Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Paperwhites are Already Blooming!

exactly three weeks ago today i placed these paperwhite bulbs in their vases to force, and was surprised to see them opening already when i came home tonight!

one little bunch awaiting me when i got home.

the grow lights really make the dining room walls look purple...they are still gray, i promise.

ready to burst.

so the non rooting hormone geranium rooting didn't work...most rotted at the base.

although the little cutting of the Martha Washington seems to be doing just fine.

so now i am going to see if i can root them in water (i just used the same cuttings, removing the rotted part). we'll see what happens.

the African violets have been deadheaded and moved into the greenhouse, awaiting their next bloom cycle. i also need to read up on how to re pot and fertilize them.

there is a lot of new growth going on in all of them.

and the newest addition to the family. yet another $1.50 specimen, this time with magenta flowers.

the Key lime tree that had been yellowing (and actually initiated the search for grow lights) is looking healthier by the day.

but now this guy has leaves yellowing. i think it may be a lack of iron. I'm going to wait and see if it continues (the yellowing has not moved beyond these four leaves), and then decide if further measures need to be taken.

the first new growth since the summer. this is on the naval orange.

i have now have three zygo "Christmas" cactus that i swap out as blooms fade. this one was in this pot for about a week....

and now this bright reddish orange has taken up residence with the polar bears. the other two are resting in the greenhouse until the cycle starts again next week.

top floor. still a few slow growing amaryllis at the back. as soon as they get a little growth spurt they will move to a window where they will grow at a sower rate (and build up energy for larger blooms).

the fruit trees and, on the very left, the two resting zygo (also called Schlumbergera truncata) cactus wait to come back out full of blooms.

i also grabbed two inexpensive poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). i have no idea what their common names are, but both are more of a deep pinkish red (the one on the left has white streaks), rather than the traditional Christmas red....but there is still time to get a few of those, as well. and maybe some white ones...

the rosemary looks as if it never even had a trim a few weeks ago. time to get out the scissors.

more amaryllis.

and more. I'm worried the one on the right won't get a flower this year, since they don't usually get so many leaves until after they bloom. we'll have to wait and see.

and then there are more paperwhites. i moved these into the bedroom to slow them down a little (and extend the number of days I'll have new blooms in the house).

they are growing awfully fast, though.


  1. did you remove all leaves when you applied the rooting compound? i haven't done it myself, but every demo i've watched, they've removed all leaves or extra vegetation. i think it's so all energy goes to growin' roots...... RachelH.

  2. all i read was to strip the lower part (about four inches) which i did. i didn't use any rooting hormone (since the experts said it was 50/50 on if it actually helps with the geraniums). perhaps i should have taken all the leaves off...there was new growth in the tops of each. usually i will do this in the summer and just stick them right in the same pot as the "mother" plant and they grow. perhaps i should try again, stripping the leaves....