Monday, October 16, 2017

Oct 10, 2017 Waterlily Blooms

These waterlilies bloomed today. I have these plants from 6-7 years now. Can't get enough of them! :)


Regards,
Asha
Waterlily plantlets floating freely in a container that has mixed waterlily plants. Fascinating to observe the growth, and what a journey from this phase to flower-blooming phase! Will write more about the plantlets, on a later day.

The plantlets are formed on the manure leaves or flowers of waterlilies, and the technique is called viviparity; seen on viviparous waterlilies. This is a method of propagation. My waterlily plant showed plantlets on the leaves. I plant these plantlets in soil, and wait for them to grow, and then move them to different containers with water.

For more information, read Viviparity in the Hardy Waterlily.


Regards,
Asha

Water lettuce or water cabbage

I place the Water lettuce/cabbage (Pistia) plants in my waterlily containers. Both plant varieties - waterlily and lettuce - grow beautifully. Well, yes, the water lettuce is a greedy feeder; feeds on most of the nutrients given to the waterlily plants, and also removes algae from the water. I separated the Water lettuce plants from the waterlily containers. Look how the Pistias are!

Growing Water lettuce is relatively easy. Take a deep container of your choice - plastic to terracotta - fill with water, and place the lettuce in it. For 2-3 days, when planted new, keep in indirect sunlight, and then move it to a place that gets good amount of sunlight. Add nutrients directly to the water, or make a compost tea and add the tea. 

The mother plants flaunt daughter plants at the sides of the rosette. Separate the daughter plants, and place in newer containers. It's that easy to propagate these plants. I haven't seen any pest attacks on these plants, and therefore, no tips on the subject. 


Regards,
Asha


Surinam cherry flowers

I grew Surinam cherry plants from seeds, saved from the fruits we had consumed. Didn't let the plant have fruits during the previous year because it was young. Removed the flowers. This year the plant is healthier and has flowers. Let the flowers bloom, and Nature take it's course, and hopefully, the rain doesn't affect the flowers and that they turn into fruits. :-)

A cement container hosts this plant. Potting mixture is red mud and vermi-compost in the ratio 6:4; can add cocopeat or a bit of sand as well. Watering schedule is everyday, in summer, and whenever the soil feels dry, during other seasons. Providing nutrients is usually once in a month; mainly, vermi-compost. Placement of the container is in a sunny area on our terrace. Haven't seen any pest attacks; however, I spray an organic repellent to this plant also, when I spray on other plants.

Here's a photo of the cherry flowers. Will post a photo of the fruits, when they ripen.


Regards,
Asha

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Anthurium collection

We love Anthuriums! We grow a few of them in containers - earthen and plastic. The growing mix contains coconut husks/fibre, coco chips, and manure/compost. Watering schedule is once a week. Nutrient spray is once a month or so, and also pest repellent.

Anthuriums

Anthuriums
We also created Ikebana arrangement from our home-grown Anthuriums and other materials!


Thanks and regards,
Asha

Gomphrena globosa

Gomphrena globosa flowers, grown from seeds saved during previous season, at our terrace garden. There are a few more seedlings that are growing well; will take 1-2 weeks to show buds. 

We offer these flowers to deity, and save the flowers to grow plants or to brew tea. Yes, the flowers have medicinal properties; said to control diabetics and cough, and cool the body. Please consult a doctor before consuming the tea or any parts of the plants.

After the flowers dry, split the flowers, crush with hands to separate the seeds, and sow them in a good quality soil mix. We have had a few flowers fall into the neighbouring container, and seedlings pop up after a few days. It's that easy to grow these flowers.

They love the Sun, and dislike excess watering. Feed the plants during initial growing stage and during flowering stage. After the flowers are plucked, prune a bit; newer leaves and flowers can emerge.


Gomphrena


Thanks and regards,
Asha

French beans

We are currently growing beans at our terrace garden. These are two types - round and long, flat and short - beans. Soak the seeds in water overnight, and the sow in the potting mix. Helps soften the bean and sprout it.

Growing bags are 6"x6" in size. Potting soil is a mix of red mud, cocopeat, and vermi-compost, usually in the ratio 2:1:1; works well for the weather conditions here. Watering schedule is once in two days or when the soil feels dry. Feeding schedule happens to be once in 15 days; vermi-compost put on top layer, and then mixed gently with the soil in the growing bags. Organic pest repellent sprayed once in a month; if pest attack is high, once a fortnight and repeat.

Two types of french beans

Beans from two plants

Thanks and regards,
Asha
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