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Didymochlaena truncatula FTW!

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:54 pm

I finally placed the fern. Thanks to the label on my African Violet, I was able to find out what kind of fern I have. Apparently, it is called Didymochlaena truncatula or the Mahogany Fern.

When it isn't as overfed as mine is, it's really a lovely plant. The fern is still alive, so it's not too late to save it. I will just tone down on the feedings and up the light a bit. I was giving it the regular bi-monthly feedings I gave all my other plants. Not good. Now I know though, so hopefully, it will thrive. I pruned the dead leaves off of it to give it a bit more light, air and room to grow.

Other than that, more Cinnamon Basil and Lemongrass is coming up. I can't wait until it's big enough to eat. Between those two plants and the nasturtiums, I plan on doing a lot of my own herbal flavorings when I cook or make salads. That's if the tomatoes grow and if I get the peppers I want.

I'm also thinking of getting Shiso seeds. I can't make up my mind which one to get though. One is red leaved, another is green leaved and the third is bi-colored (red and green). They're almost $4.00USD a pack on Johnny's and I can't seem to catch them on the other sites for much cheaper at $1.00USD a pack. They're always sold out.

Today, I also found out what kind of African Violet I have. It's apparently called "Maine II" variety. In celebration of finding out what kind it is, I took a cutting, dipped it in some rooting hormone and immersed it in some water to make an attempt to root it. Thank goodness for my medication bottles. They're the perfect size for the leaves.

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Frank wrote on Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:21 am:

Hi KTC, sounds like you are on top of things! The African Violet variety is very beautiful.


xantedeschia wrote on Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:07 pm:

Thanks! Would you believe I got it for 99 cent? The Supermarket wanted to get rid of the whole shipment because it had been sitting there for weeks with no one buying them. So, it was marked for "quick sale".

I'm hoping to get more colors this year. :)

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