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Dervish
10-12-2010, 05:45 PM
One of my visitors told me this is "wild spinach" aka Lamb's Quarter. It is growing wild in my garden. Anyone of you have this too? Is it really edible?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture005.jpg http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture012.jpg

xinrong
10-12-2010, 10:27 PM
i have quite a fair bit of it growing in my papaya tree pot...i have been wondering whether it was some vege that i had sown and failed to grow earlier. now that you've given the name, i googled a gardener's newsletter and found that this weed is related to the lettuce family and edible...better have a good look and ensure it's the correct plant otherwise like Love Potion No. 9. the eaters end up kissing everything in sight....

Naka
11-12-2010, 06:57 AM
I also have a lot of similar vegi under the mango tree.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1010419a.jpg

What is the English name for this?

Dervish
11-12-2010, 12:14 PM
Lamb's Quarter
Good King Henry
wild spinach
Please google for the rest.

Dervish
11-12-2010, 12:16 PM
There is an old couple in my neighborhood who plants this vegetable. They told me it is edible but I still have my doubts. They told me it is called "Yin Choy"

Dervish
11-12-2010, 12:17 PM
http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1010419a.jpg

Your soil is grayish black, I see. Is that the mulch you were talking about?

BTW, have you tried eating these vegetables?

Naka
11-12-2010, 02:52 PM
Your soil is grayish black, I see. Is that the mulch you were talking about?

BTW, have you tried eating these vegetables?

Yes, there are some mulches around the " Han Choi " and we do eat pluck the leaves & eat them either make into soup or quick fry it.

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:07 PM
How do you make the "mulches"? Dry leaves and cut grass?

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:11 PM
How do you make the "mulches"? Dry leaves and cut grass?

I dun make them, just buy them by the trailers from Soil n Soil.

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:16 PM
The seedlings (Han Choi) must have come from the mulches you bought then. They don't sell the seeds, I'm sure. I wonder how the wild spinach seedlings landed in my garden. :confused:

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:23 PM
Someone gave me 5 han choi plants early this year and we ate the han choi for a few months before winter set in. These are new plants from the seeds.

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:25 PM
How do you know when to eat them? Is it like one month after planting or do you assess by looking at the height of the plant?

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:27 PM
How do you know when to eat them? Is it like one month after planting or do you assess by looking at the height of the plant?

When there are enough young leaves for the two of us, OH would pluck them for food.

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:40 PM
When you mow the lawn, what do you do with the cut grass?

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:44 PM
When you mow the lawn, what do you do with the cut grass?

These cut grass were spread around the flowers as cover.

water

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:46 PM
These cut grass were spread around the flowers as cover.

water
Hello, Blur One! ~~~ *LOL* ~~~ Why you issue the word "water"? :D:D

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:48 PM
These cut grass were spread around the flowers as cover.
Cover from harsh weather?

I spread mine over a lime tree I have in the garden and viola! ~~~ it started flowering instantly, left, right and every where over the whole plant. The cut grass must be very good for the lime tree.

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:49 PM
Hello, Blur One! ~~~ *LOL* ~~~ Why you issue the word "water"? :D:D

iYam trying to claim your crown :D

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:51 PM
Cover from harsh weather?

I spread mine over a lime tree I have in the garden and viola! ~~~ it started flowering instantly, left, right and every where over the whole plant. The cut grass must be very good for the lime tree.

I have a Tahiti lime tree and will spread some grass next week when I mow the garden

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:51 PM
iYam trying to claim your crown :D
You are already the TKK. Can't you let me have my KBS in peace? :D

Dervish
11-12-2010, 03:52 PM
I have a Tahiti lime tree and will spread some grass next week when I mow the garden
Tahiti lime tree? ~~~ A picture will be nice.

Naka
11-12-2010, 03:54 PM
Tahiti lime tree? ~~~ A picture will be nice.


OK, I go and take a photo now

Naka
11-12-2010, 04:01 PM
Tahiti Lime.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1010420a.jpg

Dervish
11-12-2010, 04:04 PM
How big is the lime?
How often do you have to change the soil inside the tub?
Is that a mango tree behind the lime tree?

Naka
11-12-2010, 04:07 PM
How big is the lime?

I think it is about 5 years old....you can see a lime in front abt the size of my fist


How often do you have to change the soil inside the tub?

I never change the soil.


Is that a mango tree behind the lime tree?


Yes, that my mango tree and it is abt 19 years old...so far there hundreds of mangos

Dervish
11-12-2010, 04:11 PM
The lime, bro. The lime. How big is the fruit (lime). About one inch in diameter? I was told by a customer of mine that lime trees loved water. They pour rice water over the tree twice a day, virtually flooding the tree with the water. Didn't believe it at first. Then I noticed that my lime is about one inch diameter on raining days and about half inch on hot days.

Naka
11-12-2010, 04:18 PM
The lime, bro. The lime. How big is the fruit (lime). About one inch in diameter? I was told by a customer of mine that lime trees loved water. They pour rice water over the tree twice a day, virtually flooding the tree with the water. Didn't believe it at first. Then I noticed that my lime is about one inch diameter on raining days and about half inch on hot days.

I just took a measurement abt 2" in diameter. Height abt 2.5"

I set auto reti to 8 min daily

Dervish
11-12-2010, 04:19 PM
How big is the lime?

I think it is about 5 years old....you can see a lime in front abt the size of my fist

About the size of your fist? Wow! That's big! Shouldn't it be called tangerine instead?

Naka
11-12-2010, 04:20 PM
About the size of your fist? Wow! That's big! Shouldn't it be called tangerine instead?

When i bot it from the nursery, the label said ' Tahiti Lime.'

Dervish
11-12-2010, 04:21 PM
I set auto reti to 8 min daily
Once a day then? Morning or evening?

Naka
11-12-2010, 04:22 PM
Once a day then? Morning or evening?

at 6 am...............

Naka
12-12-2010, 06:47 AM
There are plenty of mangos in my only mango tree. :D :D


http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1010412a.jpg

Dervish
12-12-2010, 04:06 PM
I was told by a plantation owner that the first fruit of any fruit trees must first be sacrificed to nature so that subsequent ones will be sweet. i.e. you must let the fruit drop off the tree on its own accord so that the tree sort of knows when it's fruits are ripe. If you pluck the first fruits off before it ripens, subsequent fruits will also drop off about that time and so you get sour fruits.

Just sharing this tip.

Dervish
12-12-2010, 04:06 PM
Are those apple mangoes?

Naka
12-12-2010, 04:34 PM
I was told by a plantation owner that the first fruit of any fruit trees must first be sacrificed to nature so that subsequent ones will be sweet. i.e. you must let the fruit drop off the tree on its own accord so that the tree sort of knows when it's fruits are ripe. If you pluck the first fruits off before it ripens, subsequent fruits will also drop off about that time and so you get sour fruits.

Just sharing this tip.

10Q for your advice.

In fact, I'll provide mosquito covers in Feb 11 to everyone of the remaining mango.

That way, the fruit flies will not be able to attack them.

The mango will only fall into the mosquito nets and none will be damaged

Naka
12-12-2010, 04:35 PM
Are those apple mangoes?


This is called kensington mango.

Dervish
12-12-2010, 04:41 PM
10Q for your advice.

In fact, I'll provide mosquito covers in Feb 11 to everyone of the remaining mango.

That way, the fruit flies will not be able to attack them.

The mango will only fall into the mosquito nets and none will be damaged
That's a very good idea but I won't be doing that since both my mango trees are outside my house and anyone walking by will just pluck them anyway. My first mango tree bore TWO fruits earlier this year and we were counting the days till we can try the fruit. One day, two little ladies appeared at my door to borrow a stick. They wanted to use my stick to take away my mango which I planted and have been nurturing for more than 10 years. (The rest of the fruits mysteriously disappeared before we start noticing these two, ok?)

Naka
12-12-2010, 04:55 PM
That's a very good idea but I won't be doing that since both my mango trees are outside my house and anyone walking by will just pluck them anyway. My first mango tree bore TWO fruits earlier this year and we were counting the days till we can try the fruit. One day, two little ladies appeared at my door to borrow a stick. They wanted to use my stick to take away my mango which I planted and have been nurturing for more than 10 years. (The rest of the fruits mysteriously disappeared before we start noticing these two, ok?)

Aiya, susah lah if like this.

A branch of my mango tree over-hang the boundary fence with my neighbour and every year some fruits appear over there.

The first year, my neighbour told me that my mangos were riped & if I cared to pluck them. I told her, what ever appear on her side is hers.

She loves my Kensington Mangos

Dervish
12-12-2010, 05:03 PM
Once I had a neighbour whose mangoes always drop into my compound. I always collect them in a bag and send it over to them. They were pai say but I insisted that they get it back. At that time, I had three or 4 mango trees in my compound so had plenty to share with my colleagues and family members.

Human nature is such. When there is abundance, everyone can be gracious. In my current neighbourhood, people act as if they're hungry for years, always looking to pluck other people's fruits.

When it comes to garbage, they would not dump their garbage outside their house but will drive their garbage in their fancy cars and drop them outside my house. Some people can be this disgusting!

Naka
12-12-2010, 05:07 PM
Once I had a neighbour whose mangoes always drop into my compound. I always collect them in a bag and send it over to them. They were pai say but I insisted that they get it back. At that time, I had three or 4 mango trees in my compound so had plenty to share with my colleagues and family members.

Human nature is such. When there is abundance, everyone can be gracious. In my current neighbourhood, people act as if they're hungry for years, always looking to pluck other people's fruits.

When it comes to garbage, they would not dump their garbage outside their house but will drive their garbage in their fancy cars and drop them outside my house. Some people can be this disgusting!


Maybe Garbage Truck stops at your house or your house is near the collecting point :D :rolleyes:

Dervish
12-12-2010, 05:09 PM
No la. Garbage Truck attendants will collect from every house and put it at road junctions to wait for the trucks.

Naka
12-12-2010, 05:10 PM
No la. Garbage Truck attendants will collect from every house and put it at road junctions to wait for the trucks.

So your house is near the road junctions but this is not gardening:D :D

Dervish
12-12-2010, 05:15 PM
:D:D ~~~ side-tracking, are we? ~~~ get back, get back!! ~~~ *Chang's voice filtering into this thread*

Dervish
12-12-2010, 05:16 PM
Back to gardening, is it true that you have to utter some "foul words" and chop the mango trunk with an axe to make it fruit?

Naka
12-12-2010, 05:17 PM
:D:D ~~~ side-tracking, are we? ~~~ get back, get back!! ~~~ *Chang's voice filtering into this thread*

what fertilizers do you use?.....................( htg...shower/dinner)

Dervish
12-12-2010, 05:23 PM
what fertilizers do you use?.....................( htg...shower/dinner)
Vermicompost or something that sounds like that. Manufactured from South African earthworms specially imported to eat, sleep and shit under our Malaysian skies.

Back to gardening, is it true that you have to utter some "foul words" and chop the mango trunk with an axe to make it fruit?

Naka
12-12-2010, 08:28 PM
Vermicompost or something that sounds like that. Manufactured from South African earthworms specially imported to eat, sleep and shit under our Malaysian skies.

Back to gardening, is it true that you have to utter some "foul words" and chop the mango trunk with an axe to make it fruit?

Oh I see.

As for the foul-words theory, this is the first time I ever heard of it. :D :D Maybe that's Y you oni have 2 mangos in the tree. :D :D

If you buy MPK fertilizer, some are for growth and some are for fruits.

xinrong
12-12-2010, 08:37 PM
Back to gardening, is it true that you have to utter some "foul words" and chop the mango trunk with an axe to make it fruit?

This theory I haven't heard for years but my dad used to have an mango tree, Indian Mango species, so we were quite excited. After a few years, no sign of mangoes. My father started trying all the methods he heard of,. a. Tie slippers onto tree. No mango. b. Sayang the pokok. No mango. In the end he told the tree - if I doesn't see any fruits from you by when-and-when,I'll chop you down. It bore so many mangoes, we didn't know what to do with them.....Maybe the mango tree got sick and tired....

Dervish
12-12-2010, 09:07 PM
This theory I haven't heard for years but my dad used to have an mango tree, Indian Mango species, so we were quite excited. After a few years, no sign of mangoes. My father started trying all the methods he heard of,. a. Tie slippers onto tree. No mango. b. Sayang the pokok. No mango. In the end he told the tree - if I doesn't see any fruits from you by when-and-when,I'll chop you down. It bore so many mangoes, we didn't know what to do with them.....Maybe the mango tree got sick and tired....
Once upon a time, we also had a recalcitrant mango tree growing in our garden for 8 years. No fruits. TLC didn't work. Flowering/Fruiting Fertilizers didn't work. Rice water didn't work. Then someone suggested the axe treatment. So we whacked the poor fella kau-kau. Didn't work. "Foul language" Didn't work. Finally, because the tree had to go, we made arrangements for someone to chop it down. The tree must have known our devious plan because immediately thereafter it bloomed and bloomed and bloomed like nobody's business. There were so many mangoes, the little boys in our neighbourhood gotong-royong to cart those mangoes away. They left us a bagful. :D

Naka
13-12-2010, 07:56 AM
Many moons ago, I used to have 5 different grapes, ladyfingers, flame seedless, red globes, sultana & Crimson, under my pergola.

Two of them did bear some grapes but they were very small while the other 3 were covered in leaves only.

So I did the 'parang treatment' and talking to them loudly "if you do not bear fruit next year, I'll let you eat this parang."

Three years later 3 of them ate the parang.

Now left two and again threats were given to these 2 to bear larger grapes.

Next year same problem...so I gave them another chance but 1 year later, they all ate the parang.

There went my hundreds of dollars and countless hours :mad: :mad:

Dervish
13-12-2010, 08:42 AM
hmmm ~~~ Maybe they had hearing problems. :D:D

Dervish
13-12-2010, 08:43 AM
Years ago, we went on a river cruise along the Swan River. I remembered vaguely a vineyard there. Grapes should do well where you stay, shouldn't it? Maybe you haven't got the conditions right yet?

Naka
13-12-2010, 07:06 PM
Years ago, we went on a river cruise along the Swan River. I remembered vaguely a vineyard there. Grapes should do well where you stay, shouldn't it? Maybe you haven't got the conditions right yet?

That place is called Swam Valley where they are a few vineyards there. The soil there is most suited for grapes.

Dervish
14-12-2010, 01:41 PM
Watering the plants ~~~ should it be once a day or twice?

Naka
15-12-2010, 07:31 AM
Watering the plants ~~~ should it be once a day or twice?

Well, it all depends on what sort of plant. For example, kanggaroo paw can live in dry conditions for days.

Dervish
15-12-2010, 09:55 AM
OIC ~~~ What about herbs and vegetables? I get very confused because some nurseries will say once a day and some will say twice. :confused:

Naka
15-12-2010, 02:06 PM
OIC ~~~ What about herbs and vegetables? I get very confused because some nurseries will say once a day and some will say twice. :confused:

I don't know abt this twice a day business cos due to shortage of rain here once a day is a 'no no here'. Strictly we are only allowed to water our lawn twice a week in Summer. Winter is total banned & Spring, once a week.

xinrong
15-12-2010, 10:38 PM
OIC ~~~ What about herbs and vegetables? I get very confused because some nurseries will say once a day and some will say twice. :confused:

We need to learn the 'preference' of the plant, some need lots of sunshine and not too much water, some need shade etc. I only learn gardening last year and killed lots of plants before I got the hang of it. Some plants, like papaya trees, are so hardy they can thrive almost anywhere they land. Choysum is another one that's very easy to care for, twice a day of watering on a hot day or once on a cool day and they grow like mad. Organic ones are skinny tho...

Naka
16-12-2010, 11:17 AM
Gardening is only for fun and passing of time. In fact, the vegi we planted cost more than in the market

xinrong
16-12-2010, 11:34 AM
Oh yes, it does cost more. I prefer herbs instead as fresh herbs are harder to come by than fresh vege.

Naka
16-12-2010, 03:46 PM
I prefer a few vegi only...............

Dervish
16-12-2010, 04:57 PM
Oh yes, it does cost more. I prefer herbs instead as fresh herbs are harder to come by than fresh vege.

What herbs do you have in your garden, XR?
How often do you water them?
What about fertilizing? How often?
Morning or evening better for applying fertilizer?

xinrong
18-12-2010, 09:32 PM
What herbs do you have in your garden, XR?
How often do you water them?
What about fertilizing? How often?
Morning or evening better for applying fertilizer?


Sorry,just read this...m on Pangkor Is. PC takda...
I have basil,lemon balm,recently another forumer gave me marigold - still in progress,curry plant. My thyme and rosemary conked after I transplanted them, *sad*
One hot days, twice daily. During cool days, once daily during late evening or night.
Fertilizing twice a month, flowering fertiliser about once a month when plants more matured.
I normally put the fertilisers in the morning just before watering,if I'm watering only once then I will put it in the evening before watering to soak the fertilisers. A lot of these are based on trial n error... What are you planning to do?

Dervish
18-12-2010, 09:40 PM
I have basil,lemon balm,recently another forumer gave me marigold - still in progress,curry plant. My thyme and rosemary conked after I transplanted them, *sad*
One hot days, twice daily. During cool days, once daily during late evening or night.
Fertilizing twice a month, flowering fertiliser about once a month when plants more matured.
I normally put the fertilisers in the morning just before watering,if I'm watering only once then I will put it in the evening before watering to soak the fertilisers. A lot of these are based on trial n error... What are you planning to do?
I had basil before but it died off before I could find any use for it. Didn't quite like the smell. What's "lemon balm"? Can you post a picture?

I had rosemary and thyme before too, thanks to Scarborough Fair. :D Sadly, they too died. I'm afraid I don't have a green thumb.

Application of fertilizer. 1 teaspoon or tablespoon or a fistful?

xinrong
18-12-2010, 10:08 PM
I had basil before but it died off before I could find any use for it. Didn't quite like the smell. What's "lemon balm"? Can you post a picture?

I had rosemary and thyme before too, thanks to Scarborough Fair. :D Sadly, they too died. I'm afraid I don't have a green thumb.

Application of fertilizer. 1 teaspoon or tablespoon or a fistful?

Basil is a very useful plant for both cooking and quick cure for early stage cold or flu. Easy to care,don't let it flower or it will start to die.
Will post lemon balm photo when I get home next week...another easy to care for plant. Peppermint family. Boil for a short while with honeyed dates for a great hjerbal drink to cool 'heatiness'
I normally put a tablespoon for each plant but if it's a big one like my papaya tree, I'll put more.
I used to think I have no green fingers too,all plants that pass thru my hands died young till I started learning it seriously last year when I wanted a nice garden for my new home. It's a lot to do with understanding the plants..
Gotta chao,this Bberry browsing is 'peningfying', very tiny words...have a good weekend!

Dervish
19-12-2010, 01:36 PM
Basil is a very useful plant for both cooking and quick cure for early stage cold or flu. Easy to care,don't let it flower or it will start to die.
Will post lemon balm photo when I get home next week...another easy to care for plant. Peppermint family. Boil for a short while with honeyed dates for a great hjerbal drink to cool 'heatiness'
I normally put a tablespoon for each plant but if it's a big one like my papaya tree, I'll put more.
I used to think I have no green fingers too,all plants that pass thru my hands died young till I started learning it seriously last year when I wanted a nice garden for my new home. It's a lot to do with understanding the plants..
Gotta chao,this Bberry browsing is 'peningfying', very tiny words...have a good weekend!
:D ~~~ Noted. Enjoy your holiday. Visiting Pangkor during the rainy season may not be such a bright idea after all? ;) :D

xinrong
21-12-2010, 11:22 AM
:D ~~~ Noted. Enjoy your holiday. Visiting Pangkor during the rainy season may not be such a bright idea after all? ;) :D

Just got back, surprisingly Pangkor wasn't as wet as Subang. We managed to go snorkelling, play watersports and laze by the beach :-)

Here's a shot for the lemon balm...

Dervish
21-12-2010, 11:29 AM
hmmm ~~~ Haven't seen this herb before. Thanks. Had some peppermints before but the snails walloped them all.

Naka
22-12-2010, 07:25 AM
hmmm ~~~ Haven't seen this herb before. Thanks. Had some peppermints before but the snails walloped them all.

Use snail pellets to control them.

Dervish
22-12-2010, 11:38 AM
Use snail pellets to control them.
OK ~~~ Will do. Thanks for the tip. ;)

Dervish
22-12-2010, 02:46 PM
Anyone of you heard of this? This is called the "Long Coriander" (Eryngium foetidum) This is the third or fourth batch I have since all previous batches shriveled up and died or get eaten up by the damn snails. :mad: I still haven't figured out this herb. Anyone? It's good for steaming fish, that much I know.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture023.jpg

Naka
24-12-2010, 05:56 AM
Maybe VP can show us photos of his garden. Boleh kah? ;)

Dervish
24-12-2010, 09:50 AM
Unfortunately, nothing picturesque. My humble garden is all weeds, dog shit and snails. Occasional a flower blooms and those are the only good thing to show. :o I think I have ONE orchid just bloomed. Will take the picture later.

Naka
25-12-2010, 07:52 AM
Unfortunately, nothing picturesque. My humble garden is all weeds, dog shit and snails. Occasional a flower blooms and those are the only good thing to show. :o I think I have ONE orchid just bloomed. Will take the picture later.

A garden is still a garden no matter how it is. :D :D

coleslaw
25-12-2010, 10:19 AM
Anyone of you heard of this? This is called the "Long Coriander" (Eryngium foetidum) This is the third or fourth batch I have since all previous batches shriveled up and died or get eaten up by the damn snails. :mad: I still haven't figured out this herb. Anyone? It's good for steaming fish, that much I know.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture023.jpg
it's also called the sawtooth coriander...commonly used in thai cooking.

Dervish
25-12-2010, 01:36 PM
A garden is still a garden no matter how it is. :D :D
On the contrary, some people are proud of their gardens, some are not. :D ~~~ I fall into the latter category. :o

Will snap some more plants in my garden later. Can all of you also post some of the plants in your garden too? So we can share tips?

Dervish
25-12-2010, 01:37 PM
it's also called the sawtooth coriander...commonly used in thai cooking.
Sawtooth coriander? Hmmm ~~~ That's a new name. When they first sprouted, I mistook them for bird's nest.

Coleslaw, do you have these in your garden? Why does mine keep dying? :confused:

Dervish
25-12-2010, 01:41 PM
BTW ~~~ Are toads good for the garden? Saw a slimy black toad resting inside my azalea pot a couple of days ago. Thought of getting rid of it then remembered that toads eat flies and man, do I have lots of flies in my garden. (Thanks to a food caterer in the neighborhood :mad: ) In the end, decided to let it be. Is that wise, anyone?

coleslaw
25-12-2010, 09:55 PM
Sawtooth coriander? Hmmm ~~~ That's a new name. When they first sprouted, I mistook them for bird's nest.

Coleslaw, do you have these in your garden? Why does mine keep dying? :confused:
i used to have a bed of these corianders. but i gave them up as we don't use much as we rarely cook and since it self seed, it just grew wild abundantly!!
can use them in lieu of 'yun sai'.

i find frogs/toads are seasonal creatures, i guess due to the weather.
i have a fish pond and big pots of water lilies..and for the past few nights, the frogs are out to play..lots of loud croaking. i just leave them alone.

Naka
26-12-2010, 07:02 AM
i used to have a bed of these corianders. but i gave them up as we don't use much as we rarely cook and since it self seed, it just grew wild abundantly!!
can use them in lieu of 'yun sai'.

i find frogs/toads are seasonal creatures, i guess due to the weather.
i have a fish pond and big pots of water lilies..and for the past few nights, the frogs are out to play..lots of loud croaking. i just leave them alone.

I love the croaking sound, so musical to the ears. :D

Dervish
26-12-2010, 07:56 PM
i used to have a bed of these corianders. but i gave them up as we don't use much as we rarely cook and since it self seed, it just grew wild abundantly!!
can use them in lieu of 'yun sai'.
A bed? You plant them on the ground? Wouldn't the snails get to them first?

Dervish
26-12-2010, 07:57 PM
I love the croaking sound, so musical to the ears. :D
:D ~~~ Haven't got to that stage yet. Heard a lot of crickets though.

Naka
26-12-2010, 08:00 PM
:D ~~~ Haven't got to that stage yet. Heard a lot of crickets though.

Crickets sound is even better. :D

Dervish
26-12-2010, 08:07 PM
Crickets sound is even better. :D
Aye! :D ~~~ You can say that again!

Dervish
26-12-2010, 08:08 PM
i used to have a bed of these corianders. but i gave them up as we don't use much as we rarely cook and since it self seed, it just grew wild abundantly!!

How should I take care of mine? Watering once/twice? Fertilizing once in two weeks?

coleslaw
26-12-2010, 09:22 PM
apart from watering twice a day..and occasional sprinkling of snail pellets..that's it. it very hardy.

Dervish
27-12-2010, 10:26 AM
apart from watering twice a day..and occasional sprinkling of snail pellets..that's it. it very hardy.
:D ~~~ You made it sound so simple. This is my third or fourth batch. I hope these survive this time. :D Thanks for the tip BTW. ;)

Naka
28-12-2010, 06:24 AM
Water is scarce and expensive, so I use used water from my washing machine for my garden.

Do you have any comment on this?

Dervish
28-12-2010, 10:43 AM
Water is scarce and expensive, so I use used water from my washing machine for my garden.

Do you have any comment on this?
When I first heard about that some years ago, I was initially shocked and rightly so. Recycled water from the washing machine should contain trace quantity of detergent, no?

With water being so scarce, I wonder why you don't pee into the plants instead. (Say, diluted pee? ) :D

Naka
28-12-2010, 01:11 PM
When I first heard about that some years ago, I was initially shocked and rightly so. Recycled water from the washing machine should contain trace quantity of detergent, no?

With water being so scarce, I wonder why you don't pee into the plants instead. (Say, diluted pee? ) :D

What do you use to dilute the urine...water, right?...so u still need water.

Dervish
28-12-2010, 01:12 PM
If you dig a well in your garden, I wonder if you'll ever find any water, would you?

Naka
28-12-2010, 01:14 PM
If you dig a well in your garden, I wonder if you'll ever find any water, would you?

If you volunteer to do it, I need an assistant. We can find out if there is any. :D

Dervish
28-12-2010, 01:20 PM
If you volunteer to do it, I need an assistant. We can find out if there is any. :D
:D :D :D ~~~ *:eek:

Dervish
29-12-2010, 08:29 PM
Naka ~~~ I remembered you mention something about fertilizers. That they can change the colour of your flowers? ~~~ You are right. See the following pictures.

Taken sometime in 2008
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1000091.jpg

Taken now
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture064.jpg

Dervish
29-12-2010, 08:33 PM
These are my azaleas. Originally red and peachy in color but now a pastel pink. (Just like the second picture in previous post) My friends told me the change is due to the acclimatisation of these hybrids. Maybe it's due to the fertilizers instead.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/camera1042.jpg

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/camera1052.jpg

Naka
30-12-2010, 08:14 AM
Naka ~~~ I remembered you mention something about fertilizers. That they can change the colour of your flowers? ~~~ You are right. See the following pictures.

Taken sometime in 2008
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1000091.jpg

Taken now
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture064.jpg

OMG, it works isn't? ;)

Naka
30-12-2010, 08:17 AM
These are my azaleas. Originally red and peachy in color but now a pastel pink. (Just like the second picture in previous post) My friends told me the change is due to the acclimatisation of these hybrids. Maybe it's due to the fertilizers instead.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/camera1042.jpg

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/camera1052.jpg

So here is the proof...my theory is right then...maybe I should get a Noble Price for science. :rolleyes:

xinrong
30-12-2010, 09:07 AM
Unfortunately, nothing picturesque. My humble garden is all weeds, dog shit and snails. Occasional a flower blooms and those are the only good thing to show. :o I think I have ONE orchid just bloomed. Will take the picture later.

Pardon the deviation...VP, if you have free space in your garden, do collect your odds and ends from preparation of vegetables and fruits and bury them. It makes the soil very fertile and easily grow a lot of plants. You can bury in different holes each time...Leave for about three weeks before re-burying in the same spot again. I did it for my garden before I moved in and whatever that's planted in grew very quickly, unless killed by pests.

lly
30-12-2010, 10:02 AM
do collect your odds and ends from preparation of vegetables and fruits and bury them.

Will the ants come for the sweet fruit skin?

Naka
30-12-2010, 10:07 AM
Will the ants come for the sweet fruit skin?

spread some ants repellant if they do appear.

xinrong
30-12-2010, 10:37 AM
Ants do come. Recently I got rid of ants by burying lemons halves that have been used after reading that they do not like the smell. Don't know how long it'll last though. Naka, how long after insect repellent is sprayed that we can harvest the plants for food? Never sprayed anything other than enzyme on them as my garden is for food.

Naka
30-12-2010, 10:40 AM
Ants do come. Recently I got rid of ants by burying lemons halves that have been used after reading that they do not like the smell. Don't know how long it'll last though. Naka, how long after insect repellent is sprayed that we can harvest the plants for food? Never sprayed anything other than enzyme on them as my garden is for food.

What I did then was to spread the ants repellant on a cloth and hang it near the plants.

Seemed to work. :D

Dervish
30-12-2010, 02:37 PM
Pardon the deviation...VP, if you have free space in your garden, do collect your odds and ends from preparation of vegetables and fruits and bury them. It makes the soil very fertile and easily grow a lot of plants. You can bury in different holes each time...Leave for about three weeks before re-burying in the same spot again. I did it for my garden before I moved in and whatever that's planted in grew very quickly, unless killed by pests.
Instead of using vegetables and fruits, can I use dead leaves? I have plenty of those and usually throw bags of them away.

What about dog shit? Can they be used to fertilize my mango tree, for instance?

Dervish
30-12-2010, 02:40 PM
Will the ants come for the sweet fruit skin?
I have an issue with ants too. I was told that they are attracted to papaya trees. Didn't use to have ants until I planted a papaya tree in the garden. Got rid of it instantly when I heard they attract ants.

Dervish
30-12-2010, 02:40 PM
spread some ants repellant if they do appear.
Didn't seem to work in my case.

Dervish
30-12-2010, 02:42 PM
Ants do come. Recently I got rid of ants by burying lemons halves that have been used after reading that they do not like the smell. Don't know how long it'll last though. Naka, how long after insect repellent is sprayed that we can harvest the plants for food? Never sprayed anything other than enzyme on them as my garden is for food.
Where do you bury the lemon halves?

I hear that you should wait one whole month after applying insect repellents before harvesting. Better to wait for Naka's response though. ;)

Dervish
30-12-2010, 02:43 PM
What I did then was to spread the ants repellant on a cloth and hang it near the plants.

Seemed to work. :D
And what if the ants are all over the garden? :rolleyes: :D

Dervish
30-12-2010, 03:03 PM
I just learned something new. ~~~ Garlic skins (dried sheaths) are natural insect repellent!

(Source: 20 y/o kid from a village farming family)

Naka
30-12-2010, 03:48 PM
And what if the ants are all over the garden? :rolleyes: :D

Boil hot water & give it to them. :D

Dervish
30-12-2010, 03:52 PM
Boil hot water & give it to them. :D
Serious or not? Dun pray-pray ar. I am gullible you know? :eek:

Naka
30-12-2010, 03:55 PM
Serious or not? Dun pray-pray ar. I am gullible you know? :eek:

well, i do that for the pavings under the pergola.

Dervish
30-12-2010, 04:06 PM
My floor under the pergola is very weedy. Damn thing somehow grew between the tiles. Thinking of chlorox. Would that be a bad idea?

Naka
31-12-2010, 09:27 AM
My floor under the pergola is very weedy. Damn thing somehow grew between the tiles. Thinking of chlorox. Would that be a bad idea?

why do you want to use chlorox? :D :D

xinrong
31-12-2010, 11:42 AM
Where do you bury the lemon halves?

I hear that you should wait one whole month after applying insect repellents before harvesting. Better to wait for Naka's response though. ;)

Where there are most ants. I have also read about pouring boiling water but i couldn't bring myself to do it. I normally spray enzymes but at times when I forget and they already build little townships then the lemons halves come
:D I've heard about the garlic too but garlic is 9.30/kg....

jan tomaswaki
31-12-2010, 11:54 AM
Where there are most ants. I have also read about pouring boiling water but i couldn't bring myself to do it. I normally spray enzymes but at times when I forget and they already build little townships then the lemons halves come
:D I've heard about the garlic too but garlic is 9.30/kg....
Have you try to use Serai Wangi? It's a natural lemon concentrate bought from C4 .Perhaps it helps.PM me if you need sample.

xinrong
31-12-2010, 12:20 PM
Tqvm for the tip, jan. I ssume C4 menas Carrefour? Will check it out since I live nearby. Might as well buy it since I know lemon works...

Dervish
31-12-2010, 02:01 PM
why do you want to use chlorox? :D :D
To get rid of the weeds. Is it a bad idea?

Dervish
31-12-2010, 02:02 PM
Have you try to use Serai Wangi? It's a natural lemon concentrate bought from C4 .Perhaps it helps.PM me if you need sample.
Serai wangi is a lemon concentrate? I thought serai and lemon are two different items. :confused:

Naka
31-12-2010, 03:30 PM
To get rid of the weeds. Is it a bad idea?

Never heard of this, can you tell us? :confused:

Dervish
31-12-2010, 04:37 PM
Never heard of this, can you tell us? :confused:
I also never heard about it. It was just a thought. Maybe it's not a bright idea after all. :o

Dervish
31-12-2010, 04:39 PM
I have tried a serai insecticide bought from the hypermarkets. Didn't seem to get rid of the ants.

Naka
01-01-2011, 07:36 AM
Keep trying and those colonies will migrate elsewhere.

Naka
14-01-2011, 10:05 AM
A few years back our city council released millions of sterilized male fruit flies into the our region and as a result, there were very few fruit flies around and our mangos & other fruits wee saved from these harmful pests.

But these days, these fruit flies are back in numbers cos the council did not repeat the trial.

I am beginning to cover up all my mangos with little pocket mosquito nets & hopefully things will improved :D

Dervish
14-01-2011, 12:30 PM
A few years back our city council released millions of sterilized male fruit flies into the our region and as a result, there were very few fruit flies around and our mangos & other fruits wee saved from these harmful pests.

Why would the council release more flies into your region? Aren't these flies a nuisance? I don't understand your post. Please explain further. :)

Dervish
14-01-2011, 12:45 PM
I am beginning to cover up all my mangos with little pocket mosquito nets & hopefully things will improved :D
Pocket mosquito nets? Made them yourself? Any pictures?

Naka
14-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Why would the council release more flies into your region? Aren't these flies a nuisance? I don't understand your post. Please explain further. :)

Those millions of Fruit Flies that were released were actually sterlized males fruit flies.

According to the entomologists, they do not attack fruits but like to fight the local male fruit flies for their females. The idea was to reduce the numbers. They would mate as normal but they will be no off-spring.

Dervish
14-01-2011, 02:15 PM
Those millions of Fruit Flies that were released were actually sterlized males fruit flies.

According to the entomologists, they do not attack fruits but like to fight the local male fruit flies for their females. The idea was to reduce the numbers. They would mate as normal but they will be no off-spring.
Ahhhhh ~~~~ I see. They distract the females, antagonize the males, engage them in an endless brawl and everybody forgets about the mangoes and the fruits. ~~~ smart! :D

Why didn't they continue with this project? Maybe less males are volunteering for the sterilizing project?

The way I look at it, you can't fight with nature. By introducing the eunuchs, you'd think that'll disrupt their social order but no, oh no, when their numbers are down, the females become more productive.

We're talking about the flies in case you're confused. :D:D

Naka
14-01-2011, 02:42 PM
QUOTE=venuspop]Ahhhhh ~~~~ I see. They distract the females, antagonize the males, engage them in an endless brawl and everybody forgets about the mangoes and the fruits. ~~~ smart! :D

Yes, smart.

Why didn't they continue with this project? Maybe less males are volunteering for the sterilizing project?

Maybe the council ran out of money...the council lost a few millions in a US Investment Scheme a few years back.

The way I look at it, you can't fight with nature. By introducing the eunuchs, you'd think that'll disrupt their social order but no, oh no, when their numbers are down, the females become more productive.

You think so? All the males & females do not live for ever. They also die.

We're talking about the flies in case you're confused. :D:D[/QUOTE

Yes, we are koking about flies.

BTW, the current fruit flies are not that bad, it's me who is fussy & I love to cover my mangos up with nettings.

Dervish
14-01-2011, 05:51 PM
BTW, the current fruit flies are not that bad, it's me who is fussy & I love to cover my mangos up with nettings.
I still wonder what your nettings look like. Are they available at nurseries or do you make them yourself? A picture will be nice. Over here, we use newspaper but these are not good because these attract the passersby. Over here, the passersby are worse than fruit flies. They take the whole fruit! :eek: And one is not enough!! :eek:

Naka
14-01-2011, 05:56 PM
I still wonder what your nettings look like. Are they available at nurseries or do you make them yourself? A picture will be nice. Over here, we use newspaper but these are not good because these attract the passersby. Over here, the passersby are worse than fruit flies. They take the whole fruit! :eek: And one is not enough!! :eek:

OK, I'll take a photo once I have finished covering them up. :D

Dervish
14-01-2011, 06:00 PM
BTW, what do you do with ALL THAT mangoes? Surely you can't finish them all. :eek:

Naka
14-01-2011, 06:03 PM
BTW, what do you do with ALL THAT mangoes? Surely you can't finish them all. :eek:

I'll do a bit of PR...ie...give a couples away....the rest, I am going to buy a drying oven, dry them, store them & eat them when times are bad. :D :D

Dervish
14-01-2011, 06:07 PM
I'll do a bit of PR...ie...give a couples away....the rest, I am going to buy a drying oven, dry them, store them & eat them when times are bad. :D :D
Yes, Yes! One should be prepared. By December next year, the world is coming to an end. Food should be scarce before it comes to an end. Nostradamus didn't mention food, or did he?

That's why I'm starting a sweet potato patch. I have two different types but they are not looking good. Not looking good at all. I'll snap some photos tomorrow. Raining today.

BTW, my long coriander is doing extremely well. ~~~ *beaming with delight* ~~~ Will snap some photos tomorrow too.

Dervish
14-01-2011, 06:15 PM
I have no idea what this plant is called. Some people called it The Butterfly. Went through a lot of trouble to get this plant just because it is special. The red parts are the leaves and they looked like a bunch of butterflies fluttering in the wind when a gentle breeze blows.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture016.jpg

Naka
15-01-2011, 07:39 AM
I have no idea what this plant is called. Some people called it The Butterfly. Went through a lot of trouble to get this plant just because it is special. The red parts are the leaves and they looked like a bunch of butterflies fluttering in the wind when a gentle breeze blows.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/Picture016.jpg

Did you check with Uncle Google?

Jeyanthy
15-01-2011, 07:49 AM
This rainy season has made my garden really pathetic. My jasmine plants are looking light green... Any good fertilizer you can recommend and where to get it?

Naka
15-01-2011, 10:21 AM
I still wonder what your nettings look like. Are they available at nurseries or do you make them yourself? A picture will be nice. Over here, we use newspaper but these are not good because these attract the passersby. Over here, the passersby are worse than fruit flies. They take the whole fruit! :eek: And one is not enough!! :eek:

These are cheap mosquitos nettings from Boleh use for ordinary windows ( if you purchase 10m in Perth, you can purchase 60m in Boleh for the same amount of money :eek: )

Cut the nettings to size & use staples to hold them together with a suitable string on one end & tie it to a branch.

Here is a photo, covering up is not finish yet.

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/IMG_0234a.jpg

Dervish
15-01-2011, 11:54 AM
Did you check with Uncle Google?
Ya la. I forgot about Uncle Google. Just checked. The plant is called The Red Butterfly Wing Christia vespertilionis.

Good Guy
15-01-2011, 11:57 AM
Ya la. I forgot about Uncle Google. Just checked. The plant is called The Red Butterfly Wing Christia vespertilionis.
Just want to learn how you check with Uncle Google when you don't know the name. Can you teach me?

Dervish
15-01-2011, 11:58 AM
This rainy season has made my garden really pathetic. My jasmine plants are looking light green... Any good fertilizer you can recommend and where to get it?
I am using organic Vermi-compost. They are the droppings from earthworms. You can get these at any nurseries. They are really good with jasmines.

Hey, when you get your camera for your daughter, remember to post some of your jasmine photos here. I also have a lot of jasmines so we can compare pictures and notes.

One tip I've learned is that you must botak the jasmine one month earlier in order for the plant to flower at a chosen time.

Will take some photos of my jasmine later...

Good Guy
15-01-2011, 12:00 PM
[QUOTE=Naka]
Cut the nettings to size & use staples to hold them together with a suitable string on one end & tie it to a branch.

Why do you need a string? I assume that once you staple both sides, the netting should stay in place.

Just curious.

Dervish
15-01-2011, 12:01 PM
Just want to learn how you check with Uncle Google when you don't know the name. Can you teach me?
Well, I described the leaf. In this case, I typed "Red Butterfly Leaf" and when a list of links appeared, I clicked on the "Images" under Google and a set of photos appeared. Scrolled through the images and saw my plant. :)

Dervish
15-01-2011, 12:02 PM
These are cheap mosquitos nettings from Boleh use for ordinary windows ( if you purchase 10m in Perth, you can purchase 60m in Boleh for the same amount of money :eek: )

Cut the nettings to size & use staples to hold them together with a suitable string on one end & tie it to a branch.

Here is a photo, covering up is not finish yet.


Thanks for the tip, bro. I really envy you. You are going to have a bumper harvest.

Dervish
15-01-2011, 12:04 PM
Why do you need a string? I assume that once you staple both sides, the netting should stay in place.

Just curious.
I'm guessing that the string will prevent the mangoes from bruises when it ripens and drops from the tree. So it drops into the net which is tied to the tree. Most people do that.

Naka
15-01-2011, 12:16 PM
[QUOTE=Naka]
Cut the nettings to size & use staples to hold them together with a suitable string on one end & tie it to a branch.

Why do you need a string? I assume that once you staple both sides, the netting should stay in place.

Just curious.

I use a gardening water-proof wire & lightly tie to the branch. That way, there is no presure on the mango. When the mango is ripe, I just un-tie it again. Then i store the netting for next season.

I suppose you can staples 3 sides too but the weight of the netting can be heavy & also when the wind is blowing & your mango may drop.

Also the nettings protect the mangos from the strong summer sun & the string also prevent your ripe mango from falling to the ground.

Naka
15-01-2011, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the tip, bro. I really envy you. You are going to have a bumper harvest.

You are welcome. :D

Dervish
15-01-2011, 12:31 PM
I use a gardening water-proof wire & lightly tie to the branch. That way, there is no presure on the mango. When the mango is ripe, I just un-tie it again. Then i store the netting for next season.

Water-proof wire? Do you mean the twist-ties That's a fantastic idea. I use those to wire my young jasmines but copper wires are better.

Dervish
15-01-2011, 12:36 PM
Another tip I got from my plantation owner friend is that you should bury rock salts about a feet surrounding the trunk. I have forgotten why. Maybe to keep the pests away? I am wondering if you bury sugar instead, will the mangoes turn out sweeter? :D:D

Naka
15-01-2011, 02:05 PM
Water-proof wire? Do you mean the twist-ties That's a fantastic idea. I use those to wire my young jasmines but copper wires are better.

Maybe it's called twist wire but it has a coat of rubber around it....also called garden wire....copper wire --too expensive

Good Guy
15-01-2011, 09:16 PM
Well, I described the leaf. In this case, I typed "Red Butterfly Leaf" and when a list of links appeared, I clicked on the "Images" under Google and a set of photos appeared. Scrolled through the images and saw my plant. :)

Silly me. Never thought of that. Thanks! :o

Good Guy
15-01-2011, 09:18 PM
I'm guessing that the string will prevent the mangoes from bruises when it ripens and drops from the tree. So it drops into the net which is tied to the tree. Most people do that.

Very clever idea. Thanks!

Good Guy
15-01-2011, 09:21 PM
I am using organic Vermi-compost. They are the droppings from earthworms. ...


I bought the compost a few weeks ago, but didn't use it yet. That is an encouragement from you. I shall use it as soon as possible after my current fertilizer is used up.

Dervish
16-01-2011, 02:56 PM
I bought the compost a few weeks ago, but didn't use it yet. That is an encouragement from you. I shall use it as soon as possible after my current fertilizer is used up.
I am currently using vermi-compost for my entire garden plants except for orchids. Am pleased with the results because my flowers are blooming like nobody's business.

For orchids, I switched to 101 about two years ago and my cattleya started blooming left and right. At one point in 2009, I had 13 blooms coming up one after another continuously from the same pot! Needless to say, I have been promoting 101 ever since.

I saw two new yellow/red cattleya buds coming up from the same pot. Will snap a picture once it bloomed. Also another two new purple cattleya buds, :D:D

Dervish
16-01-2011, 02:57 PM
Maybe it's called twist wire but it has a coat of rubber around it....also called garden wire....copper wire --too expensive
Is this the one?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/P1050525.jpg

Naka
16-01-2011, 05:18 PM
Yes, I just checked, it's also called twist wire here.

Good Guy
16-01-2011, 10:28 PM
Hi venuspop,

Looks like you are a garden expert. Can you advice what fertilizer to use for bougainvilleas?

Thanks in advance.

Jeyanthy
16-01-2011, 10:43 PM
Hi venuspop,

Looks like you are a garden expert. Can you advice what fertilizer to use for bougainvilleas?

Thanks in advance.

And let us know where in Subang Jaya you can get these fertilizers..... I used to get my supply from the nursery in USJ1 but now they have closed down. Been looking around the DIY shops in Taipan but can't seem to find what I want :(

coleslaw
16-01-2011, 11:22 PM
Hi venuspop,

Looks like you are a garden expert. Can you advice what fertilizer to use for bougainvilleas?

Thanks in advance.
ahh..this i can help you. used to plant boungavillas..use malameal.
you must prune your bougainvillas regularly..this is 1 plant you don't manja it. mine used to be covered in flowers..can't even see the leaves!

Good Guy
17-01-2011, 12:57 AM
ahh..this i can help you. used to plant boungavillas..use malameal.
you must prune your bougainvillas regularly..this is 1 plant you don't manja it. mine used to be covered in flowers..can't even see the leaves!
What is malameal?
Should I prune alot, which I usually did, or just a bit?

Dervish
17-01-2011, 10:48 AM
Hi venuspop,

Looks like you are a garden expert. Can you advice what fertilizer to use for bougainvilleas?

Thanks in advance.
Good Guy

Thanks for the compliment but I am definitely no garden expert. I learned some gardening skills by killing lots of plants and getting lots of lectures from well-meaning garden pals. ;) :D:D

As for bougainvilleas, I wonder if you mean those bud-grafted ones with different species in one shrub. Loved those but I'm sure they're too expensive.

Coleslaw is right. You must never manja bougainvilleas. They thrive very well when under extreme conditions. I was advised not to give them too much water or fertilizer. And yes, Coleslaw is right again. You have to trim them often. And if you observe all those rules, your bougainvilleas will be blooming like nobody's business.

Just trimmed mine so don't have any pictures to share. Will take one when the blooms come.

coleslaw
17-01-2011, 11:09 AM
What is malameal?
Should I prune alot, which I usually did, or just a bit?
you can get malameal at nurseries..it's a mix of blood/bones etc!

give the plant a light prune, since you already doing it regularly..fertilised it and water it in..
after flowering, i usually prune when i see the flowers are dropping and plant looks slightly scanty. even got flowers also i botakkan the plant..then i fertlised it again.
you'll be amazed at the results.

Dervish
17-01-2011, 11:11 AM
And let us know where in Subang Jaya you can get these fertilizers..... I used to get my supply from the nursery in USJ1 but now they have closed down. Been looking around the DIY shops in Taipan but can't seem to find what I want :(
I don't know where you can buy in loose packets because I buy the whole box. I think there are about 25 or 50 packets in one box. Anyway, the following picture contains all the information you need. You can email or telephone them to find out the details.
http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/vermi.jpg

Dervish
17-01-2011, 11:13 AM
ahh..this i can help you. used to plant boungavillas..use malameal.
you must prune your bougainvillas regularly..this is 1 plant you don't manja it. mine used to be covered in flowers..can't even see the leaves!
Coleslaw, what is malameal? Do you have a picture?

Dervish
17-01-2011, 11:14 AM
What is malameal?
Should I prune alot, which I usually did, or just a bit?
I usually prune a lot to allow for new growth.

Dervish
17-01-2011, 11:18 AM
you can get malameal at nurseries..it's a mix of blood/bones etc!

give the plant a light prune, since you already doing it regularly..fertilised it and water it in..
after flowering, i usually prune when i see the flowers are dropping and plant looks slightly scanty. even got flowers also i botakkan the plant..then i fertlised it again.
you'll be amazed at the results.
ahhh ~~~ :D ~~~ Didn't see this post. Thanks for the tip.

coleslaw
17-01-2011, 11:22 AM
Coleslaw, what is malameal? Do you have a picture?
malameal is a mix of blood and bones etc....almost black in colour..
sorry no pic la.

nurseries people will probably try and sell you another type of fertiliser if you tell them you are using for bougainvilla....but trust me on this!

my sis also have lots of bougainvilla and does the same thing. every time the temple near her house have a celebration, they'll come and 'borrow' her bougainvilla to beautify the temple.

Dervish
17-01-2011, 11:33 AM
This is the purple cattleya which bloomed only two weeks ago. Today there is another 2 new buds from the same pot and a third one just peeking out.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050455.jpg

coleslaw
17-01-2011, 11:38 AM
beautiful!..

friends just gave me a couple pots of orchids..i'm gonna try your 101 tip.
just spray on the plant is it?

Dervish
17-01-2011, 12:14 PM
beautiful!..

friends just gave me a couple pots of orchids..i'm gonna try your 101 tip.
just spray on the plant is it?
Yup, on the leaves and the roots but not into the crown or the buds will rot and not bloom. An orchid friend also told me that once you see the buds, you must be very careful not to knock it or the bud will just shrivel up and die. BTW, spray once a week.

Dervish
17-01-2011, 08:35 PM
This is my Redbird Cactus (Devil's Backbone). Not sure about the second picture though. Some people call it the "Little Bird" :D

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/P1040701.jpg

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/P1040696.jpg

Dervish
17-01-2011, 08:41 PM
I think this one is called Dancing Ladies? This picture was taken years ago when the orchid was wrapped around a dead tree trunk which was standing in a big pot filled with soil. At that time, the orchid was blooming abundantly. Then the dead tree trunk started to go apart so it was removed and the orchids were divided into smaller portions residing in several pots distributed around the garden. The blooms stopped from that time onwards until now. I was perplexed so I asked around. My gardening pals told me that this particular orchid must never be separated from each other. Anyone of you heard of such a thing?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1000211.jpg

Dervish
20-01-2011, 11:29 AM
My two purple cattleya just popped open this morning. The third one (same pot) should open tomorrow. There are another 2 yellow/red buds in another pot and another 2 new bud from a third pot.

Will post the photo later ..

Dervish
20-01-2011, 12:19 PM
Here it is. Just bloomed this morning. My purple cattleya. When it is a single bloom, the flower is larger. Triple blooms means the blooms are smaller.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050550.jpg

coleslaw
20-01-2011, 12:37 PM
wow..beautiful....
hope my orchids will bloom soon...just sprayed 101 yesterday! :D

Naka
20-01-2011, 01:51 PM
I tot u said you have no flower. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Dervish
20-01-2011, 02:05 PM
I tot u said you have no flower. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Bro, show us the flowers in you garden la ..

Dervish
20-01-2011, 02:07 PM
my sis also have lots of bougainvilla and does the same thing. every time the temple near her house have a celebration, they'll come and 'borrow' her bougainvilla to beautify the temple.
I think this must be the multi-colour variety. Would appreciate if you could post a picture so we can see how beautiful it is. I know these are very expensive.

coleslaw
20-01-2011, 02:20 PM
I tot u said you have no flower. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
friend just gave a couple pots of orchids...

coleslaw
20-01-2011, 02:21 PM
I think this must be the multi-colour variety. Would appreciate if you could post a picture so we can see how beautiful it is. I know these are very expensive.
not multi coloured ones..just the usual whites and pinks...

coleslaw
20-01-2011, 02:24 PM
VP..
how do you repot orchids? i've never jaga orchids before.
the pot it came in looks a bit small... :confused:
must go buy arang ka?

Naka
20-01-2011, 03:35 PM
Bro, show us the flowers in you garden la ..

Yes, you are right, i nearly run out of topic. :D :D

Mai-ko Hydrangea

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1040489a.jpg

Dervish
20-01-2011, 03:51 PM
Yes, you are right, i nearly run out of topic. :D :D

Mai-ko Hydrangea

http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1040489a.jpg
Beautiful. Haven't seen this before. It doesn't want lots of water, right?

Naka
20-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Beautiful. Haven't seen this before. It doesn't want lots of water, right?

I think it needs lot of water in the mornings.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 03:57 PM
VP..
how do you repot orchids? i've never jaga orchids before.
the pot it came in looks a bit small... :confused:
must go buy arang ka?
Yes, arang is needed. My garden pal just taught me a technic for splitting the orchids but you are not splitting them, are you?

If it's just repotting, then the arang is good enough. Bought some orchid nuggets from Sg Buloh last year so mine is a combination of charcoal, nuggets, broken bricks and coconut husk.

Another way is to use tree branches. Wait ~~~ I'll post a picture so you know what I mean. Give me a sec.

coleslaw
20-01-2011, 03:59 PM
ok..

whatcha mean 'splitting the orchid'? :confused:

Dervish
20-01-2011, 03:59 PM
I think it needs lot of water in the mornings.
How long have you had this plant?

Reason I asked :- Bought a few pots of "Gloxinia" from Cameron a couple of years ago with leaves looking something like yours. Too much water and the fella "kong-kiau"

Dervish
20-01-2011, 04:00 PM
ok..

whatcha mean 'splitting the orchid'? :confused:
Meaning the orchid grew really massive and needed to be divided into two pots....

Naka
20-01-2011, 04:02 PM
How long have you had this plant?

Reason I asked :- Bought a few pots of "Gloxinia" from Cameron a couple of years ago with leaves looking something like yours. Too much water and the fella "kong-kiau"

This one is nearly 2 years old.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 04:13 PM
This one is nearly 2 years old.
I see. Then it is thriving well and in suitable condition. Then again, your area is arid which explains why watering in the morning is necessary. Our humidity over here is high so roots tend to rot.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 04:16 PM
Sawed off branch from my bougainvillea with orchid tied around it. A wire hooks the branch (top). This is only for young orchids.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050499.jpg

Naka
20-01-2011, 04:22 PM
Sawed off branch from my bougainvillea with orchid tied around it. A wire hooks the branch (top). This is only for young orchids.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050499.jpg


Looks very well taken care of.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 04:32 PM
Sometimes I forget to water ......

Naka
20-01-2011, 05:24 PM
Sometimes I forget to water ......

Can you go without water for a day? :confused: Think of it like this ah! :D

Dervish
20-01-2011, 05:36 PM
Can you go without water for a day? :confused: Think of it like this ah! :D
Oh de-de-dear-dear ~~~ You have just joined my platoon of lecturing garden pals. :eek: :eek: :D:D

Naka
20-01-2011, 05:39 PM
Oh de-de-dear-dear ~~~ You have just joined my platoon of lecturing garden pals. :eek: :eek: :D:D

It makes sense isn't? :rolleyes:

coleslaw
20-01-2011, 06:24 PM
Can you go without water for a day? :confused: Think of it like this ah! :D
not applicable when it comes to plants. i have a pot of aloe vera, given also by friends, and i found out i'm over watering it.
apparently i need only to water once a week!

Naka
20-01-2011, 06:49 PM
not applicable when it comes to plants. i have a pot of aloe vera, given also by friends, and i found out i'm over watering it.
apparently i need only to water once a week!

True, true but VP said he forgot to water it and I assumed that plant needs water everyday. :D :D

Dervish
20-01-2011, 06:51 PM
not applicable when it comes to plants. i have a pot of aloe vera, given also by friends, and i found out i'm over watering it.
apparently i need only to water once a week!
Come to think of it, I NEVER water mine! :eek: I wonder if it's still alive! :eek: ~~~ Better check tomorrow.

Different for us, Coleslaw. Our humidity is high. Naka's area is arid. I killed many of my plants because I watered twice a day. Nowadays I watered only once those plants under my pergola. Those outside I don't water during the rainy season.

I watered my plants with rain water BTW.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 06:53 PM
True, true but VP said he forgot to water it and I assumed that plant needs water everyday. :D :D
Statistically speaking, I killed more plants watering twice a day than forgetting to water. So maybe forgetting is the lesser of two evils?

Naka
20-01-2011, 06:56 PM
Statistically speaking, I killed more plants watering twice a day than forgetting to water. So maybe forgetting is the lesser of two evils?

I do not know why you need to water it 2 times a day. Here we oso do it once a day.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 07:01 PM
Yup. Learned the hard way. Twice is too much water unless heat wave.

Dervish
20-01-2011, 10:08 PM
This is one of my mini terrariums filled with money plant. I started this in January 2009. Hmmm ~~~ even before I joined this forum.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050527.jpg

Naka
21-01-2011, 07:15 AM
This is one of my mini terrariums filled with money plant. I started this in January 2009. Hmmm ~~~ even before I joined this forum.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050527.jpg

I dun remember seeing such a terrarium. :o

BTW, since this is a money plant, how much fortune have you acquired since. Maybe you should have double it up since you are oso into fortune cookies :D

Dervish
21-01-2011, 09:36 AM
I dun remember seeing such a terrarium. :o

BTW, since this is a money plant, how much fortune have you acquired since. Maybe you should have double it up since you are oso into fortune cookies :D
How to acquire fortune when I don't speculate? Don't buy shares except unit-trusts. Don't buy numbers. Don't gamble. I am perfection!!! *looks uppity* ~~~ :D:D:D ~~~ Except that I kill lots of plants and ants. :D:D

Regarding the terrarium, the actual plant inside was something like double of this. Took them out and removed them and put in the smallest so they can continue growing all over again. Good thing about terrarium is "No need watering for months"

Naka
21-01-2011, 03:39 PM
How to acquire fortune when I don't speculate? Don't buy shares except unit-trusts. Don't buy numbers. Don't gamble. I am perfection!!! *looks uppity* ~~~ :D:D:D ~~~ Except that I kill lots of plants and ants. :D:D

Regarding the terrarium, the actual plant inside was something like double of this. Took them out and removed them and put in the smallest so they can continue growing all over again. Good thing about terrarium is "No need watering for months"

Thank you for your brief :D

Dervish
21-01-2011, 04:17 PM
Thank you for your brief :D
You are most welcomed. :D

Naka
22-01-2011, 06:21 AM
I am still making up another 50 mosquito netting for my mangos. There must be abt 250 or more mangos in the tree. :D

Dervish
22-01-2011, 12:44 PM
I am still making up another 50 mosquito netting for my mangos. There must be abt 250 or more mangos in the tree. :D
Lucky you! You can make mango pudding, mango cake, mango pie, mango duck, mango fish, mango chicken, mango turkey, mango kangaroo, mango kerabu and lotsa other mango dishes. Be sure to snap pictures of them to let us wallow in deprivation. :D :p

Dervish
22-01-2011, 12:45 PM
I am still making up another 50 mosquito netting for my mangos. There must be abt 250 or more mangos in the tree. :D
BTW anymore pictures of plants in your garden?

Dervish
22-01-2011, 12:46 PM
Here's my yellow/red cattleya. Popped open yesterday but only half. Today it is fully bloomed but this time, the size is smaller. :( ~~~ Maybe because I've forgotten to 101 them again lately.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050561.jpg

Dervish
22-01-2011, 12:48 PM
Here's the two of them together. Still waiting for another 3 buds to pop open.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050566.jpg

Naka
22-01-2011, 01:45 PM
BTW anymore pictures of plants in your garden?

I think this is a cactus :confused: :confused: from my pergola


http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1030930a.jpg

Dervish
22-01-2011, 07:17 PM
I think this is a cactus :confused: :confused: from my pergola

Wow!! ~~~ This is a knock-out beauty. It's from a pot hanging under your pergola? How long does the bloom last?

Are those pandan leaves at the background?

And what is that plant behind the flower? Looks familiar.

Naka
23-01-2011, 07:05 AM
QUOTE=venuspop]Wow!! ~~~ This is a knock-out beauty. It's from a pot hanging under your pergola? How long does the bloom last?

Yes, from a hanging basket but the flowers only last 3 or 4 days.

Are those pandan leaves at the background?
Just another flower but right now can't think of the name. :o Mind you we have pandan here.


And what is that plant behind the flower? Looks familiar.[/QUOTE

I bot it long time ago and have no idea what's the name.

Dervish
23-01-2011, 07:52 PM
I know you have garlic chives there. My friend was telling me about his. What about serai?

Naka
24-01-2011, 07:59 AM
I know you have garlic chives there. My friend was telling me about his. What about serai?

I don't have any serai or garlic chives. :confused: What made you think so?

Dervish
24-01-2011, 10:42 AM
I don't have any serai or garlic chives. :confused: What made you think so?
Sorry. When I wrote "I know you have garlic chives there", I don't mean your house. :D I mean your country. Friend of mine is Down Under and he is very proud of his chives.

Naka
24-01-2011, 02:25 PM
Sorry. When I wrote "I know you have garlic chives there", I don't mean your house. :D I mean your country. Friend of mine is Down Under and he is very proud of his chives.

Yes, plenty of different herbs around here. :D

Dervish
25-01-2011, 10:34 AM
Here's the 101 I was talking about. Excellent for orchids. Available at most nurseries. I got mine from Ace Hardware. Am looking for the concentrated version. Does anyone know where I can get those?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050593.jpg

Dervish
25-01-2011, 11:00 AM
Red and purple mini cattleya. Bought this recently from Sg Buloh. RM25.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050599.jpg

Naka
25-01-2011, 11:21 AM
Here's the 101 I was talking about. Excellent for orchids. Available at most nurseries. I got mine from Ace Hardware. Am looking for the concentrated version. Does anyone know where I can get those?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050593.jpg

yes, always get the concentrated one.....works out to be a lot cheaper.

Naka
25-01-2011, 11:22 AM
Red and purple mini cattleya. Bought this recently from Sg Buloh. RM25.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050599.jpg

Wow, looks great...dollar to dollar...expensive.

Dervish
25-01-2011, 12:32 PM
Wow, looks great...dollar to dollar...expensive.
RM25 is expensive? I thought it was reasonable. Another shop managed by two pretty Indonesian girls were selling at RM45 each. These two girls are blinking cut-throats but very shrewd businesswomen. Cannot reduce the price even if you buy many pots. :mad:

lly
25-01-2011, 03:36 PM
I used to buy orchids but they all eventually die. Not easy to take care. After a few batches, I have given up.

Naka
26-01-2011, 07:34 AM
RM25 is expensive? I thought it was reasonable. Another shop managed by two pretty Indonesian girls were selling at RM45 each. These two girls are blinking cut-throats but very shrewd businesswomen. Cannot reduce the price even if you buy many pots. :mad:

If you think it's cheap, then u r Taukie Besar :D

Naka
26-01-2011, 09:24 AM
flower from my garden


http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1020369b.jpg

Dervish
26-01-2011, 12:04 PM
I used to buy orchids but they all eventually die. Not easy to take care. After a few batches, I have given up.
Don't give up, lly. Go for cattleya. Relatively easy to take care.

Dervish
26-01-2011, 12:06 PM
If you think it's cheap, then u r Taukie Besar :D
Don't be like this la ~~~ :o :o :o ~~~ Just doing a simple comparison. My regular shop usually sells the same orchid at RM45 so when this one sold at RM25, I automatically thought it was cheap. How much do you expect something like that to cost anyway? ~~~ Just curious. :confused:

Dervish
26-01-2011, 12:09 PM
flower from my garden


http://i750.photobucket.com/albums/xx148/uc-naka/P1020369b.jpg
WOW!! ~~~ Another knock out! ~~~ This is the one I mistook for pandan leaves, right? ~~~

Is it some sort of orchid?
What's it called?
On average, how long does the bloom last?
Expensive?

Dervish
26-01-2011, 01:51 PM
Another new purchase from Sg Buloh. RM35. Green/yellow/purple Cattleya. Been eyeing this since two years ago. It was RM45 back then.

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050610.jpg

Dervish
26-01-2011, 02:08 PM
Finally ~~~ After years of waiting in vain, I saw a new bud emerging. My Dancing Ladies have arrived after so many years of dormancy. Never shall I divide them again! :D


I think this one is called Dancing Ladies? This picture was taken years ago when the orchid was wrapped around a dead tree trunk which was standing in a big pot filled with soil. At that time, the orchid was blooming abundantly. Then the dead tree trunk started to go apart so it was removed and the orchids were divided into smaller portions residing in several pots distributed around the garden. The blooms stopped from that time onwards until now. I was perplexed so I asked around. My gardening pals told me that this particular orchid must never be separated from each other. Anyone of you heard of such a thing?

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1000211.jpg

Naka
26-01-2011, 02:20 PM
Don't be like this la ~~~ :o :o :o ~~~ Just doing a simple comparison. My regular shop usually sells the same orchid at RM45 so when this one sold at RM25, I automatically thought it was cheap. How much do you expect something like that to cost anyway? ~~~ Just curious. :confused:

$15/= is all I pay for this.

Naka
26-01-2011, 02:30 PM
QUOTE=venuspop]WOW!! ~~~ Another knock out! ~~~ This is the one I mistook for pandan leaves, right? ~~~

The pandan leaves one is called acapanka ( sp?)

Is it some sort of orchid?

Yes, some orchids

What's it called?

Dun know.
On average, how long does the bloom last?

a few weeks
Expensive?

No, quite cheap but 4got the cost
[/QUOTE

lly
26-01-2011, 04:41 PM
Ah, all the green fingers here. Orchids are beautiful but I have to give up.. all bloom once only (from the shop) then only left the leaves, then stems then roots....

I used to buy from Orchid garden Taman Tasik Perdana.

Naka
26-01-2011, 04:46 PM
Ah, all the green fingers here. Orchids are beautiful but I have to give up.. all bloom once only (from the shop) then only left the leaves, then stems then roots....

I used to buy from Orchid garden Taman Tasik Perdana.

Troubles with shop is they pumped lots of hormones into those plants that are for sale.

So once you buy them, they have been partially been damaged :mad:

Dervish
26-01-2011, 04:52 PM
Troubles with shop is they pumped lots of hormones into those plants that are for sale.

So once you buy them, they have been partially been damaged :mad:
That is true. When you take any flowers home from the nurseries, you must never fertilize for the next six months. Start the fertilizing regime only after that period. Else they "kong kiau" or "sei pei lei tai" :D:D

Naka
26-01-2011, 04:55 PM
That is true. When you take any flowers home from the nurseries, you must never fertilize for the next six months. Start the fertilizing regime only after that period. Else they "kong kiau" or "sei pei lei tai" :D:D

True, true. :D

Dervish
27-01-2011, 12:07 PM
Here's the orange cattleya that I bought recently from Sg Buloh. RM30. I am getting this "cheap" because the lady said this orchid is "soar-soar-tay" :( ~~~ (The two Indonesian girls are selling RM45 so RM30 was a bargain.)

Why is it "soar-soar-tay"?

Because sometimes the blooms are large and sometimes they're small. Sometimes it's a single bloom, sometimes double, sometimes triple. :( ~~~ Don't know what I'm getting myself into but I guess time will tell. :D

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050602.jpg

Naka
27-01-2011, 02:26 PM
Yes, this 'soar-soar-tay' orchid is cheap. :D :D

Dervish
27-01-2011, 06:58 PM
Yes, this 'soar-soar-tay' orchid is cheap. :D :D
:D ~~~ I hope the lady doesn't call me "soar-soar-tay" behind my back for buying the "soar-soar-tay" orchid. :eek:

Naka
28-01-2011, 07:29 AM
:D ~~~ I hope the lady doesn't call me "soar-soar-tay" behind my back for buying the "soar-soar-tay" orchid. :eek:

You will never know if you never ask her :D :D

Dervish
28-01-2011, 01:27 PM
Here's one of three azaleas I bought this year. The blooms are red and white but I'm sure in time they'd finally end up either red or white. RM18. Still at budding stage. When it blooms, it's going to be a knock-out!!

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050635.jpg

coleslaw
28-01-2011, 01:41 PM
VP..
i noticed you are into temperate flowering plants and have success with them.
i remembered way back when, when i was into flowering plants, i wanted to buy some azaleas ( my favourite) and was asking the nursery owner on the how tos...
and he told me very honestly..the plants are from camerons and are cultivated to bloom just in time for CNY..after which, it will kong kiaw kiaw!
but you have proven him wrong..

your tips?

Naka
28-01-2011, 02:08 PM
VP..
i noticed you are into temperate flowering plants and have success with them.
i remembered way back when, when i was into flowering plants, i wanted to buy some azaleas ( my favourite) and was asking the nursery owner on the how tos...
and he told me very honestly..the plants are from camerons and are cultivated to bloom just in time for CNY..after which, it will kong kiaw kiaw!
but you have proven him wrong..

your tips?


Maybe too early yet, wait till after CNY.....maybe 'KKK' :D :D

Dervish
28-01-2011, 02:13 PM
VP..
i noticed you are into temperate flowering plants and have success with them.
i remembered way back when, when i was into flowering plants, i wanted to buy some azaleas ( my favourite) and was asking the nursery owner on the how tos...
and he told me very honestly..the plants are from camerons and are cultivated to bloom just in time for CNY..after which, it will kong kiaw kiaw!
but you have proven him wrong..

your tips?
Learned it the hard way, CL. I first got interested in azaleas sometime in 2006. My total investment in azaleas through the years must be close to 30 pots. Out of all those only 3 survived till today. Most died from my ignorance and stupidity.

Tips?

Never spray water on the blooms. If you do that, the blooms rot, plant gets infected, end of story. With proper care when watering, the blooms can last about a month.
Thrives under partial shade. Good if placed under a pergola or tree. Needs sun to bloom.
If potting, make sure the bottommost is filled with laterite, the core with organic soil and the outermost again with laterite. This is to contain the moisture. The roots do not go deep and loves water but not wet feet. The organic core ensures that the water seeps through easily.
Azaleas and 101 do not go hand-in-hand. Lost my initial 4 pots of azaleas to 101.
Will share more with you as and when I remember. For now, this is ALL I could think of. :D


This is one of the pioneers. Must be easily 3 or 4 years old. The blooms are not as prolific as those from the nurseries but they're good enough for me. :D:D

http://i801.photobucket.com/albums/yy295/venuspoper/Garden/P1050494.jpg

Dervish
28-01-2011, 02:29 PM
CL ~~~ One more thing I'd like to add. Those 3 of my pioneers? I feed them with Vermicompost every fortnight. They do not bloom prolifically but they bloom throughout the year.

The stupid mistake I made was to buy from Ace Hardware a box of imported fertilizer specially meant for Azaleas (said so on the cover) which cost me RM30+. The minute I switched to them, all the plants died except these 3.

coleslaw
28-01-2011, 03:23 PM
tks VP..
sounds like a lot of time and work into caring for them.
that's the reason why i switched to all non flowering nowadays..
too old for this 'mah fun' plants! :(

but you never know, might just go pick up a plant or two now with your tips :D

kong hei fatt choy..and may yr plants bloom nonstop all year round :D :D

Dervish
28-01-2011, 03:27 PM
tks VP..
sounds like a lot of time and work into caring for them.
that's the reason why i switched to all non flowering nowadays..
too old for this 'mah fun' plants! :(

but you never know, might just go pick up a plant or two now with your tips :D

kong hei fatt choy..and may yr plants bloom nonstop all year round :D :D
Not really. Just water them, fertilize them and they'll be fine. :D

kong hei fatt choy to you too and may your new azaleas bloom to your heart's satisfaction, all year round and forever more...:D

Naka
29-01-2011, 07:19 AM
So VP bought a lot of flowers for CNY

Dervish
29-01-2011, 02:07 PM
So VP bought a lot of flowers for CNY
No la. Just some orchids, azaleas and chrysanthemums. OH loved chrysanthemums.