Thursday, February 17, 2011
As you can see from the photos, the plant was over grown before I got it around Christmas 2009 for $20. Watch Craigslist.org for great plant deals. Well I gave the plant a hair cut in the summer of 2010, and decided to subdivide it this winter. I had no idea what I was going to run into, but it became easier that I thought, and I divided it into 8 plants that reside in 6-8" pots. It got interesting, as all the branches converged at the bottom of the pot, where the majority of roots were. I cut the plant multiple ways, and sawed the wood under the soil, using rooting hormone before repotting. That's one of the secrets of old Christmas cacti, cutting wood below the soil will generate roots, above soil, it creates a place for more leaves to grow.
These will be sold at a local Cactus club meeting, holding back of course, one plant for me. But do watch out for those old Christmas cacti which have smooth leaves without the horn.
More information can be found at: http://cactus.biology.dal.ca/paulS/christmas/christmas.html
Thursday, January 13, 2011
|A white bud. Around are fading flowers.|
|Close up of flowers|
|More flowers up close.|
Sunday, January 9, 2011
The 2 or 3 plants on the left are Hippeastrum
Friday, January 7, 2011
|H. 'Blossom Peacock'|
Finally today my Hippeastrum (Amaryllis) 'Blossom Pecock' burst out of its buds. H 'Black Pearl' I gave to my in laws on condition I could see and plant it out in the spring. H 'Minerva' looks to be working hard at this too. But boy does it make a difference where the bulbs come from.Black Pearl and Blossom Peacock are from a nursery at $10-15 each, and Minerva is a Home Depot rescue for $6.99.
These plants will not bloom just once for me, as I will be planting both in the ground for the summer, where they may bloom or not, uprooting them in August or September and cooling them down for a rest before repotting around Thanksgiving.
|H. 'Black Pearl'|
Thank god that Schlumbergias are easier to culture. Just a little shade in the summer, and they will bloom sometime a lot, sometimes a little, but they always perform. I have S. Dark Marie in bud right now, and it looks like lipstick. I cannot wait for the flowers.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I ended up this morning coming home with a new plantK-L-N Concentrate and split home, I read many place on the web that I should use this when moving plants over to Hydoton. So then I got ready and moved this morning's find and my H. . KLN has trace amounts of NPK and Vitamin B1 according to the label, but what the heck. Bottle said 1 tablespoon per gallon in the Hydroton soaking solution, and then 1 tsp per gallon in a solution for soaking the roots.
Man, these were tough to get potting soil out of their roots. It was soak (in a non KLN solution) and pick, got the 'horrida' pretty clean, but thewas not going to let go of some, so I left it there. Then I took the soaking solution and watered all the other plants on Hydroton with it so maybe they get over the shock, my first trial was an interesting bunch and I still wonder what they are thinking on the new substrate: and
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Tonight I took cuttings I received in the late summer of
|The current Hooverville|
Well this week of cold has been nerve wracking for me, and the garage dropped to 45F the lowest I wanted. I wrapped the Epi shelf with blue plastic and a wool blanket, and a outdoor chair cushon on top to help heat loss. I got up this morning to 40F and added an oil heater under the blanket on low (I can hold it between my fingers for extended periods when on and its constantly checked). All the non Epis got moved to the inside the house when the blankets were placed on.
I am also looking at a Hatoria