Botany with real plants!

Umbrella plant

an umbrella plant (Cyperus alternifolius)

23rd of November

Hey ~town. I want to join the real-life botany club with my plants.

Let's start with my umbrella plant (Cyperus alternifolius). I recently got this plant. It's a swamp plant that needs a lot of water. Overwatering is unlikely (from what I've heard). When I was a kid my parents had an umbrella plant too and the cats would always drink from the pot. They preferred that over their water bowls. Including the pot it's abouth 1.5 meter tall. I hope that it will get enough light.

I've heard that it should be easy to clone this plant by cutting of a part and putting it upside-down in water, but my attempt so far has failed


A cactus

23rd of November

Of my plants I've had this cactus the longest. I think I've had it for 9 years at least. It's been living on my desk for most of the time. It can go a long time without water. In the last years a side cactus has been growing out of it. I think that looks somewhat weird. I've put it in a bigger pot once, but I think that it is about time to put it in a bigger pot again. There have been some phases with better growth and some phases with less growth. Currently it seems to grow well. Including pot it's 30 cm tall.

The light on the current photo isn't great. I'll try to get a better photo by daylight

Crassula ovata

A pot with a crassula ovata plant

23rd of November

I don't know what type of plant this is. It seems to be a succulent plant. I got this plant at the same time as the umbrella plant.

Update: This seems to be a Crassula ovata (, also known as jade plant, lucky plant, money plant or money tree. Thanks to ~cymen for finding it out. Appearently it has nice looking flowers, but I haven't seen those yet.