Succulent Ramblings

I like to ramble on about my plants... and other things! My hope is to log the progress of plants and talk about my frustrations with others. So, tune in, turn on, or drop out (if you find it boring!)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Above right is Rhipsalis eliptica - one of the rooted cuttings that I'd thrown in with a Eulophia decided to bud up. This is the first time it's bloomed for me, and this particular one ended up getting left out almost right up to the first frost, so I have a feeling it's one that needs the very cool temps to trigger blooming. My main plant didn't bud up at all. When they opened, they look pretty much just like R. crispa flowers. The one above left is my old Hatiora salicorniodes. I kept it hanging in the cedar tree out back all summer. It decided to bloom this year (it does some years, others not...) Next year, I think I'll cover the top with a screen - it got so much of the debris that falls from the tree in it, it was a real pain to clean it off the soil before bringing it in...

I had to repot my Hoya kerrii veined clone. The poor thing had some leaves that were looking a little dehydrated, and the pot it was in was definitely not heavy enough for it. I had it hanging in the sunroom:
This photo was taken before it started to dehydrate. Well, after a couple weeks in its new pot, it was fine except for one leaf close to the base. I removed that one still dehydrated leaf and it looks fabulous again. I have a feeling this one is really going to take off this year. It's grown pretty substantially since I got it, but just a little each year (I've had it and hairy kerrii since 2005...)

Not too many are actively growing right now. Fungii seems to be putting on new leaves; 'Krimson Princess' has lots of new shoots - had to cut a lot of all-green growth off, but I see a few variegated shoots, too; vanutuensis (which is in a small pot in my bedroom) has a new sprout of new growth; and my Dischidias of the geri variety (oiantha Schltr.) are producing new growth. Most are semi-dormant and growing only very, very slowly.

I put my other macrophylla in the sunroom, hanging in the south window. At first, it was too much sun for it and one leaf got a little sunburn. I moved it to the side of the window and put callistrophylla right in the south window. It seems to love it there and I think it will take off after a little rest. I had to move callistrophylla up to a bigger pot this fall, so I'm betting once it's settled in nicely, it will be a vigorous grower.

I accidentally broke a big fat new vine coming out of my Bowiea volubilis and I was so mad at myself!! The bulb is about 5" in diameter and really needs to be moved to a bigger pot (a springtime project, perhaps...) Well, it wasn't long and - bam! - a new fat vine came out and is now climbing everywhere. I keep having to untangle it from other plants.

I found some nice hooks - double hooks - that I can hang on the curtain rods, then hang the plant on the other end. Found them at Lowe's. When we're more "solvent", I'll go back and get more.

Took a bunch of cuttings of rubra a couple weeks or so ago. And about a week ago, I went to UNO and got more Dischidia cuttings from Tom. Hoping I can get them to root and sell most in the spring.

'Nuff for now!