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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Alocasia Baginda 'Silver Dragon'


In comparison to all the Alocasia species listed, this particular one is considered a Jewel.
It is not a hardy plant and may easily succumb and rot away if overwatered - the succulent features of these plant - where the leaves are very much have a hard texture almost like a shield - a leather thick foliage.

These have a silvery-white heart shaped foliage with darker ribbed venation sunken deep inside the leaf surface. Similar to Alocasia reginula 'Black Velvet' but this is a reverse version of it.



I had challenges with this one.
Killed if few times - got it right for many months and still end up killing it as I took it for granted.
This one is similar behavior with Caladium - always in the balance of everything - not too much of everything.

Lighting:
Not too hot that will jade or burn the foliage and not too shaded that the leaves will start to turn yellow and wither away - a bright shade is the most ideal thing for this one.

Medium:

I often find this one grown and cultivated inside a cocopeat and end up killing it when overwatering it. And thus removing the access cocopeat and mix the medium 50% cocopeat with 50% sand to create the fast draining factor for watering purpose. 

Alternatively I also used coconut husk trimmed into small chips, mixture of perlite and sphagnum moss - similar medium that I used for Begonias & Anthuriums, something that I find that it holds the mature but doesn't create a soggy nature which leads to root rot.

Watering:
Overwatering is the main reason why this plant dies - do be very concern about this matter.

Feeding:
I find this is the most important factor - without proper feeding this plant will slowly will loose it leaves - one in a week and eventually goes dormant. It does however have a corm (bulb) that is very important to consider not to overwater it to cause it to go rotting inside the soil. Thus - proper care is required that it won't go dormant and totally lost.
Though - it may go dormant - do make sure it doesn't rot away.

Also I had found with my research the best fertilizer that works for this one is root hormone known as B1 and osmocote fertilizers. I believe seaweed solution too works best. The most important factor is getting the right balance and very much fall in the trial and error factors - it is somehow not a easy plant to cultivate but truly a rewarding one.


Other Matters:
If you find that each leaves is turning yellow day by day - check on the roots, best remove the whole plant as there may be a root rot involved. Do trim and remove the rotting part of the root structure and let it dry out for few days.
You may able to save the plant before it is too late.



Photo Credit:
Benjamin Kam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam




I finally managed to get this one sold in Sg. Buloh nursery. It is slightly overpriced when I got it before the marked up took place. I would consider this one is a bit rare and not easily available as common plants in most nurseries. 


I'm surprised to say that this one is very stable and easy to grow also in comparison to most other Jewel Alocasia - almost similar to the Black Velvet characteristics. I hope it last longer and produce more pups in my hands.







Other matters concerning the Care & Cultivation Methods on Watering, Medium and Pruning

Do refer to the link below:
Introduction to Jewel Alocasia

Do click to the Link Below 
To check on the Main Page Concerning Different Types of Jewel Alocasia:


Different Types of Anthurium

Introduction:

I had wanted to list all the Anthurium  and their ID with images here.
Somehow it will be overwhelming to put the whole genes here which will proof futile as there are more that few thousands and more counting as never ones released in the market.

ANTHURIUM GUIDE IN MALAYSIA & TROPICAL REGION

Here I want to make a database on what is basically available to a common gardeners with reasonable affordable selling price and easily available in local nurseries around my region.
This is very much applicable around Klang Valley area
but I believe these are span throughout Asean regions.

But then,

There are many of these hybrids are easily crossbred and so there are countless species, cultivars, hybrids. This creates a tedious problem of putting one name on a single plant.

Reason being, these begonias are not stable and hence they will revert back to the most dominant parent or will struggle to balance the odds.

Another factor for these young plants / saplings - being still in the process of adjusting and so the will continue to revert to and fro from one parent to another and the confusion begins with trying to identifying them based on their stage their in.

However, It is safe to say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
As long as you get closer around the group that they might fall into - it's better than inventing a false name and publish it as some plant vendor's do as their sole purpose is for commercial value rather than plant study or research material.

Sometimes commercial grows cultivate these cross breeds without releasing the names and often these are sold without any ID whatsoever. The best thing to do is weight the odds as each growers just put on a label / ID according to their whim & fancies even though they are already with another identified name.

So do bear with me / sometimes - these names are only identified and available when the growers / merchants identify them and hence I identify their ID from these sources.
Well, it's something than nothing - Wouldn't you agree?

I had earlier wrote separate post on each individual Anthurium on their identification and experience with them.

Please do click on the names listed below
and you will be forwarded to a link to that specific Anthurium topics mentioned.




INTRODUCTION ON CARE & GROWTH










Do click on their names to get to the link to get into more detailed information
on their Care and Cultivation on each plant types and their characteristics.




This is my basic Collection of my Anthurium Plants which I had collected over the years. Here I have the flowering variety and the foliage variety:

Flowering Variety:
1) Miniature Version
2) Large Version
3) Medium Version - Dark Foilage Type

Foliage Variety:
4) Anthurium Crystallium.
 
Here I talk about How I Care & Cultivate Them:
Basically they need bright shaded area with good humidity. 
They can be much easier plant to care for comparison to begonias and Jewel Alocasia.

Anthurium Crystal Hope - Basic Care & Maintenance


This particular one is a new cultivar produced by the selection of A.crystallium cross breeding. Both parents were hybrids used only in the breeding program. These parents were noted for their distinctive foliar venation patterns and small leaf size hence I doubt the foliage structure will appear bigger than the its usual uniform size.

I must say that this particular Anthurium species is much rare in comparison to all the other foliage conterparts Anthurium Crystallinum & Anthurium crystallinum put together- where this one can fetch more expensive and mcuh difficult to find.

Normally sold in online nurseries and I had not come across it had made into a bulk in the plant market. Hence the price are very much controlled by the vendor.

I also realized that there is not much said about the plant rather more on a basic information that you can easily find listed together with the online plant nurseries database. One thing for sure is the heartache one must feel when the few leaves turning yellow and falling off and it is otherwise a too late dead plant to revive with an expensive lesson.


However, I was told that these are the actually an easy plant to care for once you know the basic care and maintenance need for them. Just like any other Anthurium species - their Care & Need are actually very much similar.

Care & Growing:

LIGHT:

This particular type is actually an epiphyte which works best as placing them as Vertical Garden Plant - because of this it can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but Anthuriums growing in low light will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light however, as this can burn the leaves. It grows best in bright, indirect light.

The balance of both is required as too much bright sunlight may cause the leaves get burned.


MEDIUM:

These do best in fast draining soil medium: 50% sand and 50% cocopeat.
You may also try with coconut husk cut into chips, perlite and sphagnum moss but making sure that the watering schedule is well adjusted.

However these do require fast draining medium good enough to keep the root ball moist but not soaking wet as it may cause root rot.



WATERING:

Because of the fast draining medium - they can tolerate good watering regime. Normally I water twice a day on a good sunny day and once a day in the morning on rainy days. I often refrain from watering if it rains in the morning.

FEEDING:

I find they do well in using foliar fertilizer especially the orchid mix types. Of course, these are much hardier than orchids - I find that they are quite resilient than most flowering plants.
 

This plant is a very slow growing plant - basically putting out a new leaf at about once a month and so a lot of patience is required to see it grow to a magnificent stage.

As I mentioned earlier, these are highly sought after and their price can be expensive and often sold as a small plant-let which may be subject to stress as they not stable yet. Often they will drop of their existing leaves due to stress and one may think that the plant is dead.

Another pointer:
Anthurium species are known to be highly variable and not every leaf of every specimen will always appear the same.


Photo Credit:
Benjamin Kam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Anthurium Clarinervium (Velvet Cardboard Anthurium) - Basic Care & Maintenance


Similar to Anthurium Ace of Spades (Anthurium Crystallinum) I must say that this particular Anthurium species is much rare in comparison to Crystallinum - where this one can fetch more expensive and difficult to find.

Normally sold in online nurseries and I had not come across it had made into a bulk in the plant market. Hence the price are very much controlled by the vendor.

One of the main characteristics that standout well are the the foliage heart shape formation where the curve is much bigger and its top edge is almost touching. This particular one is very fond of growing larger and bigger in comparison to Anthurium Crystallinum.


However, I was told that these are the actually an easy plant to care for once you know the basic care and maintenance need for them. Just like any other Anthurium species - their Care & Need are actually very much similar.

Care & Growing:

LIGHT:

This particular type is actually an epiphyte which works best as placing them as Vertical Garden Plant - because of this it can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but Anthuriums growing in low light will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light however, as this can burn the leaves. It grows best in bright, indirect light.

The balance of both is required as too much bright sunlight may cause the leaves get burned.


MEDIUM:

These do best in fast draining soil medium: 50% sand and 50% cocopeat.
You may also try with coconut husk cut into chips, perlite and sphagnum moss but making sure that the watering schedule is well adjusted.

However these do require fast draining medium good enough to keep the root ball moist but not soaking wet as it may cause root rot.


WATERING:

Because of the fast draining medium - they can tolerate good watering regime. Normally I water twice a day on a good sunny day and once a day in the morning on rainy days. I often refrain from watering if it rains in the morning.


FEEDING:

I find they do well in using foliar fertilizer especially the orchid mix types. Of course, these are much hardier than orchids - I find that they are quite resilient than most flowering plants.


PEST:
So far I had not encountered any pest for this particular one.


This plant is a very slow growing plant - basically putting out a new leaf at about once a month and so a lot of patience is required to see it grow to a magnificent stage.

As I mentioned earlier, these are highly sought after and their price can be expensive and often sold as a small plant-let which may be subject to stress as they not stable yet. Often they will drop of their existing leaves due to stress and one may think that the plant is dead.

Another pointer:
Anthurium species are known to be highly variable and not every leaf of every specimen will always appear the same.


Photo Credit:
Benjamin Kam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Anthurium crystallinum (Anthurium Ace of Spades) - Basic Care & Maintenance


I must say that this particular Anthurium species are very much highly sought after, so much so these prices range from RM60 - RM300 depending on the size of the plant and the number of the leaves in one plant.

I also realized that there is not much said about the plant rather more on a basic information that you can easily find listed together with the online plant nurseries database. One thing for sure is the heartache one must feel when the few leaves turning yellow and falling off and it is otherwise a too late dead plant to revive with an expensive lesson.


However, I was told that these are the actually an easy plant to care for once you know the basic care and maintenance need for them. Just like any other Anthurium species - their Care & Need are actually very much similar.

I would really recommend to get a common Anthurium andraeanum species from your local nursery which is actually cheap (roughly around RM10-Rm15) and try your hand on it. See where it ticks off or what it loves based on the condition of the garden atmosphere and such. Once mastered as such - then I would recommend you to get these rare & expensive types.


Care & Growing:

LIGHT:
This particular type is actually an epiphyte which works best as placing them as Vertical Garden Plant - because of this it can tolerate all levels of indirect light, but Anthuriums growing in low light will grow slower. These plants cannot tolerate direct light however, as this can burn the leaves.

It grows best in bright, indirect light.
The balance of both is required as too much bright sunlight may cause the leaves get burned.


MEDIUM:

These do best in fast draining soil medium: 50% sand and 50% cocopeat.
You may also try with coconut husk cut into chips, perlite and sphagnum moss but making sure that the watering schedule is well adjusted.

However these do require fast draining medium good enough to keep the root ball moist but not soaking wet as it may cause root rot.
 

WATERING:

Because of the fast draining medium - they can tolerate good watering regime. Normally I water twice a day on a good sunny day and once a day in the morning on rainy days. I often refrain from watering if it rains in the morning.


FEEDING:

I find they do well in using foliar fertilizer especially the orchid mix types. Of course, these are much hardier than orchids - I find that they are quite resilient than most flowering plants.


PEST:

So far I had not encountered any pest for this particular one.


This plant is a very slow growing plant - basically putting out a new leaf at about once a month and so a lot of patience is required to see it grow to a magnificent stage.

As I mentioned earlier, these are highly sought after and their price can be expensive and often sold as a small plant-let which may be subject to stress as they not stable yet. Often they will drop of their existing leaves due to stress and one may think that the plant is dead.

Another pointer:
Anthurium species are known to be highly variable and not every leaf of every specimen will always appear the same.

Step by Step Growing Begonia Hydroponic Method for Beginners





This is my Step by Step Method of Growing Begonia using Mopwick system. I have shown here my method an style on how I arrange them in my set-up.

The Material required:

1) Mopwick- washed, soaked and rinsed for few days to a week - water changed daily.

2) Water Container to hold the water - also raring fish to control mosquito from breeding

3) Plastic Basket to hold the mopwick and Begonia root ball

4) A Slab or a Support pieced to hold the Basket

5) A Begonia Plant - Soil medium removed & washed root ball

 Basically I roll the root ball with the mopwick and place them carefully inside the basket an array them with the mop stand falling inside the water body. Finding the right balance of moisture flow in the system as not too wet or not too dry to support the root growth system.

 Also in Part 2 Where I had set another set-up using bricks in a open aquatic pot with mop strand falling over. Both system works well.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Tips to Grow & Save Sensitive Begonias from Dying (10 months Update - Video)





This is my Update from my first experiment using mop-wick system which I started from Sept 2019.

Over the months some had thrived and done so well, some lasted for few months and died or gone dormant. Due to the past rodent infestation that faced had badly damaged most of my begonias. It had caused great damage to other plants as well and some of it had died out of stress. Once I had handled the pest control. The begonias begun to pick up.
The ones that really did well, amazingly thrived and grew large in super size. Here in this set-up are : Begonia Chivalry, Begonia Black Knight, Begonia Silver Limbo, Begonia Jolly Silver & Begonia 'Lalomie', Begonia 'Silver King', Begonia - U578, Begonia - U514, Begonia - Luzonensis, Begonia Aquamarine, Bethlehem Star, Black Velvet Begonia.

The ones propagated on small containers: Begonia - De Elegan, Begonia - U497, Dragon-wing Begonia, Begonia Art Hodes,

In this collection - Lettuce Leaf Begonia (Begonia 'Erythrophylla Bunchii'), Begonia - Acetosa growing on sphagnum Moss medium.

I had found that the Mop-wick system is very successful are sun exposed areas whereas the shaded areas did very poorly. These begonias slowly succumb to dormancy and some rotten away. I would suggest to place them where they get minimum sunlight at least for few hours either morning or evening sun.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Different Types of "Polka Dot" Cane Begonia Collection (Video)



This is my July 2020 Update on my Cane Begonia Collection.

What I’m showcasing here are the few types of Cane Begonias which I currently cultivating:
Cane Begonia Collection:
Begonia ‘Aya’, Cane Begonia ‘Maculata wightii’, Cane Begonia Hybrid ' Mrs Hashimoto X Maculata wightii, Cane Begonia 'Albo-picta', Cane Begonia ‘Lucerna’ & Cane Begonia ‘Torch Red’. 

My focus here is to show their Polka Dot features on their Foliage Structure. 

I had just repot them today just before taking this video. As they are too small and the roots are coming out from their drainage holes. These are cultivated in semi shade area with light daily watering.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Monstera deliciosa vs Monstera borsigiana vs Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum (Video)



Basically I just want to highlight the difference between some of the philodendron species together with Monstera sp.

What I would recommend is to buy a perfect specimen where you can note the fully formed adult plant of Monstera deliciosa as the juvenile can be tricky to be identified as it may be a different form of phillodendron or tetrasperma which all may have similar looking foliage shape when their are a seedling.

 It also may be slightly more expensive than a seedling but it is still worthed it considering the years you may have to wait to see the foliage formation taking place. Knowing another factor of being a seedling - they are still sensitive and may die easily in comparison to a fully matured stable plant. 

Also in this video:
Monstera borsigiana, Thaumatophyllum bipinnatifidum, Hope Philodendron, Philodendron Rojo Congo & Monstera seedling.

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