Plant Care Videos from The Midwife’s Nursery

I am working on making videos for the various houseplants that I sell on Etsy. I will be adding to these over time. I specialize in epiphyllum cactus varieties, rhizomatous begonias, various succulents and I have a few bromeliads. I will also add the outdoor plants I sell – right now, this is daylily, iris, banana yucca, and a few native southwest US plants. I am a small home-based nursery, so my selections vary with the availability of plants to propagate. Please enjoy the videos and let me know if there are specific ones you want to be added. Also, please follow Art from the Hartt on YouTube for my latest updates. #Houseplantcareinstructions #orchidcactus #queenofthenight

Epiphyllum Cactus Rooting and Care Instructions
Euphorbia Tirucalli Pencil Cactus Rooting and Care Instructions

The Christmas Succulent Succulent Tree

It’s almost Christmas. My poinsettias are looking a little worn down and my amaryllis have yet to send up a stalk. So, Saturday I was looking for something else on the web and succulent ornaments popped up. For some reason, that grabbed my attention.

I have two 5-6 foot pencil cacti that come in for the winter. One of them is my regular ornament and lights tree. My cats do not mess with those. I’ve used them as Christmas Trees for years now. I think they like the lights. They are succulents and a close relative of the poinsettias. My second cactus is not near a plug, so it’s been bare. But, it hits me that I could hang succulent ornaments on it.

I spent the morning shopping for succulents and moss. Home Depot had several colors of twine. I was set. I came home and made the kokedama (moss balls) and dipped them in algae water. Then an ornament hook, and my succulent became a succulent tree.

Today, I decided I needed a few more succulents. It occurs to me that I could make a star out of a larger moss ball. So, off to the store for supplies.

The star was a challenge to make. I’m a little worried it won’t last, as the cuttings need to root and the moss will be damp for a few days. It was also too heavy to set on the tree, so its suspended from the ceiling.

Anyway, I’ll probably need to add a plant light to that area. I’ll leave the babies up year-round. I imagine they will love my porch in the summer.

I wonder if the project is sustainable? It seems like the succulents ornaments may need to be enlarged if the succulents grow. They are not rolling stones.

And so it is, the first year of the succulent succulent tree.