Divide and Conquer!

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.

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The colors of this canna lily just shouted my ย 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.

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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.

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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.

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Now I have three beautiful pots. hmmmmmm When I get that new deck built around the hot tub, I just might need three more!

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I did the plant surgery and LOOK! I have a new sprout in the newest pot!

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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?

 

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9 comments

  1. madamdreamweaver says:

    I’d like to get Canna’s with burgandy leaves like that. Mind usually get all ratty looking though because of this certain kind of moth that lays eggs deep in the leaf coils and the caterpillars eat them until they look like brown rags.

    • gwingal says:

      Hi Madam, I had some like that too that always looked bad. I am keeping my fingers crossed for these. Hoping I can take care of them better since they are in pots. Thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • gwingal says:

      Thanks Cathy! I do love them. I don’t do many pots because I can’t keep them watered in this hot summer heat in Alabama, but these I just couldn’t resist. Thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. JES says:

    Love the way that plants are the gift that keeps giving! Thank you for sharing this easy propagation tip with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • gwingal says:

      Thank you Jes for stopping by and commenting! I do love plants that multiply and make it easy on me to spread them all around my yard. ๐Ÿ™‚

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