A few weeks ago I talked about swopping some plant babies and I must confess I didn't have any up my sleeve but I knew I had some growing... This month @igorjosif and @joelix the team behind #urbanjunglebloggers are asking plant lovers to celebrate the new circle of life which spring embodies...
And who doesn't like a good plant baby?
I'd heard that the Chinese Money Plant, the Pilea Peperomioides is an easy plant to propogate so I thought I'd give it a try. I detached a few babies from the main plant and put them in water for them to shoot roots (you can also add rooting powder to encourage extra growth but I didn't need too).
And whilst I was at it - I did the same with a Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) who was sprouting a new bubba, as well as my Fishbone cactus (Epiphyllum) who had suffered a few broken leaves in transit. What's more my string of hearts (Ceropedia Woodii) really needed a hair-cut too, the perfect excuse to make more little green (and pink) friends.
In just over a week I already noticed a good root supply, so decided to pot on these little ones.
All ready for their first family portrait, with the Hoya linearis in the background keeping them company.
For some spring styling I added some bluebells from the garden and cow parsley alongside my plant babies.
I heard today that the Chinese Money Plant it also called the Friendship Plant and I'll be sending these ones out to some #leaf_ladies, friends whom I have met via Instagram. I have formed some good pals with fellow makers on IG and we thought it would be fun to have a new botanical hashtag so that we could find out more and be inspired by creatives who are passionate about plants so please look us up.
And for those who are having issues with the Pileas I have a few care tips to share:
* keep rotating them so they grow up-right
* keep them moist, but not soggy - they like a spray in between waterings
*if they've drooped you need to water them
*if the leaves curl you have maybe watered them too much - go easy on the sauce
*prefers bright to semi-shaded conditions
*they apparently bring good luck!
I've already got homes for the plants pictured but am always on the look out for new babies, or maybe I can hook you up with another 'leaf-lady or leaf-lad'. Who is up for spreading a bit of green love? Comment, email or dm me on Instagram - I'm @ceramicmagpie.
I'm looking forward to checking out the #urbanjunglebloggers tag, and Joelix and Igor share all the blogs on their website too.
Happy spring all!
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.