I’m sorry, I just had to get these out of my head. Enjoy the rest of your day!
Here’s a time lapse of this drawing. It took a couple of hours to draw, using an iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate.
I didn’t think my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen” would bloom this year. But while checking the leaves for pests, I noticed a nice and large flower umbel well hidden underneath the leaves. I’ve never seen so many flowers on a Hoya before. I didn’t know they were fluffy, either. Turns out they have a very faint scent of chocolate.
I reanimated my old iPhone 6 just to take these photos with the macro lens I bought specifically for this phone, so the quality of these images isn’t great. I just wanted to see my Hoya flowers up close. The Hoya cumingiana photo turned out pretty well, I think. They look like little shooting stars.
I came in contact with the lady I traded Hoya cuttings with last summer and she told me, she lost 25 plants to soil mealy bugs in winter. I ended up giving her cuttings from the plants she gave me (+ more to kickstart her collection again) and she gave me more Hoyas I didn’t already have. She did give me something to think about as well. Maybe there was a reason why some of my plants grow so slowly.. so I unpotted all of the succulents that grew too slowly (in my opinion) and has been in contact with the cuttings she gave me. Time for a root check!
I didn’t find any bugs, aside from the occasional pot with springtails, but my Euphorbia obesa has something odd going on. There are no feeder roots! That’s probably why it hasn’t grown that much since last winter. It looks like a lot of the feeder roots on my Pseudolithos have died off, too. I still have some rooting hormone gel lying around from last time I propagated my Hoyas, so I’m going to use that to try and provoke new root growth. I mean, it can’t hurt that much, can it?
I included a bonus pic of my date palm. It’s growing slowly, but there’s nothing wrong with it. It just really looks like a leek now.
So my Cotyledon tomentosa outgrew its pot only a couple of months after I last repotted it. It’s now growing in the biggest pot I could find – a 20 cm wide terra-cotta pot.
It loves the amount of sun it’s getting right now. The little Bear Paw finger tips are glowing red and the plant itself acts like a fast growing weed.
I’ve been looking for more fast growing hanging plants since I set up a trellis for my Philodendron brasil and moved it to a different spot. It didn’t take long to find its replacement. My local garden center has a pallet full of Satin Pothos mini plants, so obviously I bought 3 and planted them together. I can’t place them on top of my cabinet just yet, because they wouldn’t get enough sunlight. Right now they work well as a decoration for my living room table until the vines grow long enough.
I was having problems with the round trellis for my Hoya cumingiana because the vines are too stiff to properly wrap around the metal wire. It looked like a hot mess, so I carefully removed the trellis and let all of the vines hang loose. I had no idea how long the vines were! When I stretch them out, they can reach the bottom of my window sill, hanging from the top of the window.
The plant doesn’t look like it suffered too much from being unwrapped, but it did lose a few leaves here and there. The almost naked parts of the vines is the result of a couple of spider mite infestations. Luckily, I haven’t seen any spider mites since fall.
Now it’s easier to appreciate the flowers, too!
Not much to say. These flowers are amazing! 🌸
This gorgeous Philodendron Brasil almost reached the floor from the top of my 180 cm cabinet and the leaves were getting smaller in size. I’ve heard that they get bigger when wrapped around a tall trellis. This coconut pole is only 50 cm tall, but the plant looks like it was made for it. I’m really glad I found this plant last year. It’s a fast growing, hardy, inexpensive plant with gorgeous, multicolored leaves. There really is nothing bad to say about it!