Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

One of the first gardening decisions of the year.

Posted Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 8:20 AM
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  • I made an indoor decision this morning while working in the greenhouse getting the furnace re-stocked with wood.

    A schefflera actinophylla (umbrella tree) that I have had so long that I can no longer remember how I got it, has been bumping the top of our 10' ceiling for over a year. The leaves were not getting good light up that far and I made the executive decision to make a 10' plant into a 6' plant.

    It actually looks better and is planted with a

    S. arboricola, a smaller version, with eaves that grow in tight clusters. This plant stays smaller but I have cut it back some as well.

    I have not had a lot of luck with propagating these cuttings, but I'm trying again. I took the very top 6", left two small leaved and plopped it in water until later today when I will put it in moist potting soil and put a plastic tent over it to hold in humidity.

    To live with us over 20 years, and have gone through at least three major moves, it has had to be tough. If you read up on these plants, they are supposed to suffer below 60 degrees and want a high humid environment. You guessed it. It has been in less than ideal conditions, but seems to like it.

    I am also rooting (attempting) a pineapple top from my smoothies. My luck with that has not been good either, but I suspect in both cases the failure is from lack of attention. They need to have moist soil but not wet and need to have high humidity.

    If I get success with either one, I will give them away at a garden club meeting. I have way too many inside as it is. Just a quick scan from my desk and I see at least 25 and the gardener in me drives me to propagate more, so many of these need to find a new home.

    Just like our kittens ;-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 6:49 AM
  • This year, will be our 3rd year for a garden, so we are still new at it. We were drawing out our plans of where we are planning to put everything. Normally, we just dig/till - plant - and cross our fingers. Today, we redid the plans since we learned about companion plants. (which we had no idea about before)

    We have about 10 jugs sitting on our picnic table from the "winter sowing". We are also going to try and grow some vegetables that we do not eat so we can donate them to others.

    We did about 10 cuttings from our holy tree and have them growing in tin cans until they are ready to plant. *crossing our fingers* Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with us this year so we can have a successful garden (unlike last year).

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Fri, Jan 4, 2013, at 1:05 PM
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