Springtime plant situation

The weather earlier this year had indicted Spring weather would come early, but no. It started raining again on and off, and today is one of those days. I am horribly late at planting any seeds. I should have started in February, but I guess it’s not too late.

My Pothos plant is doing wonderfully. I remember when I first bought the mother plant a few years ago and thought I knew how to take care of a plant. I tried to propagate it, the mother plant died, and I was left with a few yellow vines, sitting in water filled vases. It was sad. I learned I had them in too much sun, so I finally pulled them away, reuniting the vines in dirt, and now it is beautiful.

My Monstera isn’t doing so great. It lost some leaves over the Winter and the two youngest ones in the plant still look young and soft. They aren’t darker and dense like the older leaves, and I don’t know if that’s good or not.

I was gifted a variegated corn plant (Dracaena) from a coworker but it seems the leaves have been turning brown. I’ve clipped the leaves and have tried moving it to different locations to see if the lighting situation made the plant happier. I haven’t checked it since I moved it to it’s current location and I should check it soon.

My variegated spider plant is doing well and growing a happy little runner. I’d like to use any new babies that grow to add to the main plant and make it more dense.

I am pleased to say my Monstera Adansonii is finally on its way. I bought a simple clipping a long time ago and it wouldn’t root until I got the right nodes in the water. That one clipping is now three separate pieces growing in this pot I painted, and two of the clippings have new growth!

Latest things

Well yesterday was my cats 16th birthday. I am completely blessed to have him in my life all these years. I haven’t lived with anyone this long, not even family. I feel like time has gone by so fast. He used to be a high strung brat but now he is a sweet, gentle cat.

I know he loves his scratching boards so I replaced his old ones. I also bought him a cat grass plant and watched him gnaw away at it.

I’ve been spending more time at the gym, trying to wait patiently for results. It will probably be a long wait. I’d really like the things I used to do, that I struggle with now, to become easier.

Last weekend we got some vegan nachos and we went to Green Acres Nursery and I lost my shit there. I wanted to spend all my money on plants.

 

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I brought home this staghorn fern, which is a planet I have been wanting for a while. I also got some seeds and a bag of bulbs, but let’s see if they sprout before I get into detail.

Just a few plant updates

Here are a few images of what I have in my window and an Ogre Ear plant I have outside that is doing well. I have been trying to take cuttings from plants outside to grow new ones. I have a new spider plant baby growing, but I would like to obtain a variegated spider plant. My vegetable plants aren’t doing too great, some better than others. Nothing fantastic to share. The tomatoes are doing well and I haven’t seen a single tomatillo. I got more secondhand pots and have been trying to repot some plants that could use a little more space in their pots.

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I finally have a Monstera Deliciosa! I wish I could say it’s going to grow big and get a lot of leaves, but there’s not much room for it. It’s in the brightest room of the house and has to be elevated so my cat does try to rub his gums on it and take bites! I had to put some bamboo sticks in it because the leaves were leaning too far to the sides. I love it, but I want it to thrive.

And then I have this stupid Monstera Andansonii that I got in March, put in water, and waited for it to root. Nothing. I waited a little longer and noticed the nodes at the bottom of the stems hadn’t changed a bit. After waiting more, I decided to stick it in soil, figuring that would make it grow faster. I started to pay attention to other plants so I wouldn’t be so impatient. A couple months went by and I said “Hmm” and gently pulled the plant out of the soil…only to see nothing! Matter of fact, the nodes seemed to have disappeared! I was about to throw the thing away, but decided to give the upper nodes a chance. I put it in water deep enough to reach the upper set of nodes, and the damn thing rooted! It’s even growing a new leaf! I am not sure how to plant it in soil now. Maybe I will have to plant it sideways or sacrifice the other leaf.

I threw a tiny arrowhead plant cutting in the glass with it for now.

 

Terra Cotta pots

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I went to the Yolo County Big Blue Recycling Barn today and scored on these very inexpensive used pots! These will work perfectly for all the little plants I have been propagating! I like the used ones look when they get natural staining patterns on them. I recently saw a art project where someone bought terra cotta clay and made faces on these kind of pots. I would really love to try that one day!

Mystery Seeds!

I decided I am very much into variegated plants! I heard they’re really popular (expensive) right now! One that has really caught my attention is the Monstera Variegata! And it’s so pricey! I’ve seen mere clippings on eBay for over $60!

After doing very little research, I decided to try buying some seeds online, which seemed very affordable. I paid around $6 for them. Then I read the reviews! 😂

 

What’s more is I asked about this plant in one of my online plant groups and was told they can only be obtained by cuttings, as if seeds just aren’t attainable. Hmmm.

I tried to contact the seller and cancel, but he said not to worry and sent them anyways! 😂 I don’t think English was his first language. The seeds shipped from China!

I got the seeds and they didn’t compare to the pictures I looked up online of Monstera seeds. But I decided it was worth it to try and germinate them! I followed the instructions and put them in a plastic bag, then I waited. I gave half the seeds to my friend to see if she has any luck with them. I didn’t have much faith anyone would become of them after all the bad reviews I read.

Around three weeks later, one of the seeds grew a tiny root! 😮 What is it??? I planted it in a tiny little plastic pot and stuck it in the sunny kitchen window box.

As of this morning, I peeked in the dirt and the seed feels a bit rooted, and it also looks like a tiny white tip is also growing upward to the surface of the soil! 😮 Also, today I discovered one more seed to have a root growing out, so I also planted that in soil!

I am so curious to see what these seeds become!!!!!


Update on July 28th:

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It appears to be some sort of blade of grass, maybe of the palm variety. Definitely not what I wanted it to be.

Growing veggies!

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I bought some starter plants recently and they’re starting to take off!

I have three different sections. The peppers are on the left. The front is Poblano. Then I have three buckets of jalapenos. The very back is an older Serrano plant from two years ago that is still alive, but not doing that great.

The middle section is tomato things. There’s Lemon Boy, Golden Jubilee, Patio Hybrid, and Tomatillo.

The right side has squash! Green zucchini, yellow crookneck, and patty pan! I decided to put the patty pan in the biggest bucket, I don’t know why! 😁

I hope these do really well!

A risky Pothos decision

I bought a Pothos plant like a couple years ago. The mother plant has died since then and I have been trying to get the clippings to thrive since then. And doing a shitty job of it. I had some clippings sitting pathetically in glass vases filled with water. They were in the window, probably getting too much sun. They were light green and not really growing. I decided to pull them back onto the counter, and they started doing much better. I decided to remove them from water and plant them in soil. I put them all in a pot. They’ve been doing better since then. They’re green and get new growth, but nothing like the mother plant was when I brought it back from the store.

It’s Winter and I assume it would grow faster in hotter weather. But there is one particular vine that grew a bit long to the point where it was hanging off the side of the pot. I have it on the kitchen counter and there’s not too much room, so I wondered what would happen if I trimmed that vine and put it in water so it can grow roots, then plant it back into the soil of that pot to make the plant look fuller. I thought about it for a few months and finally decided to do it! And I really hope I didn’t make a bad choice! I am not an expert about exactly where I should be cutting the vine!

As you can see in the pictures, the stump the is left from where I cut is all leaky and unhappy. I hope it will heal and that piece will still create new growth. The new clipping has new growth on it, too, so hopefully I didn’t totally ruin that vines chance at becoming something great. I’d like to think that Pothos is a resilient plant, but I’ve only known it to seem like it’s looking for any excuse to fail. Boo.