Trading Post

I recently (about two months ago!) ended up trading plants with fellow bloggers/tweeters/plant fanatics, all because of a single tweet. I'm going to not identify the sources because I don't want to be the cause of inundating their inboxes with trade requests, although if you really look stalkerishly hard, you'll be able to guess who traded with me, probably.

Anyway, on to the survivors of the trades! Only three plant units didn't make it (units, because they were either groups of unrooted cuttings or single unrooted cuttings--none of what died were full "plants" yet), and I consider that a huge success.

Stapelia gigantea or grandiflora? I guess I'll know when it flowers! Maybe. Someone will know which species it is when it flowers, whether that be me or a reader!

Stapelia gettleffii

Monanthes subcrassicaulis, labeled as from Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco. Gotta love a plant with pedigree!

Haworthia cooperi var. truncata

Haworthia mirabilis

Ceropegia woodii was acclaimed as a "weed," which I love and always assume to mean "easy to propagate." Not necessarily true--I lost two unrooted cuttings, and these tiny bits are my last attempt at getting this plant to grow. My first mistake was keeping them too wet. My second was not sticking each node directly into the soil. I rectified that using twisty ties to hold down the plant material close to the soil (I'm not sure if you can see it--I removed the waxy paper coating and shaped the wire into U-shapes, pushing it into the soil on the internodal area of the vine). We will see whether this new, actually researched method provides me with a growing plant in the future.

The Gasteria liliputiana is holding on, but not exactly flourishing.

Both Coralluma schweinfurthia and C. piranthoides died with little ceremony. They were like "Um, what? No. Death." I had given up on Ceropegia woodii when I took this photo, but then I upgraded the plant to "not yet dead" when I researched propagation methods and repotted it.

Cissus quadrangularis

Plectranthus amboinicus, or "Mexican thyme," among many other names, but that is the one I learned in Master Gardener class, and that is why I was excited it was thought to be a good plant to share with me! It can be used culinarily, particularly for meat dishes, to replace herbs such as oregano or thyme. I'm thinking pasta sauces, lasagna, and other tomato-based dishes.

Agave desmettiana?

Selenicereus chrysocardium had been rooted prior to shipment and started growing a new leaf almost immediately upon its arrival at The Indoor Garden(er)'s abode.

Aloe "Dorian Black." There's some debate over whether this is "Doran Black" or not, but because one of my Dungeons & Dragons friend's character's name is "Dorian" and he's black, I'm going with "Dorian Black" for the double meaning and the win! Take that, botanical taxonomists! (My friend's character is an elven druid, if you want to know; his last character was Dorian's twin brother, Devin the ranger, but my first character [I'm on my third already, because mine ended up meeting untimely fates] accidentally killed Devin [who was being "grappled" in the mouth of some sort of dragon creature] by shooting an arrow accidentally into his face. Dorian still doesn't know this, and when my character, Komhuus, went crazy from some mystical disease, ran off, attacked some huge swamp creature, and was killed, Dorian performed burial rites for him. My friend feels abused that his character doesn't know he treated his twin brother's killer so kindly, but all of the other characters who would have known details of Devin's death have also died at various times, so Dorian has no way of learning that information--except through Komhuus, who was brought back to life by the gods, along with a few other characters [but not Devin], for some reason or another at some climactic point in the story line. But Komhuus ain't sayin' nothin'. He just wants to bake muffins. Mmm... Muffins...)

Stapelia gigantea

Yucca guatamalensis

The Synadenium grantii is doing alright--it lost a lot of leaves in transition to my care, but they are growing back. The variegation on the new leaves isn't coming in fully yet (see the larger leaf on the left with purple patterning).

Chlorophytum "Fire Flash"

Hatoria salicornioides is surviving and will soon be thriving, is my hope!

Iresine herbstii "Blazin' Rose" started dropping leaves out of the box, but I figured it must have been a rough trip for the plants, and I expected some leaves to be jostled off during transit. But then little Irene didn't stop losing leaves. It's still alive (and more bare), but new leaves are growing, if slowly, so...

This is not what Pilea depressa is supposed to look like. But it does. I was sent a huge load of cuttings, but they aren't faring well with me. I had originally tried rooting them in the same glass as the Salvia elegans, which ended up going all black and rotty, so I wanted to get P. depressa out of there. Although they were dropping leaves, most stems had some roots, so I stuck 'em in dirt and hoped for the best. If this is that, then I fear for the rest of my 124 plants.

I'm less concerned about the eventual survival of the Plectranthus "Mona Lavender," another plant that lost most of its leaves directly after I received it. The leaves aren't nearly the size of the original cuttings unpotted cuttings, but I am going on the hypothesis that this happens when cuttings are taken, shipped, and rooted in a completely different environment.

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4 Responses to Trading Post

  1. WOOT-WOOT what a plant swap score : ) Look forward to the blooms : ) Annie

  2. Nice. I think I can guess the source of a few of those, especially since there's only 1 place I've heard of some of them!

  3. Pilea depressa hasn't propagated well for me either, though it was very easy in the greenhouse at work, so it has to be a heat/humidity/light issue of some kind, is my thinking.

    My Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' died within the last couple months; I repotted it, and it apparently didn't like that.

  4. I'll be sure to @ you on Twitter when some of these flower, Annie!

    Andrew, you must have looked stalkerishly hard? No...? Oh. Well, yeah, I guess it's pretty easy to ascertain.

    Mr. S, I'll try sticking a bag or bottle bottom over the pot or something. That might help! I saw Nature Assassin's post for today, and it seems appropriate.

    I saw some Plectranthus "Mona Lavender" in a woman's yard yesterday. I had biked out to her place to get Canna musifolia bulbs, and she gave me a brief tour of her garden; at the end, I saw a tiny flowering plant that looked oddly familiar--it was Mona! But the leaves were not nearly as large as the ones on the cuttings I received--they were about as large as the ones I have growing in right now. If I keep these babies alive, let me know if you want any more.



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