Category Archives: Gardening

Water Propagation

This is ‘Marble Queen’ Pothos and ‘Mona Lavender’ Plectranthus. I have propagated and given away several Mona Lavender’s. After flowering the plant grows crazily for a while so I cut off the run away branches.

I sort of waited till the last minute to finally put these in dirt, the leaves were starting to yellow it had been in water with plenty of roots for several weeks too long. overall these were in water for several months though they had developed their first roots in a matter of days.

My next propagation attempts involve even more Mona Lavender and some leaves that got knocked off the plant so they may be too damaged to start, who knows.

Winter Indoor Houseplant Update

Propagation of Marble Queen Pothos and Mona Lavender because they are growing so much.

Plant fails:

Both of my cannabis plants did not make it, but they are weeds and grow like them. Complete drama queens that don’t make good houseplants, I didn’t try much before I gave up on them honestly.

Calathia Lancifolia, I don’t know.. I gave it distilled water, I have a humidifyer, I gave it more light, I gave it less light. It just hates the weather.

Jade Plant…. The great watering accident of 2019.

Plant Success:

Asparagus Fern!

This thing is getting no natural light and just light from the grow light and it has put out a dozen new fronds, each bigger than the last.

Silver Squill Plant is growing in all directions at once.

My Steinbeck Succulents have grown a good amount of roots., they are currently healthy and getting established in the dirt.

Winter Jungle:

Houseplant Lighting

It’s nice when the sun doesn’t set in the summer until about 10 PM however in the winter all my plants die in the darkness but not anymore. I use low cost daylight bulbs with clamp lights and I replace some of my regular lighting fixtures with them as well. There are higher intensity lights than what I am showing here but I do not have the box any longer to compare what it is I have. Look for the ones that say ‘daylight’, nearly everything I looked at in stock at Lowe’s or other home renovation stores would have worked for what I need so I went with cost efficiency. You want at least 1600 lumens and something that falls on the light spectrum at 5000K or higher.

When doing research I find most people were using shop lights and I have had no issue with them. The light fixtures can be clipped onto things or hung as a pendant, the hood is designed to house and focus a high intensity light for long hours so it works perfect as a plant light you can place it anywhere easily and safely though some types of bulbs will give off more light than others. There are two main types of hoods for these lights, a narrow and a wider focus of the light. As long as they aren’t to close or too far away they should live happily under the artificial lights. You can buy a light meter if you are not certain about distance and placement. Lighting timers cost only a few dollars so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn the lights on and off.

In addition to this lighting I also group my smaller plants around my aerogardens.

Adventures in Houseplant Propagation

I tried to save a succulent that was stretched, it did not make it. I also tried and failed to grow an avocado, complete failure… It happens.

Jade: It has started pushing out growth very slowly, it took about 6 months before there was new growth.

Geraniums: I am always skeptical of sticking a cutting directly into soil and having it turn into a plant. This was not the right time of the year for this but I am experimenting, the mother plant is really healthy and sprawling at the moment so I snapped off a branch, cut away the flower stalk and dipped the end in honey and stuck it into some new dirt. It’s been doing really well and has put out new growth.

Sansevieria: It sprouted a pup right after I bought the plant so as soon as it had a few strong leaves I snapped it off of the mother plant and put it in it’s own pot. It’s growing and healthy.

Coral Reef Sedum: When I bought this Coral it was sending out roots so I decided to let part of it grow into a new plant. I  placed a few inches down flat into the soil and covered over it gently, then watered it. After a few months it has started puting out three tiny rosettes of new growth.

Old Mans Bones Sedum: I broke off a piece when I was putting it in a hanging planter, so I dipped it in cinnamon and stuck it down into some dirt. I cant really tell where this one is going, it hasn’t grown any since I stuck it in dirt, it also hasn’t died either.

Oxalis: I divided and repotted one of my shamrocks, it had not been growing well all year so I broke up the root cluster into about 8 plants and gave it new dirt and some food. I left the leaves on if I could. They bounced back dramatically and are full of flowers. I moved them next to my aero gardens, they want a lot of light and a lot of water. When one of the leaves dropped off while I was transplanting it I stuck it in water and it has sprouted roots. I divided up and replanted another pot of purple oxalis and they are starting to come up now. I’m going to have to start giving them away at this rate. I love how many flowers these will produce when they are happy.

Lavender: I am incapable of keeping lavender alive in any form, this died shortly after the picture was taken. I put three Mona Lavender cuttings in water and two of them are starting to root.

Vanilla Orchid: Not propagation but I repotted and fed my Orchid. At one point during the winter the roots died when it got too cold and I cut several inches and rerooted it. It has started new roots which are doing well but it’s a scrawny little thing. It has had a good growth spert start after repotting.

Aerogarden Salad

Aerogarden grow: Red Sails Lettuce, Cilantro, Genovese Basil, Dill, Curly Parsley and Chervil. Everything is doing well except for dill which has had a slow start.

I can make my own salad now. I put off trying any of the lettuce so red sails is my first salad green, I am really enjoying it. Lettuce will probably become more common in my grows for a while.

Second aerogarden: two more types of lettuce and mini tomato. The tomato keeps producing, I just change out to new lettuce pods when it bolts.