Update – How Everybody is Doing

Sago is a happy camper in his hydroballs.  He gets lots of morning sun in his eastern facing window and apparently he’s quite happy.  He has sprouted seven new palm fronds that are opening beautifully!

Vrissy is looking as lovely as ever and has had a baby!  I’ll let the little one grow a bit bigger before separating them.

Heather is looking feathery and standing tall and Porthos seems to be growing larger by the day.  I have been so pleased with Lucky that my kids now have their own lucky bamboos.

I do have some sad news to report.  Nanners took another turn for the worse.  I had made a water level indicator for his pot, but it malfunctioned and the rain he had been caught in one afternoon filled his pot more than I had realized.  His poor roots rotted and it doesn’t look like he’ll be recovering this time. His pot is sitting next to Sago’s, a little brown stump standing in hydroballs in the hopes that maybe, just maybe, he isn’t as dead as he looks.

Also, I’m terrible at getting seeds to grow.  Some of our herb, veggie, and flower seeds didn’t grow at all and a few that did grew some sort of fungus.  I will have to research a bit more on starting from seed.  I don’t want to be a baby plant killer!

Finally, I would like to revisit the Maters.  Maters 1 and 2 came to me as seeds with a little hanging basket and a brick of coir in a kit called “Patio/Deck Grape Tomato”.  I didn’t have high hopes for this cheap little kit and of all the seeds that came with it, Maters 1 and 2 were the only to sprout.

Well, when I started transplanting my other plants, I picked up a bottle of MiracleGro QuickStart (not having any hydroponics stores nearby where I could get nutrients specific to hydroponics).  Those other tomato seeds had been sitting dormant in that plastic hanging pot for over a month, but on a whim, I went ahead and fed them.

Holy mackerel!  I now have a bunch of little tomato plants sprouting up in the coir on my front porch.  Maters 1 and 2 may have left this world, but they certainly left behind their legacy in that little white patio pot!

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New Friends

Lucky

Welcome three new friends to the air purifying brigade!  First up is a lucky bamboo (which isn’t really bamboo at all).  Dracaena sanderiana is extremely easy to care for.  Just pop it in water and keep it out of direct sunlight.  These often look great in a pot of well wetted little rocks.  I currently have Lucky in an antique bottle, which I think he looks great in, but he may suffer in there due to the nature of the neck of the bottle.  Oxygen flow will be almost non-existent.  I am debating leaving him in there to see if it really is a problem for a plant such as he.

Porthos

Next up is Porthos, a golden pothos plant.  These are a pretty common houseplant and generally easy to care for.  I picked this leafy guy up at Walmart for $6.  The golden pothos at Lowes were of similar size and in similar health, but cost $14 and change.  I went with the chick’s advice, “cheap, cheap, cheap”!

Heather

Finally, meet Heather.  I spotted bunches of this most interesting plant in the yard out by the barn.  I hadn’t seen them before, but we’ve had a strange year with floods in the fall and drought early in the summer.  I believe it to be a Eupatorium capillifolium, more commonly known as the elegant feather dog fennel.  These grow multiple stalks like this one from a single root, but I wanted just one.  The root was L shaped, so I couldn’t center her well in her jar (which was all I had on hand big enough).  I plan on getting something bigger for her to hang out in, but I think the gallon pickle jar suits her.

Welcome to the family, Lucky, Porthos, and Heather!