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haven't talked about the porch plants for a while so...


the banana trees are continuing to grow fast enough I'm somewhat worried that their roots are running out of space?? also thinking they're about ready for a good dose of fish emulsion too!

(also, my mother bought me an olive tree, which is the itty bitty little stick of green leaves right behind the front banana plant's leaves in the top pic. I don't know how big it gets so finding it a container is going to be interesting!!)

and of course, my spikey sons!!! big boys!! thinking I might have to give them their own individual pots sometime soon, because the boys are getting very crowded here! they're about a year and a half old now, I think!


one of my more etoliated succulents ended up rooting itself into the pot of the succulent right next to it without me noticing asdfghjkl

looks like these two are together forever now! (or at least until transplanting time :P)


one of these days I'm going to give into my impulses and buy one of those 50-100 random succulent cuttings bundles off etsy just because succulent babies

that day is not today

but one day


got to pick up my succulents from the botanical garden today!!


I made the mistake of leaving one of my favorite succulents within cat reach while rearranging plants and the big cat ended up knocking off half of its leaves TT_TT


hello!! it was stupidly cold outside today so have pictures of some of my inside babies instead!!


first pic- remember when I mentioned before that my grandmother gave me a cutting of one of her houseplants and I managed to get it to root?? it's grown from having only three leaves to this!! :D

second pic- the plumeria my aunt gave me has a lot more leaves now!! I think I need to give it a dose of fish emulsion and maybe move it to a bigger container, though.

third pic- MY SPIKEY SONS!! :D :D *wipes away a single tear* I'm so proud of them

they're getting so big now?? I still have more of them, they're all smaller and growing in different containers for spacing reasons, but!! I remember when these babies were the size of a pea with only a tiny little spray of spikes at the top when did they get so big??


Bear's Paw

Here's the first featured plant on this blog, Cotyledon tomentosa aka the Bear's Paw! It has recently been very popular on twitter due to its really cute form and fuzziness. It is native to South Africa, so it thrives in bright light and areas with mild winters.

(images from flickr and wikimedia)


aaaand batch two!!

first- I have 3 asparagus ferns and they are absolute hell to try and photograph oh my god. also lil peek of a roselle leaf (I've got 2 sprouts now!), the spider plants (which desperately need transplanting) and a mystery houseplant cutting in the red cup given to me by my grandmother!!

second- rhubarb!! only got 2 at the moment, I'm hoping for at least one more. as with everything else I ever grow, they're a heirloom variety- victoria rhubarb, to be exact.

third- my spikey sons are getting so big!!!!, the biggest boys are all in the dish, I've moved all the little ones to different pots in hopes of giving them a bit more room to try and bulk out. I'm so proud of my sons!!!


HI HELLO MANY THINGS HAVE HAPPENED THIS DAY

I don't know why all of a sudden people are going 'hey you want some spare plants' lately but I am living, my shelves are full and I am blessed.

a friend of my mom's apparently contacted her asking 'hey you want some spare aloes we have too many' and because she knows how deep into plant obsession her daughter has fallen she of course said yes

we were expecting maybe like... one or two baby aloes. because isn't that normally what you should expect?? 'we have a few spare aloes we're trying to get rid of do you want them' means a few, right?? right???

as you can see, that is clearly not what happened

look at those aloes. look at those ridiculously huge aloes. and the three agave plants, and that cactus I don't know the ID of, and those cute little purple flowers-!

I love them, they're beautiful, they're all my children now. my shelves are full of greenery again, like they so rightly should be.

bliss


NEW PLANTS

my aunt just dropped by and?? I have SEVEN new babies now!! :D the lighting absolutely sucks here because it's pitch black out and I only have my growlights lighting my room but asdfghjkl

there's four baby spider plants- apparently somehow descended from the one my other late great grandpa grew??- one unidentified succulent that I had to stick in that pot real quick, and two plumerias (one of them's super tiny)!!

I didn't?? even realize you could grow plumerias in pots but I'm looking up how to take care of them now and I'm very cautiously optimistic that I can manage it!!


there's not enough succulent/cacti/plant content on WF for my tastes so I guess I'm just going to have to make some more!!

this is my favorite plant child, I have no idea what she is but I shamelessly dote on her more than all the rest. whatever she is, I've managed to get some tiny leaf props going off her that have itty bitty rosettes forming!! very excited abt that!! :D


I've been slowly collecting and setting aside some leaves off my succulents to propagate! not the first time I've done this but the last time I did was like... in January. when I had like 7 succulents total.

now I've got more!! most specifically 3 kinds of pretty purple ones I'm hoping I can get babies off of and I think they're all starting to do things??? one of them def. has sprouts and baby leaves.


my spikey sons!!

they're growing so well!! pretty sure they're about 7 months old now, as I believe I started their seeds back in mid-february!


okay so I keep my succulents in two places, right?

about half of them (the ones that need strong constant light to keep from etoliating/fading in color) are under grow lights on the big set of shelves I use for germinating seeds. the other half, also known as my 'green collection' are on a set of smaller shelves located in front of a window.

I use the three shelves that get light there in sort of tiers- the first succulents I ever bought actually turned out to be mealybug infested, and while I've almost managed to wipe them out, a few plants are still contaminated. (probably not smart to keep them in the same room as healthy plants but hey I'm making it work. it's taken so long to get rid of them because I had no idea what was happening for the longest time)

lowest shelf is known to be contaminated- I keep q-tips and a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol there. every time one makes itself seen, it's swiftly pounced upon and handled. only a few plants are on this shelf.

once I've gone a while without seeing any of the white stuff or bugs that the mealies leave behind, the plants get repotted with fresh soil, sprayed thoroughly with rubbing alcohol, and moved to the middle shelf. this is the shelf of dubiousness- while I don't quite trust these plants are safe to mix in with the healthies, they're on their way to achieving that lofty status. it's also where new plants go for a while just until I can tell if they're carrying anything that might negatively impact the other plants.

top shelf is for the plants that are, absolutely without a doubt, 100% pest free and healthy. I use my best judgement for this, and have luckly yet to be wrong. I'm just waiting for a misjudge tho.

ANYWAY this star cactus/haworthia has been on the middle shelf for a while, just for observation for a couple of months. the other day, it got upgraded to the top shelf- and when I checked it this morning, I found this little garden weed sprout deciding to pop up its head. guess the change in location triggered something!


it's a drowsy rainy morning so have some pictures of part of my succulent collection I took like 5 days ago

(I don't actually have a lot of terra cotta pots atm so yes there are indeed quite a few succulents sharing space there. I'm. sort of better at tomatoes than succulents, whoops)

honestly tho I love haworthias. in that first pot the largest one in the back is a harry johnson haworthia (one of the very first succulents I ever got and it came unlabeled- I only found out what it was like a month ago by happy accident) lil thing to the right is a baby star cactus (haworthia retusa) and the sad looking blurry boy up front is an offset of a big unnamed haworthia my grandmother gave me that's somehow still hanging on!

second pic's got a love plant I recieved as part of a subscription box and in the same pot, behind it, is the jellybean sedum I am apparently slowly killing and have no idea why.

finally, my easter cactus! it's very little and I haven't had it long enough to see, but apparently it's supposed to bloom with red flowers around easter. it's put on a lot of new leaves since I got it!


I got!! some new babies!!

according to their labels (no idea if they're right or not, they're from a Lowes), top left's a Sedum Pachyphyllum, top right's a Haworthia Emelaye, bottom left's a Sedeveria 'Jet Beads', and bottom right's a Graptopetalum 'Marquise de Sevigne'!

It looks like there's two little offsets at the base of the sedeveria I'm going to try to seperate as soon as I can transplant them; I'm kiiinda low on space at the moment so hopefully they can hang tight for like... another fifteen days. or around that if everything goes well. fingers crossed?


eeeyyy I've been sick as a dog and I'm stuck on bedrest but I can finally look at a screen for like two minutes before the headaches come back so have a (phone-taken half-blurred) picture of some of my spikey sons!!

and just for good measure...

... have more baby succulents!! bby lithops and monilaria moniliforme, didn't write down the planting date but I think they should be about two months old now!

(plants in the back are alpine strawberries; both pics taken directly after watering about a week ago)


marvusxoloto asked:

oh hai. what kinda cacti do you got sprouting, and do they have names? :3c

they're the cacti mixed seed pack from baker creek (rareseeds.com)!! right now they're so tiny I don't have a hope of IDing them and the packet didn't say what was inside, sadly. so no names yet, official or nicknames- though there is one that's off on his own that recovered from an accidental toothpick stabbing, and has therefore earned the name 'Roy'.


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