Posts Tagged ‘subtropics’

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!

Crabapple

Crabapple

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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Blondie Strawberries

Two strawberry posts in a row! Never seem to get enough strawberries nowadays with my son loving to eat PYO (Pick-Your-Own) strawberries!

I wanted to get these white strawberries since it was advertised in Pohlmans nursery’s 2015 autumn winter catalogue, it was said to have a slight pineapple flavour.

They were $2 a pot in the factory outlet section of their nursery on their spring open day, so I grabbed a couple. They’re a little pot bound and advanced in those small square pots, so I think that’s why they’re in the factory outlet area.

The good thing about them being advanced is they were already in flower, and so fruited very soon. I can tell you that they do indeed have a slight pineapple flavour, albeit a bit on the small side. I suspect they may be alpine strawberries, or a hybrid of it ~

The down side to it, is that it needs a bit of experience to tell whether a strawberry is ripe or not. I think I have left a few of them over ripe. Wonder how long the plant would last ~

Strawberry Blondie

Strawberry Blondie

Snake Beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis)

Snake bean is the best performer out of all the beans in summer at the Subtropics ~ At least in my experience ~ This bean is also known as yard long bean, or asparagus bean, and are generally eaten as green beans when they’re immature.

I’ve been growing the brown and black seeded climbing variety in previous years, and saved seeds from them. Last year, I’ve saved seeds that were neither brown nor black, but mottled kind of pattern …

Snake Bean Seeds

Snake Bean Seeds

The image is showing brown seeds on the left, and black seeds on the right. In the middle are the mottled seeds I planted this year ~ There were about a dozen of them. I’ve split them into two successive sowing about a month apart. The first sowing was done in mid September, which germinated very quickly, within a week if I remember correctly, but were very slow growing in the first month.

They were so slow to start off with that I thought these seeds were going to be dwarfs…but they’ve been growing very quickly all of a sudden in the last couple of weeks. I have even noticed a couple of flower buds forming ~ I don’t think it’s got anything to do with weather though, because the second sowing is still growing very slowly. I think it’s taking its time to grow roots, and forming nodules with nitrogen fixing bacteria in the soil (I hope) ~