Monday, December 3, 2007

Jade Plant Experiment - Afterthoughts

Oy. Google ate my post. That was fun. Now to retype it all...

I failed big time. I knew it was going to happen. As I predicted, the summer heat would make me lose interest in this experiment. Ah, but, I know some are curious as to what happened after...


Team M

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 9.5" 10"
2. Hummel Sunset 10" ***
3. Gollum Jade Plant   9"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 8.5" 7.5"

***I gave away the jade plant when someone asked for it. Sorry 'bout that...

My conclusion? I think the recipe helped slightly. (Refer to measurements from first post) While Team M was catching up to its taller counterparts, it wasn't exactly a big improvement. I imagine if I were to run this experiment for five years, Team M would have a big advantage over the other team eventually. Would I do it? Very lazily.

Off-topic note, I do love how the fertilizer recipe has caused lots of buds on my thanksgiving cacti. The likelihood of me making the fertilizer for next year is very high and I may continue to water Team M just for the heck of it.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Update 9 - Jade Plant Experiment

I know, I know. I didn't do an update for July 15th. The heat and humidity in this area has become so smothering that I can't bring myself to step outside for very long. Any gardening has held very little interest for me right now. However, I was able to eek out this update though.

Jade Plant Experiment

Jade Plant Experiment

I can hear it now. "What is this mess that I'm staring at??" Severely unweeded jade plants. It's amazing how weeds pop up in the pots like that.

1st Measurements, 2nd Measurements, 3rd Measurements, 4th Measurements, and 5th Measurements.

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 9.5" 9.5"
2. Hummel Sunset 9.75" 8.25"
3. Gollum Jade Plant   8.5"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 8.5" 7.5"

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Update 8 - Jade Plant Experiment

I can't believe tomorrow will be July. Yikes. Everyone have a safe July 4th!

Well, here's the next update.

Jade Plant Experiment

Jade Plant Experiment

1st Measurements, 2nd Measurements, 3rd Measurements and 4th Measurements.

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 9" 9.25"
2. Hummel Sunset 9.75" 8"
3. Gollum Jade Plant   8.5"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 8.5" 7"

Friday, June 15, 2007

Update 7 - Jade Plant Experiment

Here comes the next Jade Plant update...

I'm thinking that maybe the mixture doesn't hurry along any new growth. I know I'm only halfway through the summer but I don't know. I imagine there's going to be seven or updates left (before we hit November.) so I don't know.

Jade plants

Jade plants

Friday, June 1, 2007

Random Jade Plants

Hobbit Jade Plant
Hobbit Jade Plant

Gollum Jade Plant
Gollum Jade Plant

Hummel Sunset Jade Plant
Hummel Sunset Jade Plant

Variegated Jade Plant
Variegated Jade Plant

Tossed up some extra pictures of the various Jade Plants I have.

Update 6 - Jade Plant Experiment

Hm, I'm kinda baffled by the measurements. A majority seems to be sitting still (too hot?) while one or two made a jump.

Jade Plant Experiment

Jade Plant Experiment

1st Measurements, 2nd Measurements, and 3rd Measurements.

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 9" 8.5"
2. Hummel Sunset 9.5" 7.5"
3. Gollum Jade Plant   8.5"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 8" 6.25"

Gollum Jade Plant covered in Webs

Gollum Jade Plant

I got my new digital camera today! I really like how this picture came out.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Monday, April 30, 2007

Update 4: Jade Plants Experiment

Here comes the next update...

So far, it seems that 'Hobbit 1' and 'Gollum M3' has had nothing new for the past month.

Jade Plants
Jade Plants

1st Measurements and 2nd Measurements.

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 9" 7.75"
2. Hummel Sunset 9.25" 7.5"
3. Gollum Jade Plant   8.5"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 7.25" 6.25"

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Update 3: Jade Plants

And chugging along to the third update...

Jade Plants

Jade Plants

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Update 2: Jade Plants

Gollum, Hobbit, Hummel Sunset
Gollum, Jade, Hobbit, Hummel Sunset

You know, I almost didn't measure them because I didn't notice them being any bigger but there was some growth afterall.

Refer to this post for the previous measurements.

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 8.75" 7.5"
2. Hummel Sunset 9" 7"
3. Gollum Jade Plant   8.5"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 7.25" 5.75"

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Purchased A New Jade Plant

Jade Plant

Ah, I did something I didn't think I would have. I bought yet another plant from ebay. I posted about it here because I wasn't sure what it was. The seller says it is Gollum but I bought it because I didn't have a jade plant with that type of leaf.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Variegated Jade Plant vs Squirrel. Bets?

I knew it. I knew it! Something or someone is telling me that I'm never ever allowed to have a variegated jade plant!

Variegated Jade Plant

This time around, it was a squirrel. A jade plant was knocked over and my prickly pear also has a bite mark. However, one squirrel took their time to bend over my poor variegated jade and make a light snack out of it.

I have to get back into the habit of putting squirrel feed on the stumps out back in early morning to prevent them from coming up to the house.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Took Jades out of Greenhouse

I may end up having to bring them back into the greenhouse, I'm sure... The local newspaper warned gardeners not to start planting because locals have seen snowfall in April after a warmspell in March. I don't mind. Some direct sun would help them for once instead of the thick plastic of the greenhouse obscuring it.

I took quite a few pictures but unfortunately the bright sun and my digital camera did not agree with each other so I'll have to take new pictures at a different time. However, I did have a few that were okay.

A side-by-side comparison. The Hobbit Jade Plant on the left is already taller than my ten year old jade. I received the hobbit jade plant as a clipping back in 2005. It receives the same sunlight. There's a gollum jade plant further down the table which is also big as well.

Gollum Jade plant
Gollum Jade has tubular leaves.

Hobbit Jade Plant
Hobbit Jade has leaves that curl inwards.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Ms. Jade - A dwarf variety?

My oldest jade plant is Ms. Jade who I've had for just slightly over ten years now. I got her several days before Christmas of 1996.

It's funny because I remember walking around the garden center of Wal-Mart and I saw this tiny jade plant in a pot. It reminded me of when my teacher gave me a jade plant (which unfortunately died after shortly moving down south and was exposed to the sun and heat) so I decided to buy it. I don't know if the garden center was exposed to the winter or if winter was mild that year.

Then, over the next following years, I'd get frustrated because she got very leggy. I posted pictures online and I was told that if I wanted a big huge jade plant, I'd have to keep her pruned. I did that... but still, she won't grow any bigger.

About two or three years ago, I bought another jade plant from a local nursery because the leaves were tri-colored. I was told that it'll "turn green after you water it". I liked it too much that I decided to buy it. Later on, I posted it online and a few agreed that it was called Hummel's Sunset and that's why it was getting tri-colored.

What blew me away was that in a very short amount of time, the jade plant thickened up and was growing. So here I was, agonizing over my poor location with all the humidity just knocking down Ms. Jade when this other jade plant was doing extremely well. Even the cuttings I made from it did very well while cuttings I made from Ms. Jade were all not doing much.

Now I'm convinced that Ms. Jade is a dwarf variety. Some suggested that she was Crosby's Compact but she's never ever turned very red or yellow like the pictures I've seen online.

Whatever she is, I never expected to have a plant for a decade now.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Update 1: Two weeks later...

Here's the update after two weeks. The mixture was applied again.

There was some light rain after I watered the plants. I'll be relocating them to the greenhouse because there's some big storms on their way in.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jade Plant Experiment

Jade Plants - Team M

Jade Plants - Numbered

I chose the plants for my personal experiment. The numbered ones are just strictly water. The ones with M are the ones that'll get the funky mixture from the recipe I listed earlier.

I really thought I had several Gollum clippings but I could only find the one which I decided to use in Team M.

Plant NameNumberedTeam M
1. (Dwarf?) Jade Plant 8.5" 7"
2. Hummel Sunset 8.5" 6"
3. Gollum Jade Plant   8"
4. Hobbit Jade Plant 7" 5.5"

I thought it'd be interesting to have the taller plants to have just water and see if the shorter plants in Team M would grow faster and end up being taller.

March 1st is when I plan to water them and then just let my personal experiment start.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Using Epsom Salt on Jade Plants

Over a week ago, I asked on a forum to see if anyone had ever used epsom salt on succulents. My mother's roses are doing very badly so I did a lot of looking around online for tips such as using bananas and coffeegrounds. I stumbled across someone suggesting epsom salt and how it was a miracle.

I looked around for information on epsom salt and with people giving raves about epsom salt, I wanted to know if anyone ever used it on succulents. I asked on a forum but it was kinda interesting. People had great results on other plants but either heard good or bad things about it from others.

Not only that but one member provided a recipe that involved epsom salt. The recipe goes like this:

1 12 oz. beer
1 cup epsom salt
1/2 cup ammonia
2 cups water
1/2 cup molasses

You mix it together and store in a container of some sort. This is the fertilizer. You use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water.

I've decided I'm going to group apart some clippings. A few will get water as it usually does and a few will get this mixture to see if there's any big improvement. The worst is that a few plants could die and the best is that the jade plants respond really well. I have a couple clippings that I'm more than willing to test it on. None of my big jade plants will be subject to it.

Sad thing is, most of my clippings are from this dwarf jade variety. I may use one from the gollum jade to see how big it can actually grow if it reacts well.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Variegated Jade

Variegated Jade
Originally uploaded by dragonslumber.
The variegated jade plant that I purchased from ebay arrived in the mail with a small dried rootball but I'm hoping it's enough for the plant to establish itself. I'd really like for this one to survive and not fall apart like the other did. Maybe I'm just being slightly paranoid about the variegated jade plant even though all the other types of jades I currently have have grown well.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Variegated Jade

Variegated Jade
Originally uploaded by Fordjones.
I had no idea you could blog photos that other people uploaded. Isn't this a beautiful plant?

In 2005, I received several variegated jade clippings and none survived. I really wanted one for a long while and to have it die on you, well, it was discouraging.

I keep dancing around on ebay when it came to trying to buy a variegated jade plant. I finally purchased one today when the seller told me it was rooted in a pot. I figured I'd have a better chance of buying one that was growing in a pot rather than as a clipping.

If the plant survives just fine, then I'll have to start some cuttings just in case the main plant up-n-dies on me.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Gollum Jade Plant

Gollum Jade Plant
Originally uploaded by dragonslumber.
I have this 'bad' habit of tossing clippings into unoccupied pots. Sometimes if leaves fall off, I'll gather them and toss them into a pot. Some root and some don't.

This picture here is of several gollum jade plants growing from the leaves I've tossed into the pot. Eventually I'll split the random cuttings into different pots (I have an easter cactus and some leafy plant growing in this same pot as well).

Monday, January 29, 2007

Dragon Arum (Dracunculus Vulgaris)

This one I am excited about. I got this back in 2005 and potted them up. It grew a plant but it went through an accident where the plant broke.

The bulbs struggled in the pot after which I don't know why as they did really well before. They were relocated to a bed but... no one knew where. Totally slipped the minds of us, it did. Not a good thing!

They never made a peep in 2006 so it was agreed that they died off. Imagine the surprise when we saw this! Apparently, over the long warm spell in December and January, they've been growing.

Sad thing is that we're now getting freezes, sometimes several nights in a row, so it's gonna be tough. The bulbs rested for an entire year and was ready to burst free but now winter seems to finally be giggling its way here.

I have placed a bucket over it in a lame attempt to protect it from the freezes but I have to face the possibility that they'll die down to the ground and will have to peek up when spring finally comes around.

It's just frustrating because everything actually grew during the warm spell. Nothing peeked out or budded or... No, everything grew and grew and now winter is coming around. Oy!

Another glimpse

Tangerine bloom
Originally uploaded by dragonslumber.
Blooms on a lemon tree. At least, I think it is. It has just started blooming and supporting fruits. All are still green so no idea yet.

Hm, Any idea on how to post more than one picture to a post?

Glimpse into my Greenhouse

It's smack dab winter around these parts so a building of a greenhouse was created several years ago with wood, nails, and plastic.

Most of my plants are currently jade plants which can't survive the cold winters. Most of my jade plants are of the one growing in a white pot. It turned 10 years old last month and hasn't done anything, really. After lots of thinking and talking with others, I am convinced that it is a dwarf variety that'll never get any bigger than it ever has been. I also have some hobbit jade, gollum jade, as well as some jade plants that I got that came from a plant that was very large so I'm very pleased to get some. I'd like to have a jade plant that would actually grow very big. I'm just disappointed that I struggled with my old one only to really come to the conclusion after a long time that it wasn't a 'big' jade.

Let's see... There's also two poinsettias, some thanksgiving cacti cuttings - Oh! Those long leaves are Pachira, I think? It was given as a gift and labeled as Money Tree. I believe there were 5 or 6 of them braided together. Unfortunately, all the others died off except for one that has hung in there and still appears to be growing.

And the plants growing in the plastic holiday santa cup is cucumber. I found a ziploc bag full of very old vegetable seeds so I decided to test the cucumber packet. All four seeds took. I really didn't think they would. After they grow a bit bigger, I'll have to find a very large pot for them to grow in. I've grown them in a large pot before and it's done fantastic as long as I water it heavily on a daily basis.