Plants in the house…

Things are growing fast here at Big Leaves. Right on cue, the Meyer lemon has been blooming and filling the sunroom with it’s sickly sweet smells.

One of the flowers on the Meyer lemon. The smell is incredibly strong when kept indoors.

Last year was the first time that I was able to get any lemons ripe enough to pick. Unlike some of the other tree-fruits, citrus must fully ripen on the plant. Once you pick it, the only change to the flavor and consistancy is when it eventually rots. The hard part, for me at least, is getting the lemons to turn yellow. I get lots of blooms, and lots of tiny green lemons. Eventually I end up with a few big, green lemons. 

Right now there are dozens of flower buds on the tree. I’ve never had so many before… I hope some of them end up as ripe lemons!

I think it probably has something to do with my fertilization regimen (or lack thereof). What I probably need to do is get some low nitrogen liquid fertilizer to dose as soon as I see buds appearing. At any rate, I’m happy that I’ve been able to keep this lemon tree alive and producing fruit for a few years.

Not yellow yet, but very recently it was still dark green like the leaves next to it. The lemons at this stage are from last year’s blooms.

I think the Opuntia humifusa is going flower for the first time very soon. Right now I can see 6 buds on the pads. I’m not quite sure which ones will be flowers and which will be new pads, but there are a few that are awfully yellow to be new pads.

I think these two are going to be flowers. Maybe if I’m lucky I can get them to become cactus pears!
These buds look like they might be new pads.

I have another opuntia next to this one. Another spineless variety, it is a small Opuntia ellisiana. I haven’t noticed anything happening with it, new growth or otherwise.

Remember the Moringa oleifera seeds I planted 11 days ago? After a few days they started to germinate. Now, after a few more days, they are between 4 and 5 inches tall.

Germinating at 80% is good enough for me. I really don’t know what I’d do with another M oleifera. By the way these are growing, I could indefinitely eat my fill of salad greens from just a tree or two.

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