Thankfully, it happened--Spring, my favorite season filled with fresh growth and possibilities. Spring 2017 had a lot growing on. Here's a recap.
Full of Heart
In January this heart-leaf philodendron (a.k.a. monstera) came home from Paiko in a car cup holder. It looked fantastic in a mug.
With regular watering, more leaves grew. After repotting it later in January, this first slotted leaf unrolled.
When a shoot grew an exposed root, I cut the shoot and watched it thrive in water.
In May, the monstera's canopy of leaves attracted tiny bugs that I washed away with soapy water. The plant thinned and became weary from sun exposure, so I moved it to a shady spot in the living room.
No new leaves appeared until June after I fertilized it. Then there were three!
Most of the peace lilies at Glenn's Orchids in Waimanalo had flowers in March, but I purposely chose one with none.
I liked the challenge of getting it to flower. Thanks to water and fertilizer, flowers formed a month later and a few times since. With buds, doesn't this peace lily look like a swan?
I've read that it takes two years for an aloe plant to flower. This was true for one on my old balcony. I watched the yellow flower form in March, inching a centimeter higher each day. Once the tip matured, over a few weeks the flower slowly closed like an umbrella and withered from the bottom.
Meanwhile, the plant grew baby aloe plants called pups.
I transplanted the pups into small pots, kept two, and gave away the rest, including the parent plant.
When the sansevieria (snake plant) flowers, an intense gardenia scent perfumes the room at night.
Flowers are rare, but when the plant is stressed enough, it sometimes breaks into bloom. My plants bloomed in January and again in May.
New shoots grew during Spring.
And the plants grew so full that I thinned them out by taking cuttings. I'm waiting for these in water to root.
The tradescantia zebrina (a.k.a. Wandering Jew) cuttings rooted into hardy plants. I like how they spill out of their pot and branch out. This is my fastest grower.
All eyes now on what summer brings.
All photos are my own. © 2017
I'm Jade: a plant lover, plant mama, apartment dweller, and teacher living in Honolulu.
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