Progress and New Plants

WARNING! This post has A LOT of pictures…If you’re using data on your phone, be careful. Proceed!

Day 23 on Cup Radishes and Day 19 Windowsill Radishes:

The radishes in the cups are doing well. They aren’t leggy and are growing their third leaves. These pictures are actually about a week old, but that’s okay. I just haven’t had the time to post the pictures and I’ve been busy with other things lately. I’m just getting around to doing all the things I’ve had to put off because of work and health.

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The windowsill radishes were starting to look leggy after I took this picture, so I started to mound the soil around the stems to protect them a bit better. I actually got the mounding idea from Charm City Balcony Garden. So a big shout out and thank you to her for the information I got from her videos about her radishes. I was inspired by her videos to try to grow my own radishes indoors.

As for my other veggies, they are doing really well, especially the green onions, which have grown so large that I needed to prop them upright with something so they would stop falling over.

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My cilantro is doing alright, I suppose. It still looks leggy to me. Some of the cilantro’s leaves started curling and drying out. So I started pulling out those ones to leave more room for the ones that are doing well. Since they were starting to bend too much towards the light, I removed them from the kitchen table (which faces the south), and I moved them into the bedroom that has a north facing window. I also moved my parsley to the same window hoping that they would become less leggy. I’m not too sure why they are so leggy, maybe it’s because I had gave them too much sunlight after they germinated. I read the other day that if you grow something to eat its leaves, it should be in a bright location but not direct sunlight. This is one reason why I moved them into the northern facing bedroom.

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As for the garlic, ginger, and bell peppers, they are looking really well. I actually found a surprise in one of the tins the other day. Another bell pepper seed germinated and now there are four in each tin. Once they get a bit bigger and their stems are stronger, I’m going to pot them into a bigger pot. Probably two in one pot that’s a bit bigger. That, or I might plant each one into a Tim’s cup. I haven’t decided yet. I’ll have to do some more research before I make a final decision about it.

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So that’s an update on all the things I’m growing. Now for an update on the plants that I bought and the latest editions. The first flowers I bought were potted gerbera daisies, but it didn’t stop there. The day after I bought those, I went back and bought Primulas and African Violets.

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My Primulas lost all their flowers, but there’s still leaf growth. The African Violets are still blooming and there’s lots of new leaf growth, but some of the flowers are getting dry ends and almost becoming papery. I’m not sure why. I thought it was because of the chlorine in the water, but I left it out for more than 24 hours before I watered the plant. I started using filtered water instead of chlorine and I don’t have them in direct sunlight. They are sitting on a table just under my window so they are still getting bright light, but indirectly.

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Here’s a picture of what’s happening to some of the flowers…

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Here are my latest additions to my indoor paradise. When I was first researching about plants for the home that help clean the air and are easy to clean, I came across one called the Wandering Jew (a.k.a Inch Plant). The colors on it are magnificent. Green, purple, and silver leaves…what’s not to love? I searched online for places to buy this, but I couldn’t find it, so I gave up. However, a few weeks ago I went to another nursery that’s a bit farther from my place and I found a full basket of it. I fell in love with it instantly, but I couldn’t remember where I had seen it before. After searching online, I re-discovered the Wandering Jew and called back to buy it as there was only one left. However, it was the last one and someone else had bought it. So, I went back to the nursery near my house feeling down and thought the greenery and color would cheer me up. I was looking at the very back of the store, where I had never been before and found small cuttings of the very plant I had been looking for! I was so elated that I picked one up immediately and it was much cheaper than the hanging basket! (More money for other plants, right?)

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The latest addition to my indoor paradise are some plants called: Purple Passion, Persian Shield, Turtle Vine, and Hedera Ivy. The Purple Passion plant gave me a bit of grief the morning after I brought it home because I noticed these tiny bugs on it. After doing some research I realized that they were aphids, so I had to find a way to get rid of them myself. I read just get a spray bottle and fill it with water and one squirt of hand soap (not dish washing soap, but hand soap) and spray it. They didn’t really seem deterred by this, so I had to resort to using a Q-tip and taking each of the bugs off by hand and then washing them down the sink. I had to do this for a couple of days before the plant looked like it was bug free. I’ve been keeping my eye on it and so far so good. I hope those aphids don’t come back.

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Another purple plant I picked up is one called the Persian Shield. It’s not from Persia, it’s from Myanmar (Burma). It’s another really beautiful plant with purple colored leaves. This plant likes humidity though, so I’ve been sleeping with my humidifier on every night as this plant is in my room. I also run my humidifier in the evenings when I’m doing some work on the computer or just relaxing in my living room where the rest of my plants are.

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The next plant I picked up was a really cute little plant with these tiny little leaves that have a purple sheen to them. This plant is called Turtle Vine. It’s also a plant that likes to grow long like the Spider Plant and Wandering Jew. I couldn’t resist, it’s cute and it has purple shiny leaves. What’s not to love? I think I just have an obsession with purple and vine-like plants.

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The last plant I got was Hedera Ivy, I actually got two. A 4 inch pot and one in a tiny 2.5 inch pot. Originally, I put the tiny one in my rabbit’s bedroom, but after reading they like humidity, I moved it into my room on my vanity table. I don’t know why, but there’s just something about long trailing plants that I absolutely love, especially ivy. I love that it can be used to decorate archways in the garden or fences or whatever you want, really. There’s lots of new tiny growth starting on all my plants, except the Purple Passion. The leaves are a bit droopy. I think it might have taken a beating from the small infestation of aphids, but I’m keeping my eye on it.

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My house is full of plants right now, I don’t think I’ll be able to buy any more for a while. Especially since I know that I can propagate all the trailing ones and even the African Violets. I have a lot of Spider Babies on the mother plant right now, and I’m thinking of selling them on Kijiji eventually. I’d like to get most of them planted and rooted before I even start selling them. Anyways, cheers to all you fellow gardeners and good luck with your own gardens!

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