6 months after the "Whackage"

paul_(z5 MI)January 12, 2014

Okay perhaps a tad over 6 months but I was too lazy to take a pic early this new year.

So for those who had not tuned in back in June when I whacked my Blue Twinkle down from this

to this

The question was voiced as to how long it would take to fill in again. At that time I guess-timated around 6 months. So here is that Blue Twinkle in its current state:

So all in all, I'd say I guessed fairly well. And for those who might be curious ... its been blooming non-stop since early October.

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Linda

I love your terrariums!

Linda

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 1:38AM
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froeschli

I always find it amazing what these plants will survive!
But in your case, I think the plant's saying "in your face **********!" :-p

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:49AM
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becky15349(5)

It looks so much healthier!! I like the terrarium too, any critters in there? Would love to see more pics :)

    Bookmark   January 17, 2014 at 9:18AM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Becky, the only "critter" is my Varanus plasticus.

Providing for the needs of an animal as well as for the needs of the plants, generally takes the difficulty of both design and maintenance to a whole other level.

As a side note for any who might be interested in such things, enclosures including non-aquatic animals are termed "vivariums". Vivariums which include both land and water elements -- such as a mini pond -- are termed "paludariums".

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 3:02PM
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zackey(GA 8b)

I'd love to see a picture of the terrarium from the outside.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 4:01PM
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froeschli

You know what you're doing here, right?
Not enough that I have 1 1/2 shelves full of AV's now, but next time I see a fish tank or terrarium at a garage sale, I won't be able to help myself.... :-p

The only reason I don't have geckos or frogs, is because I am not going to raise/bring in live bugs to feed them...

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 4:48PM
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Linda

Zackey,

Paul posted two outside pictures not too long ago. Maybe you can hunt them up. Use key word 'whackage'.

Linda

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 12:01AM
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zackey(GA 8b)

Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 12:06AM
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aegis1000

Nice presentation of how violets might look ... in the wild.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 5:18AM
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paul_(z5 MI)

â¢Posted by froeschli 6b

You know what you're doing here, right?
Not enough that I have 1 1/2 shelves full of AV's now, but next time I see a fish tank or terrarium at a garage sale, I won't be able to help myself.... :-p

Just doing my civic duty of broadening people's horizons.

â¢Posted by froeschli 6b

The only reason I don't have geckos or frogs, is because I am not going to raise/bring in live bugs to feed them...

That's the beauty of my Varanus plasticus ... I don't have to worry about any of that.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 12:15PM
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Linda

Lots of fish tanks at Goodwill and they're 1/2 off on Saturdays.

Linda
...making it worse for Karin... ;)

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 5:18PM
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zackey(GA 8b)

LOL! Salvation Army is half on on Weds. here. I have a fish tank already that someone gave me. I just have no room in the house for it. I'll keep looking for a small terrarium instead.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 5:51PM
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froeschli

Hahahaha, do you actually think I'd put myself in the way of temptation? :-p

Have a trip to VV planned sometime though, love their knick-knack-section, and with looking for other inventive wicking-solutions, that might just be the ticket....

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 8:48PM
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Linda

Karin,

I think that now you've got your violets on track, you'll be looking for a new challenge...

Linda

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 12:23AM
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froeschli

challenge: how to fit more plants in existing growing space...
solution: get a terr and stack plants on top of it!

i was thinking of getting a terr for when i get my hands on some petrocosmea leaves - besides, i have a fern that is dwindling...
now there's a handy excuse! :-)

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 8:52AM
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paul_(z5 MI)

Zachey, just bite the bullet and make space for the tank. Smaller terrs are often, IME, more work in the long run and far more limiting in what you can create.

Karin, be forewarned -- in terr conditions ferns very quickly become thugs that will take over the entire tank, muscling out all the other plants. Keeping the fern in a pot and planting it pot and all in the terr can help restrain it for time but only for a time. They will escape and try to stage a coup. The fact that they can and will send rhizomes from one end of the tank to the other makes controlling them more challenging. (And if the fern forms spores you will REALLY find them everywhere.) You will need to go in an prune it back aggressively on a regular basis.

That said, they can be beautiful in terrs.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 2:59PM
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