Friday, April 11, 2014

How to Care for Succulent Cuttings

About a month ago, I ordered 15 succulent cuttings online to increase my plant collection without spending a lot of money. When you receive succulent cuttings, you generally get baby plants without roots that the seller removed from a mother plant.

I didn't know what I was going to receive in the mail, nor did the plants come labeled. (Figuring out the names was part of the fun for me.) I am happy with the assortment that arrived carefully wrapped in newsprint.

succulent cuttings
So many succulents!

I punched some holes in the bottom of some salad trays from the grocery store using an awl, filled the trays with cactus soil, got the soil slightly damp with a spray bottle filled with water and inserted the plants. 

crassulas, sedum and echeveria
A nice assortment of crassulas, sedum and echeveria.
In the picture above, I removed the flower spike from the plant on the bottom left corner so more of the plant's energy went toward producing the roots than keeping the flower alive.

Kalanchoes and sedum.

Mist the cuttings with water and place them on a window sill. I mist my cuttings with water about every other day, when the soil was dry. 

Some of the little leaves that you see in the trays fell of the plants, but most are ones that I removed from the bottom of the stems so I could bury them in the dirt. The cool thing about the succulent leaves is that many grow baby plants with time, so don't throw them away. Instead, set them aside for a few days so the ends form a callous and then place the leaves on top of the dirt. In my USDA zone, 8A, it took about one month for the leaves to grow roots in late winter/early spring.

It will take at least two weeks for small roots to start forming. However, it takes some plants longer than other to root.  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dinosaur Planter

My birthday was a couple weeks ago. As a gift, my husband made me a dinosaur planter.

He removed the top spikes and inserted three small planters. I filled the planters with dirt, hens-n-chicks and a succulent ground cover. This summer, the succulents will multiply and fill the planters.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

String of Pearls, Aloe and Jade Plants

I have a handful of baby succulents thanks to my aunt and a lady at a garden store who didn't know what she was doing.

My aunt has some jade plants that turned into small trees. These little plants are from her.
Tiny jade in a tiny tea cup
Baby jade with a curly stem

My aunt also gave me this little aloe plant. She says that it will say small for a long time. So far, it has.
An aloe plant that stays small

My husband bought me a string of pearls plant (Senecio rowleyanus) at a garden store near our home. He says that the shop owner had the plant in the back. She told him that she hated it because she couldn't keep the others ones alive. She was watering them too much.

The plant started out as a single vine of round leaves, or pearls. The vine had some offshoots that I removed and replanted in the dirt of this hanging planter that I bought for $4.99 at Goodwill. I can't wait until the vines fill up the planter.

The plant is simple to propagate and I put some of the smaller vines that I removed from this plant in a "greenhouse" made of a clear plastic container with a lid. They're doing well so far.

String of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)
What are you growing?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Growing Succulents

Succulents and sedum are some of my favorite types of plants to grow because they're among the only types of plants that I can grow. (I'm giving orchids a shot, but things look kind of iffy.)

The following are a few of the plants that I have in my collection.

Unknown aloe variety
Unknown haworthia or aloe variety
Echeveria domingo

Delosperma lehmannii

Crassula "Tom Thumb"
The aloe, haworthia and crassula send out offsets on their own, so they're super easy to propagate. I'm currently trying to propagate the echeveria and Delosperma lehmannii with cuttings now that the weather is warmer.   

The white powder on the plants is diatomaceous earth that I use for pest prevention. 

If you know what the aloe echeveria-like varieties are, please let me know in the comments.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Evolution vs. Creation: Bill Nye and Ken Ham Battle it Out -- Video

Earlier this week, Bill Nye (the "Science Guy") and Ken Ham (the creationism guy) debated about the teaching of creation and evolution. Nye doesn't think that schools should teach creationism. Ham thinks they should.

As you watch this video, it's important to remember that:
  • The ideas behind evolution, intelligent design and creation are theories
  • Charles Darwin, a naturalist who popularized the theory of evolution and natural selection, was a Christian.
  • Not all Christians hold fast to the theories of creation and intelligent. In fact, some believe that God is so big that He could have made evolution possible. To see an example, check out the Biologos website.

Who do you think won the debate?