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Oops! I did that thing again where I was trying to give a couple of the Experts more time to submit their work, then got too busy over the weekend to complete the Experts post. My bad! I’ll save everyone’s answers for this coming Friday. Sorry about that!

Onward, to new news. Several months back, I threw several plant bits into one container, adding more as time went by, including some Schlumbergera cuttings that have already bloomed. Now, a new plant in the container is beginning to bloom:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulent pot

See the bud stalk in the back?

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulent pot

The plant is a Haworthia hybrid, I believe. It was a chunk taken from a bigger plant, and this will be its first bloom (the parent plant has never bloomed). I guess that means he’s happy with his south-facing windowsill.

In other news, here’s how the Gasteraloe Gus’s flower stalk is doing:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, succulent pot

The flowers haven’t opened yet, but you can already see their charming colors. Gus has bloomed before, and if I remember correctly, the stalk ended up being three or four feet tall by the time he finished. In other words, he’s just getting started this go-around.

I love it when houseplants bloom!

Yesterday I began my semiannual cleaning of the houseplants. That’s where I take all the foyer plants outside and hose them down, clean the foyer, then prune the plants and bring them back in.

From the plants’ perspective, it’s a wildly exciting and probably terrifying field trip. The front yard is the only place they ever go. Except that one time when they were driven here.

Every spring and fall, it’s a race to see how fast I can work because the houseplants can’t be in full sunlight – not with our hot New Mexico sun. Last year, I cleaned them in October, so I probably bought myself some extra time in the cooler weather.

This year, I was prompted to undertake the project a little early because they had grown so much over the summer that the foyer started looking cluttered. You guys know how I feel about clutter! I detest it.

Anyway.

I ran out of time yesterday before completing the work, but I got most of it done.

The Crown of Thorn plants (Euphorbia milii) – Ellie, Sweetie, and Elise – desperately needed pruning.

Sweetie, especially, needed pruning because she was getting top heavy. The problem with her is that she’s been blooming continuously for months, so I was loath to prune her.

But that’s what Miss Mimosa (Mimosa pudica) did with her adorable blossoms, remember? I got distracted by their cuteness while she quietly took over half the kitchen.

So even though I knew I wouldn’t like it, I had to prune her.

Here she is pre-haircut:

She is killing me with those blooms!

I pruned away.

Euphorbia stems are filled with sap, hence the newspaper on the table.

Messy pruning, but that’s ok.

The cuttings will need to scar over a few days but then they can go directly into soil without rooting them first.

I’ve found homes for all the cuttings, which is a huge score because I didn’t want any of them myself.

Three Euphorbias in the house is plenty!

Here’s the newly styled Sweetie:

She’s a voracious grower, so I’m sure I’ll be pruning her again in no time.

She gets it from her Mom, Ellie, who looked like this:

And who now looks like this:

See why I’m so happy to have found homes for the cuttings? I have such a hard time throwing them away.

Other cuttings won’t be so lucky as to be adopted out. Like these Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) babies:

There are too many of them to find homes for them all, and I’m just one person!

Ok, I better get back to work. I’ll be back manana, hope to see you here.

 

Ya’ll know how much I love flowers. Here are my favorite flower photos – taken in and around my casa – in the month of September:

Thanks to our hostess Carol over at May Dreams Gardens for suggesting we post photos of what’s blooming on the 15th of each month.

Hope you have a great weekend, I’ll be back Monday.

Lady Evermore, an Aeschynanthus, is adding splashes of color to the foyer:

I love her!

And Candy, a Lime tree, added one lonely but oh-so-fragrant blossom to the foyer recently:

Between her scent and Lady Evermore’s colors, I could swoon!

What about your houseplants – any of them blooming this time of year?

I’ll be back manana, hope to see you back here.

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Hi! My name is Liza. Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting! I'm a Midwestern gal now living in Arizona, after many years of living in and owning a plant care business in New Mexico.

Plants are living, breathing creatures, and if they're indoor plants, they are 100% dependent on human care. They cannot water themselves.

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