So, all but one of my Strawberry plants are down. Some of them have been my mistakes, some due to the placement of the plants in Chennai heat. The last one here is currently surviving the heat. I am not sure how well it will endure 106 F weather. It is only matter of time!
Did you know that Hydrangea flowers never dry up? Well, at least most never! I have always seen them in bloom, so never really looked them up close. The flowers turn to almost green, so looking at them from a distance, they won’t look exactly like flowers!
Saves you the time to prune old flowers 🙂
PS: My plant is placed where it gets utmost 1 hour of late afternoon sun. I have a good feeling that it likes where it is placed.
I may have been wrong about a million times, but when it comes to actually witnessing the outcomes of the right things, it is a treat! Okra (ladies Finger) and Radishes are by far the easiest growing plants in this season. I might have to confirm after actually checking the rest of the seasons. I am sowing the next batch of Radish today, as part of the sowing plan (So I will have Radish harvest every 15 days). Okra has begun showing up in 2 plants, although the plants look tiny!!
So I harvested couple of radishes and pomegranates this morning! I guess I should have waited a few more days for the radishes, I left a few more to be harvested later. If I can only harvest radishes every 45 days, I should change the sowing plan for radishes to every 15 days; that is, essentially, every sowing day from my sowing plan.
I have grown plants from seeds, I have even managed to grow a handful out of the cuttings from the mother plant. But I have never grown a plant using the soak-drain-place in wet cloth-let it sprout method.
Sprouts of the beans
I have done this a million times to make sprout salad (with mung bean, chick pea, brown bean), but never used this method to really grow plants. As a test (or as some sort of a sowing-growing versus alternate method race), I have also sown the seeds of Cassia Fistula (Common name: Golden shower tree, Tamil: Sarakondrai) in soil and have soaked some of them in water for 24 hours and placed it in a damp cloth.
I guess this heat is taking a toll on the plants. I had four Strawberry plants last week and only two remain now. Until I get the plant’s location sorted, it is downhill on growing strawberries in Chennai 😐
As far as I know, Adenium plants have the capacity to be re-grown through cuttings of the mother plant. I tried the last time, but did not bother to take care of it well. But this time, since I had success growing my banyan plant from the mother plant’s cutting, I wanted to try the same method on Adenium as well. After a week, the bigger leaves dried away, and I just assumed the cuttings will take time and left it at that. Now I see new growth in the leaves, but no new roots. I do not want to jinx this or anything, but I am beginning to think that Adenium cuttings can sustain growing in water. Time will tell.
Old leaves shedding and new leaf formation
All the old leaves have withered, tiny new leaves forming
Remember the Ixora plants that we replanted as part of community gardening? Well, they have died a slow death! I have never known that the Ixora roots grow so deep and so far to develop new shoots. I just assumed that those smaller saplings grew from wild seeds that we did not intentionally sow! And the roots that we cut for the new plants were not enough to give them the growth the plants needed. A very expensive lesson indeed!
I am sowing seeds as part of the third sowing plan this evening. (I was out of station about the time that I was actually supposed to sow. Better late than never, I’d decided 🙂
So after two schedules of sowing seeds, my tomatoes, chillies, brinjal (Egg plant), pumpkin (One seed sprouted and I accidentally killed it, my bad!), onion, beans have not sprouted at all! Either wrong timing or bad seeds. I am not sure I should be trying the seeds from the same pack the next time around…
On the other hand, my radishes have begun to show off their beautiful ‘skins’ 🙂 Okra (Ladies Finger), and the Gourds are growing ever so beautifully!