#67 | gdn00 – Garden: Greasy plants and Orchidaceae

Hi guys!
I am a bit lazy tonight to write a long article. One week ago, I’ve started to put all my mind on the thesis so, yeah for 5 days, I was able to write 40 pages. Not bad, isn’t it? However not enough to finish everything, I need to write the two last chapters, write the traineeship and work on the project… Check the quality, print the stuff… When the school will be over, I will be done: I’ll sleep and will never awake again ARG.
By the way, I have no idea what to write today and I don’t want to talk about my work so… At least, let’s talk about my plants (because they are so cute).
Oh! And… Happy Earth day!

So, yeah, ‘remember about the Sanseviera I showed you last week in the article about a fiction? Come on, of course you remember, this post was stupidly awesome.
Well, I’ve brought back some plants from a black market the weekly flower market in my town. I’ve done some researches on their names and try to understand how to grow them since I have never taken care of plants.
It is interesting to know that some little guys can purify the air. Dr.William Wolverton, one of the NASA environment specialist researcher affirmed that it was possible for some plants to absorb some toxic molecules in chemicals products in the air: benzene, formaldéhyde, etc (sorry, it is easier for me to remember the French name). Sansevieria Trifasciata is one of them, but I won’t talk about them today.

Let’s talk about greasy cute plants and sexy Orchidaceae.

fig.01 – This one is my favorite because, as chance would have it: the “Black Knight” Echeveria. No joke, this little one is really awesome. The Black Knight is one of the darkest colored greasy plants you could find with the Black Prince.
fig.02 – This round one is the “Dionysos” Echeveria. Look how his leaves are so rounds… Cute!
fig.03 – I got a really hard time to find this one. You can see the yellow leaves on the bottom of the plant because I’ve watered him too much… Luckily, the jar drained the water a bit. When I bought him, he had some yellow flowers. After some researches, the shapes of the plants made me think about the hybrid echeveria and finally, the name was revealed: a “Pullidonis Derenbergii”! Deren’s leaves are so… Slimy to touch ♪
fig.04 – So fragile and eager for sunlight… This little girl is a “Lola” Echeveria, she likes the light a lot and like you can see, she tends to look after a great sunbath with her weird pose. It doesn’t take more than one day to make that kind of weird position. Her leaves have a really beautiful white-green color.
fig.05 – This young lady is named “Dendrobium Nobile”. You need to cut the stem when the flowering period is over, that way, another stem can grow again and all the energy will redirect to the new one. She smells really nice!

Generally, greasy plants don’t need to drink a lot of water (one sip of water for one or two week(s)), they grow in very warm environments and just need a lot of indirect sunlight. It is also very easy to duplicate them by cutting their roots in half, or their leaf… You just need to vaporize the freshly cut roots and leaves in a box, in week sunlight and wait for them to grow a bit before planting them again in a fertile soil. The jar also need to be perforated on the bottom to drain the excess of water when you water them, but remember: if the leaves turn yellow, it means they are drowning in water, be generous and aware of that!
I don’t really know if the greasy plants are all with stylish names but if they do, I would like to find more this summer and gently experiment with them…

On the other hand, Orchidaceae are sexy ladies with a delicate smell. They are also really hard to grow because they need to be more precise for the watering and the temperature. Usually, it is between 25°C and 15°C and needs to be watered twice a week in Summer. If you want them to have some flowers, it is important to respect the dosages
(plus, the soil is a special mix of moisture and activate coal. It is quite hard to make a good soil by yourself, unless if you buy an “already mixed” soil in the market).

fig.06 – I don’t know her name yet, but she is also an Orchidaceae. By the way, another bigger jar is needed to water the plant outside and not directly in the soil. That way, the plant will take the nutrients they need from an indirect source.

What did I learn?

  • Different types of Echeveria (greasy cute plants)
  • How to grow greasy plants
  • The difference between a succulent and a greasy plant
  • How to water the little ones and the sexy ladies
  • Enjoying the sweet scents of Orchidaceae
  • Chlorophytum roots stink when you don’t change the water for one week…

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