Flowering Chinese Evergreen

Submitted by jean-paul on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 14:59
chinese evergreen flower

One of my Chinese Evergreen plants is flowering right now. The other one has a partially opened flower, and I hope that they overlap! I'd like to get them to fruit, as I have never seen them. I have had these plants (there was 1, there are now 3) for about 4 years, and I have only seen two flowers before this one.

Here is a photo of the opened flower:


Leaf Propagation of a Prayer Plant - Maranta leuconeura

Submitted by jean-paul on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 23:48

I cut a leaf off of a healthy prayer plant with a razorblade. I cut within an eighth of an inch of the node, on an angle parallel to the remaining stem. I scored the bottom 0.5" of stem and dipped it in rooting gel.

In a 3" pot, I poked a 2" deep hole with a pencil. I put the cutting in the hole and tamped the soil down lightly to secure the cutting.

I don't know that this method will work, as I didn't include an entire node. I will update this post when either the leaf dies, or a new leaf appears.

Tiny Bugs in DWC Reservoir

Submitted by jean-paul on Fri, 01/18/2013 - 01:14

I was topping up the water and lowering the pH this evening, and I took my usual look inside the reservoir with a flashlight. At first it looked like there was a bit of detritus floating on the top of the water. I don't think that's abnormal, considering that there is constant movement in the water due to the air stones at the bottom of the tank. Well tonight, I noticed a bit of movement, and took a look with a brighter light.

I have pests!

DWC Sweet Basil - 150w HPS

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 01/13/2013 - 16:36

I built a DWC hydroponic system in order to grow some sweet basil! I used a plastic bin that I purchased specifically for this project. The only problem that I had with it was that the plastic sides were translucent and the top was black. I spray-painted the sides of the bin black to make it opaque, and then I spray-painted the sides and top of the bin white so that it would reflect light. It needed to be white so that the water inside the bin stays cool under the bright light.