Plant(s) of the Week

This week I thought I would do something a little different. Last summer one of my boys convinced me to buy a small aquaponic kit. It didn’t take a lot of convincing – a little fishy in the tank and yummy herbs up top? Well, starting herbs from seed in the little pots of rocks didn’t work out so great; and the few things I tried as plants with roots didn’t think it was the best either. My opinion is most herbs just aren’t aquatic, and I probably need to get larger plants from a nursery this summer if I really want a basil or something to do well. I wasn’t willing to give up, however, so I’ve been trying out houseplants. The spider plant really likes being in the water. The Christmas cactus in the back is making little roots, but I’m not sure how it will do long-term. The latest experiment is with the crassula. It wasn’t happy about the chilly kitchen window, so I pinched off a decent sized segment and put it in one of the grow pots. So far, so good! I added a grow light over this area a few weeks ago (mostly for the pepperomia, but also for the herbs which didn’t make it). The tomato can with spider plant has been moved into my bathroom – I switched it with a dumb cane that wasn’t doing so great in there. Anyhow, don’t let what something is “supposed” to be for stop you from trying something different!

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