Saturday, May 31, 2008

Update: On "Wintersown Seeds"

Finally some nice flowers! Do you see the seed pod on the second picture? I am definitely going to save the seeds to share it to friends. Last picture is the sweet fennel.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

How to Propagate African Daisies

There's a wide variety of African daisies out there. Some are hybrids with flowers up to 4 inches in diameter. Mine has purple flowers.
Take a two-inch long cutting just below a leave node from a healthy, pest-free stem.
Remove the lower half leaves exposing the bare stem. Cut half of the remaining leaves.
Dip the end of the cutting in a rooting hormone.
Poke a hole big enough to insert your cutting into the potting mix. I use peat moss.
Insert the cutting into the potting mix.
Mist the cuttings to keep it moist and cover it with transparent plastic bag to keep the moisture in. Place them away from direct sunlight. Roots have formed when you see new leaf growths or give it a gentle tug.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Loquat

I'm not familiar with this sweet-tasting fruit. Last year I've sown a couple of it's seeds and I have two seedlings growing. I've sown more a couple of weeks ago but I think the squirrels dug them out and took the seeds!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Harvest of the Day: String Beans!

My first harvest of string beans - the bush type. I only have like 20 of these (not all of them survived because of some critters that ate the baby beans) growing now but you still get a decent harvest. I just use my fingers to pick the beans that are mostly hiding under. They're growing well with plenty of sunlight and water. I never overhead water them. Well, there are more beans but they're still young so I have to wait another week. More beans to come.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Blooming Red Amaryllis

This is one of the four varieties of amaryllis bulbs that I bought from the store months ago - obviously it's a red amaryllis. I have to relocate this one away from direct sunlight so the flowers would survive longer - yes it's in a pot. Removing the pollens would prolong the life of the flowers and keep it from having that "pollen stain". The lateral blooms are almost fully opened and there are two more flower buds that would probably bloom open in a few days. It's a pretty sight to see more than three flower flower/ buds on this one.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Asian White Mulberry

I did a search on Google. Keywords were "white" and "berry". So finally, I found out that the tree I was looking at was an "Asian White Mulberry". The tree was big and most of it's branches were covered with these berries! They're so many - most of them were ripe and on the ground. Guess no one likes these berries except for some wild birds. Are they tasty? I'm hesitant to take a bite. You know anyone who has tried it? I took a few fresh berries, squish the seeds out of the fleshy pulp and sown them right away in soil. That's the information I found on sowing the seeds of these berries. I'm thinking of saving some seeds (have them sun dried) to share it with friends but I don't know if they will ever sprout. I'll have updates on this post.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Help Me I.D. This Tree

Anybody know the name of this tree? It has those really nice red flowers and has leaves that resemble silk floss tree.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Sowing Seeds From Planting America

So I received my free seeds from Planting America yesterday and I was so exited to sow them today. Make sure that if you received seeds from them to follow the sowing directions carefully (unless you're an expert to sowing these seeds). All the red, white, and blue spruce seeds has to be soaked in water at room temperature for 24 hours. Same with Engelmann seeds. And when sowing the birch seeds (river and paper birch) it is important to not cover them with soil. Just scatter them on top and keep them moist. Now we'll just have to wait till they all sprout. I'll keep you posted on this.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Free Tree Seeds from Planting America

Finally, my seeds from Planting America arrived today! And guess what, they're all free! I didn't request these seeds just because they are free - I am going to plant all these seeds and grow them all in my backyard and give some seedlings to friends (hopefully they all sprout). It's my first time to be growing these seeds. So here are the pictures of the seeds and they sent me six of the seven seed offers they have up on their website. 250 seeds per packet! Now if all those seeds sprout and grow into trees I'll have my own forest in my yard! Just kidding! I'm not going to sow them all at once. I'm experimenting on just a few (I'm a novice to these seeds) and will keep the rest of the seeds in the refrigerator until I'm ready to sow some more. Anyways, they have directions to sowing these seeds on their website. Check them out and see for yourself! Sorry, I just checked and they've ran out of this offer but it'll be up and running again, I'm sure. Thank you Planting America!