Sunday, February 12, 2012

A case of rot

Here's a plant that was growing luxuriantly.
Unfortunately, upon closer inspection, the two original cutting were rotting. And all the new growth was sprouting off those cuttings instead of coming from the base of the plant.
So I cut the viable parts of the plant into cuttings
Unfortunately, the rot had spread up the midrib on most of the growth.
Once you lose the midrib the cutting will eventually die. I cut away as much of the plant as possible with brown midrib and threw it away. :( That means that unfortunately I lost about half of this plant. I would normally start a new plant with three or four cuttings together in a pot but in this case I am going to start each cutting individually so that if one cutting rots it will not spread to the rest of the new starts. Hopefully I can save this plant because it is a relatively rare variety called "Silverette." I hope to see it bloom some day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Swedish artist Carl Larsson

"Brother and Sister"
"Interior With Cactus"


Until the rain interrupted us, I put in a bit of time working at the arboretum epiphyllum house. There were a few blooms so I got a couple of pictures. "Anaconda" a nice large to extra-large bloom, and "Lollipop" size small. Lots of blooms on the "Lollipop" plant!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

February ESA meeting

Me Tarzan
Loretta Garcia's bouquet made from blooms of Prof. H. S. Irwin