One Part of Front Garden November 2014

One Part of Front Garden November 2014

This seasonal garden note will consist of some plants that I haven’t written for awhile to see what have been happening  to them right now.

Phalaenopsis Orchid:

Growing Phalaenopsis is not very easy here in Melbourne. One thing is that they have to be kept indoor and another thing is that they are fussy and prone to rotting roots. From all the eight plants that I had, now it is only five left. Three of them are flowering (one still in buds), one is sulking and don’t do anything while the other one has purple and limp leaves. Yesterday, I took the limp one out of the pot and most of the roots are rotting. So I got rid of all the bad roots and regrow it in fresh media. I just cannot understand why, I treat all of them the same way, why some are happy and others either dead or having problems. One species of orchid that I will never buy again😦

The ones that are having open blooms are the small pink and yellow with red streaks. The good thing about this orchid is that the flowers last the longest compared to other orchids, even after finish flowering by keeping the flower stem, you can rebloom it again for the second time around.

Yellow Phalaenopsis Orchid

Yellow Phalaenopsis Orchid

Small Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid

Small Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid

Leaves are kind of purplish and limp - root problems

Leaves are kind of purplish and limp – root problems

Acorus – Japanese Sweet Flag Grass:

I have three pots of variegated Acorus gramineus or commonly known as Japanese sweet flag grass to divide and repot. These aquatic plants have grown much too big for our water tubs. Every time doing it, I always take few and arrange them in a small pot to create a little bonsai. It always looks pretty to decorate a small table in the veranda. It is so easy to grow without soil, just by using small pebbles and water.

Pretty Acorus Bonsai

Pretty Acorus Bonsai

Variegated Acorus needs to be cleaned, reduced and repot.

Variegated Acorus needs to be cleaned, reduced and repot.

Acorus gramineus variegatus - Japanese Sweet Flag

Acorus gramineus variegatus – Japanese Sweet Flag

Feijoa:

We have grown this small Feijoa tree for several years now, but it only had fruits once. Every year it bears many flowers, all but once have failed to develop into fruits. The main reason is the hot and dry weather. Now the rounded tree has grown bigger and it had many flowers in the beginning of spring this year. The flowers have dropped the red petals but most of the stems remain and these stems will grow into fruits. I have applied blood and bone with occasional drink of seaweed fertiliser to keep the tree strong. With enough rain so far, hopefully the fruits will continue to grow. I just hope that summer this year will not be too hot.

Acca selowiana - Feijoa flowers

Acca selowiana – Feijoa flowers

Feijoa - Budding Fruits

Feijoa – Budding Fruits

Tillandsia the Air Plant:

Flowering Tillandsias and After

Flowering Tillandsias and After

When I bought them in January this year, the three of them are all flowering. They are Tillandsia stricta, T. brachycaulos and T. melanocrater ‘Tricolour’. I found out later that the pink colour of Tillandsia brachycaulos will turn green after flowering. So the pretty pink colour only happens during flowering season. The reason I bought it was actually for the colour. Now about 9 months later, the grey T. stricta has grown few offsets and the T. melanocrater ‘Tricolour’ has grown a small pup, but there is no sign of new growth on the brachycaulos.

Tillandsia melanocrater 'Tricolour' Pup

Tillandsia melanocrater ‘Tricolour’ Pup

a Clump of Tillandsia stricta

a Clump of Tillandsia stricta