibly 'Golden Glow') (Favorite for a long time, took a sudden sharp turn to Disappointment, now back up to Success)

Stapelia gigantea (Favorite)

Stapelia variegata (= Orbea variegata) (Resident/Success)

Stenocereus pruinosus (Success/Favorite)

Stenocereus thurberi (Success)

Strelitzia juncea (Resident)

Strelitzia nicolai (Favorite)

Strelitzia reginae (Success)

Streptocarpus 'Purple Martin' (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Streptocarpus saxorum 'Good Hope' (Disaster/Disappointment)‡

Streptocarpus 'Tanager' (Disappointment)‡

Stromanthe sanguinea (?) 'Magic Star' (Success/Favorite)

Stromanthe sanguinea (?) 'Triostar' (Success/Favorite)

Synadenium grantii (both regular green cv. and red-purple cv. rubrum) (Success for a long time, then fungus problem caused slide to Disappointment/Resident; currently back to Success)

Syngonium podophyllum (ID uncertain; probably one of the 'Allusion' series) (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Syngonium podophyllum 'Maria' (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Syngonium podophyllum NOID, lt. pink tops with green undersides (Resident/Success)

Syngonium podophyllum NOID, maybe 'Confetti' (green leaves with pink flecks) (Success)‡

Syngonium podophyllum NOID, maybe 'Gold Allusion' (chartreuse leaves) (Success)‡

Syngonium podophyllum 'Pigeon Schitt' (very vigorous, but variegation is disappointingly unstable, which averages out to Resident)

Tetrastigma voinierianum (Resident)‡

Tillandsia abdita, Mexican form (Resident)‡

Tillandsia cyanea (Resident)‡

Tillandsia NOID (Disaster)‡

Tolmiea menziesii (Disappointment)‡

Tradescantia fluminensis variegated cv. (Disappointment)‡

Tradescantia NOID (possibly T. cerinthoides?) (Success)

Tradescantia pallida (Success/Favorite)

Tradescantia pallida variegated cv. (Disappointment)†

Tradescantia spathacea (Success)

Tradescantia zebrina, "red" cv. (Resident)‡

Tradescantia zebrina, "muddy" cv. (Resident/Success)‡

Tradescantia zebrina "standard" cv. (Resident/Success)‡

Vriesea NOID small hybrid cv. (Disappointment/Resident)‡

Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi (Resident/Success, but large, top-heavy, unpropagatable, and generally awkward)‡

Vriesea splendens ('Splenreit?') (Favorite for a while, but recent slide down to Resident/Success)†

Yucca guatemalensis (Success/Favorite)

Yucca guatemalensis, gray-variegated cv. (Favorite)

Yucca guatemalensis, yellow-margined cv. (Favorite)

Zamia sp., probably Z. furfuracea (Favorite)

Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Resident/Success)‡

Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Mini' or 'Zamicro' (Resident/Success)

Zingiber malaysianum (Success for a long time, then sudden decline to Disappointment/Resident before climbing back up to Resident)‡


huiray said...

Hmm. The two Dendrobium plants you list - do they have the actual names shown on the tags? (along the lines of Genus + grex and the 'variety' ... e.g. Dendrobium xxx 'Karen' where the xxx is currently missing)

mr_subjunctive said...


Nope. One of them doesn't have a name at all (I'm the one who named it "Humphrey Bogart," because that's what it reminds me of; there's a post about it somewhere in the archives.

The other came with the sole ID of Dendrobium 'Karen,' nothing else. Our suppliers weren't consistent about including labels.

underarock said...

I have been trying to get stapeliads to grow out here in Los Angeles but I kinda suck at it. Any advice or got any posts about it? i had a stapelia giagntea and also an orbea commutata. They rot easily for me.

mr_subjunctive said...


No full-on posts yet, no. And actually not that much advice, either. Are you trying to grow them indoors or outdoors?

Anonymous said...

Pertaining to stapelia.
Try less water! Rocky or perlite rich soil (freely draining/quick drying) with not a lot of peat. Filtered sun. I water less in hot summer and slightly more in fall spring. Good luck guy!

luvFoliage said...

Colocasia missing from your list? What a cool plant, I highly recommend elephant ear!

mr_subjunctive said...


Well, it's not missing. I've never been that interested. As a rule, I don't like plants that require a dormant period, because I don't have a good way to store dormant plants here. And I had many, many bad experiences with Alocasia and Colocasia getting spider mites at the ex-job, which soured me on them pretty much forever. I mean, I still think they're attractive and interesting plants, but I have no intention of trying to grow one inside: they're just not well-suited for the kind of care I'm willing to offer.

Anonymous said...

What went wrong growing Alpinia zerumbet variegate? It's a new plant for me and is outdoors under a tree. Currently growing rapidly and not being bothered by grasshoppers, but I'm guessing you had it inside, so I'm wondering about the coming winter.

Texas Anon

mr_subjunctive said...

Texas Anon:

I've tried two. The first only lasted four months, but it was a half-pricer from Lowe's, and purchased in December no less, so it's not too surprising that it failed. The second lasted for a year and a half, but was slowly declining the whole time. Some of that was probably related to spider mites, which came and went. I threw it out in the end, because it had scale.

I think they're neat plants: I like the look of them. But they're awfully big, and seem to need more tropical conditions than I have here.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Spider mites don't sound good for keeping thru the winter. I'm not sure there's room to keep it in isolation w/the croton that overwintered in a very small bathroom. Neither are small plants, but the alpinia is growing a lot wider than taller and I wasn't expecting that. It may end up too large to manage well. Wonder if the garage is an option.

Texas Anon

Kay said...

I found your blog while looking up Pandanus amaryllifolius and how to care for it. I'm sorry you didn't have much luck with it either. A close friend had given me one for my birthday over a year ago and I'm having a heck of a time caring for it too. It seems to like sitting out on my patio next to the pool, but it's absolutely infested with mealy bugs no matter what I do. Right now it's sitting in solitary thanks to those cursed mealy bugs! Can I ask what happened with yours since I didn't find a blog post about it?

mr_subjunctive said...


I had it for eleven months; it never really looked like it was growing (though it did, technically, just not much). Eventually I tried to divide it and up-pot the parent, for reasons I no longer remember, and all three of the plants that resulted from that fell due to root/stem rot and spider mites. I still think it probably could be made to work indoors, but it's not something I'm especially wanting to try again, and it's certainly not as easygoing as P. veitchii.

Kay said...

@mr_subjunctive, I concur on the difficulty of P. amaryllifolius. Mine looks root bound and its aerial roots are going crazy. I feel like it needs to be re-potted, but I'm too afraid to move it for fear of killing it. My friend was well-meaning, but I'm a total plant newbie and am quite shocked it's lived this long. I think a large part of my success has to do with the fact that I'm lucky to live in zone 9. Thank you for the quick reply!