Propagating

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Propagating Rosemary in Water

Rosemary is one of my favourite plants to have in the garden. It’s a very low maintenance plant which makes it a great option for gifts, it can flourish in pots, it has a beautiful scent when you run your hands through it, it’s wonderful for cooking, its flowers attract beneficial insects and, perhaps best of all, it’s easy to propagate! 

What you’ll need:

  • Rosemary cutting(s)
  • Water
  • Glass bottle/ container/ vase

Procedure:

  1. Take a 20-30cm cutting from a larger plant (the younger parts of the plant tend to be best) and strip the lower leaves off of the cutting. 
  2. Fill your glass container with water. 
  3. Place your cuttings in your glass container making sure that the leaves of the cutting do not sit in the water (the leaves can cause excessive algae or mould if they sit in water). Only the woody part of the cutting needs to be in the water.
  4. Place in a sunny spot (eg. windowsill) where the cutting will receive plenty of light, but not too much direct sun.
  5. After a couple of weeks you should observe the cutting growing thin, translucent, white roots into the water. 
  6. Once the cutting has grown roots you are able to plant it in soil at any time, however I tend to leave the cutting in water until it has developed many long roots. 
  7. To plant your cutting make a small hole as deep as the stripped section of your rosemary, place the cutting in the hole (being sure to get all roots into the hole) and back fill. 
  8. In no time you’ll be enjoying your very own established rosemary plant!

Notes:

I’ve found this method to have about a 90% success rate, which is great, but I’d be propagating several cuttings at a time to ensure success.

Rosemary enjoys lots of sun and well drained soil with very little need for fertiliser. Rosemary also enjoys infrequent watering, so don’t let the soil be too soggy!

In defense of male Elves, not that they need my help …

There seems to be a misconception that male Elves are girlie-men because they have fair features and no beards.  First, it may just be the male reflex to insult or demean beautiful men, like long-haired Elves, as less manly because “manly men” are often less handsome than their well-groomed counterparts.  But, that knee-jerk stuff is generally from outside the fandom where Elves are called ‘gay’ to turn women away from them and back towards their potential RL partners (and little do they know that their gf’s are probably secretly really into gay Elves, hahahaha!).  However, this feminizing of male Elves is also wide-spread within the Tolkien fandom in art and writing.

Perhaps this is propagated to further the desire of slash fic writers that Elf men are too pretty to be anything other than gay.  Since much of the slash fanfic is written by females, I’d say it may stem more from female competitive selfishness than anything else.  Meaning, ugly truth time, straight women are often either going to write Mary Sue or they’re going to write their favorite characters as gay because they’re not with them, so no other woman should have them either. 

This is a phenomenon which I will refer to as the selfish-ship.

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some facts

1. the death eaters are fictional nazis

2. hydra is both fictional nazism and also literal nazism

3. supporting these groups, through fandom or like. tattooing a dark mark on your body, is, at best, willfully ignoring that these are literal nazi supremacist groups, or, at worst, happily supporting the fact that these are literal nazi supremacist groups, and therefore also supporting the real nazi supremacist groups that continue to propagate oppression in the real world that we all live in

4. grant ward is a nazi

5. if you are still confused, go back to #1 and start again

How to Propagate Succulents

My latest obsession is the pretty succulent. They are beautiful plants and come in so many varieties and great colours. They are very hardy and need little watering (once every two weeks or once a month depending on your climate and environment) so they make a very good plant for indoors and anyone who doesn’t have a green thumb. 

The great thing about these guys is you can actually grow heaps of succulents from the one plant. It’s called propagating and I’ll run you through just how to do it!

Step One:

Choose the succulent. Head to your local garden nursery or local market to pick one. 

Once you’ve got your little friend home. Start by carefully removing the lower leaves. Pull off as many as you would like to propagate. Most people usually remove all the leaves from the lower level. That way you have a few if any don’t make it. Hold the leaf firmly and wiggle it until you can feel it pull away.  Make sure you get the whole leaf and don’t tear it otherwise it won’t grow a new plant.

 Step Two: 

Your leaves should look something like this If you have correctly pulled them off in one piece.

Step Three: 

Now we wait. This step is the most important!! The leaves need to dry out & callous over before we plant them or else they will  absorb too much moisture,rot and die. This usually takes a few days to a week. 

Step Four:

Once you feel the ends have dried over, place them in a pot or tray ontop of well drained succulent & cactus soil mixture (you can buy this in a bag from your local hardware/ garden nursery I got mine from Bunnings). Some people dip the ends of the leaves in a plant cutting mixture (contains stimulating root hormones). This speeds up the growth process. You can try this but not essential.

Leave them inside where they can get indirect sunlight. After a few weeks you will notice roots shooting out the ends of the leaves. Then very small succulents will begin to form. Lightly water once you see these. During the process if the soil is dry add water to keep the area moist. Remember too much water is not good. Succulents aren’t big fans. 


Step Five:

Congratulations you've successfully growth succulents! Once they get to this size (see image below)  or even like the above image. You can carefully remove the new succulents and plant them in their very own pot (remember to use a succulent cactus soil mixture) and watch them blossom! Pretty cool hey! 

Now you can start getting creative and making gorgeous features out of your succulents. Mix them with other plants just like this. 

Happy Gardening! x 


Images via: www.pinterest.com

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Did some succulent propagating today! One of the pots with leaf cuttings are from a month ago.. Wanted to try it out before I started to cut up the entire plant (poor thing?). Now that they have grown some pretty roots, I was confident enough to do so. Let’s hope these baby’s are gonna be pretty little succulent plants! Not sure if all the forgotten leafs I collected from garden centers will be able to grow roots or a new plant, but it’s worth a try, right? 

can we please PLEASE destroy the “angry black woman stereotype” by not using those reality tv gifs of those fake ass fights, its propagating a very very bad message that portrays black women in a really negative light …

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I’m a brand new succulent collector and everything about this is new to me, but I’m propagating some baby plant friends. So far a couple of the leafs have started growing roots and both the cuttings are taking root, too.

This is exciting. I don’t know why but I’m very, very excited about this.