Propagating My Alocasia Amazonica

It’s just a test. I found a little offshoot in the pot that was a few inches away from the mother plant. One of my cats has bitten off a piece of it πŸ˜“

I scooped it out with a spoon. Found some very thin roots on it as well as another offshoot growing from it.

Then put some clay pebbles in a pot (I forgot what they’re called!), mixed some potting soil, coarse compost and leaf mold, and put the soil on top of the clay pebbles. Then I deposited the baby plant in the middle and watered it. 😁

I don’t know if this is the right way to do it but I did pretty much the same thing with my alocasia frydek and that one is still alive two months later.

Baby alocasia amazonica
Please be alive tomorrow! 🀞

Finally flu-free!

I was sick for three days during which time, my husband took care of me, the house, and our eight cat-children while working from home.

When I finally emerged from my blanket cocoon, my caladium secretly grew two new leaves, my mushrooms have spawned and died and something has started eating my basil 🌿

Two new leaves on a caladium thai beauty

I find my caladium Thai beauty to be a bit fussy when it comes to sunlight requirements, but what keeps me motivated to take care of it (aside from its beauty hehehe) is that as soon as you cut off some dying/struggling leaves, it will start growing new ones a couple of days later πŸ’š

So basically, it isn’t as delicate as it appears to be πŸ˜‰

Oyster mushrooms, some dead, some aliveMy plants, my responsibility. My husband never told me to stop buying plants and has never complained that I have too many. So I let my mushrooms get neglected while I was sick.

It wasn’t a big deal though. I have 20 fruiting bags. 3 mushrooms died ( no worries they will grow back) but 4 mushrooms appeared on bags that didn’t have any before I got sick πŸ„

So all in all, it was still a good harvest 😁

Growing Sweet Potato Vine In Water

The problem with being a webmaster is that you know what seo is, and thinking about seo makes me feel like blogging is work!

So starting now, I’m going to ignore those thoughts and really just tell you the story of my life. Just kidding! Today I just want to tell you about these sweet potato vines.

I have this plastic pot next to the fridge. I had attached it to the wall before the fridge was moved next to it, and now that it’s there, I didn’t know what plants could survive there!

I had a bird’s nest fern there. The fridge generates quite a lot of heat and it’s also sometimes drafty in my kitchen. The pot is also about 6 feet from the east-facing window. Even though I put an eggcup with water there and sphagnum moss as well to keep the fern moist, the leaves just kept getting crispier until I had to remove it and it later died.

So I decided to try sweet potato! I propped up two sweet potatoes using bamboo barbecue sticks and added aquarium water and bam! The roots grew and keep on growing.

I actually saw a video on YouTube about a guy growing this in his aquarium and it looked great. Well, actually the roots looked great. I don’t know about you but I find roots fascinating and I love seeing roots behind glass, like in an aquarium or a glass pot.

The vines grow very fast! Look at these photos which are about 10 hours apart:

And later that day:

It’s been 15 days since I took those pics and I’ve pruned the plant a few times since then.

Some people have heart-shaped philodendrons, but I have heart-shaped sweet potato vines πŸ˜‚

I don’t know if I’m going to keep this, but since I don’t have a replacement plant yet, I’ll let it grow for now.