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Water to plants

Since we have moved, I now have a tap in the backyard. That’s probably something a lot of people take for granted, but previously I had to go outside to the side of the house to turn the tap on, then throw the hose over the fence to water the garden and my pot plants in the backyard. (Seriously, I don’t know what the building designer/architect for that townhouse complex was thinking?!) It is now so much easier that I’m watering my plants more regularly. It helps that my son is now a little older and okay for me to be out of sight for a little while and also there’s lawn in the backyard for him to play in while I water the plants. The down side is there’s no rain water tank installed in this house. Oh well, I guess there’s no perfect house, especially rental.

Anyway, since the plants are watered more regularly, I can really see their changes. Their leaves looks a lot better, and even start flowering either for the first time, or much more profusely. Namely, the port wine magnolia flowered for the first time, the Lots A Lemon flowered profusely with its perfumed blooms attracting lots of bees, and the wisteria which struggled to push out one raceme the year before, failed to flower last year, have produced four racemes this year ~

It shows a little regular watering goes a long way ~ Even chlorinated town water ~

Wisteria with four racemes

Wisteria with four racemes

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Airlayering Crabapple

I have attempted airlayering (aka marcotting) once before on a longan tree. However, it was a half hearted attempt, with only one branch, obviously it did not take. I later found that I did not cut deep enough to the cambium layer, nor was the cut wide enough.

I’m trying again with crabapple this time. I’m using coconut coir fibre as medium, and used two types of wraps, bubble wraps, and packaging ziplock bag. I so hope this would work, because I would like to do this to several mature trees I planted at my parents’ place, and it would be a great way to produce plants for sharing and bonsai practice!

Will update in a couple of months 🙂

Crabapple air layer

Crabapple air layer

Follow up to this blog:-

https://subtropicalgarden.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/airlayering-crabapple-follow-up/

https://subtropicalgarden.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/my-baby-crabapple-tree-went-to-a-good-home/