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August 11, 2003

Jade plants do not appear to rest at night. They look pretty much the same in the morning as they do at night. They are growing quite seriously. The ten new ones I separated from the mother plant are looking quite healthy still. They are developing roots and will be soon ready for some soil.
This little red plant which had been dead for several months and then shot out of the pot with three new activity centers also appears to not care if there is a sun or not.
What I thought was a Tiny Mystery Plant are actually five (!) Acacia trees. The oldest one is now about two feet tall. I had to administer the first pruning yesterday, just to slow the little guy down a bit.
Acacias seem to rest at night. All leaves are neatly folded and the plant will not open until the sun returns.
The first Ahuacatl (Avocado) Plant actually died. It was a very sad sight. The plant turned into a straight leafless black stick. I put another avocado pit into the pot, did not even cover it. The pit eventually (after 3-4 months maybe) split into two and I now have a new, much healthier little avocado plant. Avocados also seem to be resting at night. The leaves are all folded up, the plant closes up...
My rather large (about 4 feet now?) Potato plant, (Patti Potato... more about her some other time) also appears to be resting... (Leaves folded into a night position.)
I will now also take a short nap... and then continue with my tasks...


who would have thought that your acacia plants could tell stories about their past that are just as strange and beautiful as the stories you conjure for fun? their little history has all the usual trappings of a tv drama: wonder, love, mystery, Nature, death...

the fragrance of acacia blossoms. did you know you can chew them? my father taught me to do this and he also told me about acacia scented liquor that others make. i knew about azalea and rose liquors. and people from other cultures flavor foods with lavender, violets and pansies. i suppose people will do anything to capture that fleeting essence.

but on such a small plant (but two feet!), you might not want to pluck the blossoms, when it blossoms...

Posted by: takuan on August 11, 2003 10:15 AM

I don't understand why your jade plants are thriving and mine are dying... do you love them more than I love mine ? I water them every day, take them out to the sunshine and yet they droop and turn brown :*(
is it the west sunlight ? or the northern sunlight and easterly wind ?


Posted by: T on August 11, 2003 08:29 PM

Dear T,
hmm... it appears to me that you love your plants as much as I love my plants, except that you are drowning them.
Try watering your Jades only once a week. (I do it on fridays.) Maybe, if they are behaving really well, then water them more often. They will tell you if they are thirsty...
Just look at their leaves. If the leaves are hard and mybe even have a red rim... the plant is happy and does not need water for a day or two...
If the leaves are wrinkly and soft... water.
Also make sure that there is never standing water in the soil. Some plants can indeed drown... (or something like that.) Always make sure to use pots that lave a little hole in the bottom. Then, when you water the Jade, pour water onto the soil until it is all covered with water. And then stop. Let the water flow through the pot.
(You could also use some sort of fertilizer from time to time... maybe every month or so...)
And Jades like light, I think... They appear to be friends of the hot sands of the desert...
; )

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 11, 2003 09:36 PM

I see, thank you, I shall water mine on Mondays then.
And see how they fare. : )

Posted by: T on August 11, 2003 10:29 PM

If you would like to adopt one of mine... let me know. : )

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 11, 2003 11:09 PM

sandy soil also helps. if you use regular soil, that can contribute to succulents drowning. simply fold in some sand into the potting mixture the next time you repot (next year?). good luck.

Posted by: takuan on August 11, 2003 11:15 PM


Are you serious ? actually I would, I'll trade you some mini sized lucky bamboos if you like. They grow very well in my apt, probably because they really like water.


Just repotted them a few weeks back, with potting soil.
But will go outside to steal some sandy soil, well no actually I can't... can't steal...hmm.

Posted by: T on August 12, 2003 12:15 AM

T, but of course. Just give me some time. The little guys are currently hanging out in little plastic cups with water...
(Also, I still owe you for placing the 1000th comment here...) : D

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 12, 2003 12:26 AM

so three leaves fell off my jade...i know typically one uses more than just a leaf to plant the babies with.

but do you think they will grow?
or do you think it is silly and i will need at least a branch in order for them to take root?

Posted by: em!ly on August 12, 2003 08:14 AM

It will probably be a little tougher and take a little longer, but I have seen leaves produce more leaves (they were tiny) and even roots...
Keep it on the surface of the soil and just water as if nothing happened... and see what might happen...
(it might...)

Posted by: Witold Riedel on August 12, 2003 08:33 AM

okay : ) I counted, I have five leaves left.
one green, the rest semi brown.

(laugh) I think I'll go to the park now.

Posted by: T on August 12, 2003 11:46 AM
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