How can you tell if someone is a plant person? If they surround themselves with plants, then they are. It doesn’t matter how much space they have; even people in apartments with small balconies find room. The size of the wallet doesn’t matter because other plant people will share. And skill doesn’t matter because that can be learned.
I consider myself to be a plant person, although I wasn’t always. It is an acquired passion.
But, honestly, I did not do anything special. Last spring after the temperatures was consistently warm (about 65 degrees), the pots were placed outside under a large tree where it was shady most of the day. Then in November when we took all plants into a shed, I repotted the Poinsettias into a larger size pot and brought them in the house.
The leaves had already started turning red and continued to do so inside with bright indirect light.
Although these are gorgeous, the old plants seem to be hardier and definitely grow faster. Each year I put the common Kalanchoes outside for the spring, summer, and fall. This year I’ll try these outside.
This poor neglected Angel Wing Begonia, a hybrid, is an example of that. It doesn’t get the consistent moisture or temperature that it needs. Plus, I forget to fertilize it. It is two years old and has never bloomed. But I keep promising myself that I will take better care of it.
Take a cutting just below a spent bloom and cut the bottom at an angle. Leave a few leaves on the stem. Water some loose fine soil, wring it out with your hands so that it is damp but not mushy, and place in a zip lock baggie. Put the bottom end of the cutting in rooting hormone and stick in the soil. Antique Rose Emporium uses a gel: Rootech Cloning Gel, which can be ordered online.
Several stems can be placed into one baggie. Zip the bag, place it on a window ledge in indirect light. Then wait for roots to grow at the bottom.
Growing plants doesn’t always mean success, but it is a rewarding hobby.
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