May 23, 2021

Easiest way to Propagate a Wandering Jew with Pictures

Tradescantia zebrina is also called as Wandering jew plant. These plants are extremely easy to grow and care. They are also known as Zebrina , Spiderwort, Inch plant. They are called as Zebrina plants since they have a Zebra like pattern on their leaves. The plant has green and silvery stripes on the upper side of the leaf and a magenta color on the lower side. 


Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant


Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant

    Introduction

    Zebrina can be grown as a hanging plant or as a ground cover.  They also make excellent plants that  can be grown in plastic bottles, pots or glass jars. These inch plants can be easily grown even if you are new to gardening.

    The Zebrina's are highly tolerant plants and invasive plants. 

    Propagation Methods

    Inch plant or Wandering Jew are the easiest plants to grow and multiply them through cuttings.
    Wandering Jew can be easily propagated through soil or water.

    Propagation Methods through Soil

    • Take few healthy cuttings from the Wandering Jew plant
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation
    • Cut the cuttings with at least one or two nodes for each cutting
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    • Here I have cut all the long stem cuttings into small stems with at least one node.
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation
    • Add some water and till the soil until its loose. This will help in aerating the soil.
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    • Poke all the cuttings into the soil and drench it with water.
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    Propagation Methods through Water

    • Take few healthy cuttings from the Wandering Jew plant 
    • Cut the cuttings with at least one or two nodes for each cutting
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant propagation

    • Put them in a glass jar of water.
    • Healthy roots will appear within few days. Change the water once in 8 to 10 days.

    Sunlight conditions

    Wandering jew prefers medium to bright sunlight conditions. But harsh sunlight conditions may burn the leaves.

    Water requirements 

    Wandering jew prefers regular watering. Water the plant thoroughly and allow the plant to dry in between watering's.

    Tips to revive a plant losing its variegation

    Variegated wandering Jew might turn green if conditions are not favorable. For example : if the sunlight is low, the plant might reverse its variegation to save it energy.
    • Check on all the conditions like temperature, humidity and sunlight conditions.
    • Try to fix the plant with enough sunlight and needed humidity.
    • Remove all the non variegated leaves and do a pruning.
    • You can add in extra compost, so that your plant has enough nutrients required for its growth.

    Pruning and Maintenance of Wandering Jew

    Remove the yellow and dead leaves from the plant, that will help in better growing of the plant. Pruning also helps in growing the plants bushy. Leggy plants can be easily made bushier by pruning techniques.

    I have tried growing the plants in plastic bottles and here are few images from my balcony garden.

    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant
    Zebrina, wandering jew, Tradescantia,Inch plant


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    Dec 21, 2020

    Painting on Areca Palm plates

     Get inspired by these beautiful painting ideas with Areca palm plates. These paintings are cost-effective, rental friendly, and add a statement piece to your wall. 

    Areca palm paintings

    Things Needed:

    • Areca palm plates
    • Acrylic paints
    • Paint Brushes
    • Water 
    • Varnish ( Optional)

    How to 

    • Clean the surface with a dry cloth and remove any debris from the palm plates.
    • You can also use styrofoam, Ceramic, or any unused steel plates for this purpose.
    • Trace out the design from any print outs or free hand sketch the design onto the areca palm. You could use yellow or carbon paper to transfer the designs onto the plates.
    Paint brushes for Plate painting

    Here are some of the floral design created,

    Areca palm paintings


    Paintings on Areca palm

    • You can easily hang these plates using double-sided tape.

    Happy Painting!

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    Dec 6, 2020

    DIY Traditional Coaster painting ideas for 2021

    I had this idea in my mind for over few months, but I was skeptical to start the coaster project. But the results turned out amazing. If you are a DIY - person you must try this out. 

    It is such a interesting and usable project which you could use in your day to day life. 
    Here are few ideas to spice up your coaster with Madhubani paintings...

    Traditional coaster paintings



                    Traditional Madhubani coaster paintings

    Things Needed :

    Acrylic colors
    Coasters - MDF boards
    Carbon paper
    Brushes
    Pencil

    Lets begin:

    • Coat a layer of white acrylic colour as a base coat. Apply two coats if necessary. 
    coaster paintings
    • Once the paint is dried, trace out the traditional madhubani designs onto the wooden board. You may draw the design onto a paper and then trace out the design into the coaster with a carbon paper
    • Start painting with your desired choice of colours. I have used Neon colours for painting.
    Traditional  coaster paintings
    • Apply a layer of modpodge or varnish to protect your painting from dust and to make them water proof.
    Traditional  coaster paintings

    • And ta-da your coaster is all set to use. Do let me know if you like more of DIY's.


    Happy day!

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    Sep 30, 2020

    DIY Elegant Designs for your Upcycled plastic bottle planter in 2021

    Do you love to decorate your planters like I do?

    Nowadays I am addicted to growing ornamentals plants in used plastic and coke bottles. They are cheap, affordable, and provide a classy look to your balcony at absolutely zero cost.

    I assure you, by the end of this blog you would get a few easy designs to decorate your planter. They are very easy to paint and require no artistic knowledge.

      bottle gardening

      Design 1: Dandelion planter



      Design 2: Zentagle planter/ Doddle planter



      Design 3:Gold Lamp dandelions



      Design 4: Floral planter



      Design 5: Basic vine planter with quotes



      Design 6: Feather Planter


      Design 7: Leaf Planter



      Design 8: Shadow leaf Planter

      Design 9: Polka dot planter


      Design 10: Basic Planter



      Design 12: Geometric Planter

      Design 13: Galaxy Planter



      Let me know which design you liked the most.

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      Aug 8, 2020

      How to Propagate Sedum from cuttings

      Sedums are beautiful trailing plants for your hanging basket. Sedums are drought tolerant and available in green and lime yellow shades. They are hardy plants and are rarely attacked by pests. This makes sedums one of the best house plants.


        Popular names of sedum

        • Sedum 
        • Stonecrop
        • Tokyo sun sedum


        Propagate sedum from cuttings in soil

        • Sedums can be easily propagated by cuttings.
        • Snip of 5 to 6 cuttings from the mother plant with the help of a disinfectant scissor.
        • Remove the lower portion of the leaves.
        • Plant the cuttings into loose soil. Avoid burying them so deep.

        Sedum Propagation and care

        Method 1 - The Lazy Way

        • Just place the cuttings and layer it with soil at the top. Make sure you do not cover the entire leaves with soil. Spread a thin layer of soil.

        Method 2 - The Usual Way

        • Insert the cuttings at half to one-inch depth. Sedums mostly have a shallow root system so avoid planting the cutting too deeply.
        • Keep the soil moist till the plant establishes itself.
        • Ensure the cuttings are placed in a well-draining soil. They don't like their feet to be wet.


        Water Requirements of Sedum

        • Water sedums only when the top inch of the soil feels dry. 
        • Avoid frequent watering in the rainy season.
        • Allow the plant to dry out in between watering's.

        Sunlight Requirements of Sedum

        • They love full sunlight. But they thrive in partial shade as well.
        • Sedums are low growing plants so they are best to grow as ground cover and hanging basket.
        These are best plants to grow in plastic containers as well.
        Happy Gardening!


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        Grow Tomatoes in containers from kitchen scrap

        Growing veggies in our home brings us immense happiness and satisfaction. 
        In the current situation, it is hard to get organic vegetables from the market. People understand the need to have organic and rich foods. So we are moving towards a new phase of gardening called Apartment gardening or container gardening. A small step towards a better tomorrow. 
        Tomatoes are great for beginners who are getting started on growing kitchen gardens. Tomatoes are easily grown and cultivated in a small space.
        They are good starters for your balcony. Tomatoes do surprisingly well in small containers. 
        I will walk you through the entire process of growing the tomatoes from sowing the seeds to harvesting. Additionally, as a bonus, I would be sharing a few tips on how to hand pollinate if your tomatoes are not fruiting.grow tomatoes from kitchen scrap

          Buy seeds

          This is the first step in growing tomatoes. You can purchase Tomato seeds online or directly used from the kitchen scraps. Cut the tomatoes and remove the pulp that has seeds. Dry the tomato seeds in a tissue paper. You can also place the tomato slices directly in the soil.


          Tomato saplings

          Grow seedling

          Use a seed starting tray or a pack away box to start your seeds. Place the tissue paper with seeds onto the takeaway box or tray. Spray some water and close the box.
          The seedlings will grow in a couple of days. Mist them when the tissue paper feels dry.

          Transplanting into bigger pots

          Transplant them into bigger pots from the takeaway boxes or seed starting tray when the true leaves have formed. The first set of leaves that develop from the seed is cotyledons or False leaves.
          The second set of leaves that develop is True leaves. This is the most crucial step. Repot them without disturbing the roots and keep in them in a controlled environment. Move them outdoors occasionally. Let the tomato seedlings set in the new environment (You can find this when you start to see new growth in the plant) you can move them outdoors.

          Stage 1: Flowers start to grow from your plants. 

          Tomato flowers

          Stage 2: If the Flowers are successfully pollinated they would develop into fruits. The flowers that are not fertilized would eventually fall off. 
          If the flowers are not turning into fruits you could try some of the below methods, grow some flowers in your balcony garden as it attracts pollinators like bees, butterflies, and insects. As Tomatoes are self-pollinating (i.e - They have both male and female plant parts) hard pollination is another best option if you are not able to attract pollinators. Brush the flowers with a paintbrush or something similar like a Q-tip. Tapping the calyx (where the flowers are held together by green sepals) also helps. Check out the short video on How I do hand pollination in my tomato plants.
          Stage 3:If the pollination is successful they would develop into fruits. Else the flower would shed eventually.

          Growing and Fertilizing 

          Grow your tomato plant with enough light and water them regularly. You will see growth within a few days.
          Next step is to check if your Tomato is determinate or indeterminate.
          Do not panic if you are not aware of these terms. In simple terms, Determine tomatoes are more bushy and small. The fruit ripens all at the same time. Thus giving a huge harvest at a single time.
          In the case of indeterminate tomatoes, they grow indefinitely. They can give you a continuous harvest till the end.

          Light requirements 

          Tomatoes need direct to bright sunlight as they are fruiting plants. A good light-receiving balcony or a window sill would work perfectly.
          You can also use grow lights if no alternative is available.

          Water requirements 

          Tomatoes are heavy drinkers. Water them regularly.
          Tomato plants tend to dry and close themselves when do not receive water for 2 or more days.

          Potting soil requirements 

          Use ready pot mix to plant tomatoes. Or prepare the pot mixture by mixing 70%soil, 20% coco peat, and 10% compost. Coco peat helps in retaining the water for a longer period.

          Pruning

          Pruning is an essential process in growing more fruits. Tomatoes if not pruned they will produce many leaves and not enough fruits.
          Pruning the suckers is very important as this helps in diverting the nutrients back to fruits. Suckers are shoots growing in between your main branch and sub-branch. 

          Fertilizers 

          To produce healthy tomatoes use compost once in 15 days.
          Homemade fertilizers which are readily available from the kitchen scrap are good for your plants.
          Example: Eggshells, Onion peels, dried banana peels, and Used Tea dust
          grow tomato in balcony



          Happy Gardening!

          Jul 11, 2020

          Make this Simple DIY Monstera deliciosa wall Hanging

          Nowadays I absolutely love modeling with clays. Working with clay is so therapeutic and relaxing. You get to do a variety of projects with clay from trays, bowls to wall hangings.

          Wall hangings can create depth to any space and I am so in love with making those. This is my third wall hanging project with clay. 

          Monstera deliciosa is one of my favorite plants I wish to own soon. Till then this Deliciosa wall hanging will fill the void.

            Getting Started

            • Any Clay - I have used fevicyrl mould it air dry clay in my project.
            • Acrylic paints and brushes
            • Yarn or thick thread
            • Rolling pin or bottle 
            • Talcum powder 

            How to Steps

            • Blend both the resin (grey) and (white) part completely till you get a nice smooth and uniform texture.
            • Cut a template of deliciosa leaf in a paper or a cardboard. You could use a template from the internet or do a freehand sketching like mine.
            • Roll the clay into a flat surface with the rolling or bottle.
            • Using the template cut the leaves. I made 2 leaves and 7 beads. Use talcum to avoid the clay sticking to your surface and hands.

            • Allow your clay to air dry. Once half-dried detail veins of your leaf using a sharp object.

            • I have base painted my clay pieces with acrylic white. Base painting can give good results to your project. Though this is completely optional.
            • Add a hole to the samples as you can loop through with a thread. You could use a needle or an empty pen refill to make desired holes. Make the holes according to the thickness of your thread.

            • Paint your clay pieces with the desired color. Here I have used Shades of green Blue, Lime Yellow, White, Red, and Orange.

            Final Look

            • Its time to put everything into place! Layout everything into desired places.
            • Once you are happy with the result loop it through the yarn. And you are done. Voila..!


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