How the Monster Deliciosa is doing.

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April 2013

This is the story of my Monstera Deliciosa. I received this very sad plant at the end of April 2013. There was a lot of dead stalks, leaves and it was just in very sad shape.

The plant was given an extreme trim. And the cuttings were put in a glass pitcher to root.

Cuttings rooting. may 2013

Cuttings rooting. may 2013

These cuttings spent maybe 2 months in water to see if they would root. Some of the cuttings just rotted instead of rooting, and the ones that were left did not have much to show for it, as far as roots go.

I had gotten a reasonable large plastic pot to plant these in. A small trellis was provided for some stability as this plant becomes more of a vine.

But the pot was so empty. So I planted some Morning Glories to climb the trellis and hopefully flower. They are just now coming to flower.

Early plantings in the monster pot. July 2013

Early plantings in the monster pot. July 2013

I also planted some scarlet zinnia. The hope was that these would come to flower this fall. Granted I am in California, so the likelihood that I will get flowers before it gets too cold, is great.

The original cuttings from the monstera deliciosa have started to grow. The leaves are not very big yet, but I am excited that they are growing. When the morning glories die back I will pull them so the baby monster can have more room.

 

 

 

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Wordless Wednesday

My own little giant redwood

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The coastal redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is one of the most magnificent trees. It has the potential to grow into the tallest tree in the world. This tree is also called California Redwood and Giant Redwood. This tree is on the endangered list, and has a limited range in which it is still growing natively.

I found it interesting that the temperate rainforest that was the original home of this tree is said to have stretched from coast to coast here in the US. Climate changes as well as other changes in the land has diminished this forest to a small part of California.

001There are nursery’s here in California that grow seedlings of this great tree. There is also a website that I found once, and seem to not be able to find again, that had pictures of these trees around the world. Places people have brought these trees to plant in the ground, or even as a potted plant.

I have been gifted with a sapling. Due to the fact I am in such a small space, and do not have a 1-5 gallon pot available now, I have potted it temporarily in a 2 liter bottle.

 

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This tree is something I feel would look good in any garden. In a pot, of if you have the luck of space, planted in the ground. I am hoping this year I can make the gift of this tree to family members.

There are websites that allow you to order this tree. If you have the space for a 5 gallon pot in your home, deck, porch, yard, please order one of these gentle giants, and try your hand at preventing it from disappearing forever.

*Update:

My temporary ‘pot’ was quickly out grown. I was given this lovely pot to replant the seedling in. It is looking great on my deck.

New Pot for my Sequoia