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Tropical Garden, Batu Caves, Malaysia
Gardening is part of my life and I want to share that portion of my zeal and joy with you. These are my thoughts, my experiences and life work. I hope it enrich and add value to you too.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Garden Update - September - Continued

Two of my Earthstar (Crypthantus) died both sides.
It shouldn't happen but I guess its the neglect due to lack of watering and feeding.
These pale brown earthstar seemed to producing lots of pups compared to the red/pink counterpart. The deep red had became dormant and the pink still holding on for now.

I need to get more of them but find them in nursery do proof a challenge as not many of them sell them or if they do - it would be very expensive. Getting a bargain is difficult when there is no competition.

I had now replaced the missing spots with Golden Hahnni 
(Sansevieria Trifasciata Golden Hahnii)
I would had preferred more of the red ruby Earthstar - if I can get my hands on them in the first place but for the moment  I think this will do.

My existing Bromeliad collection gave me an idea.
Those of with spikes, sharp edged needle points and spines at the leaf edges.
These are of the touch me not dangerous kind. 
I wished I had more of the red ”keep me away” kind of colour but the best variegated ones I have are of these yellow, lime & green shades. 

(All of these plants were rescued from dumps, burning sites and throwaways - abandoned on street side-walks)

Plants in this collection:
1) Dwarf Gold Pandanus - 
(Pandanus pygmaeus 'Variegatus') or P. toei 'Variegatus'
2) Varigated Agave

Plants in this collection:
1) Miniature Pineapple
2) Varigated Spider plant

Plants in this collection:
1) Green Agave
2) Golden Hahnii

After  checking through Google - 
I now found out that Tequila are made from an Agave plant.
The Aztec people make the fermented drink from them

King's Mantel, Bush Clock Vine -  (Thunbergia Erecta)
This blue flower plant had really tested my patience. 
It rarely flower and when it does it only gives out one or two blooms. 

I got this plant from a pruned branches where my neighbours had thrown. It did took awhile to establish a lovely bush but that is the problem.
It only remained as a boring bushy shrub.

I'm still considering hard pruning and heavy fertilising for a nice lovely bloom. And if that fail too - this plant is kicking its bucket from my garden.

Earlier this place proved to be a sore-eye as I tend to get rid of all that doesn't do well in my garden. In most cases the very reason is that these are sun lovers and my garden can only accommodate shade dwellers. 
And so in this collection.

1) Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor'.
2) Yellow Walking Iris - (Trimezia martinicensis) 
3) Blackberry Lily -  (Belamcanda  chinensis)
4) Ground Orchids - (Spathoglottis X Parsonii.)
5) Screwpine Leaves - (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
6) Pineapple
7) Jewel of Opar - (Talinum paniculatum)
8) Step Ladder Ginger - (Costus malortienanus)

The champion in this collection are the Ground Orchids. 
They have been blooming continuously for about 3 months now.
I had set another pot here where once it was inside my porch area where it got limited sunlight.
Hopefully they would reset and start blooming again.

The Jewel of Opar seemed be a collateral damage when the grass cutter comes along. I guess the cutter could tell the difference and slice everything away. 

Somehow this plant comes back with a vengeance with more spikes and more blooms. I prefer not to take it for granted and place them at this drain-side where there is no weed or grass.
(And no grass-cutter to raze any weeds)

Step Ladder Ginger - (Costus malortienanus)

This plant was growing from a cement crack and was a survivor. 
In fact I did got rid of it ripping it off from the ground and this plant proved resilient by coming back again.
I pulled the root rhizome from the cracks & planted them in this pot.

There are some few other non-significant plants here which I have not put in details of which I will come back when I get a better shot on them or when the plant generate with satisfactory growth - whichever comes first. 

Come to think of it - there is so much to do now in my garden where another reset is urgently required where I really don't have the time or the energy to get myself to do it. Looks like its going to happen in a slow pace with a little a time.
It would be a nice appropriate time for me to finish by year-end holiday season.


  1. I agree that the joy is in the growing or the rescue, not in spending money for plants. I hope you find some colorful bromeliads soon. I buy the tiniest available and they grow very fast, making pups so there are lots of plants.

    Your dendrobium orchids did very well. I am trying to coax rebloom from mine.

  2. Great post James. I love catching up with all your exotics, don't forget the watering though.

  3. It's finally raining today! Yippie!! You grow ground orchids really well James!!! They look amazing. Mine just bloom once in a while. Red earthstar grows really slow for me too. It doesn't like to be watered everyday. In fact one to two times a week is enough. I notice the nursery at Sungai Buloh Green Lane, Lot 61 has this plant in stock quite often. Have you visited them before? Price-wise, yup it is not cheap.


    Good luck with the T. erecta :-D I am sure you will be able to figure out a way to get it to bloom lots of flowers :-)

    1. Ground orchids need good sunlight for them to bloom. I guess its ok to keep them in shady place once they finish they blooming time.

      Red Earthstar is a slow grower compared to the brown ones. I think its wise to get one and make them have many pups first instead of buying many of the same colour.

      Will check on the details you mentioned here.

      Yes - I really need luck on the T.erecta.
      Or else its going to my mum's garden.
      She got loads of sun there.

  4. Your Ground Orchids steal the show for me, they're such great bloomers with your superb care, James! These are very expensive, a small pot costs about RM30... I'm waiting for the price to drop! ;-)
    Happy gardening, have a wonderful Sunday and great week ahead.

    1. Concerning Ground Orchids.
      The best price I came across is around RM10.00
      You can still get it in a small pot with the flowerspike.
      The nursery sells them with Spanghum moss used as the medium.
      Remove them and plant it with soil.
      You can also get it in Giant and sometimes also sold in Tesco with reasonable price within RM10.00 also.
      A small clump in a pot but they tend to grow fast.
      They sell it with many flower spikes.


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