Plant-y Newsflash for the Fall

November 15, 2013 § 2 Comments

Gosh, this is exciting: my two poinsettias from last Christmas(!) not only survived, they’re starting to turn red again!

Poinsettias Turning Red

Previous years they’ve just died on me. I don’t have a very good green thumb to begin with, but I just don’t seem to get poinsettias. Nowadays I don’t even bother trying anything fancy besides watering them, and I buy them from the supermarket. Needless to say, I’ve been close to incredulous that these two survived through the winter, then through the spring and summer. And they’re still going. And turning red!

I’ve kept them in our living room throughout the year. That means whatever the room temperature happens to be: variable without air conditioning in the summer; in the winter, daytime mid-60s (18-20 celcius) and nights 57-58 Fahrenheit (15-ish). They live next to the west windows, so there’s plenty of light in the summer. I do try to draw the shades after noon, so that the glare won’t overwhelm the plants. We tend to spend our evenings at the opposite end of the house, so they don’t get artificial light at night. (That may be what triggered the blush, in connection with the cool fall weather, now that I think about it.) Besides watering every 10 days or so, or every week if they seem dry, that’s all I’ve done. (Note to self: try to replicate these conditions next year, too!) And they’re turning red – did I mention that already! πŸ˜€

In other plant-related news, at the end of October, before the night temps dropped below freezing, we picked the last cherry tomatoes off our vines and brought them in. They hadn’t had enough time to ripen, though. Mr. E’s mother ripens her green tomatoes underneath a towel in a bowl with some apples, so that’s what we tried.

Ripening Tomatoes

It works well, although not fast. I’m glad we were able to save the last of the tomato harvest – there was quite a bit, as you can see from the photo. Yay for (very, very, very) basic chemistry! πŸ™‚

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