You may remember that I’ve been trying to get jade plants and christmas cacti to grow from leaves for some time now. I decided to put them all into pots of soil and move them to the bedroom where they’ll get a bit of sun, and see how that goes.
The tiny jade plant leaf I had in water never really rooted, but when I popped it in the soil, I noticed that it had grown two tinier leaves, so maybe it’ll do alright.
The Christmas Cactuses had rooted quite well, so I tossed one in soil and one in hydroculture. The jar I chose for the hydroculture one isn’t best, though, as it’s difficult to tell the water level, but we’ll see anyway. The one in soil has a bud that I really ought to pinch off (it’s still just one leaf — I don’t see how it can safely survive a bloom), but I don’t think I will. I’ll take my chances.
In other news, I LOVE buying plants at the Daiso, the 100yen shop. Once a month or so I’ll pop in and have a look at their plants near the door, and they always seem to have a selection of interesting plants, for just 105 yen, so there’s no harm in picking one up. If it lives, I’ve added a new, interesting specimen to my place; if it dies, I’m not out much.
I picked up the silk jasmine in this way about a month ago. This time, I’ve picked up a “lucky bamboo” (which is neither lucky nor bamboo), and what is allegedly a coffee tree. Who has a coffee tree plant? Seriously! It’s a bit of a rarity, and that’s why I picked it up.
I do hope the jade plants do well. And the christmas cactuses. And those Aloe Nobilis cuttings I planted way back! They’re still not rotting or wilting or shrivelling or anything. But are they rooting? Short of (1) seeing new growth or (2) pulling one of them out to see what’s going on, I don’t really think there’s any way to tell. Patience, I guess.
Sunday! Gardening! Plants! Woo!
At the top, you can see the tiny “silk jasmine” (or, miniature orange jasmine, murraya exotica) which I picked up for 105yen at the Daiso the other day because it was cute. It will apparently bloom and smell strongly, eventually. Internet says it’s good for bonsai making, but I don’t really think I’m patient or stable enough to be embarking on bonsai silliness. I’d like to one day though.
Next up, my avocado is doing well… I think! Just recently it’s started getting this brown stuff on its stem. Can I assume it’s “bark” or lack of a better word? Or is it moments away from imploding in a gooey mess of blech? 🙁 I’m also not quite sure what this dealie at the top is. It’s not a new group of leaves, or if it is, it doesn’t look like it. Can’t be a blossom, can it?
Behold! My snake plant had a baby ^_^. That side of the pot was turned to the wall this week, so it was getting sun from the side, but I couldn’t see anything. Turned it today and was like !!! HELLO TO U! Maybe I’m not so bad at taking care of plants. Haven’t killed the snake plant yet!
But, on the other hand, maybe I am utter shite. Here’s my aloe aristata. You’ll remember that my aloe nobilis self-destructed with rot from the inside out a while back. Now my aristata has brown at the base of her leaves. YES, the soil is moist there, because I watered her today, but I hadn’t watered her in bleeding weeks, and the soil was utterly utterly dry, so how the hell is it rotting? 🙁
And now back to my propagation attempts. My christmas cactus cuttings are still rooting in water, and i’ll leave them there a while longer, until they have a goodish root system. This is my jade plant cutting, which i think, FINALLY, AT LONG LAST, may be rooting. Those look like tiny roots, don’t they?
Of course, who knows how cold my apartment will get this winter, so who knows if any of these things will survive D:. We’ll see, I guess.