22 October 2019

Fowl's foot- Euphorbia




Wrinkled Leaf Spurge 
Decary's Spurge
Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge

Wrinkled Leaf Spurge
Fowls foot
Decary's Spurge





Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh)
decaryi (de-KAR-yee)


Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge

Euphorbia decaryi is a mat-forming stem succulent
 that spreads almost horizontally on the ground




Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge

An odd but intriguing plant







cyathia

water-wet/almost dry rhythm



From southeast Madagascar, Euphorbia decaryi is a mat-forming stem succulent that spreads almost horizontally on the ground by means of rhizomes. This type of Euphorbia has many branches that tend to form a thick canopy. Some of horizontal branches can be removed to expose the roots. Euphorbia decaryi is a small succulent with a shrub-like development. Simple zigzag edged leaves form apical rosettes on the stems and suggest a flattened palm tree. The stems sprawl and spread via underground stolons.



Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge

Beige, bell-shaped false flowers
 (cyathia) form in spring.

They are easy to cultivate Even in winter its soil should never completely dry out. Though it tolerates a dry over-wintering, in spring it needs moisture when new roots form. These plants prefer bright light, and do not take a prime growing space. They can grow in pots or in the ground in areas with mild climate, and they can be grown indoors. Euphorbia decaryi can survive outdoors when protected from light frost and freezing temperatures.






Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge

irregular stems bearing slender wavy edged leaves
Use very well draining loose soil and plant in a wide flat pot. Wait about two weeks after re-potting to let all wounds heal then water it with warm water. Let the soil dry out between watering, very little in water when the plant is dormant. Both the stems and leaves can take on a purple color if exposed to midday sun. They don't grow as well, but they can tolerate the intense light with enough water. Give them morning and late afternoon sun and shade in the middle of the day. Water regularly but do not over-water them.


Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge

tentacle-like stems thick, crinkly, leathery leaves


- a wide flat bowl
- a very loose soil
- semi-shade
- warmth
- water-wet/almost dry rhythm.







Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Euphorbia decaryi









Warning: Like all Euphorbia handle with care, the latex/sap can cause skin rash or itching.



Wrinkled Leaf Spurge Fowls foot Decary's Spurge
Some of horizontal branches can be removed to expose the roots



                    

29 September 2019

Bonsai Gathering

October 20
Third Sunday 2 PM
Join other bonsai enthusiasts and work in a group atmosphere. Participants are encouraged to share techniques, ideas and opinions.
Under the Oak

Bring your own tree if you dare.          Looking forward to seeing you………………

13 August 2019

Bonsai Gathering

Bonsai Gathering August 18
Third Sunday 2 PM
Join other bonsai enthusiasts and work in a group atmosphere. There is no teacher in this class. Participants are encouraged to share techniques, ideas and opinions.
Under the Oak

Bring your own tree if you dare.           Looking forward to seeing you………………

23 June 2019

Acer palmatum "Koto Hime" Airlayer Removed


Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum
Koto Hime



The leaves on Kotohime are among the smallest of the Japanese maples. The growth habit is upright with heavy branching. Trees may eventually reach 5 to 6 foot tall, but only after many years. The very small leaves are palmate, resemble a human hand. New leaves are bright red at the leaf edges, with green at the centers, then become bright green. 'Hime' means literally 'Princess' but here indicates a dwarf.



Air-layering as a way of propagating bonsai material. Layering will often create a ring of fine surface roots that yield an excellent nebari in a short period of time.


Root development at separation
of the layer from the parent tree




Acer palmatum 
Japanese Maple
Koto Hime
Keep Outdoors in a sunny location.
Deciduous tree and fully frost hardy.
Check the soil daily but only water when necessary.
Never allow soil to dry out, keep the soil evenly moist.
Koto Hime Japanese maple has a strong vertical growth habit
responds well to drastic pruning- allow shoots to extend 3 or 4 nodes
then prune back to 1 or 2 leaves, to maintain shape
Horizontal branches must be wired into place
Repot In Spring before buds extend
Koto Hime Japanese maple has a strong vertical growth habit
Fertilize at one-third strength during the growing season.
A great plant for beginners.

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