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The Sulcorebutia rauschii exploded with growth

Maybe it was the new pot or maybe it happened because I started to fertilize. But the Sulcorebutia rauschii exploded with growth in spring and especially here in summer.
I love this one because of its color and because they grow in big clusters, filling out the entire pot in no time. A couple of years ago I saw one in a garden center labeled as “rare cactus”. The cluster was just about the size of mine and it cost DKK 300 ($40). I bought mine as a mini-plant with only one head for DKK 25 ($3) in 2017. I’m glad I didn’t buy it back when I first saw it.

Hoya flowers on a rainy day

This week is going to be rainy and windy with pretty much no chance of sun. My Hoyas gave me something nice to look at, now that I can’t go outside on my walks – 2 huge flower umbels on my Hoya carnosa “krimson queen”, 3 umbels on my Hoya cumingiana and 5 on my Hoya bella. When I wake up in the morning, my living room smells like all sorts of candy mixed together.
The cumingiana and bella have both been blooming constantly for the last couple of months, developing new peduncles as the old ones fall off.

Plant haul

I was just looking for a small, hanging Monstera adansonii, but ended up with three gorgeous plants. From left to right: a hybrid Caladium bicolor, Monstera adansonii ‘Monkey Mask’ and a Hoya ‘Lisa’.
At least I found what I was looking for, right?
I’ve never grown Caladium before, so this will be a bit of a challenge. Caladium bulbs send out these colorful leaves every spring and summer and die off in fall. Then you never know if you killed it or if the bulb just went dormant. When repotting this plant, I found multiple bulbs in the soil. I’ve seen one bulb sold for DKK 300 ($40) in several stores and online. I bought 4 bulbs for DKK 70 ($9), so this rainy day just got a lot more colorful!

My Hoya retusa is doing great!

I didn’t actually think the Hoya retusa I bought was going to survive. When I bought it, the leaves were shriveling up and the vines looked like they were going to dry out. I repotted it, changed the soil and gave it light from my south facing window and it sprung to life! Now the vines are attaching themselves to everything they can grab, including the sting I used to hang it up.

I keep forgetting to water this Hoya, so the soil is bone dry for maybe a week or two before I water again. I guess this one can handle that. It’s thriving on neglect.

It’s happening! My seed grown Euphorbia obesa is blooming!

I think I induced blooming on my 4 year old Euphorbia obesa by fixing its roots a month ago. The feeder roots had completely disappeared, so I dipped the bare tap root in rooting hormone gel. I kept watering, but left it alone without checking if the roots grew back.
I think the plant is doing well. Only a couple of weeks after the treatment, I saw little flower buds appear on the newest growth!
These are my Euphorbia obesas first ever flowers. They’re tiny and not completely developed yet. I’ll make sure to post again when the rest of the buds bloom.
You can tell from the shape of the flowers that this plant is female.

This delicious Aloe vera goo

I accidentally burned the inside of my mouth and the pain and redness kept me awake for the last couple of nights. Then I remembered a cool way to use my Aloe Vera plant. Did you know you can eat Aloe vera goo? As long as you have an edible version of the plant and the goo is perfectly clear, it’s safe to eat. Yellow goo will cause all sorts of stomach problems, so make sure to check it properly.

I cut off one of the plump leaves, put it in the fridge for an hour to chill it and then removed the green skin, leaving a nice gooey filet on the cutting board. Taking a bite of this chilly snot filet is a feeling you don’t get anywhere else. It tastes like nothing, but I still couldn’t bring myself to swallow it. It did calm down my burned mouth for a while. I don’t know if it will aid in the healing process, but it couldn’t hurt to try.

Next time I’ll probably use the goo in a smoothie. This is way cheaper than buying a flask of pure Aloe Vera drink, too.

Adenium obesum, 4 months old

This is a different seedling than the one I showed you last time. I pruned the top and two branches popped out. It seems to be progressing faster than the other seedlings and it’s fatter than most of them, too.
I have to change the soil fairly often because the fertilizer I’ve been giving them, makes algae thrive like crazy. I may need to try a different one.