Category Archives: Cuttings & Plant Propogation

Boysenberries Finally Taking Off

The Boysenberries have finally taken off this spring.  I planted them in this narrow strip 2 years ago.  Last spring I had a few berries - they were very good.  But this spring, I am seeing all sorts of growth and numerous new shoots.  I am really pleased.  I am going to let them spread all over for a while. The bushy, green berries in the front are the boysenberries.  The plants toward the pack of the row are a thornless blackberry.  I didn't know how to properly prune them last year because Read more [...]

Single Digit Temps Did Severe Damage to My Aloes

Aloes produce many pups during a good growing season.  Last summer I re-potted dozens of pups into larger clay pots.  I like to put pea gravel on top of the sandy potting soil. I had about two dozen good sized baby aloes that I planted in clay pots ranging from 6" to 10".  I put them in the greenhouse before the first frost, back in October.  We had a second polar blast a week ago.  The first blast gave us 20 degree nights.  My aloes made it thru the nights with just a coal oil lamp burning Read more [...]

Re-Growing Celery from its Base

Ok, for funsies I decided to try to re-sprout/re-grow celery cores, just to see what would happen. Here in east Texas, celery will not grow properly.  We just don't have a long enough time of cold weather.  It can be below or at freezing for a few days, but before the week is out it can be back into the 60s.  This fluctuation just wont do for trying to grow celery from seed. I left more of the baby stalks at the center core than others do.  The one on the left is a half week older than Read more [...]

Sweet Potatoes Didn’t Do That Well This Year

Last year I planted a few sweet potato slips for funsies. Some store bought sweet potatoes had sprouted and I decided to root and grow the sprouts. The result was impressive, to me. I found that each slip grew 3 large (about a pound each) potatoes. They were good and actually tasted better than the store bought ones.  This picture shows a small part of the harvest.  These potatoes are nice, rounded and large.  The meat was rich orange. With a big, easy harvest in mind, this year I planned Read more [...]

Turmeric Is Interesting To Grow – Try Some

I am always looking for something new and interesting to grow, so I got some from the grocery store.  I bought several plump chunks and started several plants. This is my first season to grow grocery store turmeric.  This is my best plant - I'm pretty impressed with the results.  I made a mistake though, this pot is about 12" high and almost 12" across.  I think it might be too small.  Next spring I am going to use larger pots and plant more.  A pot should be at least 12" deep and 12 Read more [...]

My Cotton Is Trying To Produce A 2nd Harvest

I bought some green heirloom cotton seeds from Southern Exposure seeds.  I have been growing a half dozen or so plants for a few years, just collecting the cotton for the time being. I planted the plants - this year from last year's seeds - in the spring and the cotton was ready to harvest by late summer.  I decided to just leave the plants in the ground after harvest.  I then noticed that the plants put on new leaves and then new buds.  I let them grow.  By late fall and cold weather, the Read more [...]

Propagating Rosemary

I like my large 2 1/2' to 3' rosemary plants in large clay pots on the patio.  I purchased my last few rosemary plants from the produce section of a grocery store at $2.99 or so each.  This is too expensive to keep doing, so I decided to try to grow my own rosemary plants from cuttings because I realized this is how nursery rosemary plats are grown - from cuttings not from seeds.   I do have a packet of rosemary seeds and intend to sprout them at some point in the future. I took several 3-4" Read more [...]

I Always Thought Strawberries Were Hard To Grow, I Was Wrong

Last year I bought a dozen Ozark ever-bearing strawberry plants from Gurneys.  They put out babies and I now have strawberries all over, even growing in the dirt around the door to my greenhouse where I had some of these pots sitting when trying to find a place for them. My original plants didn't produce well the first year, but this second year they are turning out the berries.  Strawberry plants should live for about 5 to 6 years, but start to decline after about 3 years.  My plants are ever Read more [...]

Goji Berry Is Very Easy To Root

I discovered this by accident.  I have a 3 year old Goji Berry (also called Wolf Berry) that is ready to go into the ground this spring, if I can find the proper location. It is a 3 foot tall, bushy plant with soft, thin branches that easily snap.  I accidentally snapped off one while moving the plant and decided to put in a small container filled with perilite and a dash of vermiculite.  I checked it a week later and to my surprise it had several short, translucent white roots growing Read more [...]

A Buckeye Update – They All Made It!

Upon closer examination of the 4 pots with buckeyes planted in them, I realized that they all did infact sprout.  The other 4 just hadn't surfaced yet, but their roots were growing out of the pots.  I'm very pleased.  The buckeye/firecracker plant is a real gem. Circled in red are the 2 buckeyes that sprouted first.  (Notice a sprouting pine in the pot on the right) I had gathered 6 buckeyes, all from the same 3' plant down the driveway.  It is said that the germination rate of these plants Read more [...]