Category Archives: Gardening

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.

Indoor Houseplants

I get weak morning sun on most days in the summer until the early afternoon. I have a lot of low light tropical plants on this side of the building and succulents on the other, I use my aerogarden lighting for some of my plants in darker areas. I was re-potting some of them the other day, and decided to make a postĀ  while I was doing that so I can come back and do a comparison on growth later. I have been increasing my houseplants, a lot of these are new. Some of them I have had for years. I have started using hydro spikes for a lot of my plants for more consistent watering. I’ve gotten most of them into larger potsĀ  and hydro spiked over the past week.

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Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’

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Dracena Compacta

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Nenanth bella palm

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Dracaena deremensis Warnecki

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Sansivieria

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Oxalis

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Vanilla Orchid

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Calathia Lancifolia

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Coffee Arabica

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Philodendron

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Dracena Marginata

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Asparagus Fern

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Maidenhair fern

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Jade Plant

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Coral Reef Sedum

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Old Mans Bones Sedum

 

I also have some propagation going on with my succulents, when moving my aloe I knocked a leaf off so I have cut and am letting that dry for replanting. When I transplanted my asparagus fern I found baby maidenhair ferns starting to grow in the dirt, they were mangled a bit as I didn’t notice them at first so I hope they make it. My Coral Reef Sedum is putting out roots on all of it’s ends, my sansiveria has a pup so it looks like my work is not done yet.