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Rotting roots… or how to escape destiny ;-)

January 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm

wilted houseplant due to excess watering, rotting of the rootsIf you grow plants, sooner or later (usually sooner) you’ll have to learn how to cope with the diseases that plague them. Most often, diseases afflict those flowers which are living in unfavourable conditions i.e. ones that significantly differ from those in their natural habitat. Of all the infections that may occur in your plants, the most dangerous one is the rotting of the roots.

Dracaena Lemon Lime

November 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

dracaena lemon limeThe colours which surround us reportedly have an effect on our mood. The colour green is said to relax and calm us down. In addition, light green is supposed to give us a shot of optimism on account of its association with spring and new lives being born. If this is true, it means that the Dracaena Lemon Lime, with its lively light green foliage, is an ideal plant for anyone who wants to bring a bit of happiness into their home 🙂

Cuttings of leaves with petioles – plant propagation

September 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm

leaf cuttings - whole leaf with petioleThe name of this method practically says it all. It involves whole leaves torn off the mother plant along with their petioles (stalks) to serve as cuttings. It is a very popular way of propagating the african violet.

Phalaenopsis orchid, Moth orchid

September 3, 2016 at 5:27 pm

phalaenopsis orchid, moth orchid, phalThe moth orchid (phalaenopsis) is one of those cult house plants which almost everybody knows. A real, beautiful queen among indoor plants that can bloom in any season of the year. Not a very demanding queen.

Leaf section cuttings – plant propagation

July 23, 2016 at 11:39 am

propagation - leaf section cuttingsOnly a few house plants can be propagated with cuttings of leaf fragments. One of them is sansevieria trifasciata (the Snake plant), which I have already written about elsewhere on this blog.

Dracaena Compacta, Compact Dragon Tree

July 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

Dracaena CompactaDue to its stylish appearance suiting modern apartments Dracaena Compacta is one of the most well loved houseplants. According to many popular views it is also a plant that is quite easy to grow. Unfortunately, popular views are not always true, as I found out for myself when wondering for a long time why my dracaenas looked so miserable 😉

Stolons with plantlets – plant propagation

May 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

plant propagation - stolons with plantletsStolons (also called runners) are horizontal above ground plant stems which start to root and to form a new plant at the place where they touch the ground. Stolons of some plants (like for example the spider plant) grow upwards, then bend over slightly and produce little young plants, called plantlets, at their tips. After touching the soil, the plantlets take roots and become independent from the mother plant.

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum

May 1, 2016 at 2:46 pm

Flowers of the peace lilyThe Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) is a delightfully unique flower with beautiful green leaves and very decorative white flowers. I am not sure where its common name came from, but I know that it depicts exactly what you can experience while looking at it – overwhelming peace and joyful tranquility.

Tip cuttings – plant propagation

April 10, 2016 at 2:02 pm

plant propagation - tip cuttingsPropagation with tip cuttings is one of the most frequently used methods of house plant propagation. This way you can reproduce most house plants with forking shoots or branches on which many leaves grow. Therefore you will NOT use this method on grassy plants, ferns, succulents, or plants with single leaves growing from the soil.

African violet, Saintpaulia

March 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm

African violets in pots, saintpaulias

Do you like the spring and seeing the flowers bloom? Thanks to the African violet it will be spring in your home all year round.