Plants do grow and can grow quite large, to stunt their growth or to keep them in the same pot size prune their roots. Pruning roots on plants should be done around early spring season. Take the plant out of the pot, if it is pot bound -shake off the dirt and start triming the sides off with a knife or clippers, clip off about 2 inches off the sides, and about 2 to 3 inches off the bottom. Then fill the bottom of pot with about 2-3 inches of soil, make sure soil is moisten but not soggy (See my repotting plants page for the correct soil mixture) then place the plant back into the pot. Fill in the sides with soil and a little at the top, you might want to keep about a half an inch lower at the top of the soil from where the top part of the pot so that water won’t run off on the sides. Water plant well, then start pruning some of the stems, branches or leaves off of the plant, this will keep the shock to a minimal. Don’t place them in direct sun for at least 3 days and keep the soil moist for about a week. This is how I keep most of my plants in the same size pots otherwise they can get to big, Pruning plants at the tips once a year always helps them to grow stronger, healthier and better. Fish emulsions are great for all plants, but only use this in the spring, summer and early part of fall.
Archive for April, 2009
Pearl Bell Kalanchoes has bell like shape blooms, very pretty blooming succulent.
An easy houseplant to grow, bright light, water when soil is dry. They tend to bloom more often when day light is shorter.
I don’t know much about the names of the varieties of Cactuses and succulents but I do know how to care for them. They require very bright light indoors, but during the summer season I don’t suggest placing them in direct sun all day. In fact they are happier in part shade, and not to overwater them. Water them once every 8 days or so during the winter seasons indoors, and during the summer season about every 2 to 3 days if temperatures are over 75 degrees. Succulents and Cactuses stores water in their foliage or trunk. Feed them with cactus food during the growing season.
I think this is related to Jades.
Pin Cushion Cactus
They sure come in different shapes, sizes, textures and all are unique.
When it comes to re-potting them always use Cactus soil for it is made just for them. They add sand to the mixture for fast drainage.
The varieties that blooms usually do when day light is shorter such as Jades.
Mimosa Pudica also known as the Sensitive Plant, when you touch their leaves it colapses. The less you touch it the better off it will be, they can actually die by too much handling. There blooms are lavender and fuzzy like texture. During the winter season indoors keep their soil more on the drier side and bright light and they like humidity trays.
I found this little Asian hut, and a small tree that looks Asian and added it to the cactus garden.
Then I placed this little Asian statue in front of the hut and bamboo in the background.
I found a cute mushroom to place on the other side of the garden.
I think I like it now, it’s interesting.
An overall view of one side
The other side
And the other side.
I had made a cactus garden on sunday, well at first I did not add the cactuses then I decided to add them later on. I think it came out nice, I plan on looking for other items to add…so off I go ….shopping…to find more nick nacks…
Herbs can be started indoors in the early spring, or you can grow them even in the winter months indoors. A few things to know for growing them indoors, not every herb will do well indoors. Here is a list of herbs that is easy to maintain: Lavender, Chives, Lemon Balm, Parsley, Rosemary, Cuban Oregano, Oregano, Curry, and mints. Herbs likes to be potted in deep narrow clay pots, artificial lighting is neccessary to grow herbs, air circulation is important I always have a small clip on fan and point it to the ceiling – just above the herbs. Most of the herbs don’t like too much water indoors if it is in the winter season, except for the mints they like their soil to be kept evenly moist but not over watered. Soil mixture should be a fast draining soil- use seed starter soil, potting mix and perlite for herbs.
I grow Rosemary
Cuban Oregano-is far the easiest herb to grow, I pinch them from time to time and they branch out. They are also known as the scented Coleus.
Lemon Balm is a easy herb to grow, if you like the flavor of lemon in your tea just tear off a piece and put it in hot tea and let it sit for a few minutes and strain it out and you have instant lemon flavor.
Lavender- you can also grow the fern leaf lavender indoors, their foliage is more unique and they seem to do the best of all the lavenders indoors.
Fern Leaf Lavender
Growing Campanulas indoors is not that difficult, provide bright light a east or south facing window and artificial light (During winter) and keep soil evenly moist but not overwatered. After most of the blooms are spent prune the plant down to about an inch above the soil and let it re-grow and it should re-bloom again. Feed them a very diluted blooming plant food at about half the strength until late spring then go to normal feedings as directed on the label. Artificial light should be kept on for at least 13 hours per day and plant should be about 6″ underneath grow light.
This is a view of my shelving unit it stands against the east facing window.
Here is the entrance to the sunroom
On the other side of room I have plants on a large round table with grow lights hanging from the ceiling.
On the other side of my shelving is another shelving unit but a wooden shelf.
The shelve below has plants too.
And another shelf with plants.