• Plants and growing things update!


    I actually had some time this weekend to snap some shots of my plants… something I hadn’t done in a number of years. It’s interesting to compare some between now and earlier. And amazing how long I’ve had some of these plants!

    Above you will see two photos of a ficus tree… it is the same tree. First shot from 2002 when it lived in a south-facing yet shady entry way in our old basement apartment in downtown Eugene. The second shot I snapped yesterday where its home now is: a north facing bedroom window. Wow! Twice as big, at least and same pot with room to grow!

    The African Violet comparison you’ll see points out I’ve done a lot better with trees over the last few years than with violets. 😉 The first is from 2001, when I first started growing African Violets. The second is my newest attempt, shot just yesterday. I’ve been rooting now for almost a month and see a few sprouts. Next month by this time I should have the mama leaves in pots. We’ll see how it goes.

    You’ll also find a strawberry begonia that bloomed like absolute craziness last summer and had so many babies I didn’t know what to do with them all. I also didn’t have a chance to take photos of the blossoms… strange looking pale white things looking a lot like little spiders. I ended up selling the babies for a fundraiser and hopefully will be able to do the same this year. I would say probably 30 babies came out of this one pot!

    There’s also a poinsettia that I whacked down to nothing (except the one pink leaf/flower thingo you see) and am hoping that I can coax back into health, if not into bloom, by next Christmas time. I’ve tried before several times but never been able to successfully get one to bloom for another year. I do have a south-facing window this year tho.

    You’ll also see my crazy jade which I started from a leaf that dropped off of one of my aunt’s very old jade trees back when I rented her studio apartment. (1998-ish, I’d guess.) It’s been in all kinds of exposures, from North facing to South. Currently in a very hot South facing window, I’m trying to train it to support its own weight. In the background you can see some basil starts and some holdovers from last summer, too.

    Not sure what’s going on with the weird avocado that I started from a seed. Last weekend I checked it and it was finally getting some sprouts. Forgot to check it again until this weekend and holy cow! It had grown a foot! Uh, no clue what I’m going to do with it if it keeps growing like this. :-s

    The anthurium that is pictured was a gift from a lady that I used to clean house for years and years ago. Her husband grew them and sold them to local plant stores. This little plant sure takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’… it’s been kept too dry, too moist, in all different kinds of exposures and hasn’t been repotted since it was given to me. Poor thing, but it keeps on blooming like a trekker. 😉

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