i have waxed poetic on many occasions about my love affair with brown sugar. not the sugar sugar. the exotic hibiscus, whose petals have luscious metallic glints. mmmmmmm…
she has grown into a queen of a bush. at least 7 feet tall and wide with huge glossy leaves. apparently she thrives in the dappled light under the oak canopy.
i cut a handful of smallish green-tipped branches, cut off the buds, and removed all of the lower leaves, then stuck 5-6 of the cut branches into a 6″ pot.
looked like this when i was done.
then i watered really good, placed the pot into a giant plastic bag, and set in bright indirect light.
the leaves look squashed in the photo, but i made some adjustments and they aren’t now. if my experiment works, the new cuttings will root in a few weeks. if not, the small prune job i did is really good for the plant and will produce more buds. i’m no genius. i learned all about this by watching THIS video!
if all goes well, i’ll do another follow-up post in a month or so. exotic hibiscus are notoriously difficult to propagate so We’ll See.
i also got busy with propagating fred ives and another graptoveria, moonglow. started by laying the leaves atop a thin layer of soil, but now i’ve moved them to an ice cube tray and am trying a water method i read about. if you try this yourself, let the leaf callous before sticking it into water!
earlier this year i rooted some cuttings of a christmas cactus (i carried home from dottie’s house in albuquerque) in water and it worked great. i was highly doubtful since i thought the water would rot the cuttings, but wonder of wonders it was a very speedy method!
let there be roots!
in other completely unrelated news, or perhaps slightly related, since gardens are involved. i went for a walk.
in a sea of grass.
in totally unrelated news, the last 2 audio books i’ve listened to have been unremarkable. here. let me warn you off of these:
exhibit a: idiotic
exhibit b: long-winded and annoying
hope your sunday is coming to a lovely end. i’ll just be here. drinking a nice cuppa tea and puttering around my patio until darkness falls. see you soon!
p.s. have you ever dreamed of living in a storybook cottage by the sea? me too!