Planting Plant Pillows for Plantbombing (Phew!)
Heather’s posted a followup to our plantbombing posts with a second type of plant pocket, which we’re calling “plant pillows.” Theses are different because the soil is entirely enclosed in a knit pillow. Instead of planting in the open top, you insert cuttings through the knitting and they root inside. Here’s how.
1. Heather holding the completed pillow, with soil sewn inside.
2. Our victim. To be honest, I don’t know exactly what kind of succulent he is – probably some kind of Aeonium. (Do you know? Please let me know.) He’s perfect for this because his stems are long and thin. I cut a few off, about 2-3 inches long.
3. The freshly cut stems take a dip in rooting powder. This isn’t required, but it seems to help roots develop faster.
4. Gently – gently! – poke the stem through the pillow and into the soil inside. The most important thing is not to damage the rosette. Remember you can scrunch up the pillow to clear the way for the stem.
5. Place a few more cuttings. Whatever you think looks good.
7. Rinse off any excess soil and dampen the soil inside.
8. Let the pillow sit for a while horizontally for the cuttings to root. Hang when ready.
That’s it! If you’d like to give it a try, visit Heather’s knitting instructions.
Photos by Heather Champ.