This is the follow up post of a variegated monstera which was grown from a single leaf cutting. If you haven’t read part one, see part one here to get up to speed on the first part of the growth and all of the specific tips that were used to guarantee success with the cutting.
21st April: 2019 A year ago this was a one leaf cutting, and now it has seven leaves with another on the way
21st April 2019: The new leaf which is still on the way
21st April 2019: The side view of the new leaf which shows that it has a strong amount of variegation and hopefully will have a lot of white colouring
25th April 2019: The leaf continues to unfurl, showing some signs of minimal variegation
30th April 2019: Leaf count is now seven and new leaf shows a lot more variegation than previous leaves
10th May 2019: The main root has grown through the pot and now is permanently in water. The plant will need to be repotted soon.
27th May 2019: Side view of the plant showing that it now has 8 leaves with another on the way
27th May 2019: Root check shows that a large root has grown through the small gaps in the pot and now permanently is submerged in water
9th July: Two months after the last root check, the roots have grown extensively and now will need to be repotted as soon as possible
9th July: Leaf count is now 10
If you want to see part one of this story, see here. If you are looking to purchase your own variegated monstera plant or cutting, see our complete list of the ones we have found online here.
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Coccoloba Uvifera also know as the Seagrape, is common around the beaches of tropical America, characterised by it’s circular leaves and bright green, abundant grapes. As many plant lovers know, it is often a huge challenge to be able to acquire rare or foreign plants in certain areas. It is seemingly impossible to buy cuttings of in Europe so as a last ditch effort to get this plant, a seed was obtained from a seller on eBay. While of course this takes longer than obtaining an existing plant, it is of course incredibly rewarding to grow a plant from a seed. If you are wondering if it is possible to grow a seagrape plant indoors, we have done the research and can say that the answer is yes! In this post we show the growth progress of a seed so that you can get an idea of the coccoloba uvifera growth rate.
In case you haven’t seen this plant in all of it’s glory, here is an example below:
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Ok so now you can see what all the fuss is about! It is a truly stunning tree and those grapes (which are edible by the way!) look truly striking on a healthy tree. So first thing was obtaining a seed, which we found online. If you are looking to buy your own, they are sold here
Before your seeds arrive you will need to do some preparation work:
Get a self watering pot – these are the secret to success with seedlings, because any errors with watering can stress the seedling and cause it to die. Self watering pots help provide a consistent but gentle source of water to seedlings which helps them grow strong and steady. We recommend choosing a self watering pot which has a a visual measure so that you can easily see when the water is running low. You can get a self watering pot here
Prepare your climate – if you live in a non tropical climate, you will need to recreate the conditions of a tropical climate to help the seedling in the beginning. We did this the DIY way by putting cling wrap over the top of the pot and propped it up with a stick.
Get your soil ready – this plant usually lives in quite sandy soil, so you want to get a soil which has a sand mix in it. You can always make this yourself by mixing sand (available here) with a normal potting mix. If you don’t have any potting soil, you can buy some here
Once you have your seeds you need to prepare them before planting. You need to soak them in water for a few hours before potting them. We soaked for 3 hours.
After soaking the seeds, they can be planted in the soil. When you plant your seeds into the soil, make sure you push it down so that it is well covered by the soil mix – around 2cm is what we did. Then you can cover the put with your cling wrap and place it in bright light.
For this experiment we planted two seeds – only one was successful. So it is worth considering planting a few if you have them! The seeds were planted in mid July 2018, so it took about two weeks for signs of growth to appear, as you can see below.
1st August 2018: The first signs of the seedling appear from the soil
4th August 2018: The cotelydon leaves are opening up
13th August 2018: The first leaves have opened up and increased in size
27th August 2018: The centre of the stem shows the first signs of growth of the plant’s first real leaves
11th September 2018: The first new leaf has grown and now is larger than the embryonic leaves.
19th October – The second adult leaf has now grown and can be identified by its lighter colour and smaller size compared to the first leaf
19th October: The side view of the seedling clearly shows the four leaves – the first two baby leaves, and then the larger more mature leaves
25th October: A week later the new leaf is now the same size as the first one
The first few months of 2019 didn’t have any particularly visible progress, this is most likely due to the lack of sunlight and cooler temperature over the winter months. It can be worrying to keep seedlings alive through their first winter, even indoors, but luckily this seedling made it. The first signs of new growth appeared in April
16th April: After barely growing over the winter months, the seedling is now showing signs of a new leaf bud.
16th April: Side view showing the new leaf growth coming from the stem
21st April 2019: The fifth leaf, the third proper leaf, is now unfurled
The Neon Pothos plant is a popular indoor plant which is striking due to it’s bright, neon lime green leaves. It is often harder to acquire than a usual pothos and can sometimes be a bit slower growing. That’s because it is a bit more high maintenance than the typical easy going Pothos, but once you get it in just the right place and right care routine, it will thrive – as this one has! This particular plant will be immediately recognised by instagram plant lovers – it is owned by @jamies_jungle who shares his extensive plant collection on instagram. The plants are truly inspiring, but the most show stopping one is the Neon Pothos which has been trained to climb up the wall behind the sofa. This post will show the growth progress of this particular plant showing how it has progressed over time. If you are curious about the Neon Pothos growth progress, then keep scrolling!
Before we get started, if you want to do this yourself, there a few things you will need:
Self watering planter – This is a favourite product because it really does help a plant by giving it a consistent source of water, reducing stress that can be caused by irregular watering. For this we have located the exact same one used to grow this plant: US & Canada, Europe & United Kingdom, Australia,Asia
3M clips – These are the key to keeping the plant vertical and stable. The 3M clips are incredibly strong and reliable, but also don’t constrict the plant and so enable it to continue to grow. These are available here.
2nd June 2016: The Neon pothos was growing as a hanging plant for quite some time at a bright window.
13th July 2016: The sofa area before the pothos was moved
July 2016 – The neon pothos has been installed behidn the sofa and clipped to the wall.
3rd August 2016
23rd September 2016
2nd October 2016: Close up showing the plant which has been clipped to the wall in a rough zig zag formation
16th January 2017: This close up shows how the newer leaves are a neon colour and the older, more mature leaves darken slightly
27th January 2017
13th February 2017
11th March 2017
16th April 2017: Here is a close up of the self watering planter which is being used for this plant. It is sitting on a custom made stool behind the sofa. The exact self watering pot is available here16th April 2017: Close up of the clips showing how they hold the plant in place – the exact clips are available here23rd June 2017
Growing Basil from seed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Basil is a herb that is well loved for cooking, but did you know that it is also a very easy to grow indoor plant? Basil is easy to grow from seeds and is a very fast growing plant. It also is great to have your own fresh herbs ready at any moment for cooking, garnishing, or just plate decoration. If you want to grow your own, you can buy basil seeds for under $2 here.
It’s always best to grow basil in the warmer months, however this particular story proves that its not impossible to grow out of season, just a little slower than normal. This basil plant was grown by @pghplantmom and was planted in mid January 2018.
23rd February 2018: The seedlings have sprouted and have begun to produce adult leaves
6th March 2018: all of the seedlings have now produced large and healthy adult leaves – they aren’t quite ready to harvest because you want the plant to have enough leftover leaves to continue to grow.
13th March 2018: The plant is now much more mature and a few leaves could be harvested if required
15th March: Just two days later the leaves have continued to increase in size and more new leaves are growing rapidly
20th March: The basil now has plenty of leaves that could be harvested for cooking – once the plant has enough leaves don’t be afraid to pinch them off, it actually encourages more growth!
Tip: this plant had white spot mould growing on the top layer of soil – this can be quite common with plants and is easily fixed if caught early. This one was resolved by scooping out the pieces with mould, sprinkling cinnamon (a natural anti fungal!) and being put in direct sun for two days to dry out. So if your basil plant has white spots on the soil, don’t throw it away, it can be rescued!
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The Pilea Peperiomiodes, also known as the chinese money plant or pancake plant, is a truly quirky and unique houseplant. They are fairly easy to care for and are a great gift idea, since they are so easy to propagate from the pups. We get contacted a lot about this plant asking where to buy Pilea Peperomiodes online, so here are some sources:
These plants tend to grow in incredibly unique shapes which is why they are so popular (and photogenic!). This post follows the pilea plant growth rate for those who are wondering! Thanks to @debs.green.home for sharing your growth progress photos!
17th January 2018: The baby pilea plant
17th May 2018
15th November 2018
4th April 2019: Just over a year after the first image, the plant is now a striking and mature plant
If you are interested in purchasing your own pilea plant, please feel free to get in touch and share your growth stories! If you would like to find out where to buy a pilea peperiomides online, or any other rare plants, we have a full post on where rare plants are available depending on your location here.
We have some other Pilea growth stories you might be interested in!
Coleus is a relatively easy to care for plant with stunning leaf colour variegation. It is so stunning that a Coleus was painted by the famous Vincent Van Gogh. With the right care they can grow extremely fast to grow into a large plant. This plant has been cared for by @theplantjourney on instagram.
“A little background story about this Coleus. I bought it for 99 cents at the local Salvation Army Thrift Store around September of 2016. It was a 5 inch tall clipping in a small plastic cup of soil. I kept it inside all fall and winter until spring when I brought it outside. I’ve repotted it 6 different times in the last 10 months.”
5th December 2017: The plant is looking healthy living in a mug
3rd April 2017: The plant has been potted up into a terracotta pot
9th May 2017: The plant has continued to grow much taller and there is now more purple/red variegation appearing on the leaves.
19th June 2017: The plant has been moved to outside but sadly has become very thirsty. This one needs to be watered pretty much every day but recovers quickly once watered
25th July 2017: The plant has now recovered from being under watered a month ago
25th July 2017: Close up of the flowers which have appeared on the plant
As you can see it is a very fast growing and resilient plant! If you are interested in growing your own, they are available here.
If you liked this plant story you might also like our story of a rapid growing variegated monstera cutting which went from one leaf to 6 in just 6 months!!!
The Pilea Peperomia is also commonly known as the “Chinese Money Plant” is a stunning houseplant which is native to China. The unique looking plant also has a bonus – it grows small babies from the base – so if you get this plant, you will eventually have many more!
This plant is owned by @plantyourpainaway on instagram – follow to see further updates!
25th February 2017
23rd June 2017
10th October 2017
29th November 2017
16th February 2018
2nd April 2018
25th April 2018: The top of the plant was chopped off – this can help future regrowth
12th May 2018: In just a few weeks since the top was cut off, there is already new growth on the top
4th June 2018: The pruning was definitely a success, as new growth shows no signs of stopping
27th June 2018
26th August 2018: The new growth in the plant has filled out
18th November 2018
If you are interested in buying a pilea they are available here. The key to keeping unfamiliar plants alive and thriving in your home is the self watering pot – available here
Monstera Deliciosa plants are extremely popular houseplants, not just because of their iconic leaf shape, but also because they are quite easy to care for. They need relatively bright light and only need to be watered once a week – luckily, they are also very forgiving of their owner’s mistakes. This Monstera was grown from a cutting which had no leaves whatsoever and in just a year is now a thriving plant. This was grown in Sweden, and the owner shares many more growth stories on instagram @ekholm_greenplants.
30th May 2017: Approximately 7 weeks after originally planted, the first signs of new leaf growth appear
7th June 2017: Within a week the leaf has grown larger and has begun to unfurl
19th June 2017: The leaf is now fully unfurled and has even developed a split in the leaf
27th July: The first signs of a second leaf appear at the bottom of the stem
21st August: The second leaf has fully grown
29th October 2017: The plant now has three leaves – the growth rate of the Monstera is about one new leaf per six weeks
13th November: Two weeks after the last image, a new leaf has grown and unfurled entirely
19th March: Although no new leaves grew over the winter, the existing leaves have matured, showing a darker green colour and development of splits in the leaves
24th May: A close up of new leaf unfurling
24th May: Alternative close up of the new leaf unfurling. All new leaves are a light colour and they darken as they mature
13th June: In just over a year this plant now is a mature plant which continues to thrive and produce new leaves
If you are interested in growing your own Monstera, they are fairly common and available in most countries. Some links are below:
Variegated Monstera plants are an extremely coveted plant due to their unique colouring – unfortunately they are also difficult to find and often very expensive. This cutting was purchased online with roots and just one leaf. Since then it has been placed in a self watering pot which seems to have been a key success factor in it’s growth so far. For a number of months there were no new leaves, but just rigorous root growth into the water area of the pot. So far, there are a number of tips for your own success of one of these plants:
Get a self watering pot – Unless you already have confidence in your ability to grow these temperamental cuttings, it is best to get a self watering pot so that you know the plant can have a steady and consistent source of water. This means that the cutting won’t get stressed by erratic watering and can focus on growing!
Put it in bright light – While the white parts of the leaves are what make it unique, they aren’t actually functional – these parts lack chlorophyll and so limit the ability for the plant to photosynthesise. Ensuring your plant gets plenty of sunlight will help to counteract this.
16th January 2018: Monstera cutting planted in self watering pot in indirect sunlight
25th May: The original variegated leaf, with new leaf growth in the background
25th May: Variegated Monstera cutting in self watering pot
25th May: The back of the leaf showing how the variegation on the back is a different layer and therefore appearance to the front of the leaf
25th May: New leaf sprout appears very pale green colour
2nd June: The new leaf is beginning to unfurl towards the light
2nd June: Unfurling new leaf growth showing signs of some variegation
9th June: A week later the leaf has unfurled
9th June: There are already signs of another new leaf along the stem
9th June: The underside of the leaves
24th June: The base of the plant is showing signs of another new leaf growing
28th of June: The new leaf growth is taller than the second leaf and looks like it will unfurl any day now
28th June: Close up of the new growth showing variegation which will appear when the leaf opens
28th June: Full view of the plant with the new leaf growth
1st July: The new leaf is unfurling