Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jasmine Pod?

Anybody know if the seeds are viable?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

How to Repot Orchids

Select pots that are bigger than the old container.
Carefully remove the orchid from it's pot.
Remove some of the old potting material from it's roots.
Snip the dead roots and trim the dried leaves.
Partly fill the container with the orchid mix.
Position the orchid and fill around more orchid mix.
Don't forget to water and keep it away from direct light for a couple of days.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Found Dog!

I found this dog wandering the trail last Friday morning while walking my dogs. It looked lost so I took him home gave him a bath and brought him to the animal shelter. It didn't have a tag but hopefully he has a microchip. And I do hope they find his rightful owner/s.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Update: On "Wintersown.Org" Seeds

Remember that a couple of weeks ago I started sowing those seeds that Wintersown.Org sent me. There were ten different seeds that they sent me and to date these are the ones that have germinated. None of the tomato seeds have germinated yet. I'm not using any special equipment to grow these. Probably I've started them out too early. Well, patience, patience. It's my first time to see some of these seedlings - like the spider flower and the swamp milkweed! It really makes me happy to see these tiny plants and I couldn't wait much longer to see them grow big! Check back for more updates on these and the ones that have not germinated yet.
Spider Flower Seedlings
Swamp Milkweed Seedlings
Sweet Fennel Seedlings
And this one I don't know. The cardboard paper I used as plant marker got lost. It'll surprise me when it starts flowering for sure.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Free Seeds From

So I sown them today. The packet contains assorted flower seeds.
And the packet contains the instructions on how to sow them. I'll give you updates on this.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

How to Save Silk Floss Tree Seeds

Here is a Silk Floss tree that I started from seed a year ago. These trees grow 60 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and they have gray to green trunk with stout spines (thorns) and light green palmately compound leaves. Reason mine is growing in a container is I'm not quite ready yet for a 60-foot-tall tree in my backyard! I've noticed that most of it's leaves are turning yellow-brown and some are falling off. It is common sight during the winter season to lose it's leaves.
Here's a closer look at the spines. They look dark brown but they lose color when they mature.
Here is a Silk Floss tree fruit pod. Let the pod mature on the tree and wait until it turns brown. Mature pods usually drop off from the tree.
Carefully break open one end of the pod by using a shearing pruner.
Here is the woody shell of the pod.
And here is the cotton inside the pod.
Seeds after separating them from the cotton. Store and label them.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

A friend of mine gave me this cactus from her garden. She gave it to me as a bare cutting. She said it's easy to grow them - just stuck it into fair soil and watch it grow. Well, as you can see here, I think I killed my cactus. This cactus has been with me for more than a year now and I think it's time I say goodbye to it.
I've pulled it out from the container and found no roots. I don't know what made it die. From the weather? Too much rain and the winter cold probably killed it. She promised me she'll give me another cutting of this cactus but I have to wait 'till summer. Any ideas as to how to grow cactus? Can you help me ID this plant? I'm still learning.