Watch as I Grow Mad with Power

I have recently discovered Plants. Did you know: if you find a plant you like, you can just… collect its seeds? Or, you can dig it up and plant it somewhere else?? OR (now this one is crazy but stick with me) you can take part of it and grow it into a new plant?!?

Amazing! First, I started small: I noticed some milkweed was spilling floaty seeds everywhere, so I borrowed a couple, planted them, and several months later I had so many Monarch and Queen caterpillars I had to give some away.

Next: I noticed a baby morning glory vine had popped up in my side yard. I didn’t want it in my side yard, so I dug it up, put it in my brand new flower garden, and several months later it has taken over the entire back half of my yard.

Then: my coworker brought in some lemongrass cuttings she’d done, and I planted it in my yard. It exploded and it’s the most massive lemongrass bush I’ve ever seen.

Now that I’ve done my “hands off” experiment with the back yard (conclusion: invasive grasses will completely take over and prevent any natives from taking root), I am ready to become the master of my realm. But I’m still broke as heck. So!

Milkweed vine (Matelea?) and Monarda seeds nabbed from the field at work!

Every mango I ever eat ever again! (Three germinated, started #4 last night)

Ruellia simplex which I *cough* may have borrowed from a park. I took five because I didn’t have scissors or a knife and I didn’t trust my ability in making cuttings but ALL FIVE ROOTED and some are starting to bud!!!

Red yucca from the parking lot at work

It’s contagious! My coworker went for a walk in her neighborhood, and saw a strange tree with these 15 inch long seed pods that look like giant string beans. So of course she took one to give to me. It matured over the weekend, and today I popped it open and LOOK AT ALL THESE SEEDS!!! It’s a Catalpa tree, which is native to the eastern and southern US states. It makes HUGE F-ING flowers which it drops everywhere, making a huge mess. They get TALL. And I have a HUGE HANDFUL of them. What am I going to do with 100+ Catalpa trees?!?! My (not very large) yard is already filling up with trees (though I eagerly await the total consumption of my house into thick wooded forest in the middle of my housing development). I’m thinking Bonsai 😂

September 11, 2018

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July 10, 2018 - So this is what I find when I get home from a two week vacation, the little green pod that has been sticking out of one of my ionanthas turns out to be a seed pod! We have had extremely hot/humid days last week and I guess that was finally enough to dry the pod out and release the seeds! Germinating tillandsia from seeds is a very long and tedious process, but I will give it a shot. I have read the seeds need warmth, humidy, and light to germinate. We’ll see if a moist paper towel and sunlight on the balcony does the trick.

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I succeeded in pollinating both of my flowering Lithops! A discarded eyeshadow brush can be the perfect pollinator if you live in an apartment on the 3rd floor and the bees don’t fly that high.
Both of them produced seed pods filled with ~100 little seeds. I guess they’re going to be L. karasmontana red/beige colored hybrids.

I planted some of them in a small pot to test germination (and you can’t have too many Lithops). Hopefully they will produce healthy little Lithops seedlings in the near future.