This is the first update on the experiment… Oregon Myrtle – Can it be started from a nut? And it looks like we have some germination! Final update, fall 2014: More than half of the myrtle nuts sprouted, but after a few weeks, they all became infected with mold and died. Later on in the […]
Plant questions and answers! This week: My African Violet’s leaves are pointing up at a sharp angle that doesn’t look normal. What is causing that?
Plant questions and answers! This week: My pansy is growing what looks like seed pods. Should I clip them off?
Plant questions and answers! This week: Can I root an African Violet leaf in water from my aquarium? Yes, I imagine that you probably could indeed root an African Violet leaf in aquarium water. You might want to keep a couple of things in mind though…
Another experiment under way… this one involving Oregon Myrtle nuts collected from the Southern Oregon coast in November. Can we sprout them? We have been told that it’s challenging…
Plant questions and answers! This week: How long will an African Violet live? With proper care, an African Violet can live many years and re-bloom many times! (Ask your plant or gardening question!) Managing roots is important, because root death is often what kills an African Violet, young or old. Root death happens most often […]
Plant questions and answers! This week: My cat keeps climbing into my butterfly bush. I know he’s after the butterflies and hummingbirds. How do I stop him? (Ask your plant or gardening question.) Well, if your cat is like mine, you might have an ongoing battle on your hands! Here’s something you can try, though… […]
Plant questions and answers! This week: Will African Violets grow under water? (Ask your plant or gardening question.) Well, for the most part, an established African Violet would probably not respond well to being replanted underwater, but suckers started from a leaf cutting can survive (even thrive) underwater for quite a while… several months or […]
Plant questions and answers! This week: Are pansy roots deep or shallow? I want to plant some around the base of my roses but don’t want their roots to interfere. (Ask your plant or gardening question.) Pansies typically have shallow roots. Their roots are stringy and can grow in masses, but they don’t have taproots […]
In July we went huckleberry picking in the foothills that are tucked away at the Western base of the Cascades mountain range. While climbing the road that twisted up to one of the ridges, we happened up on a cluster of unfamiliar berry bushes. The red and golden, raspberry-like fruits were enjoying a persistent summer […]