Posts Tagged ‘pot’

Sometimes, you just need to be patient…..

I though the Strawberry Guava I bought in August was dead.  I transplanted it to a slightly larger pot within a week of purchase, and watered it in really well with seaweed solution, but the leaves looked a bit dried.

Soon after that, there was a couple of windy days, and all the leaves dropped.  It stayed bare since September… so I thought it was dead.  However, I kept it watered every time I water my other pot plants, so maybe in my heart, I was secretly hoping that it wasn’t completely dead.  I was soooo happy to found there are new leaf buds on the tree today!

It shows that a bit of patiences pays off 🙂

Now, I hope my golden shower tree will do the same….

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My baby crabapple tree went to a good home

I’ve decided to cut the air-layer and pot it up after my last post on my crabapple, considering that the tree was dormant, and was probably the best time to make the cut. Plus, I was a little concern about the mother tree due to beetle grubs ate a lot of the roots.

It sat there for a couple of months, and finally both the mother tree, and the new air-layered tree’s leafing out, and even throwing out flowers. The mother tree appears to be in good health, but I don’t see any suitable branches for another layer for a fellow gardener who’s wanted a white flowering crabapple for a while, so I decided to give away my first successful layer.

It’s sad to see my baby tree go, but I’m sure it will be a good home!

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My first Feijoa flower

It flowered for the first time after approximately 5 years. Very pretty flower so that I was distracted by its beauty and forgot to taste test the petals…

It was the only bloom on the tree, so that’s a lost opportunity… also, since there’s only one single flower, I doubt there would be any fruit. If it indeed forms a fruit, I would be then sure that this is a self-fertile tree!

There’s a feijoa blog with very good growing information on it https://feijoafeijoa.wordpress.com/growing-feijoas/ Makes me want to buy another tree to ensure I get some fruits!!

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Soft pink and red strawberry flowers

The Sweet Rose and Sweet Pink strawberries have started flowering ~ The photo didn’t capture it, but the Sweet Pink have soft pink flowers, and the Sweet Rose have red flowers. Very different from the standard white strawberry flowers ~

I have grown a pink flowering type before, but it was a different shade of pink ~

Can’t wait for the strawberries ~

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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!

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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 ~