Just a little update.

I haven’t been very present on my blog. One reason is I haven’t had any internet at home and I don’t live close enough to town to just go sit at a food place and just hit off the wifi. I’ve also been putting stuff in storage for a move from Arkansas to Texas. I actually leave tomorrow morning! It’s going to be a nice new start down there. I should be posting more regularly once I get down there. I want to get back to three times a week. I did write several food blogs yesterday that I have scheduled to come out over the next several Wednesday’s. I’ll definitely have several gardening blog posts to do when I get to Texas for my Friday posts. Monday’s are going to be empty for awhile until I get my own place down there. That’s my kind of home decor day to share decorating idea’s. I also do thrift hauls on that day too. I have lots of blog posts planned for sure. I have lots of ideas and look forward to sharing them with you.

Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

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My Epiphyllum White NOID bloomed!

I’ve been growing several Epiphyllums that I got as cuttings for the past two or three years. One finally rewarded me with a bloom this year. I’m in love with this plant. Some people probably wouldn’t be as excited as me since it’s just a white flower and a NOID. Some people are plant snobs and only want named varieties for some reason. Being a named variety doesn’t make the plant more beautiful, just worth more as cuttings or started plants. White flowers are my favorite too, so that’s a plus! This one has grown into such a nice plant and looks like it’s pushing out a few more blooms. I should have more flowers next year I’m hoping since they are getting older.

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Much love & Many blessings!

-Jason

Kalanchoe pinnata

Family: Crassulaceae (Krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee)

Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee)

Species pinnata (pin-NAY-tuh)

Light: Sun to light shade

Water: Let dry between watering

 

Kalanchoe pinnata is a very easy plant to grow. You can propagate from cuttings or small plantlets that grow on the edge of leaves. Just lay a leaf on some moist soil and press the leaf into the soil. The whole bottom of the leaf should be in contact with the soil. Keep the soil moist and you will see little plantlets form on the edge of the leaf. They grow rapidly from these plantlets. I usually let them get a couple inches tall then separate. Kalanchoe pinnata also has health benefits. I haven’t tested any of these uses myself and I’m not responsible for any side effects. Everything with benefits also has side effects. There’s several things Kalanchoe pinnata can help with. Some of the things it helps with is kidney stones, wounds, inflammation, high blood pressure, and several other things.

 

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These are two I grew from plantlets on the side of leaves of my main plant. They were only a 1/2 inch tall in May when I placed them on soil. You can see how fast they have grown in just 3 month’s. If you have any more info let me know in a comment!

 

Much love!!!

-Jason-

Adenium obesum seedlings

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee)

Genus: Adenium (a-DEE-nee-um)

Species: obesum (oh-BEE-sum)

Light: Full Sun

Water: Let dry well before watering.

 

Adenium is one of the most interesting genus of plants out there. They are a blast to grow from seed and grow faster than one would think. The biggest ones pictured germinated around the end of May. I forgot to mark the germination date on these. I started them in full Sun. Mine get almost 9 hours of full Sun everyday the Sun shines. They are native to South Africa and Arabia. Most of the ones you buy at the big box stores are hybrids. They come in many flower colors and sizes. Adenium obesum is one of the larger species of Adenium. They form beautiful caudex bases of gnarly roots. It’s good to raise you plant every couple years when you re pot to show off the gnarly caudex. They like well draining soil and it’s best to add perlite or another product to help with aeration and drainage.

Growing Adenium from seed is easy and a blast. Fill you pot with your potting mix of choice (I make my own) and cover the seed with about a quarter inch of soil. Unless your sowing mini’s which need to be top sowed. That just means laying the seed on top of the soil without covering them. Give them a good watering and place in a sunny place. Give them as much Sun as possible. You can start them under grow lights also if you are starting them while it’s cold out. They germinate quite fast and are so cute to watch grow. Once you have a couple of true leaves you can start fertilizing with a very diluted fertilizer. The true leaves are the leaves that form after the two leaves the seedling germinates with. If you start them inside under lights or a window seal you need to transition them into full Sun slowly. Moving them too fast into the full Sun with toast them. I hope you give them a try. I order my seeds off Ebay from Thailand and had great germination rate. If you have questions please be sure to ask! Blessed Be!!

13781744_10153833781848437_6437729048934514461_nThis is my favorite one that germinated from the first batch which germinated around the end of May. He will be staying in my collection.

 

13754346_10153833782288437_5096003894448355785_nThis was from the first batch too. He has very pleasing growth. Very nice fat base.

 

13669128_10153833782463437_4469377098487187676_nFrom the first batch also. Has great shape also.

 

13669556_10153833782573437_8557611726150126374_nThis is from the first batch also. This one has more of a tall growth habit. Could be interesting when he gets older and is raised above the soil.

13669211_10153833782678437_8244981862546959028_nThis is from the first batch too. I’m keeping this one also.

 

13658920_10153833782743437_2014877277069330852_nFrom my second batch. These germinated around the end of June. They were sowed on June 23rd. It’s like a little Adenium forest!

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13882179_10153833782988437_1940021156659811853_nThese are from my third batch. They germinated around a week or so ago.

 

13680847_10153833783138437_4278253981558872714_nFrom the third batch. This is a view from the top of the picture before this one. I know the tag says June 23rd, but I just reused a tag from one pot that the some Adenium seeds I got from a friend didn’t germinate. It happens some times.

The ones planted together will get their own pots soon so their growth isn’t stunted.

Much love!!!

-Jason-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huernia schneideriana

Common name: Red dragon flower

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee)

Genus: huernia (hew-ERN-ee-uh)

Species: Schneideriana

Light: Bright indirect light to a couple hours of direct sun.

Water: Let dry between watering.

 

Schneideriana is a wonderful succulent in the asclepiadaceae family.
The growth is vining and a lovely green color. It has these bumps
almost like they want to have thorns, but they don’t. The flowers
are a dark gorgeous red about t he size of a nickle. Very easy care
plant that likes to dry out between watering. I let mine get wrinkled
sometimes during winter before I water them. I hang mine in an East
or West window during winter. They don’t like too much direct sun.
They are prolific growers and will fill a pot in no time. I find I
have to thin mine out almost every fall. I like to thin mine out
some because I think they grow better when they aren’t as crowded.
They are one of my favorite of the asclepiad’s.

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

Stetsonia coryne

Family: Cactaceae (kak-TAY-see-ee)

Genus: Stetsonia (stet-SOHN-ee-uh)

Species: coryne (ko-RY-nee)

Common Name: Toothpick Cactus

Light: Full sun to partial shade.

Water: Let dry between watering

Stetsonia coryne is a tree forming cactus from South America. Usually has a main trunk forming several side branches. They have a blueish color to their flesh. They have long spines which gives it the common name Toothpick Cactus. They like full sun to partial shade. How much a cactus needs depends on your environment. During the hot days of Summer they need regular watering. During Winter they should be kept dry and on the cooler side. In a cool room or greenhouse where they can get some needed rest. They should still get good light. I’ll do a more detailed post on plant care. They are beautiful plants.

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

Blog changes!

I’ve changed some stuff on my blog. The first thing I did was change the name from “DuckyLayne” to “Grow.Eat.Create.Love”. I’ve done this because I’m merging a couple blogs together to have less to keep up with. This will result in more posts here too. The name fits my life too. This has been my Instagram name for awhile now if you want to follow me on there. I’ll be merging this blog, my gardening blog, and art blog together. I’m trying to par down in everything in my life. I’ve got lots of big plans in the near future for this blog. I’m going to also start sharing recipes and DIY tutorials. I love to cook! I’m working on a way to make money while on the road so I can start traveling. I’m going to re do an old school bus to make it into a traveling home for me and my Basset Hound Lucy.

Much love!!!

-Jason-