Sunday, September 27, 2009

Side Shoots on Papaya

Look at this single side shoot on the lower trunk of my papaya.
It even has bossoms.
The shoot is about a pencil thick.
A closer look at the side shoot.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Free Seeds at City of Hope's Health Fair

The pink ribbon used to express support for women diagnosed with breast cancer.
Aside from free seeds, I took home a couple of pens, notepads, and pins.
There were therapy dogs too! I didn't see George though-
After the health fair, I stopped by the Japanese Garden to look at the plants and the koi pond - one of the themed gardens at City of Hope in Duarte, California.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

How to Propagate Bunny Ears Cactus

These are cuttings from my bunny ear cactus (also known as Polka Dot Cactus, Angel's Wings, Cegador). When you take cuttings, make sure you use gloves to avoid being pricked by it's spines. Let the "wounds" on the cuttings dry for days before planting them.

I push the cutting about 1/4th to a half deep in a cactus mix. Make sure your cutting is the right way up. Place in partial shade. Lightly water it.
In a few weeks it will root and show new growth.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Flowering Mint Plant

So what does it mean when your mint plant starts to flower? Well, it's going to produce seeds! Then the seeds get thrown on the ground and you get more mint plants! It is wise to plant mints in containers or contain them by sinking barriers about a foot in the ground because they are quite invasive. The top picture is a mint plant that I purchased in the garden store and it's sending some runners which will grow into another plant. The bottom picture is a mint that I started from seeds and it's about a couple of month's old. I just transferred them in pots . I'm not sure what kind of mints these are as there are a lot of kind of mints.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata)

Ponytail palm is not a palm at all - it is considered part of the lily family. It is called by other names like "elephant's foot" because of it's distinct bulbous base, some call it bottle palm because of it's thin trunk and bulbous base. The head of the ponytail palm has leaves that are grass-like - weeping, pendulous, and smooth-edged.

A sandy-mix soil generally minimize the probability of root rot, especially compared to the peaty mixes normally used in most tropicals. Specifically, allow the soil to dry well between waterings, and if you have any doubt on whether or not to water the plant, skip it until the next week.

Light requirements for ponytails are pretty easy to remember if you think of where it is native to - the Mexico deserts. Provide bright indirect light to full sun.

Saturday, September 05, 2009