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MB has been wanting to buy a calamansi tree for a while now, so as soon as I told her I saw them on sale at Lowe’s she was really excited. Yesterday she picked up not one, but 2 trees.

I was looking up info on how to care for these plants and found that a lot of people keep them dwarf by growing them in pots. Since MB had two trees I suggested we try potting one so that we could keep it on the patio. She wasn’t having it though and I was quickly denied. She was planting them in the ground on the side of the house and that was that.

Then I learned I could grow my own tree from a cutting. Yep so since I can’t mess with her precious trees I snipped off a young overgrown stem ninja style.

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Here are my 2 new calamansi babies. Both are about 4 inches tall. I stripped all but 2 leaves on 1 and left 1 larger leaf on the other so that the plant would focus its energy on making roots rather than the leaves. I dipped the bottom of the stems in my rooting hormone powder and planted them in small pots filled with citrus soil mix. I sprayed the soil so its moist, but not damp enough to wash away the rooting hormone. Now all I have to do is wait… and mist… and wait…

Hopefully in a few weeks they’ll root and I’ll have calamansi trees of my very own. This is going to be an awesome experiment!

If you recall, 2 weeks ago I planted a pineapple top in soil. Here’s an update on how that’s going.

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I’ve been seeing these trees randomly around town. I think they’ve alway been there, but I have never noticed them before.

They’re so pretty. I wondered what they were. I tried to do a search on trees with pink flowers, but the closest I got was something called a Tulip Tree.

Then today I was at Lowe’s and there it was! It’s actually a Magnolia Alexandrina. Cool!

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Look at those roots!!

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I was sifting around old photos and I came across this pic I took of my Lucky Bamboo plant when I bought it over a year ago, Jan 5, 2011 to be exact. It looks so small! I remember seeing it at Wal-mart and thinking it would cute in my bathroom at the time. And that’s pretty much where it stayed until I moved back home and found a new spot for it in the current bathroom.

I kept it in the bathroom because I thought it might like the humidity since bamboo grows in a tropical climate. The thing is Lucky Bamboo isn’t really bamboo at all… it’s actually a Dracaena. And! Get this, they don’t really grow in water [they're rooted in water] they grow best in soil like other houseplants.

I kid you not. I wish I would have known this years ago. When I lived in my apartment, I remember buying my first Lucky Bamboo arrangement off ebay and watching it die slowly as I tried to grow it in pebbles and water. That’s what the directions said to do after all, but still the leaves and stalks turned yellow one by one.

And then again at my parent’s house I tried with another Lucky Bamboo, making sure to change the water often and only use purified bottled water. Sadness again when the things went yellow.

And after a year of living in the typical media of pebbles and water, I started to notice that this plant was also showing signs of yellowing. That’s when I started researching how to care for it and found a ton of awesome info.

It’s only been 2 months since I pulled Lucky Bamboo [LB1] from its original container and planted it in soil and it’s grown so much! I also moved it from the bathroom to the living room a few feet away from a southern facing window. Almost 2 weeks ago I noticed the roots growing down into the soil and out to the side of the cup I potted it in. Then yesterday I found the roots stretched out to the very bottom of the cup and almost out of the drain hole! Crazy!

When I planted LB1 in soil I thought it would grow and live longer than any of my other LBs, but I didn’t expect it to take off like this. Here’s a pic of how the roots looked when I took it out of the cup.

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In the whole year that I’ve had LB1, all I have ever seen on it were scrawny orange and brown roots. So to see lots of thick, healthy, white roots is just amazing to me!

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I decided to put LB1 in a bigger vase with lots of growing room so that I don’t have to re-pot it for a while. Hopefully it will acclimate to it’s new home quickly and start to flourish even more!

Now that I know how to grow them and keep them happy I’ve been picking up more stalks and making new arrangements to put around the house.

Here are pics of other LB plants that I have now.

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They’re super cute and they’re even easier to care for in soil. Definitely try um out if you’re thinking of getting a houseplant!

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