This is my dwarf patio applet tree andit has developed curly leaves and there are aphid-like tiny insects on the underside of the leaves. Any advice on how to tackle them using eco-friendly homemade insecticides will be welcome. There are tiny apples already and I fear they might drop off and the tree might die. Thanks. Praxy
Dear all Have you ever tried growing sweet 🥔 potatoes? This a photo of my sweet potato developing roots.It is ready for planting out now and I hope to harvest some later … hopefully 😊 All you do is get a sweet potatoe and put 4 toothpicks in the way I have done it and suspend it in 💦 water. Change the water daily and in about 10 to 12 days you will see roots developing on the bulb . Then dig a hole and bury it. Hopefully new shoots come out from this and as they are runners they will grow and produce the sweet potatoes. Shall let you know later in a few months time as to what happens . Happy 😃 sweet potato growing. Praxy
“ For us in U.K we don’t have to travel far to buy orchid plants.During the last few Christmas periods orchids were found in the flowers section in Tesco . Tesco also sells Orchid Feeds.One only needs to add to the jug of water you are going to water the orchid 2 or 3 drops of this.The indoor orchid then grows well and blooms nicely.” Maha
I read with interest Dharmas account on Curry Plant (Karapincha) and I noted that it grows in your garden as well. I suppose most plants grown here in Sub-Tropical Brisbane are found in Florida too. I got a few pics to share with everyone.
I got Guaua, Palmer Mango, Crotons, Bananas, Kariwila, snake beans among others in our garden.Our main problem are the pests like opossums, mealy bugs, bats, fruit flies etc.
I note with interest that there are some keen gardeners among our batch mates.
The “Currys” emigrated in 1982 (illegally, Don’t tell Trump). and have been with us since then on the basis of “The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) “. Two of them are 35 years old (Scientific name: Helichrysumitalicum)
They go on summer vacation outside to the patio and invited indoors for winter. On Dec 25th 2017, the temp outside was about 20F (about minus 6C)!! Inside it was about a balmy 72F/20C. 2.5 inches of snow on the ground ! (can see the snow out of the window on the picture)
Before they come inside in fall / Autumn, they get a good shower including insecticidal soap. This is for prophylaxis. Regular insecticides are toxic to us. They are vulnerable to spider mites and scale indoors. In spring they are re pottedonce in 2 or 3 yrs.
They are very hardy. Even if they shed all the leaves indoors, they will bounce back in spring, much to our delight. One spring we threw out a plant which appeared dead in the pot. But, lo and behold, like the Phoenix, when it got warmer it started sprouting tender leaves! A “hard to kill” plant.
We have propagated many new plants arising from the roots. Very limited success with seed. We usually prune out flowers so that all the energy goes to foliage production. The flowers also have the characteristic aroma. We distribute daughter plants and leaves to family and friends. Sometimes the distributed plants die. We think it is not due to lack of care but they miss our tender loving touch and voice Without that, they get depressed and commit suicide!!~
It is nice to be able to pluck fresh leaves for cooking from the adjoining room or patio! The leaves add flavour to any curry, even the lowly “Pol Sambol” takes on another dimension!!
We in the temperate zone make so much fuss to keep them going. While I was in Florida, I found at Wimal’s, Devacaanthan’s and Johnpulle’s they have Curry trees and daughter plants growing around the mother like weeds. Reminds me of our home in Chavakachcheri, SL. Sam has a nice bushy pot for easy access on his patio. Sam is a good cook, I tasted his egg plant ( brinjal /obergene) curry, it was very good.
The curry tree (Murrayakoenigii, Karapincha (S) Karuverpillai (T) is a tropical to sub-tropical tree in the family Rutaceae (the rue family, which includes rue, citrus, and satinwood), which is native to India and SriLanka. Its leaves are used in many dishes in India, SriLanka, and neighbouring countries.