Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chilis and chilis peppers!

I started all these chilis from seeds. Although they've been planted on the wrong location of the garden (I found out that chilis love full sun) - I've been getting a good decent harvest.
On the left are "fiery" Asian chilis and on the right are cayenne peppers.
Jalapenos and a bell pepper.
I'm saving all their seeds for next year.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

How to Propagate Sago Palms

I used a trowel and hammered it carefully around the offsets to remove it from the main trunk of the palm. It is not easy to remove the offsets with just a trowel especially with huge offsets like these. But with small offsets, a trowel is all you need.
Here is one of the offsets removed.
Let the wound of the offsets dry and heal for a couple of days. I usually dust off with powered rooting hormone to also act as a fungicide.
I was able to take as much as 15 offsets on my sago palm.
These small ones have roots!
Plant in special palm mixtures or in regular garden soil and water well. Place them in a location away from direct sunlight for a few days. Now watch as your sagos grow.
Young feather-like leaf of the sago

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lily of the Valley

My lily of the valley in a pot is ready to bloom.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Update: On Growing Chayote

Finally the chayote I planted a month ago has sprouted! I planted some tamarind seeds in the pot and they sprouted as well.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

How to Propagate Mangoes Through Seeds

Remove as much of the fleshly mango on the seed by washing it in water. Let it dry under the sun for a few days.
Cut around the edge of the fibrous shell carefully not injuring the seed inside. Separate the shells and remove the bean-shaped seed. Seeds are covered in paper-like package.
Plant directly in potting soil and place it in a warm location. In a few days, you'll see it sprout. This one can't wait any longer.
With leaves and roots.
I remember eating two small mangoes and a big one. They were so delicious!
My mango seedlings going on it's second growing year.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Seed Saving: White Sapote

On our way home from our trip to Temecula, we have to stop by the fruit stalls and I found this unfamiliar fruit called sapote.
This one got too ripe - it was mushy. It has a pear-like taste. By the way, you don't eat the skin of this fruit.
A fruit has five of these seeds. This one has been dried under the sun for a couple of days.
It isn't hard to remove the fibrous shell with garden shears. These are ready to be sown.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Christmas Tree

There's this tree that captured my attention - it looks like a silk floss tree but without the thorny trunks, has a few of these pinkish flowers, and has these huge seed pods. Any clue as to what this tree is?