Someone once told me that before you set yourself on a journey to finding your significant other and start a family, there is a simple check-list to mark off:
- Get a pot plant/ gardening and look after your flora. If it survives then you upgrade and…
- Acquire a pet animal and look after your fauna. If it survives then you can comfortably move on to…
- Finding your significant other and look after them. If both your partner and yourself are happy with each other then…
- Perhaps you can plan to start a family
However, this is of course just a ‘novelty’ check list compiled by some person/s somewhere who probably wants us to take social relationships more seriously. None the less I have decided to start with ‘Step 1’.
I decided to use old champagne corks to act as a pot for my plant (succulent variety). Succulents are a good hardy plant that requires little water most of the days in the year. The variety that I have at home don’t require the planting of their whole roots in order to grow. By cutting off a leaf from the main succulent plant the leaf can grow on its own once planted in the soil.
I then bathed the corks in water for a few hours before letting it dry and then boiled them in hot water for under 10 minutes. I read somewhere that by boiling the corks it not only expands the material but makes it less susceptible to crumbling.
Following, I carved the inside of the cork to make enough room for some soil and my succulent leaf to fit in.
I originally planted my first leaf in my cork pot but discovered that it was already in the middle of wilting. So I had to replant a newer cut into it.
I am hoping that in another 2 weeks I may start seeing some obvious signs of grow. Wish me luck.
Disclaimer: I am an amateur gardener and I only really tend the garden 3-4 months in a year (during warmer weather). This particular post is based solely on my experience with this succulent variety of plants. Results may vary, additionally I don’t even know if this will actually work for me. A fun little side project none-the-less.
©Tracy Ng (N-G). All rights reserved.