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Monday, July 22, 2019

Gardening - but I’m no expert

Hello
Some of our outdoor plants have really thrived this summer.
One is succulents

We have several pots of succulents and they all started this year  as little 2 inch or so plants
They’ve grown and multiplied in their pots.  
But this one grew the wrong way, according the online succulent experts. 
It has fallen and that can’t be corrected.  
However the leaves can be removed and may grow into more plants. 




After reading some online advice, we got some succulent-cactus potting soil and I started pruning.


The method I’m trying is to lay the leaves on a shallow bed of soil and keep them moist with a spray bottle. 
With patience,  some the ends will harden or change then they can be planted and should grown into their own plant.  
We will see!



Below are our zinnias, that I grew from seeds I saved from last years zinnias.  







So, i deadheaded a few of the tall zinnias and some short zinnias that were growing in one of those .50 Lowe’s pots and imhabe those spent flower heads drying.  
I’ll label them short and tall before I bag them up.  

I also cut off the dead tops of some other flowers in hopes their seeds will grow and bloom next year too.  



If anyone is wanting to try these methods,  I hope you’ll do online research and not just take my advice.  

Happy gardening everyone 🌱🌸🌻

22 comments:

  1. I had to replant my zinnia seeds this year so it may be Sept before I get blooms! But they will be welcome when they come!

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    1. I hope yours bloom soon. It’s nice that zinnias keep blooming as long as the weather doesn’t freeze

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  2. I think I need to get succulent soil and repot some of the ones given to me. I have one growing downward, too.

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    1. Jeff got our bag at Lowe’s for $4-5.
      Hope you get some babies.
      There is also an air method of propagating you might want to look into if you prefer not to buy soil at the beginning

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  3. Love your zinnias. Those are one of my favorites - just pretty old fashioned flowers.

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  4. Pretty plants. Right now I'm fighting off bag worms in my cedar trees. Talk about a nightmare.

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    1. I’ve been noticing bag worms in other trees around here, especially in the country.
      My children have fond memories of helping their step greatgranddad pull bag worms off cedar trees and then burning them.
      Bag worms are only fun for little kids I guess.

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  5. It really does work! My co-worker gave me some leaves from a plant like yours and told me to just throw them down on the dirt. I did and they really grew. The one I have is called "Ghost Plant". I love your zinnias. They are one of my favorites and I love growing them from last year's seeds like you did. They also come back up up where the seeds fall off.

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    1. I have some zinnias that that have reseeded themselves but our cold Oklahoma winters usually freeze the seeds too much I guess.
      The seeds are so easy to harvest.
      I’m going to look up Ghost Plant

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  6. I've tried to propagate my succulents in that way...it seems to work about half of the time.

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    1. The advice I read said it takes lots of patience. I’ll wait and i don’t know what all I do if all these succulents root. I’m hoping for 10%

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  7. Oh, how I hate succulents!! We bought a house last September and the owners used them for their business. Even our neighbors are happy we got rid of the ones in front. We have many more on our back slope to get rid of.

    As far as replanting...did this for my son's girlfriend who loves them...I just pulled off the babies and planted them in soil. They are doing fine. Reminds me of the time my mom was taking cuttings from her geraniums and just sticking them in the soil all 'improper' like. She turned to me and said, "Oh, just stick it in the ground and get over it", lol. So, I have been doing that ever since.

    Glad you like them Rhonda and hope they do well.
    blessings, jilly

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    1. Hi Jilly, I’m happy to hear from you and still miss your blog. Y’all bought a house? That’s great.
      My succulents couldn’t become nuisance as the won’t survive an Oklahoma winter if left outdoors.
      My son uses that method with sweet potato vine and his do great. I have to put my cuttings in water and wait for roots until replanting them.

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  8. Your zinnias are gorgeous! You are quite the gardener!

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    1. Thank you, but I really don’t know what I’m doing. These plants have just thrived this summer and I’m so glad.

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  9. Gardening is sometimes just trail and error. Your methods sound great. My zinnias haven't bloomed yet so I love looking at yours!

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    1. Thank you, I hope your zinnias decide to bloom. I check your free kindle book list everyday.

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  10. Love those zinnias I need some of those for the wedding....

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    1. I’d happily share them if you were closer

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    2. Your zinnias are so pretty. With all our rain I never got any out this year. Hope your other plants grow. Gma could always start plants by putting in dirt. She had tons of violets started that way and Christmas Cactus.

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  11. I've done that with succulents only didn't keep them moist at all. Just let them dry out, lying on the soil. Then planted them and...they died! But I was just following the instructions I saw online, so who knows. Maybe keeping them moist will do the trick!

    Your zinnias are beautiful. I have to remember to plant them next year by seed.

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Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda