Divide and Conquer!
I was in Lowe’s this spring to buy vegetable plants and seeds and of course I can’t go there without walking through the flowers, but I managed to get out with only purchasing two.
The colors of this canna lily just shouted my name! I love the burgandy foliage and the orangey/coral blooms. I immediately decided they had to come home with me. I knew I wanted to put them in pots by our hot tub, so I also got some creeping jenny to make the pots more interesting. Then I thought one pot might look a little lonely, so I bought 2 of each so I would have enough to do two pots.
I loved the way they looked sitting by the hot tub. And when I get my new deck built, they will be show stoppers! But have you ever noticed how things look better in threes? Yep. I needed another one. So a few weeks later I went back to Lowe’s to get another one and they were sold out. Insert sad face here.
I knew what had to be done. DIVIDE and CONQUER! I put potting soil in my third pot and then inspected the two plants I had to find a likely looking suspect. I was looking for a sprout that was a little removed from the center cluster of leaves. This would make it easier to separate from the pack. I then took my trowel and ruthlessly cut down into the soil between the one I wanted and the ones to remain! You could use a knife and if it weren’t potting soil you would probably need to, but the soil in the pot is so soft, the trowel worked fine. I then plopped my newly separated plant into its new home. I then did the same thing with the creeping jenny.
Now I have three beautiful pots. hmmmmmm When I get that new deck built around the hot tub, I just might need three more!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I did the plant surgery and LOOK! I have a new sprout in the newest pot!
I love these so much, I really have to control myself not to go overboard and plant more. I’d love to have a greenhouse and/or conservatory to do some major plant starting, dividing and propagation. Do you get new plants from the plants you already have?