I love to share my favorite plants.
Today is the day I pot up the Schlumbergera pieces.
I have taken color requests. I have twisted off pieces with three or more links.
I have let these pieces callus off for several days. Notice the plates are labeled.
Now, I dust some rooting hormone on the lower nodes.
I use craft mesh over the drainage hole for any pots going outside and then inside. It keeps the critters out.
I use cacti/citrus mix potting soil, but any type will do. I prefer 3 inch pots, but could not find many.
Notice the labels for the pots with color and year. All these babies look the same.
I let these stand around in their pots for a day and then give them a watering.
I like to use a weakened mix of Planting/Transplanting solution.
They will be fully rooted and growing nicely when their new parents come in the spring.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I misplace things.
Especially plant tags. (‘Using Chopsticks’ post)
So here are my Schlumbergeras, by the pot.
After they finish blooming.
I will refer to these photos to take the requested cuttings of the different colors.
Without surprising anyone a year later.
No one complains, of course.
Notice they are all on the same tray for size comparison. Also, I put a colored dot on the pot with a Sharpie. This helps for a while, until the dots fade.
I make up names for color variations. White white has white buds and white blooms. White blush has white buds and blushing blooms, etc..
I am surrounded by stars.
The blooms of dreams.
They appear when needed most.
Darkness is coming. Coldness is coming.
But not here, in this room full of vibrant colors.
I care for my own galaxy.
It sends back the light from brighter time.
In the form of flowers.