I've read or otherwise heard debate on how to cut cuttings... typically this centers around angle and location of cut, primarily for root formation. However, I've also heard smaller discussion around the tools used to prepare the cutting. This involves two methods: traditional scissors or shears (bypass pruners), which make a shearing cut, or scalpel/knife, … Continue reading Microscopic propagation cuts – shears or scalpel?
I've been a bit off the radar, but I've gotten carried away and updating things on a per plant basis is just impossible. I'm going to start updating the overall sections of my grow area instead, and focus on more prominent highlights. To start, the two flowering Spirea are growing up and over their pot, … Continue reading Big growth updates
I had to go through several trays of cuttings as they had sat for over a week and i needed to assess their progress. So i spent some time repotting the winners and tossing the losers. Forsythia leaf cutting... I wasn't sure if it was even going to make it but the number of roots … Continue reading Rooting and repotting
Lots of continued growth, but I'm just too lazy to document all of it. But one thing that really surprised was an apple propagation (maybe, it could also be a plum, I don't recall). From a single empty stem, a cluster of blooms has formed. I'm not sure if this will even root, but it's … Continue reading Morning update – unexpected blossom
On a whim, I've decided to find cool ideas I like online (in picture form) and give examples of how to achieve either the exact same look, or something really similar, with links to Amazon (or wherever appropriate to buy/shop) To start, here's a fantastic combination I plan to try: The above is definitely something … Continue reading Inspiration realized – grass and flowers
After a slow, and frankly disheartening lack of progress, I am happy to announce that growth has really picked up on just about everything in my closet grow space. Certainly it had not been dying, it just seemed... in stasis. Obvious signs of renewed vigor across many different species are now becoming apparent. I should … Continue reading Closet grow space redux – we have liftoff!
So, an interesting concept I've learned about in the last few months has been the idea of hugelkultur. A quick explanation is that it is a soil layering and planting technique to reuse existing organic material in your environment for long term enrichment of soil by mimicking natural processes of material build-up, but directed to … Continue reading An idea: hugelscaping
A lot of little changes have happened, similar to what I've been posting about. I haven't been able to muster up the energy to post those though, and there's typically not a lot to see. Overall growth is healthy but just slow. I'm starting to think that my lighting is insufficient. I might buy a … Continue reading Morning update – slow going
A number of very surprising developments around rooting propagations. It all started with this Forsythia cutting. Well, actually, that's the thing. It was a leaf that fell off a cutting. I was removing some detritus to keep the pots free of bacteria, and I noticed some white nub covered in dirt here. Now I've heard … Continue reading Evening update – surprise roots