Ionantha Red/Pink Air Plant

These air plants are absolutely “blushingly” beautiful as they have touches of red and pink which is commonly called “blushing.” These are prone to blooming as well so they are a real show off and perfect for blooming special plant lovers.

The ionantha is a mesic variety of the Tillandsia genus, meaning it’s much more suited to a tropical environment with a high temperature and humidity.

As with all Air Plants, they’re happiest in open terrariums and larger containers with plenty of airflow, but this species can grow in a closed environment with the right care.

Ionantha is one of the most popular air plants.  It is often the first Tillandsia in a beginner’s collection. This is because these grow very easily and also readily produce pups. You will often see these form into clumps of 3-5 plants. These air plants can withstand a variety of conditions, but prefer brighter light levels and routine watering’s. This is one of the air plants that can either be misted, or submerged in water.

Our shop Printhousedesign1 on Etsy will be adding these beautiful air plants this spring. 

Propagating Wandering Jew

Propagating Wandering Jew in Water is super easy! Follow the given instructions and decorate your home with this stunning vine.

Rooting Wandering Jew Cuttings in Water

The resilient Tradescantia will root from almost any cutting, whether placed in water or in soil. So, starting a wandering Jew in water is a good project for anyone, including children and gardening beginners.You should see new roots begin to emerge within a week or so.  After about two weeks in water or when the new roots are a few inches long, plant your cuttings in an all-purpose potting mix, and care for them by watering weekly. 

Cut off one of the drooping stems from a houseplant. A cutting of 6 inches is easier to handle than a smaller one, but any length is likely to root as long as you snip just above a leaf or leaf node. That’s where the plant will push new roots. Clip off leaves from the bottom few inches of the cutting, then put the cutting in a jar or glass filled with water. The stem is submerged in water while the leaves are out of the water. It’s fun to use a clear glass or jars to see  the roots growing 

Put the glass on a windowsill out of direct sunlight. Replace the water every few days, checking for roots. You won’t have to wait too long. Once the roots appear and grow to several inches, they are ready to plant in potting soil.

How to grow Echinacea

 These hardy perennial plants are broadly referred to as Coneflowers. They are highly attractive to pollinators and make excellent cut flowers. They look spectacular in mass plantings.

Timing

Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out. If started indoors in late winter, Echinacea may bloom in the first year. It can also be direct sown in early spring or early fall. Germination should occur in 10-21 days.

Starting

Sow seeds shallowly at only 3mm (1/8″) deep. If starting indoors, provide total darkness and a soil temperature of 21-25°C (70-75°F). Once sprouts appear, provide bright indirect light ( near the window ). When sprouts are large enough to move outdoors, plant in a sunny location.

Growing

Space plants at 30-38cm (12-15″) apart in any average, well drained, slightly acidic soil. Water plants regularly for best results, keeping the leaves as dry as possible. Leave seed heads intact over winter to feed birds and provide shelter for beneficial insects.

Using Orange peels in the garden

Gardens thrive off of the items we may otherwise be inclined to throw away, making them even more frugal and affordable to enjoy. Orange peels are no exception when it comes to household scraps you can use in your garden. Below are a few ways to use orange peel this garden season.

Make your own biting bug and insect repellent.

If mosquitoes and other biting bugs are an issue, orange peels can help.You can place orange peels around the garden while you work to keep these insects away, or just try rubbing an orange peel on your clothing. Some of the pests that orange peels can help repel include: aphids, slugs, mosquitoes, and biting flies. 

Adding peels to your soil. Orange peels can be dried and grounded and used to enrich your soil.Some plants thrive off of acidic soil. If you are planting a perennial that needs acidity in the soil, orange peels may be able to help. Marigold, Nasturtium, Petunia,  Zinnia and herbs such as; Parsley,  Rosemary, Sage, and  Thyme. Make your own budget friendly fertilizer.

Did you know that orange peels are chock full of nitrogen? Nitrogen is essential to good fertilizer.When your soil needs a boost, you can add in ground up orange peels. The peels will release the nitrogen and the result is nutrient rich soil your plants will love. 

Bugs aren’t the only things that don’t like the smell of citrus. Shred up your peels and sprinkle them on the top of the garden or containers that you don’t want your dog or cats going near. This is a great way to get your paw friends away from your houseplants or plants on the patio. 

Gardening with Junk

Gardening  with Junk

Plants and junk containers sometimes seem as though they were made for each other. A few junk containers gradually let loose among other pots or partly hidden in a bed can help to enhance your garden without major upheavel. The hunt for a piece of junk with planter potential can bring an enjoyable new aspect to gardening. 

6 household items you can repurpose as junk plant pots

  • Colanders. Colanders are not only useful for draining: they are great used as alternative hanging flower pots. …
  • Tin cans. Instead of placing empty cans in the recycling bin, give them a new purpose with a simple upgrade. 
  • Tea pots
  • Muffin tins
  • An old sink
  • Plastic bottles

Barrels, old buckets, pots, drums and tubs can all be used providing drainage holes are present. As a designer I like to think that pots should look good too and if you are gardening on a small balcony or small patio.

The trick is to create a beautiful effect in a limited area to get the most out of your junk container. Select a plant that highlights the strength of the pot and creates a balance when placed. Such as primrose brings a splash of color to the garden in early spring. In addition try to match the color of the flower or foliage with the color of the junk container to create a simplicity vibe. 

Have you made any junk containers? If so please share in the comments!

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