Friday, December 10, 2010

How to Grow Roses - 5 Tips to Grow Healthy Roses

There's nothing more beautiful than a rose bush covered with lush blossoms and healthy green leaves. How to grow roses without a lot of strain and effort? Follow these 4 tips and you can grow healthy roses.

Prepare the soil

If you're planting a rose bush dig a hole about 1 and half times as deep as the rose bush container and twice as wide. Add slow release fertilizer per package directions to the bottom of the hole, then a shovel full of compost, a shovel of the soil you removed and a bit more fertilizer. Remove the rose bush gently from the container and set in the hole. The soil line on the rose bush from the container should be the same as in your garden. If it's too high remove a bit more soil from the planting hole. If it's a bit too low add another shovel of soil. When it's just right, gently scratch the roots from the bottom of the root ball and around the sides. That will encourage the roots to start branching out into the new hole.

Fill the hole half way, alternating soil and compost with a sprinkle of fertilizer. Water thoroughly. When the water has been absorbed by the soil, fill the hole to the top and water again.

Refresh the soil

Dig a few inches deep around the base of your rose out to the edges of the bush. Remove about half of the soil and replace with compost, or bagged topsoil, mixed with slow release fertilizer - follow package directions. Add a layer of mulch a couple of inches deep to retain the moisture in the soil. The mulch will break down over the season and add organic matter to the soil.

Catch problems before they start

If you see aphids or other buggy creatures remove them immediately. Don't wait until you get to the nursery for bug spray. Most creatures can be washed off with a strong spray of water. Aphids can be sprayed with a mixture of ½ teaspoon dishwashing liquid to one quart of water. Spray on the aphids. If you don't have a sprayer handy use a sponge. It's messier but it works.

Look at your roses as they grow and treat problems right away. Look at the leaves for disease or brown spots. Don't get too worried if leaves are a bit yellowish-greenish or new growth is kind of reddish, that can be normal. If the veins of the leaves are dark green but the leaf itself is yellow it could be a sign of iron deficiency. That's easily treatable. If the entire leaf is yellow that could be a sign of nitrogen deficiency, again easily corrected.

Water but don't over water

Roses don't like getting their leaves wet and they don't like keeping their feet wet. Don't water on a preset schedule. Water when the top 3 or 4 inches of soil is dry, then soak the plants.

In very humid climates don't crowd your roses with other plants, it invites fungus diseases. In hot dry climates don't water everyday, plant the roses so they receive afternoon shade.

Remove spent blossoms

The only purpose of a flower is to produce seed, well at least to the plant that's the only purpose. Remove the spent blossoms and the rose will continue to bud and flower. The exception is if the rose is of a variety that only blooms once a year. In that case leave the blossoms and enjoy the display.

Follow these easy tips and you'll have no problem growing healthy roses.

Find more tips on growing roses, flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees at Easy Garden Care. Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books. She and her daughter have created Party Ideas: Kids Read her Blog

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Gardening : Quick Tips and Solutions

Easy Scarecrows
When the local Goodwill has stuffed animals on sale 10/$1.00 I buy any that have real big eyes or that look like snakes. They get laid on the ground between rows or stuck onto tall sticks like comical scarecrows, to discourage coons from entering the garden. You can also cut the head off of those real large stuffed bears and put them on sticks, as well, to scare off coons. Little kids will love your garden!

Leaking Hose Pipe
Once a bed is planted up & watered in well, cover with about 1 cm of fine wood chips. When plants are established water well, if needed, then put in a 'leaking hose pipe' (made from recycled tires) in a ring about 8 cm from stems. Connect to hose & after a trial to see if the water is going exactly where needed, cover with large bark chips. This method retains moisture, reduces weeds & cuts watering to about 20 minutes every week. [Note: 'Leaking hose pipe is another term for soaker hose.]

Create a New Bed with Leaves
Start a new bed in Autumn by placing heavy cover of leaves on the spot then pin a plastic sheet over & leave until late spring. The result will be a spade deep loam easy to turn over during summer when further nutrients are applied ready for late Summer or Autumn planting.

Late Season Containers
I wanted something "Halloweeny" to put pansies in for Halloween. The local Supercenter sells jack-o-lantern trick or treat buckets for 97 cents each. I bought 2, drilled some holes in the bottom, filled them with gravel and potting soil and have great planters. I will transplant the pansies somewhere else in the garden after Halloween & clean out the buckets and save them for next year.

Cucumbers as Insect Deterrent
Put sliced cucumbers on metal trays and place them all around garden for a simple bug deterrent.

Handling Rose Prunings
I save old shower curtains for pruning roses, simply use the cutters to lay the long branches on the curtain and it drags easily to the scrap area, no more falling out of the wheel barrow.

Tomato "booties"
You know the plastic netting bags that onions come in at the grocery store? Late this summer I figured out how to use them on my tomatoes. Every time I had a tomato start to pink up this summer and I would think I was going to be picking it in a few days, the squirrels or birds got to it first. So, I took those onion bags and cut them in half, and wrapped them around my tomatoes when they started pinking up. That way, I got to eat them instead of the birds. I secured the "booties" with bread twists.

A Compost Bonus
Always have a compost heap. Not only does your garden profit but the snails & slugs prefer rotting vegetation to fresh.

Extend the Life of Your Gloves
I tend to poke through the tips of my gardening gloved after weeding with them for a few months. I found that adding splotch of Goop( available in several forms I use the household version) on the end will extend their lives. Simply clean the fingertips thoroughly,add the Goop making sure the finger tips stay separate, Let dry overnight and the gloves are good to go.

Car Protector
I recycle my old shower curtain liners to the back of my vehicle to protect it from dirt and water when buying plants.
—Guest susan chelf
Controlling Fungus Gnats
To combat fungus gnats in the house I simply use a hoover and hose to suck them up (squash them at night when they are sleepy), before they get to adult size and start to mate and lay eggs in compost. Also put sticky tape round rim of pots which acts like fly paper.

Getting Rid of Bamboo
Have you ever tried getting rid of bamboo??? I think I found something that works. Clear it all down to ground level. With a drill and a 1/4 inch blade bit, bore into the root until you hit live plant (greenish). Then put undiluted blackberry killer herbicide in the hole. I use a large syringe. None I have treated have sprouted in the last month. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Neem Leaves
Use dried neem leaves for potted plants to keep away all types of plant pests and insects.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Flora From The Jungle (Part 2)

ada orang tu tak sabar-sabar nak tengok sambungan part 2 pokok-pokok yang ada dalam khazanah hutan kita yang semakin pupus disebabkan pembalakan yang berleluasa sejak dulu, kini dan selamanya..hehehe.. pokok-pokok yang ada ni pun diambil dan dijual oleh orang asli dan kemudiannya dijual semula oleh tokeh2 kat nursery tu. walaupun pokok hutan jer tapi harganya agak mahal. ada sekali satu pameran oleh orang asli yang diadakan di jaya jusco, pokok-pokok yang ditunjukkan kat bawah ni dijual dengan harga beratus-ratus ringgit. telan air liur je la..apa lagi..enjoy !yg kat bawah ni intro dia ..

Malaysia's tropical rainforest plants rock the plant kingdom. Among the richest in the world, the flora of lowland and hill forests and montane habitats offer endless evolutionary examples to discover.

From the largest to the smallest, jungle habitats are full of surprises for hikers with observant eyes.

Tropical rainforests swarm with species richness. As a global hot spot, plant biodiversity in the country merits special attention and conservation of these unique life forms to avoid becoming endangered plants.

yang kat atas ni sebenarnya sejenis orkid.bunganya dikatakan orkid terkecil di dunia. nama saintifiknya tak usah tanya la..makcik tak tau. tapi saya sukakan bentuk daunnya yang bergerigi tu..cun!

yang atas ni x pasti nama apa..sapa tau tolong ajarkan ya? ni banyak kat hutan tp sekarang susah nak jumpa..

yang ni orang panggil 'tali kasut' or shoe lace sebab tali nya panjang2 macam tali kasut.

yg atas ni pulak sejenis orkid hutan, dah penah berbunga, warna putih kuning tak ada bau..toke nursery tu jual sekerat-sekerat mcm kat gambar tu..tak ikat dengan kayu atau moss pun.

yang kat atas ni dipanggil janggut sotong..ya ke? entah memang cantik ..yang ni kecik lagi kalo dah matang panjang berjurai-jurai.yang ni la orang asli kat JJ tu jual dalam RM200.00 sepokok..mak aii!

yg atas ni namanya Ekor Kucing. Yang ini menjadi kesayangan hamba. masa beli dulu x la besar macam ni..cinonit je tapi sembur dengan baja air jepun, makin gemuk dan hijau warnanya. i love u, mwahhs!

so buat masa ni, tu aje yang dapat dipertontonkan. harap yg datng kat sini dari jauh-jauh (Jepun, Indonesia, Thailand etc) berpuas hati sebab sebenarnya kat tempat u all ada banyak lagi bunga-bunga yang lebih cantik dari sini..hehehe..ada ke part 3? haa..tungguuuu! jeng!jeng! jeng!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Flora From The Jungle (Part 1)

Malaysia's tropical rainforest plants rock the plant kingdom. Among the richest in the world, the flora of lowland and hill forests and montane habitats offer endless evolutionary examples to discover.

From the largest to the smallest, jungle habitats are full of surprises for hikers with observant eyes.

Tropical rainforests swarm with species richness. As a global hot spot, plant biodiversity in the country merits special attention and conservation of these unique life forms to avoid becoming endangered plants.

One of my favourite collection of plants are the ones that thrive in the jungle. usually i got this type of plants from the natives or nursery but its quite difficult to get them. sometimes i bought it by chance. it's considered a rare species.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


hi..would like to share my veggies picture of this week..enjoy!

antharium? not sure..

water spinach or kangkung

mustard leaves or sawi

basil leaves

daun selom

cherry tomatoes

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How To Plant An Orchid

one of my favourite orchid "phal Bellina Pink"-beautiful and fragrant!

i just started collecting wild exotic looking orchids that can be found in our jungle. so i need to enhance more knowledges about orchid. as usual, i love to use uncle Google as a reference. this is some of the tips i would like to share with you :

How to plant orchid flowers is one of the toughest endeavors I took on in years. I like gardening and I grow all kinds of decorative plants. I have a collection that range all the way from ripening to straightforward grass-type plants ; like Chinese bamboo. And each sort of plant that I grow wants another approach. It's no different for orchids.

Orchid growing turns out to be a challenge but at the same time, rewarding! There are 5 tips that I'm wishing to share with you in caring for orchids. I assure you that these have been checked and were shown to be effective for all types of orchid species. These are a part of my valuable information bank, which I have gathered through years of expertise. I sure hope you can pick beneficial information that can help you in your own growing orchids ' experience.

Learn as much info relating to the sorts of orchids and their country of origin. You may find it weird to discover more about the kind of orchid that you will grow and where they came from. But in the course of your caring for these beauties, you'll learn that it's a critical part of growing orchids.

By investing time to grasp the sort of environment where your orchid is originally from, you will be in a position to approximate the type of condition it is used to. This is going to help you in applying the right quantity of daylight and water that it requires. Don't use dust soil but instead select the best potting medium for your kind of orchid. This is why it is way better know the sort of orchid you have so you can in a similar fashion match the right potting medium for it.

Some of the popular potting mixes to use are fir bark, sphagnum moss, charcoal, or wood chips. Some even would like to plant their orchid on a tree ; nonetheless this needs a special talent in tying and securing the roots so that it will not fall off whenever there's a powerful wind or storm. It is also important to select the right material of pot ; this can either be clay, which is the hottest one, ceramic or maybe plastic.

Every one has express traits which will impact on the condition of the plant. Lighting and temperature obligation that suit orchids is moderate and not direct. Excess heat can bake their leaves and stop them from blooming. What's most ideal is a temperature fluctuation of 10 to fifteen degrees because they require the sun to provide carbohydrates in the daytime and store it during night when the sun is down.

This could assure continuing and healthy blooming. Water your orchid plant each 7 to 10 days, and this applies for most diversifications. What they love most is to slake their thirst by receiving rain water. Therefore if you have the opportunity to save rain water, do so and use this in your next watering schedule. But if this is not available, you can simulate this same experience by submerging the plant pot inside a pail with half full of water then drain this totally.

Ensure you check the potting mix before you even water the plant. Dip you finger onto the mix, to check if it's's still damp. This is very so for sphagnum moss since they absorb quickly and keep the great majority of the water. Ultimately , it is most advisable that you fertilize your orchid plant during blooming period. Employ a spray bottle to mist the leaves and a mixture of 20-20-20 of dung at once onto the roots. It's a smart idea to mix the nutriments with water and on your next watering cycle, feed them right to the roots.

All the above tips are proved to be valuable in manufacturing long-lasting blooms. And if you are seriously considering planting orchids, you may as well start with the initial tip. It's so straightforward to do, all that you will need is a lot of patience and persistence and you are on the way to learn how to plant orchid successfully.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rangon Creepers @ Akar Dani

this is one of my favourite plants that scattered around my garden. apart from the colourful red and white blooming in one big clumps this flower also very fragrance especially at night. i let this plants grow on my pergolas..the only weak point is ths flower couldnt last long..last around 2 0r 3 days only..

soothing to the eyes

love it

very beautiful

hope u will enjoy it as much as i do..

Friday, September 3, 2010

Pokok Buah Kemunting

this time i would like to introduce u this exotic fruits.we called it kemunting. when i was small, this fruit trees were abundance.u can find it everywhere..along the river, beach, in the rubber estate, everywhere. but now i have to buy it from the nursery for sentimental value. and ths plant was quite expensive. i bought it at RM25.00.

the fruit is small and before its can be ripen already sure kena kebas by birds. takde chance langsung! the color will turn from green, pinkish and black. quite sweet and taste something like guavas.anybody has tried it before?

small tiny fruits..its edible

small but cheerful

the flowers..nice pink

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


my hoyas are not very healthy..i dun know why but the leaves looked dry, yellowish and have spots on it. but what i like most about hoya awful it looked it will survived no matter what.maybe we can learn something from hoyas..hmm.

this is one of my collections of hoyas..nice white wth a dash of dark red..a beauty

not relevant to the topic but i must post this orchid picture because only this blooming right now..if i wait it will wilted usual i dun know what is the name of this orchid..but it has interesting leaves..looked like a vanilla pods..

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bunga Ketup-Ketup

Bunga ketup-ketup yang tengah meriah berbunga

cantik betul cik ketup kita ni ya?

Yang bestnya bunga ni ialah bila berbunga bergugus-gugus dan tahan lama tp sayang tidak berbau..hehehe

Friday, July 23, 2010

Koleksi Lagi..

my new collection of pitcher plants. bought in jusco for RM26.80. quite cheap because some nursery sell it for RM50. the difference is the color of the pitcher. dark red or maroon? i love it so much!

phals bellina blue yang beli di blog orkid ibu dan aishah. masa beli belum kembang bila dah kembang apa lagi..snap-snap la kan? nanti x sempat snap dah gugur plak. this bellina is very healthy.daunnya hijau dan berkilat..i like! daunnya ada yg terpatah skit masa bukak dari box..hehehe.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Shopping Bunga !

Pokok bunga lily.lepas setahun beli baru nak berbunga balik..lili apa ni?

Beli dekat depan tesco dengan harga RM16.00. Mahal ke murah?

Sapa tau nama orkid ni angkat tangan!buah cempedak di luar pagar..hehehe

Monday, July 12, 2010

New Members in WalizGarden : Phals

well, during my free time i would love to browse peoples blogs especially about i stumbled upon this blog called Orchid Ibu dan aisyah . some of the gorgeous orchids are on sales! i just happened to fall in love with phals (dont ask me whats is the real name. so i managed to order it is!

name : violecea?

name : tetrapis?

name : not sure wht it is

name : david lim , i hope he can survive.

belina blue, not yet blomm.

fruit of the Potato tree.
enjoy !!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Latest addition : Potato Tree

this is the latest addition of plants in my garden. Potto tree!! i dont know why it is called potato because i dont see any potato up on the tree.hahaha.but i like the color of the flowers, blue and white.

Native to Brazil, Potato tree is a small tree widely cultivated in the tropics. It is not actually potato, but belongs to the potato family. This plant grows quickly into a bushy tree of 15 feet in height and 15' wide. Grown for its ornamental purpose. The leaves are large, lobed and prickly. Flowers are fragrant and change their color from white to pink to lavender. It requires a rich soil for good growth. Suited for planting singly. Propagated by seeds. The Solanum family is very large, consisting of nearly 1500 species ranging from vegetables like the potato and aubergine, to ornamental shrubs and climbers, plus a number of weeds. Some, as their

Sunday, April 4, 2010


another type of wild orchid..can be planted on the ground.

see how long this orchid can be..

orkid hutan or wild orchid..kidnapped from my mom's house

sorry the image quite blurrrrr..i used my phone nokia E71 to take these pics..