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    '(False?) gloxinia' – all right, but looks a bit anemic and doesn't flower

    I have learned a bit about Sinningia speciosa ('false' gloxinia) over the last few months, by trial and error. The 'formula': • Temperature: turns out to be important. Much above 80ºF / 27ºC, and it either won't bud at all, or the buds will stunt. If it flowers (at a lower temperature) then...
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    Mystery seed floret

    Oh Mrsclem, THANK YOU! Superb! That's them, no question. And with your lead, I found this page about propagation, which led to a page about 'stratification', about which I'm learning for the first time. And that stratification seems crucial – it may well explain why my seeds haven't grown...
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    Please help identify

    ...or Alyssum
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    Mystery seed floret

    Anyone have an idea what these might be? L to R: outside of 'floret'; inside of floret cut longitudinally; individual seed 'vanes'. I picked them up from a forest floor in Eastern New York State, USA. I looked around but there were many, widely scattered, and i couldn't determine which of...
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    Potting soil and perlite

    You're right of course and I shouldn't be facetious. The Nature's Creation looks great, thanks. On balance I may try this stuff first, call me simple. The price is right :):)!
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    Potting soil and perlite

    Am I crazy to detest perlite? It's so ugly and it looks synthetic because it is. Plants have been growing for untold millenia without pelletized styrofoam. Is there really no other way to promote drainage and prevent compaction (which i've never found a problem anyway)? What's wrong with bark...
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    It took me too long to figure this one out, despite Jewell's helpful info. I'm embarrassed that I was 'fooled by appearances': it looked like it wanted to be a tree, so I assumed I was doing something wrong. Anyway, wiser, I divided it - actually five ways as it turned out: 1. 'cap' section...
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    You're kind, but i am an idiot and there's no way it's ever going to stand unsupported. I get this now, having seen this lady's admirably clear video: The plant has become 'etoilated': it didn't have enough light when it was younger, just as you said, so it's trying to send that stem...
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    Dunno why it included each pic three times, sorry. Not my doing....
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    I've made the staking a bit less 'medical' / frankenstein-looking. I'm going to try being more generous with water and fertilizer and see if that helps.
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    Jewell, Great to hear from you again, and thank you for your wisdom. Very interested to hear of your 'Gordian knot' solution to the falling-over Echeveria. Does that mean that it's just not possible to get the stems to strengthen? I wonder if there is a way, though. The plant just looks...
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    Mint from seed

    Chuck, That's very interesting. I have now wasted three packs of Burpee spearmint seeds. Apartment dweller me planted them in a pot which I left on top of the fridge for a bit of extra warmth. Not one has come up, ever. I've tried different depths from 1/4 to just letting them sit on the...
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    I tried to unstake the echeveria again today, after almost another three months. It fell over immediately. Strange. I think I'm going to (a) let it dry out longer between waterings and then (b) fertilize it when I do water it, and see if that helps. i have no idea what I'm doing.
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    Hi hi. When you say, "up against the glass". My south-facing windowsills are NOT shaded by buildings or trees or anything, I'm lucky, so they get full sunlight. I make sure that plants on the windowsill have don't touch the glass, but the windowsills are about 7 inches deep so there's only...
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    Soft main stems / 'trunks' on different succulents

    Thank you! That's all very interesting. Your first photo: that's a jade plant, that fellow with the tubular leaves that you've bonsai'd?! First, it looks fantastic, great job with the bonsai work. Second, though, we have a couple of these, but younger, just florets, so I didn't realize they...
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