Archive for November, 2014

Choko trial

I have grown the white chokos (Spiked and smooth), and the green chokos before ~ The only time it grew well, it didn’t fruit very much. It just climbed up the neighbour’s big native trees with lots of vine growth…

I would like to give them a try again. Other than the choko fruits, Chinese also eat the choko shoots, and grow tips as a green vegetable. I don’t have much room, nor do I have any more big pots left, so my experiment is planting it in a medium size pot with a 60 cm tall frame (1/3 was buried…) aiming to keep it trimmed and hopefully it would bush up so I can harvest the grow tips ~ Any choko I get would be a bonus 🙂

Choko Seedling

Choko Seedling

Mango grown from cutting

I was given a rooted mango cutting in 2011, and it was shown in my 2012 post “Growing from cuttings“. I don’t know what variety it is, and have searched high and low on information about growing mangoes from cuttings. However, just like most fruit trees, all the information implies that it is impossible! Despite that, it was growing so well, I repotted it into a 400 mm pot before my son was born in 2012.

It is now standing taller than me in its pot, and flowered for the first time last year, but didn’t set fruit. It has flowered for the second time now, and looked like the fruits may stay on 🙂 I can’t wait to find out what mango it is ~~ Although I would think it would most likely be a Bowen ~

Mango babies

Mango babies

Superprize tomatoes update: Polyethylene box vs plastic pot

Although the amount of potting mix in the 250 mm pot, and the polyethylene box are probably about the same, however, the plant in the pot is showing much better and faster growth. Both of them are showing their first flower pinnacles, but the pot grown plant is a stronger plant.

Tomato flowers appearing

Since the plants were small when they were planted, I didn’t fill the pot with potting mix all the way up, so I can add more mix in as the plant grows. Tomatoes being a relative of potatoes, they grow roots where their stem touches the soil too, and by doing it this way, the plant anchors better into the ground and have more roots to take in water and nutrients. I couldn’t do that with the polyethylene box because it was shallow.

The other two plants in smaller containers are doing just a little bit better than the polyethylene box, which was a surprise since the amount of mix/soil in the box was at least double.

My conclusion is tomato plants do better in taller rather than wider containers of similar volumes, therefore, when transplanting tomato seedlings from their punnets, plant them into tall, minimum 250 mm containers. Fill half the container with potting soil/mix, bury up to their top two leaves, and add more potting soil as they grow until the pot is 85% full. My problem is, I don’t have any more 250 mm + containers!! Need to go out and buy some more!

Comparison

Lastly, I think the wider containers like the polyethylene boxes are probably better for vines… Maybe I should transplant the tomato in the box to a pot, and plant pumpkins or watermelons in the box instead ~