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.
I live in a small apartment. It’s not a big place by any means, but it’s big enough for me. The problem is, it’s a wee bit sterile. I can’t hang anything, because I can’t put any holes in the wall, and the horrible textured wallpaper that Japan loves so much makes BluTak a reckless proposition. So what could I do to bring some life and character into the apartment?
I decided that I’d also try to chronicle my houseplant experience here, so that what I learn can be a resource for other people hoping to keep plants in their tiny apartment. Also, while there are a lot of apartment gardening resources for America in English, and they have useful, universally applicable information, for some expats, an English resource for gardening in Japan would be helpful. “What’s this plant called?” “I need this, but I cannot for the life of me figure out what it’s called, or a brand name to reference, in Japan! HELP!”
So yeah, welcome to Gardening Sunday. This week: Meet the Plants.