Last year I received two pots planted with something called a Flower Rocket for Mother’s Day. I had high hopes, initially chronicling the growth of the two pots that would eventually lead to “thousands of blooms,” according to the product’s packaging.
My last entry comes from day 48, when nothing much was happening after 7 weeks. Throughout the summer I got maybe 6-8 flowers. I took some pictures, but apparently wasn’t excited enough to rush inside and blog about it.
Here are a couple of those pictures. It seems I couldn’t even be bothered to snap a decent shot of the few flowers that did come.
I suppose these do the job of proving that some flowers happened.
I had a bad experience with the Flower Rocket, but to be fair to its manufacturers, it’s possible that my balcony doesn’t get enough sunlight. There’s nothing anyone can do about that. I hope that other people have successful rockets flying to the land of “thousands of blooms,” but it didn’t work for me.
I wanted to show these tiny leaves for the assignment called Scale. These are from one of three maple trees that sprouted from seed last year in my planter. I brought the pot inside for the winter and these leaves appeared just the other day. I’m so happy to see that at least this one survived. It’s nice to have a touch of spring’s renewal inside my home.
I taped a quarter to the wall for scale.
These saplings made their home in one of my Flower Rocket pots, which were a Mother’s Day gift last year. The Flower Rocket was a preloaded seed pod that promised thousands of blooms, but it didn’t quite work out. I only got a handful of stray flowers throughout the summer, and that’s from two rockets. I posted updates last year but eventually got so fed up with them that I didn’t want to think about them anymore, focusing instead on the little trees that found their way up to my balcony.
As this was a gift, I’m not sure if the instructions were followed. I assume they were, since my parents are both good gardeners. (And they can read.) They helped my kids plant these things. Anyway, the box says, “Just plant … & water!” So those two steps are covered.
The box does warn that drying out will decrease growth. I may have slipped on that lately, but for the most part I have faithfully watered my Rockets since they were given to me. The box claimed I’d have “Continuous blooming all summer long!” I mean, when you see the “As Seen on TV” logo, you take things with a grain of salt, I guess.
Well at least I’ve got these maple trees growing, so that’s interesting. The mystery flower sprouts are doing well, too. That might be a marigold on the upper right.
It’s disappointing, but hey, not all experiments give you the results you want. I hope to get one flower out of these two pots by the time the cold weather comes in fall. If not I can always bring these inside and continue the disappointment 😛
So, since my trip to the nursery, who has had time for the Flower Rocket lately? I have so many more interesting things happening in my little container garden, that the Rockets are definitely not getting the same attention as they were several weeks ago.
The most interesting thing here is the maple tree that’s growing in the upper right. The seed was one of those little “helicopters” that choppered its way into the pot. I noticed it on the day that the helicopter was still hanging on to the leaves. I should have taken a picture, but missed the opportunity—it had fallen off by the time I went back out there. You snooze, you lose!
This pot has some interesting things happening….but, sadly, it’s not part of the Flower Rocket. Up top, these are spouts from seeds of this plant (below) that I also received as a gift for Mother’s Day.
I don’t know the name of these flowers, but when they dry out they create tons of seeds, as I found out when I was picking off the dead blossoms. Seeds spilled everywhere. So, I scooped them up and threw them in the Flower Rocket pot to liven things up.
I’ll admit that I do notice some more variation in the different plants and it’s, um, kind of coming along. But it’s definitely feeling like less of a ride on a Flower Rocket and more of a ride on a Flower Horse-Drawn Carriage. Or maybe a Barge. Or Wheelbarrow. Being pushed through sand.
So, we’re on Day 23. Again, not much has changed. Maybe this just takes a while to get going.
Maybe my impatience is a hint to why I don’t start flowers from seed 🙂 Well, that and because I don’t have any space in which to do so.
Vegetables are different though. Those seeds I like to plant because they grow quickly. Well, some of them anyway. I don’t plant the slow ones. Or the ones that grow deep. Or the creeping ones. Actually I don’t have a lot of space to work with, just a few containers on my balcony, so before it starts to sound like I’m getting a bit whiny, just remember that I don’t have the real estate to grow all the wonderful things I’d like.
I love the way this pea plant grew. It’s bigger now and looking for something to climb.
I’m worried about their future. Turns out we have to go away for the weekend. These things are supposed to be watered every day. The good news is that it’s supposed to rain, so I pushed the pots to the edge of the balcony where the rain usually blows in.
Day 13, Flower Rocket
I watered them thoroughly this evening and plan to top them off in the morning before we go. Good luck little sprouts! I’ll be back before you know it.
So we’re on Day 11 of the Flower Rocket Experiment. Things are going along nicely. We had a few rainy, cloudy days so I think more sunshine could have helped these guys along a bit more.
Day 11, sprouts (Oops, blurry!)
Now it seems like the pot that had the green spiral stuff sticking out of the soil might actually be doing better than the one that was buried farther down. I guess we’ll see how they go.
I almost feel bad comparing them. Like they say you’re not supposed to compare your children (even in your head, to yourself….but how can you not?). Maybe part of it is because I know which one of my children planted which pot 🙂
On Mother’s Day, my daughter proudly marched me outside to see my gift. What looked like a piece of blue bubble wrap sticking out of a flower pot is actually something called the Flower Rocket (as seen on TV!, apparently). The grandparents helped my kids plant them, and luckily they saved the box so there was something to explain what I was looking at. This allowed me to show genuine enthusiasm for my gift, as opposed to the times when, well…anyone who’s ever gotten a scribbled paper as a present knows what I’m talking about.
So here they are on Day 5. Looking good, seeing some tiny bits of green sprouting.
Here they are on Day 7. You can start to see differences between the sprouts. So far, so good.
The box promises that I’m getting 15 flower varieties, with more than 2,000 seeds, thousands of flowers, and continuous blooming all summer long. I’m excited and looking forward to how these turn out!
Has anyone had experience with these rocket things? I see that there’s a tomato one as well.
UPDATE: April 2015, To see how it all turned out, see the list of posts that I wrote about my two Flower Rockets