Sunday, May 31, 2009

How to Propagate String of Bananas

I have planted String of Bananas with some of my succulents. These plants that look like green bananas just grow really fast that most of them are touching the ground from hanging on top of my outdoor plant stand. A String of Banana is about 3 feet long! These are a couple of the "strings" that I cut to propagate. I usually pick the ones with roots. Use a garden shear to cut them - they are really easy to cut.
Can you see the root on this "string"?
Make sure you plant the rooted cutting with the root going in the planting medium. I'm using a regular potting soil.
I have two pots of string of bananas from just a couple of cuttings that I took - here is one. Keep watering the cuttings and these will root in about 2 weeks (unless the cutting has roots just like the ones I have).

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gladiolus in Bloom

Justify Full Last year, I planted these gladiolus in smaller containers but didn't do well. This year I transplanted them in bigger containers and it's their first time to flower. These flowers are in tall spikes (about 2 1/2 feet) that some started to bend and break. I think it's wise to stake them. I have purple, yellow, and orange - I have more spikes coming out but still not sure what colors they are.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cacti Blooms

This one has a tiny yellow flower.
The flower bud on this cactus has not bloomed yet - it's a nice yellow flower when it opens.
Same as this one - tiny yellow flowers.
This one too hasn't bloomed out yet. This one has pinkish flowers.
Another yellow-flowering cactus.
And this one has pink flowers around it.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Seeds from New York Trip

And I was able to bring home these seeds from a garden store in New York. I found these pumpkin seeds that claim they'd get big to up to 500 lbs! Packet says 7 seeds but I'm lucky to have nine. I'm also starting to collect all sorts of sunflowers so I'm trying this one called apricot twist and is pollenless.

And by the way, Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Plants from New York Trip

So I was able to take home a couple of nice plants that passed security at the airport. Well, I wasn't carrying anything illegal but also I wasn't sure if bringing plants in the plane is not allowed - esp. as a carry on. Some of the plants here were from my cousin's yard (she has a huge yard!) and some from her neighbor's who were so into gardening like myself!
Seedlings of Hellebores
Maple tree seedling
A cutting from a rooted Forsythia (I love it's yellow flowers!)
A cutting from a rooted Lilac bush

We almost drove to Rochester, NY for the annual Lilac Festival. But I'm still happy I have my own lilac now. You won't believe how fragrant the flowers of this purple lilac. I am so excited to grow and can't wait to see my own fragrant lilac flowers!