Category: growth

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echeveria pulidonis || spring vs. fall

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can you believe that these small burritos…

turned into these BIG BURRITOS?!

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echeveria ‘hercules’

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When i first got my albuca versus now… tighter spirals, and a new shoot. plus a much fatter bulb! 👏🏽

overachievers much?

overachievers much?

What a difference the summer sun makes.

What a difference the summer sun makes.

In one of your photos I can see that one of yo…

In one of your photos I can see that one of your bigger succulents have grown tall without producing leaves underneath, mine have done the same! I was wondering if you just let them do their thing or if it's bad? Mine are thriving but not growing leaves. Love your blog 😃

succulents can’t grow leaves from the bottom! all new growth occurs at the top, or from the center of a rosette. it’s normal for them to shed their bottom leaves — they’re old and the plant no longer needs them.

most succulents in the wild (this is especially true of echeveria, graptopetalum, and a few other rosette-type succulents) end up having a very long, bare stem with a nice, fat rosette at the very end.

it’s totally natural, but in cultivation people will usually cut the stem under the rosette when it gets too tall for their liking and re-root it for a more compact plant. it’s a preference thing.

Adventures in hydroponics… i never expected ei…

Adventures in hydroponics… i never expected either of these guys to root, let alone thrive!

The pothos were literally just leaves with a bit of stem attached (not even any nodes!). they were extra from vine clippings, and i just put them in the water for some temporary ~glass jar aesthetic~. i didn’t expect them to live very long, but for months they just sat there, not changing for good or for bad. okay, cool. i changed the water a few times but that was it. no fertilizer, no grow light – in fact it was on my dresser a few feet from the window. then, i don’t know if it’s the extra spring light or what, they started growing roots about a month ago. SORCERY.

the sansevieria was another “accident”. i pulled it from a sickly arrangement i was given by someone who didn’t want the plants but also didn’t want them to die (woohoo i’m the neighborhood plant lady!). i didn’t have a suitable pot at the time so i just stuck the plant (which had no roots whatsoever) in this jar so it wouldn’t totally dry out. filled it with water so half of the rhizome was covered. i noticed after a few days that the exposed rhizome got fuzzy, so i completely submerged it. after a week or two i noticed that the plant didn’t seem happy or sad, so i left it in the jar. just out of curiosity. i would pot it up… eventually.

long story short it started growing roots after about two months and has put out one new leaf (not visible here). i’ve been changing the water every few weeks, and adding a drop of liquid fertilizer every month. so now you know… totally possible to root a snake plant in water.

Top: my poor gaillardia seedlings were knocked…

Top: my poor gaillardia seedlings were knocked over by the wind. 🙁 I managed to save four of them by the time I noticed they were missing from the windowsill.

Bottom: most of the viola seedlings have their first true leaves! hopefully it warms up soon so i can put them outside.

Violas and gaillardias. 🌱

Violas and gaillardias. 🌱