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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

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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 ~

Super Prize Tomatoes

I wasn’t going to buy any seedlings, but it was more than half price at a supermarket… only $1.30 for a pot of tomato seedlings. The reason they marked them down is of course due to half of the seedlings were dead already, and all of their pots were bone dried. But I did spot a pot with three surviving seedlings of a variety called “Super Prize” which only grow to 50 cm high. I have always grown open pollinated indeterminate, so a small determinate F1 tomato is new to me, and it’s a bargain too good to pass.

After watering them regularly for a week, I think it’s ready to be planted out. Sadly when I tried to separate them, I found their roots were all tangled up. Although I managed to separate them, a lot of roots were lost. There was a little surprise though, there were four seedlings instead of three. Well, I hope at least one of them survive. I have potted them into different size containers, the largest of which is a Styrofoam box. So there’s a lot of spare space in that one, in order not to not waste valuable grow space I’ve poked in a few cuttings (Wisteria, crabapple, and mostly prunus mume) to see if they’ll take.

Hopefully, I’ll have an update in a couple of months with harvests ~

Tomato plants transplanted into different containers ~

Tomato plants transplanted into different containers ~

Must be getting really warm!

It must be getting really warm! My Kang Kong is sprouting up again … but where’s my wisteria flowers? Why are they leafing out without flowering?

20140928-KangKong

Spring Progress

Following on from my planting seeds post earlier in the month, it Looks like only the Pak Choi have germinated so. Maybe the coriander and eggplants takes longer, or that their seeds are no longer viable…. I’ve sown some Buttercrunch lettuces where there appears to be no germinations ~

I have weeded a bit more of the yard, however, it is going slow, so I’m thinking I might sow some tomatoes, okra, capsicum, and Rosella into pots, and transplant them when the bed is cleared ~ It’ll take several weeks to grow them out to transplanting size anyway.

Pak Choi Seedlings

Pak Choi Seedlings