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This was a fun one- a Kalanchoe. (Mother of millions/thousands, chandelier plant, devils backbone......) 

i noticed within days that roots formed on the leaf droppings when it hit water. So I knocked a few off from the edge of the leaf, into the water, and the roots formed within days.  Each one of those droppings is a potential plant  not safe for dogs/cats/and probably kids to consume tho  639D2240-E6F1-4C93-A9F9-DDA145C36CAA.jpeg.ed812d2fcd09dcd50c36f7f07a3e07de.jpegEE991FAB-33D4-47C6-8F6B-AAF708A5FCCE.jpeg.3b474998d9c395581d113f4381ca5b96.jpegB30C5845-A6BD-491A-9816-A2B9BDA7DDD3.jpeg.8a895e3ebca2abf6123a8f2c4073cc72.jpeg9BBDAA23-91D9-40EC-A5DE-8EF91DF17E04.jpeg.49fa0482d32329e02be06c63765229fa.jpeg4999BA18-D5BC-4E53-A5F6-F7D9DF637A66.jpeg.fe279436e33619e877f4d8db6d94e449.jpeg3AA1242E-69C3-4C5E-8237-22AC3DC18DA4.thumb.jpeg.cc4a340da431b0f5d65ea80c018e6d5b.jpeg224D6FF0-34BC-4B9A-845A-DD4D7CA10B9E.thumb.jpeg.1a2264eab22ae5fd865b237b1d63605c.jpeg

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Some basics. 

For any type of plant. 

 

I prefer terra cotta pots. But any thing you can hold stuff on is also considered a pot. As long as it has drainage holes in them. If not-assemble it have the same effect/purpose. :to prevent any standing water. 

 

Clean your pots.  We did full on sanitation in the greenhouse, but at home I just make sure they have all the previous debris removed (a dry dish brush works)  then give it a good once over with a lil dish soap and hot water. 

 

Soak your terra cotta pots (in water for 2-24 hours)  or any other permeable material. This prevents it from sucking all the moisture out of your soil. 

 

Soils can be purchased at a regular box store. Most houseplants do well with regular ole pitting soil.  You can add as needed:sand, grit, perlite, fertilizers.....

 

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Pothos and Philodendrons are super simple houseplants.  Easy to propagate, also. 

 

There were too crowded at the base of the plant so I pulled a few stems out from the soil, snipped it into life’s-snipping right below a node, and put them in some water.  In five weeks I have good root growth and will probably put them in soil in another month 240DCD0A-B12B-4EB1-9382-F0834ED7991F.thumb.jpeg.f1a8253e311c763eef08610c3b29381b.jpeg8371D1D0-F42A-4BF3-920E-0F61B70BC966.thumb.jpeg.229b12a0909c848ffdace0fc45829cdc.jpegB93084FE-90C5-4021-9A21-633F14B3D86E.thumb.jpeg.01601d2b0753c746c5b280ac528a3bcd.jpeg55B63E9E-F651-4D81-B951-3CE9475F8F4A.thumb.jpeg.19bb5370eb1048aab9f3062c85ade412.jpegC38E05C0-F0A2-4F53-A384-5A50B91FB3B1.thumb.jpeg.60d27e739e54db8848291b6ca44de951.jpegF8DEFDDF-CF85-4F0B-AE76-4EB1D9FB3D84.thumb.jpeg.d79d32966f943c9f312a205c4d706a1b.jpeg

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Speaking of Pennsylvania and plants, You Bet Your Garden was a weekly radio show hosted by Mike McGrath. Great show focusing on organic solutions. Some archived programs: https://whyy.org/programs/you-bet-your-garden/

 

This show air on a local FM broadcast station at 0500.

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35 minutes ago, Ko SprueOne said:

Why do some plants do that?

Plants have pores, (stomata) that open and close during the process of photosynthesis. When there is no more sun to take in-thise pores close up.  Some plants use different  methods of closing (protecting them) and some plants just fold their leaves up, roll them, close up to protect them. 

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3 minutes ago, Ko SprueOne said:

Thank you. Her first try at seriously taking care of a plant.

It’s a great one for first intended attempt. Keep that mixture of water:alcohol:dish soap and wipe those leaves (I’m neurotic and would do it weekly or biweekly). But that’s me.  The little dust that gathers on a leaf will interfere with photosynthesis. You want it to perform at 100% 

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Since we're also on the topic of succulents. I want to address the problem of growing Portulacaria afra in the ground near pavement, fences, and utilities. Portulacaria afra, also known as, miniature jade or small leaf jade. The roots are destructive. Pictures show what it's done to my walkway and fence.  They look great, actually super cool IMO, and should be grown in containers only. 

 

 

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Red hot pokers are dope-common round my parts -Southern Nevada -are they common in yours? 
 

and those lilies are dope-they have no foliage. Common in western Pennsylvania- 

 

two completely different zones/climates -but growing near eachother in your zone. that’s pretty cool. But that poker is a hardy plant.

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3 hours ago, SMdoubleXL said:

Red hot pokers are dope-common round my parts -Southern Nevada -are they common in yours? 
 

and those lilies are dope-they have no foliage. Common in western Pennsylvania- 

 

two completely different zones/climates -but growing near eachother in your zone. that’s pretty cool. But that poker is a hardy plant.

I’d never seen pokers before I bought this place but have since noticed a lot growing wild along the southeast coastline of Australia. I have a bunch of them and I’m desperately trying to keep them alive in this drought. 

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On 2/1/2020 at 5:56 PM, SMdoubleXL said:

Interesting, I've never heard of this before your post. However, this is already happening in the backyard right now.

 

I pulled the weeds and grass from under the guayaba tree then laid cardboard (corrugated) out in two layers to keep future weed growth down. I heard your suppose to cover the cardboard with organic material so I had lawn clippings. This sat for around 6 months.

 

After the December rain, grass started growing in the decomposed grass clippings. So that's sort of like straw bale growth.

 

 

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You def know what you’re doing @Ko SprueOne

 

 

straw bale gardening is nothing I ever heard of until I went to school. 
it makes it possible for any area to garden-

dry, too wet, cold, hot-and it’s at a great height that even allows  wheelchair access. Imagine someone who has been wheelchair bound being able to garden with ease!!! .  If the bake is conditioned correctly the possibilities are really endless! 
 

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Pot and Up-pot day. 
the plants up near the middle of the page are getting too leggy, Leaves  turning(down)  a direction that isn’t typical and  Losing sporadic leaves.   They are definitely root bound 

 

the cuttings I had rooting in water were also ready to into a pot 

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Gotten into the habit of mixing my soil in a tub/separate container, rather than just dumping soil straight from the bag into the pot 

 

since I’m tightly budgeted I grabbed a regular Miracle gro potting would for indoor plants 

 trying to make it stretch I added some coconut coir and a cool soil-less  mix from  Pittsburgh specifically called Pitt Moss (it’s a great mix including newspaper and smells horrible) 

 

all play a part for retaining moisture, creating different textures for drainage and anchoring the plant well 

 

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wet your soil first before adding to pot. Mix it evenly. 

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water rooted plants simply went into the mix. 

 

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Up potting from smaller pot to larger. 
 

place a lil soil mix at the bottom of new pot. Place old pot into larger pot. Fill in the pot gap with soil 

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when you remove old pot you have a welcoming sized hole for the existing plant.  Sometimes I’ll wash roots and shake em out but I left most of it it’s current soil and places into the soil well i just created 

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This baby was terribly root bound. Don’t be afraid to prune those roots! Definitely give them a rough up with your finger. I trimmed  half of these roots 

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Keeping plants from the cat and allowing them to grow up I wrapped some thread in such a fashion to hold up stems of plants. 

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don’t forget to water your plants in as soon as it’s potted to your liking. Water it until water runs through the bottom. Let it leach out 

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While I was at it-I used the same soil to put the successful cuttings and propagated leaves into a new bed of soil. 59BADDD8-5ECF-459A-BD9E-9791C48A945F.thumb.jpeg.fb52076f73a1561086f94be1ed423a68.jpeg
I just gently pushed the lil ones until the formed roots were in the soil without covering the new leaves and also leaving some parent leaf exposed 

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succulents are the only plant (especially in this stage) I will not water in after planting. The souls should be moist enough to invite those roots in. 

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