My Mini Urban Garden

In light of the good weather, I’ve been watering my plants like crazy because I thought they needed it, but apparently I was wrong. I started seeing signs of brown spotting, and quickly thought they were suffering from root rot.

I couldn’t tell how my cactus was doing, so i stabbed it with a needle. A healthy cactus would ooze clear fluid, while a dead one would be dry. Neither happened. White stuff came out (that’s what she said ;D) instead, and I was surprised to find that I did not have a cactus.

Meet “Prickly the 2nd!” I bought him after my mother’s bypass surgery last year as a healthy reminder of the milestone. A common identity mistake, this plant is actually a Euphorbia, also an Angiosperm like a cactus, but from another family.

The two can be differentiated by the poisonous, soapy white liquid. It’s actually an ester derivative which can cause inflammation and irritation when in contact. Some are even considered cancer-causing agents. I’m glad I Googled it before poking at the the white jelly.

While I’m at it, I might as well introduce you to my other plants.

You’ve already met my small angiosperm plant plug, “Tempest,” who I got from the great storm of the Philadelphia Science Festival 2011. I still need to buy soil and transport this little guy 😦

The next two plants here are actually presents from my parents for my 21st birthday.

The “Money Tree,” also known as Pachira aquatica, is actually a tropical plant that can grow to almost 60ft in the wild. It had gotten it’s nickname from a myth that a poor man prayed for money and had magically received the braided tree, whose seeds he sold for money. It was popularized by Eastern Asian culture .

I appropriately named my money tree “Dinero,” which means money in the Spanish language.

Finally, we have “Poe-Poe’ named after the Kung-Fu Panda hero (so excited for the sequel!!!) because it reminded me of bamboo leaves. The tag classifies it as “assorted foliage,” but based on it’s characteristics I hypothesize it’s a Chamaedorea plant from the family Palmae
I used this awesome dichotomous key: http://www.gflora.com/index.php?cmd=def

Hope I can invoke my inner gardener so these guys can flourish!

Sources:
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Cactus-710/damaged-cactus.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachira_aquatica

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3 comments on “My Mini Urban Garden

  1. improperintegirl says:

    I love your plants! I used to have a catcus that made purple flowers inbetween its stickers on occasion… it ended up dying after a number of years 😦 perhaps I will get another one some day. For now I’m taking care of my orchid, my father’s jade, my mother’s aloe vera and I’m trying to care for one, just sprouted basil plant. ^^ I think I shall name my orchid as you have named your plants… just as soon as I think of a good name.

    If you ever want any super fragrant flowers, I highly recommend jasmine or gardina.. we used to have those but they kept getting spider mites 😦

    • G’luck with your plants 🙂 I say totally name your orchid! I never named my items or plants (only pets), but my one friend names everything she has and I suppose it became contagious haha.

      I agree, jasmine smell lovely, but I LOVE gardinas! I think I may have to get one for my room as well 🙂 It’s like a natural room freshener! haha.

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