Summer 2018 saw my front porch filled with flowers along with the yard and my favorite were the Angel Begonias.
Angel Wing Begonia
They have a beautiful, delicate pink cluster bloom.
I want to make sure I have more of these come spring so I’ve plucked stems from the plant which I’m storing upstairs in our guest room.
The leaves of this plant are shaped like angel wings and gives it the name of Angel-Winged Begonia.
I bring all of my house plants in the house in mid-September and take them back outdoors in early June. To start the plants I pinch stems close to the center of the plant and any that are growing really fast and getting leggy. I’ve done this to my Prayer Plant and Goosefoot Fern.
Pothos stems starting in the kitchen window.
Prayer Plant starts in the kitchen window.
I don’t add anything to the stems to get them to start and usually in 10-14 days new roots are showing at each notch of the stem. In the spring I’ll plant all of the stems of each plant in large individual pots. The pots will have a good quality potting soil and two tablespoons of epsom salt and they take off. By August the Angel-winged begonia will be full of bloom if not before and the prayer plant will have delicate white blooms. I love growing plants.
House plants in the guest room.
House plants and different cacti in the upstairs foyer.
Starting new willow trees from cuttings
These cutting remind me so much of forsythia but they are in fact willow tree branches from a very old tree at my husband’s grandfather’s farm across the road from us.
Our daughter loves weeping willows and has bought several and planted at her new home on our family farm but they have all died.
Hubby and I decided to get some cuttings from Granddaddy Harry’s farm and see if I could get them started in a bucket of water. We cut about 50 branches of new starts, old branches and broken branches. I put them in a five-gallon bucket and filled it with water and placed the bucket under the roof overhang of the east facing side of our house/ They set there for about two months and the roots that came out on those branches were quite plentiful and very healthy.
Strong roots on practically every stem.
Willow branches rooted and potted.
In April, I set about 20 of the healthiest starts out in buckets of very fertile soil and the majority of them have lived.
New leaf growth and decision time!
Now all she has to do is decide how many she wants and where she will plant them. If they don’t make it there will be no money lost and my time was worth the wait to watch them become little trees. I love growing things!