Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Another Plant Day

A few weeks ago I made some clippings of my pink spotted plant and let it sit while we traveled. Today I saw they all had roots so I decided to plant them.

It wasn't until after I planted them that I realized that I had just helped this plant to reproduce. The act of clipping and rooting and planting was a reproductive act. It was a really interesting moment for me, planting these clippings that I had made. Until now, I had received clippings from others and planted them or bought already-grown plants and repotted them. Now I am making my own plants. I've never reproduced anything living before; all of my animals have been spayed or neutered, and I have never had a baby. So... this is the first time I can think of where something I took care of started as one and became two.

Also, I have never been very good at keeping plants alive. But now, not only was I able to create a new plant, but the plant that was clipped is growing new shoots in the places where it was clipped.

My succulent has also been progressing but some of the lower leaves have shriveled and fallen off. My mom says this might be due to over watering, so I am cutting back.

I'm not sure why it's getting so tall - when I bought it, it was a short wide plant. Now it is getting tall? I'm not sure what kind of plant this is so I don't know what it's supposed to look like.

This is a close-up of new clippings I made today in their water. Soon there will be roots coming out of that stump. I also like the air bubbles trapped on the leaves.

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