Onion harvest

Harvested the majority of my onions yesterday.

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I’m paranoid that they might get stolen so I harvested as many as possible. You can do so once the leaves fall over. The tops were greener than when I’ve harvested in the past, but they had fallen over, hopefully on their own, so were fair game. I left 3 behind that were still upright.

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The one on the left had fallen over this evening so I pulled it up. Two left!

If you want no fuss veggies, these are definitely at the top of my list. Once I plant the bulbs, I water and forget about them. I harvest some tops when they are young (later they get tougher) to use as green onions. The fresh bulbs are delicious or you can dry and store them long term. No pests to deal with. A dream crop!

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Young onions

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More babies! Haworthia pups

‘ Guess I have babies on the brain. No wonder!

Over the winter months I noticed my haworthia scabra had babies.

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I think there were 3 babies (one’s hiding at the back)

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Close up

I thought they looked big enough, so this spring I separated the pups from the mother. Some of them separated with roots, others were not so lucky.

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I was told on a FB group to just lay it on top of the soil, keep the soil moist and it will grow roots into the soil. Then I could plant it.

I gave ones with roots to my succulent friend (we share when our plants have babies) and one to my garden friend (we share plants, period).

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Haworthia coarctata from my friend

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Bottom of the coarctata. And baby donkey tails (sedum burrito) sharing the pot. Propagating is easy. Just lay them on the soil and they will grow with little effort

The mother is already making more babies.

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You can see the second baby behind the dead leaf

I wish my zebra haworthia (fasciata or attenuata – I can’t tell) would do the same. You can see why, it’s just beautiful.

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Love the contrasting white stripes against the green leaves. They look painted on!

 

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Orchids

I’ve never been too interested in orchids. I always thought they were too much work. But my colleague bought a mini white plant around Mother’s day and I found it really appealing. Another colleague had a mini in her office that her mom bought her years ago, also very cute.

Recently my garden friend gave me a Dendrobium Kingianum, which she described as “a lithophytic (grows on rocks) orchid from Australia”. It’s supposed to flower during the winter months so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it hasn’t done anything since I got it.

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I’m having a hard time keeping the really bent one in the soil while keeping it tied to the stick

I bought myself two minis at Metro last month. I thought they were $5.99, but when I got to the counter they were actually $9.99. I decided to treat myself.

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Many in bloom with more to go when I first bought them

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Some blooms are starting to fade

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Wonder if this flower will make a seed pod?

I have no idea how to care for them beyond what was provided on the tag. Thank goodness for Facebook groups (there are a bunch for orchid enthusiasts).

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My brother says he’s been smelling a lovely flower scent at night. There’s nothing else on my plant table that has flowers so I think it’s the orchids. However, I can’t smell anything when I sniff up close. Mysterious.

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Babies having babies!

Really surprised to discover this morning that my tiny kalanchoe (mother of millions) is starting to make babies!

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Must be happy

I’m not sure if this is normal but I figure it must be a good sign that the plant is healthy and happy in its current conditions.

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The donkey tail leaf near the bottom gives a bit of perspective

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Have you ordered seeds online?

I don’t usually order seeds online but I really wanted a desert rose. I was seeing so many beautiful ones being posted on my Facebook gardening groups that I started looking into where I could get one of my own.

I discovered they would be available in Ontario in April, but I haven’t seen any in the flower shops that I go to and I asked at my local and they don’t get them. So I asked my friend who was putting in an order on Amazon to add it for me.

They arrived last week and now I’m a bit nervous that they won’t germinate. I think this stems from the fact that my friend ordered them for me, forged payment, and I promised her one of plants . The seller had a perfect germination rate until recently (I was nervous before I read this). Hope that’s not a bad sign.

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It only took a couple of weeks to arrive. I expected it in August.

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Feeling excited that I got an extra seed (the site promised 8).

I’ve started watching a few videos and reading a few articles. Both reinforced that the key to successful germination is using fresh seeds. So I should plant them asap.

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Ugly is the new beautiful

I’m starting to have renewed appreciation for ugly plants. I bought an ugly one at Grow Something about a year ago thinking at the time that it was cute and interesting. As it began to grow bigger, it starting showed this mass of hairs that previously were barely visible, much like in this picture. I thought, yuck, how ugly! I gave it to my garden friend, who appreciated its uniqueness, but not before I kept a leaf for myself, just in case I grew to love it again.

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Adromischus cristatus, ‘Key Lime Pie’

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Much cuter at this stage

My garden friend offered me a gollum jade (hobbit jade). Initially I declined, but later it began to grow on me and I asked for it. The one she gave me died, so she gave me another one that seems much happier at my place.

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Gollum or hobitt jade, Crassula ovata

Last month I noticed an ugly cactus at a plant shop near my house. I passed on it as it was $8 and, well, ugly. But I couldn’t stop thinking about it over the next few days so I went back and bought a smaller version for about $5.

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The ugly sucker I couldn’t stop thinking about. Euphorbia trigona – African milk tree

I planted it in 50:50 potting soil and perlite (mimicking cactus soil), watered it deeply and put it on my west-facing windowsill, the brightest light source in my house. The next thing I knew the entire cactus turned white! I thought it might be sunburn until I squeezed it and found it to be absolute mush!

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African milk tree in all its ugly glory

I’m trying to propagate the offshoots at home and at work. Some have dried up and died. Others seem thin but remain rootless.

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African milk tree offshoots ready for planting

Last week I saw a bunch for sale at Tiny Flower, my go-to plant shop downtown. It was $13 but I was getting 4 plants in great shape, so I thought it was worth it.

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I told the owner how I drowned my other African milk tree. She told me about a patron that bought one last year, kept it in the same pot and it’s doing well. I’m not sure I want to do that. The soil seems rather moist.

Coincidentally at my dentist’s office, I saw a beautiful plant that turned out to be relative to the African milk tree, Eurphorbia milii or crown of thorns. Would love to have one at work.

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Eurphorbia milii — crown of thorns. Such attractive flowers!

Ugly can be beautiful!

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Alien invasion!

I guess my “ask and ye shall receive” luck started with this weird plant I saw in my colleagues office one day. He was helping me pretty-up a poster in Powerpoint that would be going to the printers. I went in to have a discussion and my eyes caught this beauty!

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Absolutely love the pot!

I was so enamoured that I asked if I could have a cutting. He said yes, if I could figure out how to do it. So I posted it on a FB gardening group asking for an ID and how to propagate it; found out it was a peanut cactus and I could propagate by root divisions or just by snapping off a piece and sticking it in the soil.

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These guys sticking out can be plucked off and stuck in the soil.

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Ripe with babies below. I separated them by root division.

When I finally did separate it (I used both methods), I was surprised by how short the roots were. The plant was literally sitting on top of the soil and it was at least 3 years old.

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I tossed the two brown ones on the left. Growing some at home as well as in my office.

I potted a small one for his office mate who thought the plant was just too weird, like space creature (I thought she needed to learn to appreciate its beauty). She likes it now, nice and stubby, but it has yet to reach its creepy fingers in her direction. Good thing it’s a slow grower.

 

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