Category: Gardening

Why you save stumps

Last fall I got a nice end of season perle that I had in the office over winter. It etioliated, badly.

I finally got around to beheading it in May, and put the top in a planter.

But I left the stump with a free lower leaves. Within a week, it was budding out again.

It’s been fun watching the new growth come in.

A squirrel did take a few bites out of the old leaves, and eventually they did fall off as the new growth came in.

Now my awkward leaning plant turned into a tower garlanded with rosettes. Much improved!

And I had a lot of leaves to grow new babies. Slower, but plentiful.

It’s hard to keep these from stretching at some point in the year with our cold months, but you can turn that into an opportunity.

Haworthia seedlings: the one year mark

I recently got the one year mark on my first batch of haworthia seedlings. Bring my first go, I didn’t get as many to adulthood as I would have hoped, but at least I know the ones I grew are the hardiest of the batch… And I learned a lot. So far most have taken to the uppotting with little sign of shock or stress, and I was pleasantly surprised at how vigorous the roots on some of the seedlings were.

One of two trays, in their original home.

Using a toothpick, I carefully loosened up the soil around them and managed to lift them from their home.

The taproots aren’t overly thick, but some were a lot longer than I expected!



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Happy surprises – Haworthia Attenuata ‘Alba’

I know I am a bit too much of a helicopter plant parent, and my succulents would probably benefit from more neglect.

But I love the occasional happy surprises that come from periodically handling each individual plant and checking on its progress – for instance, spotting the first signs of a new offset forming on one of your favorites — such as this week’s happy discovery was a new offset forming on one of my rooted haworthia cuttings, the variegated haworthia attenuata ‘Alba’.

Are you able to spot it in the first picture?

Skipping the Plant Show and Spring 2017 Seed Orders

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This past weekend was the big Midwest Cactus and Succulent Show and Sale in Cleveland, and due to some inclement weather, I opted to not get up super early on a Saturday morning and drive two hours there and back this year.  I wasn’t entirely ready to brave the roads, and I knew from the prior year that if you weren’t there early, things would get pretty picked over– even though last year, I think the massive turn out caught the event organizers by surprise and I knew (as I have a Facebook friend from the group that runs the show) that this year they were a lot more prepared.

Still, though, from the sounds of it – the crowd was so huge that the space they were holding the show in couldn’t accomodate everyone, and many folks had to wait outside for their turn just to enter the building.  The stories didn’t make me regret my decision to stay home too terribly much.  (Although I’ve seen a few pictures of plants from the sale that gave me slight pangs of regret.  Just not enough regret.)

So try to stop myself from focusing on my FOMO, I spent some time… (more…)

Leaf propagations that go nowhere

The irritation that comes with a leaf that sends roots through your entire propagation tray but never puts out new vegetative growth.  Times up! You’re evicted. It’s fine to start making room for the spring seed trays. You had all winter to get your act together.

Echevaria Nodulosa are notorious for this for me. I’ve heard some people swear that you can’t propagate then from leaves, and I have pictures to prove you can, it’s just going to take a lot of attempts and rejects like this guy.