Hypoestes, Polka Dot Plant

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 Polka dot plants will get leggy as they age, particularly in lower than ideal light. Regular pinching back will keep the plants more compact, but eventually houseplants will need to be replaced. Stem cuttings are easily rooted to create new plants. They quickly produce roots when placed in water and they often will grow when just stuck into moist potting mix, sand or vermiculite, especially in spring and summer. Take cuttings 4 inches long and remove the lower leaves. Polka dot plants can also be saved over the winter by potting up plants from the garden in late summer and keeping them in a bright window.

To grow as a house or greenhouse plant, use a porous soil mix high in organic matter. Place the potted plant in a location that receives bright light and water well when they are growing actively, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Once established, plants should be fertilized periodically with dilute liquid fertilizer. They can also be grown under artificial light.

The cotyledons of Hypoestes seedlings are green, but the first set of true leaves shows color.
The cotyledons of Hypoestes
seedlings are green, but the first
set of true leaves shows color.
There are many varieties of Hypoestes in a range of colors.
There are many varieties of
Hypoestes in a range of colors.

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Gladiolas thrive when specific conditions are met. They love humidity and warmer regions. They require consistent water and a well-tilled, rich soil. When should you plant gladiolas? Well, it depends on where you live. Check the package of your corm bulb and determine which zone you live in. Typically, when planting gladiolas, you plant the corm bulbs during the spring season, when any threat of frost has passed.

Gladiolas are extremely sensitive to any type of frost. Therefore, planting should wait until frost has passed and if you live in an area in which frost is a regular occurance, you will need to dig up the bulbs during the fall months, before the first frost, and store them in your home. For warmer, frost-free areas of the world, you can leave your gladiolas in the ground during the winter months.

Where to plant

You want to make sure that you choose an area of your yard that receives maximum sunlight. Full sun is best, however, if you cannot get away from a partial shade, your gladiolas will still grow. When determining which area of your yard to plant in, make sure the soil is moist, but with good drainage.

When planting several gladiolas at once, ensure that you leave about four to six inches of space between corm bulbs. The more space you give your plant the bigger your plant will grow, giving you awesome gladiolas during the summer.

You can expect to start seeing blooms in about three months or less after planting the corms. Your stems may need some support during the growth period, therefore, you may want to consider staking them up to keep them perky and tall.Gladiolas come in a variety of colors and you can generally expect blooms between July and September each year. They have an average height of anywhere from forty to sixty inches and are perfect for use in your home, cut flowers, or even as borders around your home or landscape.

 

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This Prickly Pear Cactus that my son brought home to me back in 1996 while he was on his way home from school as he passed by it growing nearby a fence, where little stems of this plant were poking through the fence as he was walking along the sidewalk on his way home from school. He just couldn’t resist this little plant. He pulled off a small stem no bigger than my pinky finger brought it home to me. I had never grown any cactus before, but with this coming from my son I stuck it in the ground and left it. Never to think of it growing. It coming from my son I thanked him for the small part of the cactus and couldn’t believe that he didn’t get stuck by this thing. My son was very small in about the 5th grade.

 

 

It’s First Bloom
It took off and grew very big. I will never forget its first bloom. It was the day my son graduated from high school. I took his picture standing in front of his cactus. I have made many pictures of this cactus since then. I have found it very easy to care for.
 
 

 

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This is a Morning glory Bloom that came up in the Blackeyed peas

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(above)Begonia heracleifolia

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