Last week I said that I got my shipment of Ionanthas, and I posted photos on FaceBook, but I forgot to write a post about them.
Well, my baby Ionanthas are doing quite well. I guess I didn’t soak them for long enough initially and they started to look a little dry, so I immediately gave them another longer soak. Since then they seem to be doing wonderfully. I have two of them sitting on my desk right now and they’re very pretty, even if they are just green at this point. That’s them in the top photo, the Guatemalin and the Rubra. They’re in a bowl with a bunch of glass vase stones.
This is the Mexican and the Fuego. They’re in a glass with some irregular vase stones and a few large faceted crystals on top. I love how the light plays through it and makes them look so wonderful. These little guys are sitting on top of my jewelry case on my vanity, right near the window.
This is the Scaposa. Like the Mexican and Fuego, it’s in a glass with the irregular stones and faceted crystals. She’s sitting over on my altar and I think it looks lovely with that beautiful blue and silver covering I have there.
I have water in all of the three containers my Ionanthas are in. The water is low enough to not touch the plant, but we have forced air here and I didn’t want them to dry up. I’ve never read anything about people doing this, but it seemed like a good idea to me, so I’m going with it. I figure the evaporating water will aid in keeping them hydrated.
I made an alarm on the computer so that I’ll remember to give them their weekly soak. Unlike my other plants, I can’t just feel the dirt each morning and know when they need water. It’ll be a new habit to get into. I’m so eager to see these start to grow and bloom. I bet they’re going to be gorgeous.