In With The New

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.

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Now, I dust some rooting hormone on the lower nodes.

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I use craft mesh over the drainage hole for any pots going outside and then inside. It keeps the critters out.

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I use cacti/citrus mix potting soil, but any type will do.  I prefer 3 inch pots, but could not find many.

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Notice the labels for the pots with color and year.  All these babies look the same.

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I let these stand around in their pots for a day and then give them a watering.

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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

FLOWER

Beauty By the Pot

I misplace things.

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Bright pink

Especially plant tags. (‘Using Chopsticks’ post)

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White white

So here are my Schlumbergeras, by the pot.

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Red red

After they finish blooming.

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White blush mix

I will refer to these photos to take the requested cuttings of the different colors.

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Fuschia

Without surprising anyone a year later.

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Peach

No one complains, of course.

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Gold blush

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.

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Pink red

I make up names for color variations. White white has white buds and white blooms. White blush has white buds and blushing blooms, etc..

Happy Thanksgiving

FLOWER

 

 

 

 

 

A Constellation of Blooms

I am surrounded by stars.

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Schlumbergera stars.

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The blooms of dreams.

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They appear when needed most.

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Darkness is coming. Coldness is coming.

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But not here, in this room full of vibrant colors.

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I care for my own galaxy.

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It sends back the light from brighter time.

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In the form of flowers.

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FLOWER