Weird Plant Growth, Growing Garlic, and Orchid Rebloom

In episode 49 Ellen and C.L. discuss how to get an orchid to rebloom, how to plant garlic this fall, and why you occasionally see a stem “go crazy” and grow in a flat, contorted manner. All this and a review of the Dramm One Touch Rain Wand.

This is an example of fasciation on a purple porterweed (Stachytarpheta frantzii) in C.L.’s garden.

:30 Plant Noob: What’s that weird stem on my plant? It could be the ever fascinating fasciation.

4:46 Eat/Drink/Grow:   It’s garlic planting time, so we talk

11:31 Product Review:     Dramm One Touch Rain Wand. What it is and why we love using it.

16:10 Love Letters and Questions: Kerry wrote an email that said “I’ve had a moth orchid plant for two years. I got it from a neighbor who was going to throw it out because it hadn’t re-bloomed for her. Is there any hope? Or should I toss it?”

This bush clover (Lespedeza thunbergii) is prone to fasciation, developing two or three wide, flat branches every year. See how congested with small buds the end of the one branch is? Weird, right?

Field garlic is what Ellen forages for.

C.L. thinks that the field garlic looks very similar to scallions.

If you plant individual garlic cloves in the fall, you’ll be able to harvest many huge heads of garlic the following summer.

We review the Dramm One Touch Watering Wand

This orchid under the grape arbor in C.L.’s yard is flowering after spending a few months resting in a sunny window.

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