A friend gave me an avocado growing "kit" at the end of August as a housewarming gift. I loved it! Surprisingly, I have never grown avocado like this before and was excited about trying it out.
She had poked three small sticks evenly towards the top of the avocado seed with the biggest part of the avocado pointed down. This kind of looks like a medieval torture setup.... but she said it works and the seed feels no pain :) The seed was then placed on top of a mason jar filled with water so that the bottom of the seed was covered just a little bit.
This growing medium requires changing the water each day and waiting. Well, after about 2 weeks, I was kind of tired of changing the water every day and seeing no progress. So, I decided to plant the seeds in some dirt and see what happened. I left the top of the seed showing and waited. After about two weeks, I noticed the seeds splitting and one of them already had a shoot growing through the middle. Awesome!
The shoots are both about 4 inches tall now and they are ready for grown up pots!
I planted some Chaya clippings about a month ago and discussed the propagating method in a previous blog post. After noticing new leaves growing on almost all cuttings, I decided it was time to transplant the Chaya into their own pots since I had about 3-4 cuttings per pot to root. I plant in this manner because, typically, I have a couple of cuttings that do not develop roots when I propagate plants. But, every Chaya cutting rooted! Wow!
Here are all the plants after pulling them out of the pots.
Here is a close up of the root system. I can't believe these roots developed this fast!
Now I have 10 Chaya plants growing. I am not sure if we will be keeping all 10 plants since they become trees, but I am very happy with the 100% success rate here! Pretty soon we will have a huge supply of fresh Chaya leaves to add to our diet :)
I love propagating plants and very often have a bunch of pots with clippings that I am trying to root. This is a great way to get FREE plants :) I typically do not buy plants because I know how to grow them from a clipping or seed and because I am frugal.
A few weeks ago, I collected clippings of croton and firebush to propagate. The type of croton I was able to clip from has multicolored leaves that are twisted and it is a really neat variety. It has been a few weeks since I planted the cuttings and most of them were rooted. So, it was time to get the gardening gloves and shovel out! Most people would not think that this would be a fun way to spend their Labor Day holiday, but I love planting. Side note: planting is much much different from chopping bush!
We have really rocky soil and digging up the ground was tough. Only broke one shovel.... I planted about 20 croton plants, 15 firebush plants, and lots of purple oyster plants. I chose to plant the purple oyster plant because we have been unable to get grass to grow well, and every time it rains, dirt gets splashed onto the white walls. This is not very pleasant :(
The spot I chose for the firebush to be planted was right next to a petrea vine (queen's wreath) that was in full bloom and had lots of bees enjoying the sweetness. These bees did not like the noise from the shovel or me being so near to them and I think I ran away flailing my hands wildly approximately 40 times. I guess I just assumed they would consider me a part of their environment after a while. Luckily I did not get stung!
Here are some pictures of everything. Hopefully they will all grow well!
Theresa and Aaron
We have always dreamed of setting up a homestead that is self sustainable. This blog is dedicated to our journey getting there.