Sunday, June 15, 2014
Mother of Millions....
I am not even sure where I got the first plant. They are Kalanchoe daigremontiana. That's for future reference for you are brave enough to want to grow some.
The little rosettes at the edge of the leaves drop off when ready and plant themselves where ever they land. It's probably a good thing that some of them land sideways and some face down. If they didn't the whole world would be covered with them.
I like the looks of them, so most of the time I just let them be.
Here in AZ, if something volunteers to grow in your yard, you let it if you like it. I even have a couple of trees in the back yard that wandered in by themselves. I let them stay.
Anyway, I looked it up in my succulent book and found it is a relative of the other one.
I kind of figured that when I saw all of the kids on the edge of the leaves.
While I was re potting stuff this morning, Tessie wandered out to see what was going on.
When she saw the plant, she exclaimed, "Oh! Babies!". And for once she volunteered to help... Little did I know...
She was actually there to help herself.
She re pots them in tiny pots and keeps them moist. It takes a few weeks for them to really root and they don't mind being transplanted...
So for a while she has real plants in her townhouse or wherever she decides to place them.
When they "wear out", as she calls it, she gives them back to me and simply grabs a few more.
All she has to do is keep them moist and make sure that they are not standing on their little heads. She has real, live plants in her mini rooms.
The babies keep dropping for a while. All you have to do is remember to rotate the crops, so to speak. When they do root, they can be potted up or planted in the ground. Take your pick.
I just thought that you would like to know that you can have real, live plants. Not just those silly things that we make out of poly clay, paper and potpourri.
I am going back to take the pickle(pitch) fork away from her now. If I don't we may have tiny pots on every flat surface in the house. Maybe I should distract her with a cookie or two...
See you tomorrow.