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    Ixora hedge - fertilizer.

    I am planting ixora plant as a hedge. Basically there are 3 types: fast growing, slow growing and very slow growing. The size of the leaves will tell you which is what. The big leaves grow very fast. I chose the 2nd variety so that I do not have to prune it frequently. However, after 18 months it is about 2 feet only. I think I need to put fertilisers to help it grow faster.

    Does anyone know what is a suitable fertilizer for this plant? I am using chicken dung currently but it does not seem to work well.

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    We slow-release pellets.

    During growing season use liquid fertilizer.

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    What is growing season?

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    Chua, I recommend this fertilizer.

    http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/uploa...&postcount=162

    It works wonders for me. One baskin robbin teaspoon every two weeks consistently and my ixora bloomed and bloomed. Mine is the small variety and pink.

    Even my rose of the dessert bloomed prolifically after I consistently apply that fertilizer. Azaleas as well.

    Not orchids though. Orchids need 101

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS Chua
    What is growing season?
    Oh, I was referring to spring to summer.

    But in Boleh, it's any day

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    Quote Originally Posted by venuspop
    Chua, I recommend this fertilizer.

    http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/uploa...&postcount=162

    It works wonders for me. One baskin robbin teaspoon every two weeks consistently and my ixora bloomed and bloomed. Mine is the small variety and pink.

    Even my rose of the dessert bloomed prolifically after I consistently apply that fertilizer. Azaleas as well.

    Not orchids though. Orchids need 101
    Hey, thanks. I will try it. Hopefully it will help my plants to grow fast so that I can have some privacy. Otherwise I will have to build a concrete wall which costs RM10K!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by venuspop
    Chua, I recommend this fertilizer.

    http://www.usj.com.my/bulletin/uploa...&postcount=162

    It works wonders for me. One baskin robbin teaspoon every two weeks consistently and my ixora bloomed and bloomed. Mine is the small variety and pink.

    Even my rose of the dessert bloomed prolifically after I consistently apply that fertilizer. Azaleas as well.

    Not orchids though. Orchids need 101
    How much for the whole thingy?

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    Vermicompost fertilizers that I got from CETDEM's Hari Organik cost RM10 for 3-4 packets (about 400gm each). Some place sell it at RM9 for a packet of 500gm. You can also check out the Pasar Tani at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday morning. This fertilizer is also available there.

    How much do you pay for yours, VP?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolyPoly
    Vermicompost fertilizers that I got from CETDEM's Hari Organik cost RM10 for 3-4 packets (about 400gm each). Some place sell it at RM9 for a packet of 500gm. You can also check out the Pasar Tani at Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday morning. This fertilizer is also available there.

    How much do you pay for yours, VP?
    Costs more than my chicken dung. I bought a 20 kilo bag for almost RM30, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS Chua
    Costs more than my chicken dung. I bought a 20 kilo bag for almost RM30, I think.
    That's very cheap. Only RM1.50/kg.

    I paid RM18 for a 5kg goat dung fertilizer and thought that's cheap! Do you mind sharing where you got your fertilizer? How long does it take you to finish up the 20kg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolyPoly
    That's very cheap. Only RM1.50/kg.

    I paid RM18 for a 5kg goat dung fertilizer and thought that's cheap! Do you mind sharing where you got your fertilizer? How long does it take you to finish up the 20kg?
    Sg Buloh. Apparently there are different chicken dung. The less smelly one is more expensive. The very smelly ones are the cheapest. Every time I open the gunny sack, I have to exhale and inhale..and hold until I scoop a bowl... and still holding my breathe .... quickly tie up the gunny sack ...still holding my breathe ... and then walk quickly 5 feet away before I breathe again. Phew. It really stinks. I have not been using it regularly because apparently it is not so good for Ixora or other plants. Fu Kwai Faa needs other type of fertilizer. So, I am using it for my mango tree and other potted plants. I am in the 2nd sack after 18 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS Chua
    Hey, thanks. I will try it. Hopefully it will help my plants to grow fast so that I can have some privacy. Otherwise I will have to build a concrete wall which costs RM10K!!
    Ixora for the fencing? Wouldn't it be too thick? They'll take a long time to grow tall enough, like 5 feet? They attract squirrels too.

    My hedge was formally planted with tea leaves. Bad idea. They attract aphids and itches if you accidentally brush against them while trimming the hedge. I am replacing them with jasmines. Jasmines are hardy, easily maintained and trainable. The birds thought I might consider a "Ching Li Xiang" as part of my hedge so I obliged. Another bad idea. The shrubs grows thick as did its trunk. They are not trainable and are also high maintenance. I think I'll stick with the jasmines.

    Friend of mine used bougainvillea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS Chua
    How much for the whole thingy?
    Mine came in 1 kg packing. They are packed 25 to a box. I bought 5 boxes the last time and I got them cheap though I can't remember how cheap.

    There's a phone number there. Call them for a quotation. If you buy in bulk, they give you WS price.

    From what I understand, vermicompost came in different composition, hence different price. High humus content will cost more. The cheaper ones available at night markets are mixed with soil. Friend of mine went for those and noticed the difference.

    This particular vermicompost I'm using are "powered" by foreigners. Authentic South African earthworms. You can visit their factory. Seeing is believing, or so they say...

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    Chua, what about your pillars? Some people cover their pillars with poison ivy. I am considering that. Any advice or thought?

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    Quote Originally Posted by venuspop
    Ixora for the fencing? Wouldn't it be too thick? They'll take a long time to grow tall enough, like 5 feet? They attract squirrels too.

    My hedge was formally planted with tea leaves. Bad idea. They attract aphids and itches if you accidentally brush against them while trimming the hedge. I am replacing them with jasmines. Jasmines are hardy, easily maintained and trainable. The birds thought I might consider a "Ching Li Xiang" as part of my hedge so I obliged. Another bad idea. The shrubs grows thick as did its trunk. They are not trainable and are also high maintenance. I think I'll stick with the jasmines.

    Friend of mine used bougainvillea.
    Yes, it will take a long time to grow and hence, I need to try your "wonderful powder" like Chef Wan will say. Squirrels? Aiyoh, they come to my garden everyday to play and to eat. I think I may have to build a home for them soon. Anyway I chose ixora because of low maintenance and whole year around flowers. I went round many house to see the type of hedges and decided on ixora. And I have yellow, orange, red, white and pink ixora. But somehow, the orange and red are doing better than the other colors.

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