Pratia pedunculata in a bottle

I’ve been growing Pratia pedunculata in a closed bottle for about a year now.

plant in a closed bottle

It’s a closed ecosystem with enough water and nutrients to last it for decades. The plant gets about 2 hours of direct sunlight and during this time it gets very humid.

pratia-root

A few months after closing the bottle I noticed the development of vertical stolons (rhizomes?).

pratia-root-zoom-out

Interestingly those not directly in contact with water condensation on the glass surface or parts of the plant itself started changing their form.

Pratia pedunculata stolons

All stolons suspended in the moist air took up a fluffy form with what appears to be very fine hair.

Pratia pedunculata stolons fluffy

At this point I’m wondering if this is some sort of moisture collection mechanism or a type of fungus attacking the plant.

Zoysia Matrella and Winter Yellow Patches – Mystery Solved!

Recently my Zoysia lawn started developing unsightly yellow patches. This made me worry as it happened right at the beginning of the winter here in Brisbane and we’ve had a fair bit of rain as well. The immediate suspect was of course fungus! Continue reading Zoysia Matrella and Winter Yellow Patches – Mystery Solved!

Here’s what happens when you mow overgrown Zoysia matrella

I love Zoysia matrella and I love it’s natural forming waves, particularly on a sloping site such as the one in front of my house. People slow down with their cars to look at it, sometimes stopping completely getting out and touching it, checking to see if it’s real. When they ask about mowing I say it’s a no-now lawn! Continue reading Here’s what happens when you mow overgrown Zoysia matrella

Zoysia Tenuifolia – No Watering Experiment

I went to Europe for 30 days and left my Zoysia tenuifolia on its own to see just how needy it really is and whether it can be left dry for extended periods of time. The grass was installed on the 15th of August and my trip was in mid-September so it had a bit of time to establish before I left. I watered it regularly. Continue reading Zoysia Tenuifolia – No Watering Experiment