Plant Experimentation: Garlic, Day 4.

I took the cloves of garlic that had started to sprout in other pots and planted them into their own pot. I was using them to try to repel or kill fungus gnats, but that is not working for me at all. I read online about growing garlic indoors, and while I may not be able to get full garlic bulbs out of it, the garlic chives idea sounded yummy. So we will see what happens.

Mostly I am trying this out to see how they grow, before I go to the extent of ordering real garlic for planting. Besides, it’s the wrong season for planting.

6/20/2011 Garlic

Plant Experimentation: Dwarf Pomegranate (Punica Granatum Nana), Day 30.

I have four dwarf pomegranate babies that have been moved to their own individual pots with MG seed starter mix.

The first (PGN1) and second (PGN2) came from the ziploc of moist vermiculite that was left at room temperature. This set of seeds was NOT soaked for 48 hours prior to being put into the moist vermiculite.

6/21/2011 Punica Granatum Nana (PGN1)

6/21/2011 Punica Granatam Nana 2 (PGN2)

The third (PGN3) and fourth (PGN4) came from the ziploc of seeds in moist vermiculite at room temperature after being soaked for 48 hours.

6/21/2011 Punica Granatum Nana 3 (PGN3)

6/21/2011 Punica Granatum Nana 4 (PGN4)

All four pots are sitting in ziploc bags to retain moisture and humidity. They all have their first set of 2 leaves. I am not sure if this is what one would call “true” leaves or not. We will see if the next set of leaves looks different once they start to grow. The pots will stay in the ziploc bags until they have at least one more set of leaves. After that, I will start reducing humidity and eventually start moving them outside.

The remaining seeds are still in the moist vermiculite in ziplocs. There is at least one or two more that have germinated but do not have leaves yet. There are some that do not appear to have germinated at all yet. I’ll keep them moist and wait a while.

I did pull out the two bags of seeds in moist vermiculite from the refrigerator. One set had been soaked for 48 hours prior to going into the refrigerator, and the other was not. We will how quickly they germinate now at room temperature, after about 4 weeks in the refrigerator.

Plant Experimentation: Dioscorea Elephantipes, Day 30.

There is still no change in the first pot of dioscorea elephantipes (4 seeds remaining in there). No signs of growth.

6/21/2011 Dioscorea Elephantipes, Pot 1 (DE1)

The seed I had moved to a moist ziploc was nice and plump. No sign of roots or anything yet. I did move it to a pot with Miracle-Gro Seed Starter mix. I am keeping the pot inside a ziploc bag to maintain the moisture and humidity, at least until I see some sign of activity. I am trying to refrain from digging around them to see if there are any roots yet.

6/21/2011 Dioscorea Elephantipes, Pot 2 (DE2)

Patience is not a virtue of mine. =)

Plant Experimentation: Confederate Jasmine, Day 43.

There is no change with the confederate jasmine cutting as of yet. It is still sitting in a glass of water on the windowsill, with water being changed out periodically and any funk washed away and sterilized with a bleach solution. There is no sign of roots yet; however, only 1 of the 4 leaves has died. The other 3 are still bright green and solid, with no sign of distress. Hopefully this is a good sign, and hopefully it will eventually start rooting.

Plant Experimentation: Bowiea Volubilis (Sea Onion, Climbing Onion), Day 33.

My bowiea volubilis bulb (BV1) that was already starting to grow when I got it is doing well. I did find a mealy bug hiding in the papery skin around the base of the vine. I removed the mealy, removed the loose papery part, and checked as well as I could for any others. There probably are more. I think I am going to pick up a systemic for my plants, as one or two of my orchids has had mealy problems as well.

I do still need to pick up or make a little trellis for my friend to grow on.

6/23/2011 Bowiea Volubilis 1 - BV1

The second and third bulb have still remained dormant. Two days ago, I took the second bulb (BV2) and trimmed off dead roots from the bottom. I could see little root nubs under that, but it looked like they were probably having difficulty reaching the soil through the dead roots. I noticed last night that there is a little speck of green at the top of this bulb, where the vine is just beginning to grow.

6/23/2011 Bowiea Volubilis 2 (BV2), Picture A

It’s really hard to get a clear picture of the little speck of green where the vine is beginning to grow. I can barely see it clearly, so my phone’s camera cannot focus on it.

6/23/2011 Bowiea Volubilis 2 (BV2), Picture B

I also did a little trim on the roots of the teeny tiny bulb (BV3). This one did already have some live roots, and I left those alone. Still no sign of any other change from it, but I will give it time.

Mining Bees?

I think we have mining bees. I had never even heard of such a thing until about an hour ago. However, I happened to be walking down my driveway, and I saw what I believe to be a bee that was kind of hovering/flying around a particular area. Then it flew down to the ground and disappeared into a hole in the dirt at the edge of the driveway. Its a neglected area. The plants in this section desperately need to be dug up and separated, the rock removed from around them, and some better type of ground cover added.

Here is the hole I saw:

6/22/2011 Bee Hole

Sorry, no picture of the bee itself. I haven’t seen it come back out. When I first noticed it flying around, I assumed it was a regular bee, but didn’t look that closely. I was just trying to stay out of it’s circle of flight, as bees kind of freak me out. I’m not allergic and I don’t think I’ve ever been stuck, but I give them their space anyway. I often see them flying around the lavender at the edge of the front porch.

However, I am only about 70 percent sure that it was a bee. I also read that there is a type of yellow jacket or hornet that makes holes in the ground too, but I am not sure if they look the same. I am usually on the watch for wasps though, so I think I would have noticed if it was something that did not look like a bee.

Fingers crossed for bees. I’m less scared of them than I would be of hornets or yellow jackets or any kind of wasp. Ick.

Life with Kali: Kill the Lion!

Kali got a new toy to play with today. We bought it the other day for her. It is the same type as her piggy, which lasted a good 3-4 weeks. They were out of the piggy at PetSmart, so we grabbed the lion. However, first, the lion had to get a haircut.

6/7/2011 Kali's Lion after his haircut

Poor lion lost his mane. But I would prefer not to have to fish out pieces of mane fur from Kali’s big mouth. After haircut, he was ready to play.

6/7/2011 Bite his ear off!

Of course, Kali loves it, as she does any new toy she gets. Here she is chewing on his ear. Bite the ear off!

She’s been playing with the poor thing all day. She runs around with it, all crazy, jumping on and off the couch, in and out of her crate, around and around. Then she’ll rest for a moment.

6/7/2011 Taking a breather...