Field notes — July 23, 2021

String of turtles, Irena

Irena with a too-small cache pot
  • Soil: moist; pot is heavy (last watered 3 days ago)
  • Light: 713 FC at 10 a.m., from the office window
  • Longest strand: 17 cm; that is 4 cm growth since purchase just over a month ago!
  • Number of strands: 12 notable strands (including branches), with more branching; up from 9!
  • Largest leaf: 12 mm wide (no change)
  • New growth: Yes! So many new little strands branching and little nodules that I think leaves will form from where strands have grown
  • Signs of pests: none
  • Signs of care issues: none!
  • Other care: Irena now lives with other succulents on the window ledge of my home office

Tradescantia fluminensis, Lorraine

New spot at the window; likely temporary location
  • Soil: dry; watered today; last watered 12 days ago
  • Light: moved from 5 FC at 10 a.m. on dining room plant shelf to 65 FC dining room window today
  • Longest strand: 7 cm from soil to base of leaves; 1.5 cm growth since June 27
  • Signs of pests: none
  • Signs of care issues: none new

Variegated wire vine, Anita

  • Soil: dry; watered today; last watered 7 days ago
  • Signs of pests: none
  • Signs of care issues: several leaves dropped; I think it may need more frequent watering. I should probably use filtered water too; I used tap water for convenience

Plants. Plants. Plants. Oh my god, plants.

In the modified words of Liam Kyla Sullivan:

Let’s get some plants.
Let’s get some plants.
Let’s get some plants.
Let’s get some plants.

Maybe I got too many? I mean, this whole weekend was all about

Plants.
Plants.
Plants.
Oh, my God, plants.

Like, I:

  • brought my humidifier to the dining room and set it up for the plants. And then my essential oil diffuser (sans oils).
  • checked root systems, removed crunchy leaves/rotting roots, and repotted soleirolia soleirolii, aloe vera, divided oxalis, pothos props, spider plant props, kalanchoe props, and string of dolphin props into terra cotta pots to improve evaporation rate of water
  • repotted calathea lancifolia and philodendron brasil into custom planter pots to fit inside wall-mounted cachepots
  • moved plants around to desired light/humidity areas
  • started eleven other plant-bio stories (since I was already researching ideal light, humidity, and soil conditions, I noted them down and filled out some other bio areas, including capturing photos for most plants)
  • went out to by glass covers for soleirolia soleirolii, salaginella, and calathea ornata (but calaethea ornata didn’t quite fit the container I bought it and might not really need it, so OK for now)
  • searched amazon to order: humidifier, humidistat, activated charcoal for eventual terrarium for salaginella, yellow sticky paper to trap infesting insects, 3-in-1 moisture/light/pH soil meter (surprise! Husband already had just the one I wanted! And he gave it to me.)
  • determined there are spider mites on my jade; treated it and the nearby-sitting string of turtles with a pray bottle of rosemary essential oil + water; moved them to isolation (they should have started in isolation; will know that for future purchases)
  • added cinnamon to wounds on leaves to promote healing (will it work? Recommended by a friend. Excited to see.)

Plants.
These plants rule.
These plants suck.
These plants rule.
These plants suck.

I love them. They are amazing. I hate them. My obsession is killing me. I have no thoughts, no life, except:

Plants.
Plants.
Plants.
Oh, my God, plants.
These plants rule.
Having few plants sucks.
Having not enough plants sucks.
Not buying even one plant that I want sucks!

I also researched more plants to buy. I didn’t… I only added to my online shopping cart in three local stores…

I think you have too many plants.
Shut up!
I think you have too many plants.
Shut up!
I think you have too many plants.
Shut up!
I think you have too many plants.
Shut up!

But… I might have too many plants. They’re all I could think about this weekend. But I’m also happy. So shut up!

Stupid boy.
Stupid boy.
Let’s get some plants.
Let’s party.

Husband is indulging me after years of denying me plants.
I am buying so many.

These plants are three hundred dollars.
These plants are three hundred dollars.
These plants are three hundred fucking dollars.
Let’s get ‘em!

I mean, aren’t they beautiful? I also watched several hours worth of YouTube videos about plants. And rare plants. And plant care. And plant trends.

Um…your room runs small. I don’t think your plants are gonna fit.
I mean, these plants are kinda big.

So I’ll just stick them on more walls! I can put them on the floor — just walk around them! More shelves! More hanging pots! More! More Moooaaaar!

Oh.
Oh.
Oh.
Oh, by the way betch,
FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
FUCK YOU
plants
those plants are mine betch
betch
betch
gimme those fuckin’ plants betch
betch
betch
betch
betch

Hello, String of Turtles

Welcome to my house, little one! Your neighbourhood is in the dining room on an IKEA KALLAX shelf with other succulents, but I may decide to move you closer to the humidifier.

Trailing plant with circular, turtle-shell patterned leaves in a small plastic pot.

Let’s get to know you

  • Binomial name: Peperomia prostrata
  • Given name: Irena
  • Native to: Brazil
  • Bought June 16, 2021 at Terra Plants & Flowers
  • Grown in Canada
  • Original pot (current): 2.5 inch, plastic

Field notes–June 17, 2021

  • Soil: not quite dry at the top (touched with finger)
  • Longest strand: 13 cm
  • Number of strands: 9
  • Largest leaf: 12 mm diameter
  • Signs of pests: sticky cottony substance on one leaf (probably mealy bugs). Removed with hands, dabbed area with cotton swap and rubbing alcohol.

Research notes

  • Light: bright, indirect
  • Soil type: loamy, moist, mostly organics like peat (unlike most succulents)
  • Soil pH: neutral to acidic
  • Water: slightly moist during growing season, let dry out between watering; soak and dry during winter
  • Humidity: yes, as long as water doesn’t stay on leaves
  • Temperatures: cool, 20 to 23 degrees Celsius
  • Fertilization: growing season only, every 2 weeks, houseplant fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Repotting: springtime, refresh soil, prefer slightly root-bound so either prune roots or go up only one pot size
  • Slow grower: maturity in 3-5 years
  • Mature size: 12 inches
  • Common problems: overwatering (signs: wilt, “scabs” on leaves); mealybugs (signs: cottony stuff on stems or undersides of leaves); many leaves dropping due to temperature change or fertilizer issues
  • Propagation: snip below node, strip leaves close to node, plant at least one node below surface of potting mix or in water, place in bright indirect light. Potting mix: keep moist by misting. Lightly tug in a couple weeks to test resistance from developing roots–if there is resistance, treat as a normal plant. Water: replace once a week. In a couple months, when roots are a couple inches, transfer to pot and treat as normal.

Research sources: the spruceWorld of SucculentsSprouts & Stems