I’m back. I know. It’s embarrassing how infrequently I update this blog, but life always seems to get in the way. I’ve had severe health challenges recently, and on top of all that, my mother had a stroke this past Monday, and she’s in the hospital dying. I know. More information than you want to know, but I wanted to let you know that it always seems like just when I get some time to work on this blog, something happens that consumes my time.
In any event, here are my Amaryllis pictures for this year. I’m really pleased with how well everything is blooming. Now that spring is finally here, hopefully, I will have more to say about my plants.
I know you have been wondering where I have been. It always takes me longer these posts than I imagine. These flowers actually bloomed in May, and this is my first opportunity to write about them. I know. I’m bad for taking so long, but as they say, better late than never. Below are the latest photographs of my Amaryllis flowers. I hope you enjoy them.
How to get your Amaryllis to rebloom.
2. Cut the flower stalks once they are yellow or sag. The main stalks contain food and water the plant can use, but they will likely begin to droop or turn yellow shortly after the flowers fade] They are no longer useful at this point, and should be cut back to within 2 inches (5 cm) of the bulb.
My Hawaiian Noni plan started to develop on the leaves, and on the stem. When I asked the plant expert at chalet Garden shop in Wilmette, she said that it was sooty black mold. It is a type of mold that grows in the secretions of honeydew that is produced by many different types of common houseplant pests. In my case, I have a problem with spider mites. She could tell that it was spider mites because there were also holes in the leaves of the plant.
The best way to get rid of the sooty black mold is to get rid of the spider mites, or whatever past is producing the honeydew secretion. Although the mold is not harmful to the plant, the insect that it needs in order to grow, can kill the plant. At the first sign of sooty mold, the pest that is producing it should be located, and eliminated.
Neem oil is a good treatment for both the pests, and the sooty mold. Spider mites have been a big problem for me this year. I keep on treating my plans for them, and they keep on coming back all the time.
This is a picture of my pussy willow tree from a week ago. It has already grown more than this. As you can see here, a lot of new green leaves on it. There is not much else to say other than it is doing very well under the grow light. It is growing so quickly and changing, that I could post an update on it every week, but the problem is I really feel like I need to have something to say in order to justify a post about it, and I’m not going to have enough new information every week in order to do that, but we will see what I’m going to do.
I’m not really sure at this point if this should be classified as an outdoor plant or an indoor plant. It really is an outdoor plant, but it can spend long periods of time indoors if it is grown under the proper conditions, at least that’s what I think, but like I said previously I’m not sure how long it will be able to live indoors, but we will find out.
My corn plant a couple of months ago, and I’m just now getting around to posting the pictures. Sometimes it takes decades for this type of plant to flower, and I’ve only had this one about a year, or two at the most. It produces an arching terminal panicle of pinkish buds that open into masses of white flowers. They only open in the evening and at night, but then, what an extremely pungent scent they emit! Intense, heady, sweet, the fragrance spreads throughout the whole apartment. It is so intense that it sometimes becomes unbearable and people feel that it is necessary to remove the flower stem off or to relocate the plant in a spare bedroom and close the door at night.
In my case, the set was very strong, and it was all over my apartment. I thought it was coming from the petunias that I had, but then I realized it was coming from my corn plant. If you want to experience this unusual sent for yourself, you may need to wait quite a while. No one knows what causes this plant to bloom, it can happen in any season. Your chances of success will be much better if you put it in a location with a lot of light as opposed to a dark corner where this type of plant is usually located in people’s houses. This plant is also called a Hawaiian ti plant
I’ve been growing petunias in my Aerogarden hydroponic garden. I really like it very much because it’s very easy-to-use. The seeds, in a growing medium, and you just put the pods into the garden, and set up the watering and feeding schedule, and it automatically tells you when to add water, and when to add fertilizer. Although it’s not cheap, it’s pretty much a foolproof way to grow vegetables, and flowers indoors, and I enjoy it. Above is a photo of my petunias.
The coronavirus has really impacted my ability to go outdoors and go to plant shops. I have a pre-existing medical condition, and I only left my apartment about five times last year because I was afraid to go outside. I am really hoping that things will improve soon. I haven’t got my vaccination shot yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. When they canceled the flower show in Chicago last year, I was very sad because I enjoy going there very much. I hope that I will be able to go this March, but I don’t know if they will have it this year again.
Remember that cactus I just told you about? About two weeks ago, it dried up and died. I have no idea what happened. I followed all the instructions that I read about on the Internet, and only watered it once a month, and it imploded. I’ve never had any success with cacti. They are supposed to be easy plants to grow, but all the cacti that I’ve ever had have died, so I must be doing something wrong, they always get attacked by fungi, or just dry up. They are definitely not one of my favorite plants.
About a month ago, someone left a little spiny cactus outside my door. It is called a Mammillaria marksiana.
Mammillaria is a genus of spiny cacti native to Central America’s desert regions, Mexico in particular. Plants generally form clusters of spherical or columnar stems, and flowers. Globe-shaped fresh green stems are produced by Mammillaria marksiana covered in red-brown spines. In spring, flowers emerge during the day and are bright yellow. It eventually grows into a cluster of stems, but it takes several years for this to happen.
The cactus is currently not growing very well, but I have it on the table that is far away from the window. I have now read that it requires full sun, so I’m going to find a place for it closer to the window, and see if it will flower. We will see what happens, hopefully, it will flower in the spring. It should only be watered from the middle of spring to summer. It should be fed once a month with a special cactus fertilizer. As with all cacti, in climates that are cold in the winter months, it is best grown as a houseplant. However, it can be moved to a sunny outdoor location in mid-summer.
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I would like to give you an update on my corpse flower. Amorphophallus titanum, more generally referred to as the corpse herb, is one of the strangest plants you will cultivate indoors. This is certainly not a plant for beginners, but it is undoubtedly one of the plant world’s greatest oddities.
Usually, this type of plant only puts out one large leave each year. The leaf is supposed to die back each year. However last year, the leaf did not die back. This year, it appears to have put out two more leaves, so I’m not exactly sure what’s going on. I don’t know if this means that a second bulb has developed, or if the same bulb is putting out multiple leaves. The plant is so rare, that it’s difficult to find much information about it online.
I am currently growing mine in a fishbowl. During the winter, I had the top of the fishbowl covered with plastic to increase the humidity, but now I’ve taken the plastic off because it was causing the leaf to bend a lot. When the winter comes again, I’m not sure what I’m going to do because I still need to find a way to increase the humidity, so I may need to wrap it again. Above, you can see what it looks like now.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Corpse Flower Facts – How To Grow A Corpse Flower Houseplant https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/voodoo-lily/grow-a-corpse-flower-houseplant.htm
Cucumbers that I’m growing in my apartment are doing great. Just follow these tips.
Choose a compact variety of cucumber. You don’t want one that’s going to grow very tall.Read the seed packets to identify the best choices for small-space gardening.
Use a trellis. Take advantage of the vining habit of cucumbers and make use of vertical space . Even a tomato cage can serve as a trellis.
If you plant a lot of seeds, you’re going to have to remove a lot of the plants from the pot. Each type should have only one or two plans so there will be enough space for the plant to grow large enough. Otherwise, there will be too much competition among the plants, and you won’t get any cucumbers.
Buy a grow light. You can buy one at Home Depot, or the hardware store.
It is better to get self-pollinating cucumber plants. Otherwise, you’re going to need to pollinate them yourself. Pollinating them can be done, but it does take a while as you need to transfer pollen from one flower to another using a Q-tip.
I found many pages on the Internet about growing cucumbers in containers. You can easily find them if you search for them. This is just a few tips to let you know that they can be grown in pots by a sunny window with a grow light. My cucumbers get both artificial, and natural light.