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Plant Profile: Senecio articulatus – Candle Cactus

urban jungle bloggers planty wishes candle sausage cactusPlanty Wishes is the final theme for the year for Urban Jungle Bloggers. I thought I’d show you my Candle Cactus – Make a Wish!

It is also known as a Sausage Cactus, as you can see, it looks just like little sausages piled up on one another, very cute and actually a trouble free plant for me. There isn’t much information on the internet about this particular plant, but my from own experience of owning this cactus for over a year, I’ll let you know what has worked, at least for me anyway.

Plant Profile: Senecio articulatus

Common name(s)

Candle Cactus, Candle Plant, Sausage Cactus, Hot Dog Cactus


Availability – In Australia, I bought online through a specialist.

Light – Kept in a bright patio area with occasional direct sun (winter only)

Size – can grow up to 60cm. Medium to fast grower.

Watering – Let the surface dry between waterings. Always allow to drain.

Feeding – Minimal. Likes very well drained soil, with a little sand added.

Flowers – Yes, tiny white ones in a cluster.

Oddities – It IS an oddity 🙂

Other – You can break off one of the ‘sausages’, allow to callous first and then replant, then you’ll have another sausage plant! You can see on the close ups that a tiny root is forming on the base of the higher up sausages. There is a variety called Senecio globosa which is more ball-shaped than cylindrical and very special – this is on my plant wishlist 🙂 Although called the Sausage Cactus DO NOT EAT!


urban jungle bloggers planty wishes candle sausage cactusWhat do you think of this Sausage Cactus? They’re very interesting and quite easy to care for, so check them out if you like the quirky and cute.  See at the base, there is a little ‘Cheerio’ (small sausage!) forming too.

Claire

DIY – Easy Table Decoration – Minimalist Look for Minimal Dollars

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollars tutorialDIY – Easy Table Decoration – Minimalist Look for Minimal Dollars would have to be the easiest DIY ever! We’ll be heading to the garden for this DIY, for something that is in flower or just finishing in the southern hemisphere. Can you guess?

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollars agapanthus headsAgapanthus! They are almost finished for the season here in Queensland and I used to use this trick when I had my florist shop to jazz up Christmas bouquets and boxes. If you don’t have any growing in your garden, take a drive around the neighbourhood – but ask 🙂 if you can cut them. Most people are happy that you’re tidying the garden up for them!

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollarsRemove the spent flower heads and sometimes the flower seed pods if they’ve formed already. Hold close to where you are removing with the other hand, because if you just pull on the flower head, the whole long stem can come off too. Just a note: there is a clear sap that can be a little itchy, so wear gloves if you think this may bother you.

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollarsGive them a blast under a tap to clear any debris – there usually isn’t much at all, it is like they are self cleaning!

diy easy greenery table decoration minimalist look minimal dollarsIn the boxes and bouquets I used to make, I used to spray paint them. I know, I know, some things can look terrible spray painted (like succulents and flowers can look gaudy too), but they actually looked quite nice slightly glittered, or a light spray of gold or silver. Customers used to wonder what they were.

diy-easy-greenery-table-decoration-minimalist-look-minimal-dollars-4So have a look in the garden for these ready-made nature Starbursts! In this case, I am leaving them natural for a minimalist look. The cost is practically free – just your time to collect what would otherwise be garden leftovers, so a minimalist look for minimal dollars. They last a very long time too.

If you’re stuck for table decoration ideas and have access to Agapanthus, give these a try. You’ll have your guests wondering what they are too. Will you tell them? 😉

Claire

Plant Profile: Aglaonema – Chinese Lucky Plant

plant profile aglaonemaPlant Profile: Aglaonema – Chinese Lucky Plant. Sounds like ugly, but certainly not, this is the Aglaonema species. Aglaonema have been grown as ‘lucky’ decorative plants in Asia for centuries, before being introduced to the West in 1880’s.

They are very hardy foliage plants (in the right conditions – see below) with spectacularly patterned leaves. Aglaonema’s have been bred into a vast variety of cultivars and are perhaps one of the most diverse houseplant groups.

Looking for a new plant for your home or office? Consider the easy care Aglaonema.

plant profile aglaonema

Plant Profile: Aglaonema species

Common name(s)

Chinese Lucky Plant, Chinese Evergreen


Availability – In Australia, nurseries and ‘Retailers’ with a Plant Section.

Light – Indoor and Indirect sunlight only – adapted to bright diffused light.

Size – some up to 1.2m, most about 30 – 50cm. Quite slow growing.

Watering – Let the surface dry between waterings. Water deeply, allow to drain.

Feeding – Light application of slow release fertiliser as the weather warms up.

Flowers – Yes, an inflorescence (a group of flowers on a stem). Best to remove.

Oddities – Aglaonema doesn’t like temperatures below 15°c. Likes humidity.

Other – Poisonous due to calcium oxalate crystals. Juice can cause numbing, then irritation, a painful rash and can be fatal. Be sure to keep away from inquisitive children and pets. Beautiful, but just be careful.


 

plant profile aglaonemaplant profile aglaonemaplant profile aglaonemaLook at the pretty pink variegation on the leaves – I think this particular cultivar is Sombat Sedthee or Sombat Siam. I’m not certain – there so many, but it’s PINK and pretty.

Do you like the pink plant stand? It’s from Kmart (Australia) $2!

Claire

DIY – How to Make Button Flowers

diy how to make button flowersDIY – How to Make Button Flowers. Urban Jungle Bloggers have asked bloggers to style up their homes for October and submit photos of … Plants & Flowers. I’ve also been thinking about Button Craft, so I’ve brought the two together to bring you Plants and … Button Flowers! To follow is a DIY – How to Make Button Flowers.

You will need:

  • Buttons. An assortment to find different sizes and colours
  • Florist Wire. 22 or 24 Gauge. 20 gauge works, but is a little thick
  • Blu-Tack. But green 🙂 I already had bright blue and yellow and mixed
  • Jewelry Snips. To trim excess wire if you have it

How to:stacks of coloured buttonsstacks of coloured buttonsstacks of coloured buttonsFirst gather your buttons and decide on the colour of each stack. Play around until you have your button flower colour scheme sorted.

tutorial steps how to make button flowersMaking button flowers is easy. Simply thread your wire through all the holes.

Make a bend in the wire, long enough to thread back through and make a twist.

If you have a four-holed button, make sure you thread diagonally across.

With a two-holed button, go up through one and down through the other.

Do this for each stack of buttons.

To finish, twist the wires together. Snip excess wire if you have any.

how to make button flowersI have made button flowers before without finishing with the green tack, but to make these button flowers a bit more finished and pretty, I simply squished some green tack to create a ‘calyx’ for the flower.

Now you’ll have button flowers on stems. Poke the wire into whatever you want to decorate. In this case …

button flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers in cactus gardenbutton flowers close upbutton flowers in cactus planterbutton flowers in cactus planterbutton flowers in cactus planterButton flowers add a POP of colour to your plants!

If you like the planter it is in, you can find it here – DIY – Kmart Hack – Make a Planter from a Metal Lantern.

Claire

Plant Profile: Marimo – Underwater Pom Pom!

plant profile marimo moss algae ball underwater pom pomPlant Profile: Marimo – Underwater Pom Pom! Meet the Marimo. Spherical moss, ball seaweed, or moss balls (and a few other names), Marimo are actually a special and rare kind of algae (not moss) that grow into balls – and look like … Underwater Pom Poms! They feel and look like wet wool felt 🙂

Colonies of these balls form underwater in lakes in Japan, Iceland, Scotland, Estonia and Australia. I bought mine from an Aquarium Supply shop, who assure on their website that they are obtained in Australia, sourced from certified sellers and in no way imported illegally.

My guys are about 6cm and 8cm across. Although not a usual house ‘plant’, they can be kept in vessels to bring a little green into your home and are very easy to care for.

plant profile marimo algae balls underwater pompomPlant Profile: Aegagropila linnaei

Common name(s)

Marimo, Spherical Moss, Ball Seaweed, Moss Balls, Cladophora Ball, Lake Ball, Mossimo


Availability – Try aquarium shops and/or online suppliers (certified). See Below.

Light – Indoor and Indirect sunlight only – adapted to low light conditions.

Size – up to 30cm. Grow about 5mm-1cm a year. Cost depends on size.

Watering – They live in water! Ordinary tap water. Change it every 1 – 2 weeks.

Feeding – Nope!

Flowers – Nope! Just cute balls of green.

Oddities – Can put them in the fridge if temps go over 25°c – dislike hot weather.

Other – Soda water will increase photosynthesis. Roll them around every so often to keep round shape.  You can divide and roll them to create new balls.  plant profile marimo algae moss balls underwater pom pomsSo, do you want your own underwater pom pom now 🙂 That is the nickname we have for them and it suits don’t you think!

Also, if you like green, round plant things! … check out my post on How to Make a DIY – Kokedama Teddy Bear.

Claire

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