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PostPosted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:10 pm    Post subject: Lemon Tree Reply with quote

Believe it or not I've actually got fruit setting on my small lemon tree--you could hardly call it a 'tree' but nevrthe less the small fruit buds are there.
This has happened after I gave the plant a feed of water mixed with some 'epsom salts' Think Think Think I had read about this somewhere so I tried it because the leaves were going yellow- now It has 'green' leaves as well as flowers and fruit Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing
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Think Think Think wonder what would happen to me if I tried this??? Restore my youth Dancing ?????? Think Think Think Think
Could sell the potion and make a fortune if THAT worked Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 2:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well then, give me some of that potion too Emmy.

I bought a Peruvian daffodil bulb and have started it indoors. I've put it in a pot where the girls can't get it. Trixie is notorious for chewing on my plant leaves!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today it seems its going to be a nice day but a bit windy so I decided I would transplant my begonias to bring them on in the greenhouse. I really wanted to wash all the glass first but ME being ME I always put the cart before the horse and the transplanting is done but the glass still hasnt been washed d'oh! d'oh! d'oh! Silenced Silenced Silenced
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, Please don't push yourself!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh my Lord, a greenhouse? Now that is something I would truly love! Emmy, I've got 50 + plants in my home right now. They are all tropical. When the last frost occurs then they can go out on the patio. This is usually by May 30th, Memorial Day here.

I've got some begonias that are indoors right now. I'll transplant them to the glazed ceramic pot in the atrium. Usually I plant taro in that pot but not this year. Well, I've got to think about it...............

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I did overdo it a bit the past two days and I'm paying for it today but tomorrow is another day and hopefully I'll be back to 'normal' -whatever normal is! Must try to do what my daughter says and time myself and not go over that.
Today my youngest son and family came to visit and they brought my s-i-l up to visit too so while the kids wanted to watch a dvd my d-i-l and s-i-l and me all sat at the computer looking at old photographs - where was my son?
He was out with the stepladders cleaning the guttering around the house and then he transplanted a bush for me - by the time he was finished it was time for them to go home. ooohh
God Bless Them! Just whatever would I do without them?! Applause Applause Applause Applause

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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a greenhouse? Now that is something I would truly love!


Rosie its something I had always wanted too and we didnt have room in our previous homes so it was one of the first things we bought when we came to live at this house.
But I still keep many of the new transplants in my utility room to begin with so I can keep a close eye on them.
I'm forever taking cuttings off everything just to try growing them on.
At the moment I'm trying to get an avocado stone/seed to sprout I did it once before and it was lovely while it lasted. I have also grown the tops of fresh pineapples and one thing that looks really nice is when you plant peanuts - it seems it only works when you plant them in their shells though -lovely leaves.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emmy, I do the same thing with cuttings. It's how I pass on many plants to my friends.

I have also grown pineapples and avocados. They are so easy to sprout. We'd suspend the avocado seed halfway into a cup of water ( a paper clip inserted into the side keeps it halfway above the water).

Now the peanut plant truly interests me. This must be done with raw peanuts in the shell correct?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Now the peanut plant truly interests me. This must be done with raw peanuts in the shell correct?


Yes Rosie and I always laid them down horizontal dont ask me why because it was just something I did.

pity we couldnt grow the ones ready for eating then if/when we were able to harvest them they would be already roasted and salted Boy!! could we make a fortune if we discovered how to do that Applause Dancing Dancing

ps I do the same with the avocado but they dont always sprout.
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Pss I'm afraid I dont always stick to taking cuttings from my own garden but I do try to ask first before I 'pinch' (double meaning here!! Silenced Silenced Dancing Dancing Dancing

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 20, 2010 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I miss my friend Bea Wolf. She would actually dig up plants from her yard to give me to take home. She lived a few streets away so when I'd see her outside on my daily walk I'd stop and talk to her. I'd wind up going back with my car later. I think our friends don't mind if we "pinch" a plant or two from their yards, Emmy.

She's given me primrose, European ginger, columbines, bleeding hearts, euynomous (spelling?) and one other plant I ca'nt recall the name of. I used to be so good remembering both English and Latin names of my plants.

My favorite plant that spreads and is easy to care for besides being beautiful is Bee Balm, also called Bergamot, also called Monarda (Latin name) also called Indian Tea. The leaves smell like pungent basil and the flower is a bright red bloom that is spiky. The hummingbirds love it and it grows in sun or shade. It also comes in colors of white, pink and purple. I have it growing in several places in my yard but my favorite place is in my atrium around the fountain. I get a close up personal view of the hummers when they come in for a sip.

p.s. I "see" Bea on Facebook. She now lives in North Carolina.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm definately going to get lemons on the plant I bought last year there are quite a few formed already. I feel really excited about this and when they get a bit bigger I'm going to photograph them and take the picture to the garden centre where I bought the plant last year and let them see the results after feeding the plant some epsom salts dissolved in a tumbler of water. (the orange,olive and fig plants are doing well too)
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I envy you your fruit plants Emmy. I wonder why epsom salts would act as a fertilizer. Think

Did you know that avocado plants can grow into pretty tall trees?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think epsom salts replaces some of the trace elements that fruit trees require to keep healthy and maybe hasnt been in the normal plant food When I remember which element I'll post.

nothing happening to my avocado seed/stone yet still sitting with its'bottom in water
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epsom Salts = magnesium
I was reading today about 'feeding' for fruit trees and it did say most of the plant food sold contains most of the ingredients but certain types of citrus fruit trees need other trace elements that is usually only found in the proper manure and therefore benefit if given the missing elements and I guess the majority of people use the commercial feeding now instead of the proper 'dung'
I know I dig in potash in the ground around my apple and plum trees.

This was an old book I was reading so things may be different now, but for me I like the old ways best.
Here are some photographs of my lemon, olive and fig- fruit is just forming. The other one is a magnolia (outside all year!)which I'm really surprised about I thought the severe frost we had would have killed it. The last one(purple leaves and pale mauve flowers on stalks- I cant remember the name but it grows from tiny bulbs- that plant is over 10years old.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful pictures! We had a lovely Full Moon tonight, by the time I remembered to look for the camera book it was behind the hill!

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