From One Small Stem

One small stem cutting turned into a behemoth plant stuck in a planter.

I wanted to make sure I had a back-up Bat Face Cuphea (Cuphea llavea),which attracts all kinds of pollinators, and decided to start a cutting in my self-watering planter.  It is an excellent planter to start cuttings and seeds in as it will stay damp.

Unfortunately, I paid very little attention to the size the cuphea had become until it had taken up my entire planter. It had to be removed and it was no easy job.  It took a lot of time and tools to free it.

The Cuphea is looking as droopy as I felt after hard work on a hot day.

Note: The plant is much more colorful than the cutting in the first photo.

And I was being watched the entire time.  I found this Rosy Wolf Snail that had crawled to the top of the garbage bag.


6 Comments on “From One Small Stem”

  1. shoreacres says:

    Those snails can creep up, can’t they? They’re as quiet as they are slow. This one’s rather pretty — just as your plant will be once it’s recovered a bit.

  2. Tina says:

    I really like cuphea plants, but didn’t have much luck with them in my garden. They are very hardy though in the right conditions!

  3. Deb says:

    Lol, never know who’s watching! Hope your plant bounces back .


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