Category: Propagation

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What I Learned from my Hipster Avocado Experiment 

One might argue that hipsters have claimed avocado toast. But sprouting avocado pits is hipsterdom on a whole different level. There are dozens of articles written on “How to Grow Your Own Avocado Pits”, and this project is all over social media. It’s trendy. But no one tells you how difficult it is to get actual avocados. I hate to be the one to … Read More What I Learned from my Hipster Avocado Experiment 

Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Propagating  Succulents

Propagating succulents is both a science and an art. Succulents are some of the easiest plants to propagate, but there are still several tried and true methods to it. Some are more effective than others. What you’ll get from this post are the fundamentals to set yourself up for the best results, along with all of the different techniques you can try. Before we … Read More Everything You Will Ever Need to Know About Propagating  Succulents

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Trimming to Promote Growth

Sometimes certain plants need haircuts. Just trims though. Like I tell my stylist, “No hack job please, just a light dusting”. I always hate removing material from the beloved plants that I spent so long watching grow into long luscious locks of greenery. But when necessary, it’s for the best. Pruning encourages bushier growth, and some plants can get lanky and lose their fullness. … Read More Trimming to Promote Growth

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So Lush and So Green, Green

“Ain’t no planter dope as me, I’m planted so lush and green (so lush and so green, green)”. Wait, those are the Outkast lyrics, right? These succulent planters are the most lush ones I have. Just look at the size of those Blue Chalksticks! Plants pictured above: Crassula perforata Curio talinoides var. mandraliscae “Blue Chalksticks” Pachyphytum oviferum “Moonstones” Sedum kimanchii Sedum oaxacanum Sedum pachyphyllum … Read More So Lush and So Green, Green

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My Top 7 Houseplants that are Completely Indestructible

All seven of these plants have stood the test of time. Out of my 100+ houseplants, I’ve never had an issue with any of the plants on this list whatsoever. They adapt to a variety of conditions, they are easy-going, and they all require very low maintenance. If you’re a beginner, if you have two black thumbs, or if you just don’t have the … Read More My Top 7 Houseplants that are Completely Indestructible

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Mad Props for Propagation

If you’re a plant hoarder like me, then you understand that you don’t always need to go to the plant nursery to acquire more plants. I can go shopping for more plants in my own plant collection, and I’m in a constant cycle of various leaf propagation starts and caring for cuttings. When it comes to my succulents, they multiply! Some are more vigorous … Read More Mad Props for Propagation

How to Save Stretched-Out Succulents

Do you have any succulents that seem like they are stretching towards the light? Were they compact like a rose but now have grown tall and leggy? When succulents (and most other plants) lack sufficient light, they will start to stretch. The technical term for this is etiolation. e·ti·o·late (ē′tē-ə-lāt′)  BOTANY v. e·ti·o·lat·ed, e·ti·o·lat·ing, e·ti·o·lates v.tr. 1. To cause (a plant) to develop without chlorophyll by preventing exposure to sunlight 2.  a. To cause to appear … Read More How to Save Stretched-Out Succulents

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From Sickly to Singing

I often acquire plants from unusual sources. Plant cuttings from yard sales, restaurant window sills, and thrift stores always come with an added challenge – keeping the plant alive from dire living situations. Such was the case with this (initially) very sad Sansevieria. This Sansevieria came from a hospice shop in Ukiah, CA. In the back of the dimly lit store past all the … Read More From Sickly to Singing

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Oh, Monstera adansonii, Where Art Thou?

Finally in my green thumbs, that’s where! This plant is grossly misnamed as Monstera obliqua, which you will find it identified as all over the web and in boutique plant stores. Check out this informative post by Muggle Plants – “Monstera obliqua vs. Monstera adansonii” that explains the rich history of this provocative plant.  It’s a cross between the popular “Swiss Cheese Plant” (Monstera deliciosa), … Read More Oh, Monstera adansonii, Where Art Thou?