Plants like this are technically called secondary hemiepiphytes in botany speak, and they're really quite clever.
On the ground, they seek out shade, so they're attracted to the base of trees where light is most scarce. When they start to climb, they switch their behaviour and become attracted to light so they grow up.
A lot of epiphytes are pretty much doomed if they fall from their host tree. But not this one. It'll just find another tree to climb and move on. Smart little plants!
Philodendrons are pretty common houseplants, on account of how tough they are. But they're more interesting than you might think. In the wild, unlike most plants, these vines don't sit still.
They germinate on forest floors, and then immediately seek out the nearest tree and start to climb. As they climb, their roots fall away and they live in the forest canopy as epiphytes, moving from tree to tree as they grow, like some kind of plant snake.
plant care advice – injured leaves 🌿 Show more
Plants with big leaves can sometimes suffer a broken midrib. This seems bad, but it's treatable.
This nepenthes had a couple of injured leaves when I adopted it, and they couldn't support their own weight properly.
If this happens, put something nearby to rest the plant's leaf on. An upturned teacup works fine. Support the leaf for a few days, so it can heal.
The leaf in this photo will always have a scarred midrib, but it's otherwise healthy now!
garfield hated mondays without ever asking why. he never took a moment to consider that it might be unhealthy to dread the beginning of a week, and that we only do so because we have to prepare for the weight of capitalism pushing itself against our backs yet again
garfield had the audiance to stir the hearts and minds of the proletariat so that mondays would never be hated again, but he didn't
i post pictures of my cats here :3
A Mastodon instance for cats, the people who love them, and kindness in general. We strive to be a radically inclusive safe space. By creating an account, you agree to follow our CoC below.