Needless to say I've been dabbling in them for a long time but only recently have I jumped in with both feet. Most are set outdoors, but I want to create some for the home that can be done up as a gift year round appreciation. I've done up and sold a few already and the response is quite exciting! So much so that we're going to have a shopping page set up soon to offer the accessories so you can build your own mini fantasy garden too! There are a few tropical plants that lend well to ground cover such as baby tears and a few trees that lend well to bonsai pruning, but for a colourful fall display mini tree I look to the Coleus. It's easy plant for the beginner to work with. The bonus is they grow pretty fast!
Today I want to talk about this easy alternative and how to create your own little tree. Now is when you see them in gardens and containers everywhere. Sold as an outdoor annual for shade or part shade, few people know that they can also be grown for indoors colour in
medium light! No messy hormones are needed as cuttings will root easily in water or can be inserted directly into soil. So if you've been dreaming of creating an indoor miniature garden you've come to the right place!
The photo above shows a stem that is flopping and just screaming to be removed. Before you pinch it off (or snap it off) close to the main branch make sure that there is:
1) sufficient length of stem for planting afterwards
2) there are a minimum of 4 leaves that can be left on the tip and
3) there are more leaf nodes or leaves along the stem for roots to emerge from.
the week you will see roots like it's neighbor in the picture to the left! FYI that little polka dot plant in an experiment!
Follow me next week for planting and pruning techniques.